Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Mitchell Miller has been named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week for the second consecutive week following his performance in the Storm’s back to back home wins at the Viaero Center this weekend. Last week, Miller was named the USHL Defenseman of the Week for the first time in his career following a three goal, four assist performance in the Storm’s three road games. This week, Miller wins the award for the second straight week after recording four assists and finishing the weekend with a plus/minus rating of +5. Miller recorded two assists in Tri-City’s 3-2 defeat of the Fargo Force at the Viaero Center on Saturday night. The following day, Miller again notched two assists in the Storm’s 5-2 win over rival Omaha. With today’s announcement, Storm players have now been awarded Player of the Week honors on three occasions this season.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio recorded four assists this weekend in Tri-City’s back to back wins over the Fargo Force and Omaha Lancers. Miller now has seventeen assists this season, second most among Storm players this season. Miller is in the Top 5 in USHL scoring by defenseman this season, with only two players recording more assists than him this year. His twenty-two points are the 4th most recorded by a defenseman this season. In total, Miller has scored five goals and registered seventeen assists in his debut season with the Storm. Miller’s seventeen eight shots on goal are the second most shots on goal recorded this year by a defenseman.
Miller was drafted 17th overall in the 2nd round of the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and was acquired by the Storm in a trade on May 31st, 2019. Miller was a member of USA’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, its Bronze Medal winning team at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge and represented the Storm in the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game on January 20th in Plymouth, Michigan. He is the 48th ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting in its latest rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. He has eclipsed his previous career totals in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating (subject to change) in just thirty-four games played this season. Miller is currently on a six-game point streak dating back to January 11th. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey for the University of North Dakota.