Posted 144 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has added highly skilled forward Colton Kalezic to the roster for the 2018-2019 season. Kalezic skated for Canada East in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia and led the tournament in scoring. In addition to representing his home country of Canada on an international level, he also spent the 2017-2018 season with the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Kalezic was named a Top Prospect Forward by the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Awards Committee for the 2017-2018 season.
Colton Kalezic, 19, of Toronto, Canada has spent the last three seasons with the Toronto Patriots, and served as an Alternate Captain for the team during the 2017-2018 season. Kalezic finished the year in Toronto with 38 goals, 38 assists, and established himself as one of the leagues most talented players. Kalezic helped carry the Patriots to the Conference Finals in the 2018 OJHL Playoffs, scoring 10 goals in the post season. Toronto claimed the Brant Snow Memorial Trophy as OJHL Regular Season Champions after finishing the year He finished his 167 game OJHL career on April 10th as the Patriots fell to the Georgetown Raiders in Game 7 of the South-West Conference Finals. In total, Kalezic scored 66 goals, registered 75 assists, and recorded 141 points in his Toronto Patriots career. At the 2017 World Junior A Challenge, Kalezic netted 2 goals and recorded 4 assists during the tournament and was named Top Forward and First Team All-Star at the event. Previously, Kalezic announced a commitment to play college hockey for Northern Michigan University.
“Tri-City is a very well respected organization, I am familiar with their coaching staff and managers, and I could not pass on the opportunity to play for them. I understand that the culture and hockey being practiced in Tri-City is first class, and that is exactly what I need to get myself to the next level. I plan on bringing some experience, offense, and commitment to the Storm’s system this season.” – Forward Colton Kalezic
“Colton is a guy that I got to see this year at the World Junior A Challenge, he was the leading scorer on a Canada East team that lost in the semi-finals of that tournament. He is a player who has a habit of producing everywhere he’s been, and that’s not something that’s easy to find. With Brendan Budy leaving unexpectedly for Denver, we needed to find a player who we feel is proven and someone who can score at this level, and we were able to do that with Colton” – GM/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
Storm draft pick Brendan Budy will join the Denver Pioneers for the 2018-2019 season. Earlier this week, Denver forward Logan O’Connor signed an entry level deal with the Colorado Avalanche, leaving the Pioneers with an open roster spot.
2018-2019 season tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (308) 338-8144. The Storm’s home opener at the Viaero Center is set for Friday, October 12th vs. Des Moines.