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Sioux Falls Signs Grimes to Tender Agreement


Mount St. Charles Academy forward becomes third tender for Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls Stampede announced that they have signed defenseman Matthew Grimes to a tender for the 2023-24 season.
Born in Locust Valley, N.Y., Grimes has played for Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I., the past two seasons. The lefthanded-shooting defenseman had 11 goals and 35 assists for 46 points in 51 games with the Mount St. Charles 15U team in 2022-23 and posted a 9-46—55 stat line in 61 games with the 14U team in 2021-22.
“We could not be more excited to have Matthew a part of the Stampede moving forward,” stated Stampede General Manager, Tony Gasparini. “We feel he is one of the top defensemen in his birth year in all of the United States and is going to have a big hand in our success over the next few seasons. We can’t wait to have him join the club,” added Gasparini.
“Our organization has had the opportunity to watch Matthew many times this year and he has proven to be an elite defenseman,” said Stampede Head Coach, Eric Rud. “We are excited to have him as a part of the Stampede family.”
The USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two 2007 birth year players in exchange for their first and second-round picks in the 2023 USHL Phase I Draft, which will take place May 2, 2023.
As a result of signing Grimes the Sioux Falls will surrender their first-round pick in Phase I of the USHL Draft this upcoming spring.
The final day for USHL teams to sign a tender is April 29, 2023. Each tendered player will be on their respective team’s roster the next season and play at least 55% of the team’s regular season games.

Grimes becomes the third tender in Stampede team history, joining Cameron McDonald (2019) and Jaxon Nelson (2016).

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