Posted 2 years 3 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – One day before the Storm opened the 2016 Clark Cup Final, Tri-City Storm forward Carson Meyer grinned when asked about linemate and friend Brandon Duhaime.
“He rattles everybody that’s out there on the other team,” Meyer explained. “I know if anybody tries anything with me … he’ll jump right in. He’s not scared of anybody.”
Duhaime brought physical authority to the Storm, one of its many sparks on the path to the Clark Cup. He was traded for the first time in his life on February 6 from the Chicago Steel. His first Storm game was February 12, the start of Tri-City’s team-record 13-game point streak.
“It was the best thing that could have happened,” Duhaime said. “I think the guys really liked my willingness to stand up for teammates.”
In the first month with Tri-City, Duhaime scored two goals, added an assist and took 35 penalty minutes. The rough stuff included a fighting major where he mashed Madison’s Eugene Fadyeyev.
The native of Parkland, Florida also demonstrated his trademark power-forward skills, tallying five goals and ten points in 18 regular-season games with the Storm. Overall, Duhaime had 15 goals, 42 points and 143 penalty minutes during the regular season.
In the playoffs, the Providence-bound forward said he saw how much winning meant “to the guys who played here last season. Seeing them and their excitement.”
In one of the most-exciting goals of the playoffs, he scored a short-handed, go-ahead tally by deking through a defender’s legs in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against Waterloo. The Storm won the do-or-die contest, 5-3, to move to the Clark Cup Final. The 6-foot-1, 198-lb. winger ripped four goals and eight points in 11 postseason games.
Displaying his versatility, Duhaime moved from left wing to center for the final six games of the playoffs with Paul Washe and Nico Sturm out.
Duhaime arrives at Providence College on July 5 and will prepare with the team by training through August.
“College hockey is faster and physical. I am working on my speed and my skill set to continue rounding my game out.”
Tri-City Storm season tickets are available for 2016-17 and can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8011.