Posted 297 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm picked forward Tyler Ward with the seventh overall pick and goaltender Filip Larsson with the eighth overall selection in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft on Tuesday. Ward is committed to the 2017 NCAA National Champion Denver. Larsson was selected in the 6th round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.
Ward, 17, scored 14 goals and 30 points in 34 games with Merritt (BCHL) this season. In the BCHL playoffs, Ward scored nine goals and 16 points in 11 games. Ward stands 5-foot-10, weighs 170 pounds and is a native of Kamloops, British Columbia. In two years with Merritt, he has scored 31 goals and 57 points in 86 games.
Larsson played junior hockey in Sweden for Djurgardens IF 20, pitching a 2.24 goals against average and .925 save percentage in 31 games. The 6-foot-2, 185-lb. backstopper is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. In 2015-16, Larsson and Sweden won a silver medal in the U18 World Junior Championship. Larsson said his favorite player is New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who is also from Sweden.
The Storm is eligible to select all junior-age players not protected by other USHL teams in Phase II of the USHL Draft, which finishes Tuesday, May 2. Tri-City picked 11 players born in the year 2001 during Monday’s Phase I selection.
On May 4 at 7 p.m., the Storm will hold a 2017 Draft Party at the Viaero Center open to season ticket holders. Tri-City will raffle off three big prizes: a vacation (hotel and plane tickets) to Las Vegas, a trip (hotel and game tickets) to the College World Series and tickets to a Kansas City Royals game. Tri-City will also raffle Storm prize packs and have free food and drinks served.
Call 308-338-8144 or visit the Viaero Center Box Office to register for 2017-18 Storm season tickets.