Head Coach, General Manager
Experience: 2nd season (USHL regular season record: 49-46-16-9)
USHL regular season record: 49-46-16-9
USHL Clark Cup Playoffs record: 9-2
Birthdate: July 15, 1974
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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Storm Head Coach Bill Muckalt completed his second season with the Storm in 2016-17. In his first season, Bill Muckalt led the Storm to its first Clark Cup, sweeping the Dubuque Fighting Saints in three games. He is the seventh coach in Tri-City Storm history.
The Storm ran through the 2016 postseason with a 9-2 record, sweeping Sioux Falls, beating Waterloo in five games and dispatching Dubuque, 3-0, in the Clark Cup Final.
The series wins helped the Storm rid it of some previous demons; Sioux Falls had eliminated the Storm from the postseason in 2014-15 and Waterloo beat Tri-City in the 2004 Clark Cup Final.
During 2016-17, Muckalt and the Storm got Tri-City off to a 2-0-0-1 start, the second straight season the club earned points in its first three games. The Storm had three captains in 2016-17: Jack McNeely, Alex Limoges and Adam Goodsir. McNeely (Muskegon) and Limoges (Waterloo) were traded midseason to contending clubs.
In February, Tri-City dealt five players in exchange for draft picks and prospects to build for the future. The Storm finished the 2016-17 season regular season with a 21-31-6-2 record, eighth in the Western Conference with 50 points. Despite going 6-12-2-0 after the trades, the Storm finished the regular season by splitting their final six games. .
For the second straight season under Muckalt, the Storm established a single-season record for fewest penalty minutes. In 2016-17, Tri-City took 714 PIMs. In 2015-16, the Storm were assessed 726.
Muckalt helped develop 2016-17 standouts Linus Weissbach (19g, 28a), Wyatt Bongiovanni (12g, 18a) and Adam Goodsir (16g,10a), the team's top three scorers, throughtout 2016-17. From November 23 - March 11, Weissbach was second in the league with 37 points. Goodsir finished third in goals among USHL rookies. Bongiovanni more than doubled his goals and points total from 2015-16.
In the 2015-16 regular season, the Storm went 28-15-10-7 (73 points) and clinched the Western Conference regular season title for the second time. Muckalt instituted a balanced team; Tri-City finished seventh in goals for (3.05 GF/GM), seventh in goals against (2.73 GA/GM), third on the power play (20.8%) and sixth on the penalty kill (84.4%).
The Storm went on a team-record 13-game point streak from February 12 - March 19. The run moved Tri-City into first place in its conference.
Muckalt presided over the development of Carson Meyer, the team's leading goal scorer (32) and Wade Allison, who won Clark Cup MVP with a league-best nine goals in the postseason. Allison was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Storm forward Brandon Duhaime, a midseason acquisition from Chicago, was selected in the fourth round by the Minnesota Wild. Goaltender Jake Kielly set the Storm's postseason record with a 1.64 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.
A forward in the NHL for five seasons from 1998-2003, Muckalt came to Kearney from Michigan Technological University, where he served as an assistant coach for the Huskies for the last four seasons.
During 2014-15, Muckalt helped direct Michigan Tech to a 29-10-2 record, tied for the most wins in college hockey, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The campaign marked the first 20-win season for MTU since the 1982-83 year.
With Michigan Tech, Muckalt coached Tanner Kero, the 2014-15 WCHA Player of the Year who signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Others from MTU to sign pro contracts include Blake Peitila with the New Jersey Devils and former Storm goaltender Phoenix Copley with the Washington Capitals.
In 2014-15, Michigan Tech had a No. 1 national ranking for the first time since 1976 and boasted the largest goal differential in Division I hockey, finishing second in goals against average (1.80) and fifth in goals per game (3.51).
Before Michigan Tech, the Surrey, B.C. native was head coach of the New Mexico Mustangs in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) during 2010-11.
He spent a season as head coach of the Valencia Flyers of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) in the 2009-10 season.
The 42-year-old starred at the University of Michigan for four years from 1994-98, winning two National Championships in 1996 and 1998. He scored 105 goals and 226 total points during his four-year college career and was named a first team All-American and a Hobey Baker finalist as a senior in 1998.
A draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1994 NHL Draft, Muckalt debuted for the Canucks in 1998 after graduating from Michigan and tallied 16 goals and 20 assists in 73 games during his rookie season.
Muckalt also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild. His NHL career included 256 games, 97 points, and five Stanley Cup Playoffs games with Minnesota in 2003.