Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced its Captains for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season ahead of tonight’s rivalry game against the Omaha Lancers at the Viaero Center. Chase McLane and Joe Berg will serve as the Storm’s Captains for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. Calvin Dybicz, Ian Murphy, Benji Eckerle, Colby Ambrosio, Mike Koster, and Mitchell Miller will serve as the Storm’s Alternate Captains. Captains and Alternate Captains will alternate wearing letters on their sweaters based on the jersey the team wears for each game. (Home, Away, Alternate). In games where Chase McLane wears the “C”, Joe Berg will wear an “A”, and vice versa.
Chase McLane, 19, of Trenton, Michigan has been named a Captain of this year’s team after serving as an Alternate Captain last season. McLane has appeared in ninety-four games with the Storm since the 2017-2018 season. McLane has scored eleven goals and provided the Tri-City offense with thirty-three assists during that time. McLane netted his first career USHL goal on February 10th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 6-3 home loss to the Fargo Force. His most recent goal was scored on January 25th in Tri-City’s 3-2 home win over the Fargo Force. McLane was a member of Tri-City’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team and previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Penn State University.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named Captain of the Tri-City Storm. It’s a great feeling, we’re really close as a team, and we’re looking forward to these two games against Omaha this weekend.” – Chase McLane
Joe Berg, 20, of Plano, Texas has been named a Captain of this year’s team after appearing in fifty-seven games with last year’s Anderson Cup Championship Tri-City Storm team. In total, Berg has skated in one hundred and thirty-three USHL games over his three-year career. He has scored thirteen career goals and notched fourteen assists during that time. Berg was acquired by the Storm in May of 2018 in a transaction with the Omaha Lancers. He scored his first career USHL goal on December 28th, 2016 in Omaha’s 4-1 road loss to the Madison Capitols. His most recent goal was scored on January 17th in Tri-City’s 4-1 road defeat of the Youngstown Phantoms. Berg previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Princeton University.
“It’s a huge honor to be named a Captain of this year’s team along with my teammate Chase McLane. For the coaches to have that belief in me and Chase, it certainly means a lot. We’re going to continue to do what we’ve done for the past two years here and hopefully the success continues.” Joe Berg
Calvin Dybicz, 19, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois has been named one of the Storm’s six Alternate Captains for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. Dybicz is a veteran of more than one hundred USHL games played and was a member of the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team. In total, Dybicz has appeared in one hundred and six USHL games and has scored two goals. He has also recorded fourteen assists during that time. Dybicz netted his first career USHL goal on December 8th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 4-2 home win over the Fargo Force. His most recent goal came on November 30th, 2019 in the Storms 8-5 road loss to the Lincoln Stars. Dybicz previously announced a commitment to play collegiately at Michigan State University.
Ian Murphy, 20, of Scituate, Massachusetts will serve as an Alternate Captain for the Storm after winning an Anderson Cup Championship with the team in his first season in the USHL last year. Murphy was selected 202nd overall in the 13th Round of the 2018 USHL Phase II draft by the Storm. He has skated in ninety-eight USHL games and has scored twelve goals. Murphy has also provided the Tri-City offense with eighteen assists. His first career USHL goal was scored on September 28th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 2-1 victory over the Madison Capitols at the 2018 USHL Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, PA. His most recent goal was scored on December 27th, 2019 in Tri-City’s 7-4 win over the Sioux City Musketeers at the Viaero Center. Murphy previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Princeton University.
Benji Eckerle, 20, of Northville, Michigan is in the midst of a breakout season offensively, as he as already surpassed last season’s totals in goals, assists, and points. He has scored fourteen goals and recorded sixteen assists in forty-two games played in the 2019-2020 regular season. Eckerle was selected 218th overall in the 14th Round of the 2018 USHL Phase II draft by the Storm and was a member of last season’s Anderson Cup Championship team. Eckerle has appeared in ninety-five USHL games and has scored twenty goals, recorded forty-seven assists, and he is currently three points shy of reaching fifty points in his USHL career. Eckerle scored two goals in his USHL regular season debut with the Storm on September 27th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 5-4 defeat of the Youngstown Phantoms in the opening game of the 2018-2019 regular season at the 2018 USHL Fall Classic. Eckerle’s most recent goal was scored on January 26th in Tri-City’s 5-2 home defeat of the Omaha Lancers. Eckerle previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Arizona State University.
Colby Ambrosio, 17, of Welland, Ontario is currently leading all Storm players with twenty-four goals scored in the 2019-2020 regular season. Only two players in the USHL have scored more goals than Ambrosio this season. He has recorded twenty assists this season and his forty-four points leads all Storm players. On April 14th, 2018 Ambrosio was signed by the team to a tender agreement for the 2018-2019 season. Ambrosio scored twelve goals and registered twelve assists in his rookie season last year with the Storm. He was a member of last year’s Anderson Cup Championship team. Ambrosio’s first career USHL goal was scored October 16th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 3-1 home defeat of the Lincoln Stars. He scored two goals and recorded an assist in Tri-City’s 5-2 road defeat of the Madison Capitols this past weekend. Ambrosio previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Boston College.
Mike Koster, 18, of Chaska, Minnesota has appeared in sixty-seven career USHL games beginning in the 2017-2018 regular season. Koster was selected 2nd Overall in the 1st Round of the 2017 USHL Phase I draft by the Storm. He scored his first career USHL goal on March 30th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 5-2 road loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. With three goals and thirteen assists recorded this season, Koster has already surpassed his previous single season totals in his USHL career. He has provided the Tri-City offense with seven goals and twenty-five assists in his career. This past June, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Koster became one of five Tri-City Storm players to be selected at the 2019 NHL Draft. Koster was selected 146th Overall in the 5th Round of the of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. In total, forty-two Tri-City Storm players have been drafted by NHL member clubs. Koster became the first player in team history to be drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. His most recent goal was scored last Saturday in Tri-City’s 5-2 road defeat of the Madison Capitols. Koster previously announced a commitment to play collegiately at the University of Minnesota.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio has been named one of the Storm’s Alternate Captains for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. Miller was acquired by the Storm in a transaction with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on May 31st, 2019. He has appeared in eighty-eight career USHL games, thirty-eight of those with the Tri-City Storm. Miller has scored eleven career goals and posted thirty-six assists in his USHL career. His first career USHL goal was scored on October 13th, 2018 in Cedar Rapids’ 6-3 home loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. His most recent goal was scored in the Storm’s most recent game, at 5-0 road shutout of the Madison Capitols this past Sunday. Miller is the reigning USHL Defenseman of the Week, an award that he was won three times during the 2019-2020 season. He is the 48th best North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s most recent prospect rankings for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft. Miller represented the Storm earlier this season at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge and the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota.
The 2019-2020 Tri-City Storm Captains and Alternate Captains have a combined 780 games of experience in the USHL. Each year under reigning USHL Coach of the Year Anthony Noreen, the Storm have had two players serve as Captain. Ronnie Attard and Connor McMenamin each wore the “C” during the 2018-2019 season, and Adam Goodsir and Brian Hawkinson served as team Captains during the 2017-2018 season. Last season, Tri-City announced its Captain selections on the afternoon of November 16th, 2018. Later that night, Tri-City defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks by a final score of 2-1 with both Ronnie Attard and Connor McMenamin scoring in their debuts as Captains.
“To me there is no bigger honor in all of sports than being the Captain of a hockey team. It’s something that’s special and unique to our game. It was clear that Chase and Joe were the leaders of our locker room, and they will wear the “C” with a ton of pride. Those guys have certainly earned it, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. The guys in the Alternate Captain role are also much deserving of that honor. All of our Captains this year represent what our organization is all about, and I know that those guys will wear those letters with pride because I know how much it means to our fans, I know how much it means to our staff, and in our locker room as well.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen