Posted 2 years 7 days ago ago by David Fine
The defending Clark Cup Champion Tri-City Storm opens the 2016-17 regular season at Lincoln this Friday, September 23 at 7:35 p.m. Tri-City is at Sioux Falls to take on the Stampede September 24 at 7:05 p.m. Both games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM.
After the first two regular season games, the Storm prepares for its home opener, Championship Night, on Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m vs. Sioux City.
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The Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship Banner and give away a special championship pennant to the first 1,000 fans. Presented by Viaero Wireless, Championship Night will include a pregame ceremony to honor last season’s championship team as well as tributes throughout the night.
On the next night, October 1, Tri-City hosts Lincoln for Nebraska Lottery Night at 7:05 p.m. The Storm gives away magnet schedules and lottery tickets throughout the night!
New Box Office Hours, plenty of promotions
Viaero Center Box Office hours are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Box Office’s number is 308-338-8011.
Single-game tickets and season tickets are all available for the 2016-17 season. Watch Tri-City defend the Clark Cup at the Viaero Center.
Tri-City’s promotional schedule is also out and features 30 great nights. In particular, Taco Bell has teamed up with the Storm for $5 Kids Fridays!
After Championship Night on September 30 and Nebraska Lottery Night, the Storm hosts Green Bay on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. On Thursday, Tri-City gives away season tickets to four lucky fans! Friday is Hocktoberfest, with $1 beers, presented by Bud Light.
Coming out swinging
The Storm’s first two games, at Lincoln on Friday and at Sioux Falls on Saturday, are against two of Tri-City’s fiercest Western Conference rivals. Tri-City won the season series against both in 2015-16 and swept the Stampede out of the opening round of the Clark Cup Playoffs.
In particular, Tri-City has had recent success against Lincoln, the Storm’s closest geographical foe. After losing all nine games against Lincoln in 2012-13, Tri-City has won the season series against the Stars the last three seasons (14-7-0-3 record).
The Storm and Lincoln duel nine times in the regular season, tied for the most times the squads have met in a regular season.
Tri-City earned revenge against Sioux Falls by defeating the Stampede in the 2016 playoffs; Sioux Falls knocked the Storm out of the 2015 playoffs. After the Storm won the six-game regular season series last season (3-1-2-0), Tri-City and the Herd play four times in 2016-17.
Captains announcement, with a Kearney High twist
Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt named defenseman Jack McNeely Captain for the 2016-17 season. Alex Limoges, Brian Hawkinson and Joey Matthews as the assistants. All four won the 2016 Clark Cup with the Storm.
In particular, two of the Storm’s leaders, Limoges and Hawkinson, have a strong connection to Kearney High School. Both attended during the 2015-16 school year and graduated in 2016. Limoges is Tri-City’s leading returning scorer (14g, 25a).
The 19-year-old McNeely is the second-oldest player on the team. He was paired with Matthews for nearly all of the 2015-16 season.