Posted 20 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm forward Sam Hentges was selected 210th Overall in the 7th Round of Saturday’s NHL Draft in Dallas, Texas by the Minnesota Wild. With Minnesota’s selection, Hentges became the 36th player in Storm history to be selected in the NHL Draft. Hentges scored 4 goals and provided 2 assists to the Storm offense in 7 games played with Tri-City this season.
Hentges, 18, of Fridley, MN, completed his first season in the USHL with the Storm after being acquired in a trade with Des Moines on January 10th. Following the trade, Hentges provided the Storm offense with an immediate spark, scoring three goals during the weekend of January 19th-20th in Tri-City’s road sweep of the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Youngstown Phantoms. In Tri-City’s 2-1 OT win over Youngstown, Hentges scored both the game tying goal in the 2nd period and the game winning goal in overtime. His playing time with the Storm was cut short due to injury during the final months of the season. Prior to his time with Tri-City, Hentges netted 4 goals and recorded 8 assists in 16 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers. In 23 total games during the 2017-2018 season, Hentges scored 8 goals and recorded 10 assists. His points per game of 0.78 was the best among all Storm players this season.
“Being drafted was unbelievable, especially since it was my favorite and hometown team who selected me! I wasn’t expecting to be drafted since I had been hurt for most of the season. I got a congratulatory text message from one of my buddies, so I turned on the TV and saw my name. I’m focusing on getting back to 100% so I’m ready to go this fall with the Huskies. I’m working on getting stronger and better every day. The experience this year in the USHL was great! It’s a really good league, and every shift you are playing against really good players. It was a bit of an adjustment coming from high school but my teammates were great and made it a lot easier. My time with Tri-City was so much fun! It’s such a great organization and they really cared about us! Coach Noreen is the best coach in the league and it was a blast playing for him! I wish I could’ve played a lot more games for him. My billets were like a second family to me, and it was an easy transition from another great billet family in Des Moines. I want to say thanks again to the Tri-City organization for making my time playing so special!” – Forward Sam Hentges
“Sam had a great tournament for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge, he provided the team with great chemistry, and showed that he was a special offensive player. He was great in the games he played for us in Tri-City and it would’ve been exciting for us and for our fans if he had stayed healthy through the playoffs. Sam getting drafted by his hometown team is a special story. I believe he is a late bloomer, and it’s a tremendous accomplishment for him to be drafted by an NHL team after being selected in the 15th Round of the USHL draft. It was extremely fun and enjoyable to get to know him and watch him play this season.” – Head Coach/GM Anthony Noreen
Prior to his time in the USHL, Hentges put together a solid career at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, MN. Hentges captained the Eagles team during his final season, scoring 29 goals in 23 games. He scored a total of 43 goals in 47 games during his final two seasons with Totino-Grace.
Hentges previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is set to begin his freshman season with the Huskies in the fall.