Posted 2 years 61 days ago ago by David Fine
Las Vegas, Nev. – The Tri-City Storm has named its four remaining teams for its 2016 Tryout Camp. Of the 77 players, there are 41 forwards, 24 defensemen and 12 goalies. Ten players currently at camp are returners from last season’s 2016 Clark Cup championship team.
The remainder of Tryout Camp is called Main Camp and has three days of games. There are four games on Thursday, June 16 and three on Friday, June 17. Saturday morning is the final game, featuring two all-star squads.
“This is a great chance for us to evaluate for next year,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt. “It’s kind of like baking a cake. A lot of different ingredients go into a good recipe. There are different roles to fill.”
A mix of first-year and veteran highlights Tri-City’s Main Camp.
Defenseman Jace Foskey, 16, has advanced to the next stage. He was the Storm’s Phase I first-round pick in the 2016 USHL Draft. The native of Southlake, Texas stands 6-foot-1, 174 pounds.
“We are really excited with Jace,” said Muckalt. “He has a really good frame and a good stick. He’s done some excellent things here and we are ready to continue to watch him.”Also new to the group is Notre Dame commit Nate Clurman. The 18-year-old blueliner played for the Culver Military Academy in 2015-16 and NHL Central Scouting ranked him #187 among North American skaters for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Clurman was picked by the Storm in the 13th round of Phase II 2015 USHL Draft. The native of Boulder, Colorado was a member of the Tri-City’s affiliate list last season.
“He has really good size and is a mobile defenseman that we think has NHL potential,” said Steve Lowe, President of Hockey Operations.
Forward Adam Goodsir, 17, was named 2016 NAHL Rookie of the Year with the Wichita Falls Wildcats, blasting 28 goals. Goodsir is committed to the University of Denver.
“He had a tremendous year,” Muckalt said. “I know NHL teams are excited to watch him play.”
The staff also looks to first-year forward Jack Jensen to make an impact camp. The 5-foot-11, 169-pound forward played for Eden Prairie’s bantam team last season.
“He has really good offensive upside and has a knack to make plays,” Muckalt said.
Among returners is goaltender Dayton Rasmussen, who split time with Jake Kielly during the regular season. The 17-year-old from Eden Prarie, Minnesota played 15 games with the Storm, going 4-3-3-2 with a 2.52 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
“It’s great to be familiar with Dayton in net,” Muckalt explained. “Our Assistant Coach Taylor Nelson has done a great job working with him since he arrived and we are excited to see him take that next step.”
Alex Limoges, 18, is the Storm’s top returning points scorer, contributing 14 goals and 39 points in 43 regular-season games.
“Alex is a tremendous worker and we can’t wait to see him this season,” Muckalt said.
The Storm’s Facebook and Twitter pages will post results of games.
Watch the defending champions at the Viaero Center in 2016-17 by purchasing season tickets. Packages are on sale now and can be secured by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8011.