Posted 295 days ago ago by David Fine
Affiliate forward expected to make USHL debut
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has added affiliate forward Blais Richartz to the active roster, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Friday. The 16-year-old is expected to be in the lineup for the Storm’s Friday and Saturday home games.
“Playing in the USHL has always been a goal of mine,” Richartz said. “I'm proud to be part of the Tri City Storm and excited for the opportunity this weekend.”
Standing 6-foot, 181 pounds, Richartz moved to Michigan this fall from his home in Menomonie, Wisconsin to play for Victory Honda U16 (T1EHL). The captain leads the team with 16 goals and 25 points in 32 games. The 5-foot-10, 185-lb., left-handed shot tendered with the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness in December and has skated in three games.
“He likes to shoot the puck and has a high compete level,” said Steve Lowe, the Storm’s President of Hockey Operations. “He is a power forward with an edge.”
Richartz spent his freshman and sophomore years at Menomonie High School and led the group with 26 goals and 49 points last season. The Storm selected Richartz in the 14th round, 226th overall, in the USHL’s 2016 Phase II Draft.
Victory Honda helped develop active Storm players Jack Summers and Ronnie Attard (captained Victory Honda in 2015-16). Last season, Attard and Summers led Victory Honda to the U16 National Championship game.
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Tri-City begins a four-game home stand on Friday, February 24 at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux Falls on “Pack it In Purple Night”, presented by the Kearney Hub and the United Way. The Storm will wear one-night-only jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. Saturday, February 25 at 7:05 p.m., Tri-City hosts Sioux City for Hockey Appreciation Night, with a free postgame skate after, presented by Graham Tire.