The Tri-City Storm won its first Clark Cup in Bill Muckalt's first season as Head Coach. Tri-City ran through the 2016 postseason with a 9-2 record, sweeping Sioux Falls, beating Waterloo in five games and dispatching Dubuque, 3-0, in the Clark Cup Final.
The series wins helped the Storm rid it of some previous demons; Sioux Falls had eliminated the Storm from the postseason in 2014-15 and Waterloo beat Tri-City in the 2004 Clark Cup Final.
In the 2015-16 regular season, the Storm went 28-15-10-7 (73 points) and clinched the Western Conference regular season title for the second time. Muckalt instituted a balanced team; Tri-City finished seventh in goals for (3.05 GF/GM), seventh in goals against (2.73 GA/GM), third on the power play (20.8%) and sixth on the penalty kill (84.4%).
Muckalt, a former NHL player from 1998-2003, is the seventh coach in Tri-City Storm history.