Dakota Joshua A Perfect Fit For Stampede

Member of gold medal winning USA team at the World Junior A Challenge

A kid name Dakota playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede in SOUTH DAKOTA.

Sounds kinda funny right?

“Ahhhh it was definitely weird seeing my name on all the stuff around here but it’s kind of cool at the same time!” Stampede Forward Dakota Joshua says.

The thing that the rest of the USHL has found out is that playing against Dakota Joshua is no laughing matter.

“He’s really matured into a dependable player and a really likeable kid. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s fun to be around.” Stampede Head Coach Cary Eades says.

Since scoring in his first game at the end of the 2012-13 season, Dakota has been piling up points, scoring 28 goals and assisting on 34.

“It’s definitely been a growing process learning how to lead. And it just takes improvement every day at practice and then carrying it over into games.” Dakota says.

As one of the few returning veterans, Joshua has become the leader and face of the team, representing them on the gold medal winning United States team at the World Junior A Challenge last month.

“Yeah, I mean, especially in these tight games, we look to Dakota all the time. He’s there for us, he’s supportive of us.” Stampede Forward Kieffer Bellows says.

“I played with a lot of good players and it showed that you can’t always be the scorer or the guy making plays, and you got to do other things to help the team win.” Joshua says.

And before he begins his college career at Ohio State, Dakota wants to bring a Clark Cup to South Dakota.


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