Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced that Mitchell Miller has been named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week for Week 17 of the 2019-2020 season. Miller scored three goals, recorded four assists, and finished the week with a plus/minus rating of +3 in the Storm’s three road games against Waterloo and Youngstown. Today marks the first time this season that Tri-City has had a player named the USHL Defenseman of the Week, and the second time this season the Storm have had a player awarded Player of the Week Honors. Matthew Knies was named the USHL’s Forward of the Week on December 31st.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio has appeared in 32 games with Tri-City this season, after beginning his USHL career last year with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Miller has scored 5 goals this season and notched 13 assists for the Storm offense. In games played this week, Miller set new career highs for offensive production in a single season. His 5 goals, 13 assists, and 18 points notched this season are all new single season career highs for Miller. He scored a goal in all three of Tri-City’s road games this week. Miller is the 48th ranked North American skater in Central Scouting’s Midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. Earlier this week, Miller competed for Team Gomez in the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game in Plymouth, MI. Before his USHL career with Cedar Rapids and Tri-City, Miller skated for the Honeybaked and Compuware programs in Detroit, Michigan. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Today marks the first time in Miller’s USHL Career that he has been awarded USHL Defenseman of the Week honors.
“I was looking to shoot a little more last week, but my teammates were finding me and doing a good job screening the goalie. Being named the Defenseman of the Week is a pretty cool achievement, it definitely helps with my confidence going forward. I’ve been trying to shoot a lot more lately, but my biggest focus right now is improving my skating skills” Defenseman Mitchell Miller
“Mitchell was a big part of the success that we had during last week’s road trip. He has continued to get better over the course of the season, and he’s taken a big step since coming back from the World Junior A Challenge.”- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen