Fargo Force

The Fargo Force is a Tier I junior ice hockey team in the Western Conference of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Fargo Force
Fargo Force Logo
City Fargo, North Dakota
League United States Hockey League
Conference West
Founded 2008
Home arena Scheels Arena
Colors Black, blue, white
Owner(s) Ace Brandt
General manager Cary Eades (2015–16)
Head coach Cary Eades (2015–16)
Franchise history
2008–present Fargo Force


  • Head coach and general manager: Cary Eades
  • Associate head coach: Pierre-Paul Lamoureux
  • Assistant coach and goalie coach: Eli Rosendahl
  • Assistant coach and director of scouting: Brad Lutsch


In early 2007, Fargo was granted a USHL team, intended as an anchor tenant for the then-under-construction Urban Plains Center, which is now called Scheels Arena. Dean Blais, former coach of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey program, was installed as the franchise's initial coach and general manager. The team was formed, in conjunction with a name-the-team contest to decide what the team would be called. After the choices were narrowed to Fargo Force, Fargo Phantoms, and Fargo Fire, the Force name was chosen. Twelve people submitted the Force name; as a result, they won a dinner with head coach Dean Blais and each received two season tickets to the Force's inaugural season.[1]

As a result of the Force's entry, the area's previous hockey team, the Fargo-Moorhead Jets of the North American Hockey League announced they were leaving the area in April 2008,[2] and folded later that year.[3]

Blais coached the team to the USHL's Clark Cup Finals in 2008–09, leaving to take the head coaching position at Nebraska-Omaha. His successor, Chad Johnson, a former assistant, again led the Force to the Finals in 2009–10. Assistant Jason Herter took over the team in 2010 when Johnson left to join the Lincoln Stars. Jason Herter left after the 2010–11 season to become an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. John Marks became head coach after leaving the same position for the Winkler Flyers in Manitoba, Canada.

Marks retired following the 2014–15 season and was replaced by former University of North Dakota player/assistant coach Cary Eades, who had just led the Sioux Falls Stampede to the 2014–15 Clark Cup Championship.

In 2018, Fargo won the Clark Cup finals over the Youngstown Phantoms for their first league championship since joining in 2008.

Season-by-season records

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2008–09 60 32 23 5 69 191 166 1135 3rd, Western Conf. Won quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Omaha Lancers
Won semifinals, 3–0 vs. Lincoln Stars
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 1–3 vs. Indiana Ice
2009–10 60 37 17 6 80 227 214 1474 2nd Western Conf. Won quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Won semifinals, 3–2 vs. Omaha Lancers
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 2–3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers
2010–11 60 33 22 5 71 173 151 1201 4th, Western Conf. Won conf. quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Lincoln Stars
Lost conf. semifinals, 0–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
2011–12 60 31 23 6 68 188 160 1007 4th, Western Conf. Won conf. quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Lost conf. semifinals, 1–3 vs. Lincoln Stars
2012–13 64 38 19 7 83 201 187 981 2nd, Western Conf. Won conf. semifinals, 3–2 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Won conf. finals, 3–2 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 0–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
2013–14 60 14 39 7 35 122 229 1275 8th, Western Conf. Did not qualify
2014–15 60 26 28 6 58 148 191 933 6th, Western Conf. Did not qualify
2015–16 60 32 26 2 66 157 150 995 5th, Western Conf. Did not qualify
2016–17 60 36 19 4 77 193 149 792 3rd, Western Conf. Lost conf. semifinals, 0–3 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
2017–18 60 37 16 7 81 208 133 985 3rd, Western Conf. Won first round, 2–0 vs. Tri-City Storm
Won conf. semifinals, 3–1 vs. Omaha Lancers
Won conf. finals, 3–1 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Won Clark Cup finals, 3–1 vs. Youngstown Phantoms


  1. ^ Fargo Force : About
  2. ^ Archive_order | INFORUM | Fargo, North Dakota - Moorhead, Minnesota
  3. ^ Fargo-Moorhead ceases operations

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