Posted 2 years 99 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Former Storm Assistant Coach Ben Gordon has accepted the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations position at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Gordon, 31, was one of two Storm assistants during the 2015-16 season and coached the team to its first Clark Cup. The native of International Falls, Minnesota played for the university from 2004-08 and led the Golden Gophers in goals during the 2007-08 season.
The Storm hired 25-year-old Assistant Coach Matt Stewart on August 30. The Storm staff consists of Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt, Assistant Coach Taylor Nelson and Stewart.
Gordon came to the Storm after serving as Assistant Coach with the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota during 2014-15. He served as Interim Head Coach for part of the season at the NCAA Division III school.
“We are excited for Coach Gordon to move back to his home school at Minnesota and happy to have had his expertise and leadership last season,” said Bill Muckalt, Head Coach and General Manager. “We wish Ben the best of luck and are excited to follow his career path.”
Gordon post-playing timeline
2016-present: University of Minnesota (Assistant Director of Hockey Operations)
2015-16: Tri-City Storm (Assistant Coach)
2014-15: St. Scholastica (Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach)
Gordon played for the Lincoln Stars from 2002-04 and won championship with the club in 2003. During his four seasons at the University of Minnesota, he qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times, won the WCHA regular season title twice and captured a conference playoff championship in 2006-07. In 2007-08, Gordon was best on the club with 15 goals.
Following his collegiate career, Gordon played professional in the ECHL, AHL, DEL and CHL from 2008-14, amassing 143 goals and 380 points in 362 games. He competed for nine professional teams and retired from the Tulsa Oilers in 2014.
Check out the Storm’s full schedule for the 2016-17 season here. The Storm’s opens the season September 23 at Lincoln and plays its first home game on Friday, September 30 vs. Sioux City.