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By Staff, 05/20/15, 10:05AM CDT


FARGO, ND – The Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League have announced that Cary Eades has been named Head Coach and General Manager of the Force effective immediately.

Eades returns to the Red River Valley where he spent the majority of his adult life, including time at the University of North Dakota as a player and two separate stints as a coach. Eades played for four seasons at UND from 1978-82, winning two national championships in 1980 and 1982, and three WCHA titles. He was Captain of the Sioux his senior season and finished his playing career with 164 points (85 goals, 79 assists) in 144 games. Eades then went on to play professional hockey in the St. Louis Blues organization for two seasons before an injury cut short his playing days. 

Eades began his coaching career at UND in 1984, and worked under head coach Gino Gasparini for
seven seasons (1984-91). Eades was an assistant on North Dakota's 1987 WCHA and National Championship team alongside former Force coaches Dean Blais and John Marks. In 1991, Eades headed to the USHL for two seasons as the GM / Head Coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints where he compiled an overall win/loss record of 86-46-7 (.647). The Saints qualified for the National Junior Tournament both seasons under Eades and won the 1993 National Junior championship.

Following Dubuque, Eades went to Warroad (MN) High School where he spent 11 seasons as the Head Coach of the boys hockey team. In his time coaching the Warriors, he posted an overall win/loss record of 237-62-6 (.787) and led the team to three Minnesota State Class “A” championships and seven Section 8A championships. In 1996, he was named Minnesota State High School Coach of the Year.

Eades then returned to UND where he coached for another eight seasons under former head coach
Dave Hakstol, and during that time the Sioux captured at least one championship each year. UND competed in five NCAA Frozen Four tournaments, won two WCHA league titles, and won four WCHA Final Five Playoff championships.

In 2012, Eades returned to the USHL where he has spent the last three seasons as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Eades inherited a team that had finished in last place overall in the USHL during the 2011-12 season (41 pts.) and in his first season at the helm of the Stampede, he led them to first place and a Western Conference regular season title (92 pts.). The 51 point increase is a USHL record for points improved from the previous season. Sioux Falls also set team records for wins (45), home wins (24), and points (92), and for these accomplishments, Eades was named USHL Coach of the Year.

Under Eades’ leadership, the Stampede were the only team in the Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, culminating in winning the 2015 Clark Cup Championship on May 15 in Sioux Falls with a three game sweep over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Overall, he compiled a win/loss record of 125-70-14 (.599) with the Stampede.