Posted 354 days ago ago by David Fine
Las Vegas, Nev. – The defending Clark Cup champion Tri-City Storm prepares to evaluate potential players for the 2016-17 season with the team’s annual Main Camp from June 12-18 at the Las Vegas Ice Center.
The week-long event consists of returning players, affiliate players from 2015-16, players selected in the 2016 USHL Draft and undrafted skaters and goalies looking to secure a roster spot.
Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt helps run the camp with assistants Ben Gordon and Taylor Nelson. Muckalt was at last season’s Main Camp, albeit in the stands, while serving as an Assistant Coach for Michigan Tech.
“We are excited to see all our returning players, affiliates, draft picks and new pieces attending camp,” Muckalt said. “It’s going to be a great week to work with our prospects and build our team. This week starts the preparation for the upcoming season.”
The Storm has 12 players from last season’s Clark Cup team expected to return. The forwards are Joe Cipollone, Justin Dixson, Monte Graham, Brian Hawkinson, Alex Limoges, Collin Rutherford and Paul Washe. Returning defensemen are Jason Krych, Joey Matthews, Jack McNeely and Carver Watson. Goaltender Dayton Rasmussen readies for his second USHL campaign.
Rasmussen, 17, was acquired from the Waterloo Black Hawks on November 13 and played 15 games with the Storm, going 4-3-3-2 with a 2.52 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
In the Clark Cup Playoffs, Limoges was second with nine assists and third with 14 points. He is Tri-City’s leading returning scorer, finishing sixth on the squad with 39 points (14 goals) in 43 regular-season games.
Krych, 19, is the most-experienced returner, entering his third full season with the Storm. McNeely was born in 1996, turns 20 in December and is the Storm’s oldest returner. McNeely paired with Joey Matthews throughout most of 2015-16 and the entire Clark Cup Playoffs.
Among new faces is Adam Goodsir, 17, who won NAHL Rookie of the Year with the Wichita Falls Wildcats in 2015-16. Committed to the University of Denver, Goodsir led the Wildcats with 28 regular-season goals, second in the league among rookies.
The Storm will provide camp updates on Stormhockey.com as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Youtube.
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.