Posted 2 years 27 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has named Matt Stewart Assistant Coach, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Monday. Stewart, 25, comes to the Storm after serving as an assistant in 2015-16 at Lawrence University, a NCAA Division III school in Appleton, Wisconsin that competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Storm coaching staff is comprised of Muckalt, second-year Assistant Coach Taylor Nelson and Stewart.
“The organization has been great to me,” said Stewart. “Bill and Taylor have been wonderful, as well as President of Hockey Operations Steve Lowe and Owner Kirk Brooks. I’m excited to jump into a top-notch organization and chase another Clark Cup. The USHL has a great tradition of developing and it’s something I’m looking forward to joining. I’m eager and anxious to meet and exceed that expectation.”
“Matt comes to us highly-recommended,” said Muckalt. “He has a bright future. We are excited to provide him with an opportunity to better himself and help our players improve. I think he’s going to be a very good addition to our staff.”
A former defenseman, the Brighton, Michigan native played three seasons in the USHL; one with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (2007-08) and two with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers (2009-11). Stewart won the Clark Cup in 2010 and was coached by current Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper. In 2011, Stewart made the Clark Cup Final with Green Bay.
Stewart Coaching Timeline
2016-present: Tri-City Storm (Assistant Coach)
2015-16: Lawrence University (Men’s Hockey Assistant Coach)
2010: Clark Cup Champion (Green Bay Gamblers)
2009: National Championship (Little Caesars U18)
After his USHL career, Stewart played four seasons (2011-15) at Western Michigan University. In 64 games, Stewart scored three goals and nine points. In his freshman year, the Broncos won the CCHA Conference Championship. Stewart was named to the All-Academic NCHC Conference squad in 2015, his senior season.
Stewart played his youth hockey for Little Caesars and won a 2009 National Championship with the U18 team.
Assistant Coach Ben Gordon has moved on to pursue another coaching opportunity, which will be announced at a later time.
Tickets for the Tri-City Storm’s home preseason game on Friday, September 2 against the Lincoln Stars are on sale at the Viaero Center Box Office. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. and is the Storm’s first since winning the Clark Cup over the Dubuque Fighting Saints in May. Admission is free for season ticket holders and $5 for the public.
Additionally, the Storm has released its 2016-17 promotional schedule. At the season opener on September 30 vs. Sioux City, the Storm celebrates its Clark Cup with a championship banner raising, championship t-shirt giveaway and a championship pennant giveaway! The game begins at 7:05 p.m. and is presented by Viaero Wireless. Tri-City will make single-game tickets available at a later date. Season tickets for the defending Clark Cup Champions are available now by calling 308-338-8144.