Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL), has announced that Storm defenseman Mitchell Miller has been named to the All-USHL First Team for the 2019-2020 season. Miller joins defenseman Owen Power (Chicago Steel), goalie Erik Portillo (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and forwards Riese Gaber (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Brendan Brisson (Chicago Steel), and Alexander Campbell (Omaha Lancers) as players across the league named to the prestigious All-USHL First Team. Miller led the Storm this season in scoring by a defenseman with eight goals, twenty-five assists, and thirty-three points. Miller is an eligible prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft scheduled for June 26th-27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio appeared in forty-four of the Storm’s forty-eight regular season games, missing four games to represent the United States at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Miller was drafted 17th overall in the 2nd Round of the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He was acquired by the Storm in a trade on May 31st, 2019. Miller appeared in two games for the RoughRiders during the 2017-2018 season as an affiliate list call-up and appeared in forty-eight games during first full USHL season during the 2018-2019 season. Miller notched four goals and recorded twelve assists for sixteen points. He represented the United States on the gold-medal winning 2018 World Junior A Challenge team. His first goal with the Storm was scored on December 1st, 2019 in Tri-City’s 6-3 road win over the Lincoln Stars. Miller was named USHL Defenseman of the Week four times this season, winning the weekly award more times than any other player in the league. Miller’s first career weekly USHL award came on January 22nd, 2019 following a three goal, four assist, performance in Tri-City’s three road games against the Waterloo Black Hawks and Youngstown Phantoms (2). He received the same weekly honor three additional times during the 2019-2020 season on January 28th, February 18th, and February 25th. Miller also represented with the Storm at the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game, which replaced the previous format of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota.
“It’s a huge honor to be named to the All-USHL First Team because it shows all the hard work you put in throughout the season from off ice training to practices and games. The coaches were always willing to help me be a better person on and off the ice. My most memorable moments from this past season were at the Viaero Center playing with my best friends and playing in front of our loud fans who helped to create a great atmosphere for us.” Defenseman Mitchell Miller