Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL), has announced that Storm forward Matthew Knies has been named to the USHL’s All-Rookie First Team for the 2019-2020 season. Knies joins forwards Brendan Brisson (Chicago Steel), and Ryan Kirwan (Madison Capitols), along with defenseman Evan Nause (Sioux Falls), defenseman Christian Jimenez (Sioux City Musketeers), and goaltender Simon Latkoczy (Madison Capitols) as players across the league named to the prestigious USHL All-Rookie First Team. Knies led all Storm rookies in scoring this season with fourteen goals, thirty-one assists, and forty-five points. Knies is an eligible prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft.
Matthew Knies, 17, of Phoenix, Arizona 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. Knies finished the year second among all USHL rookies in assists, points, and power play points. The Storm drafted Knies 38th overall in the 3rd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft. Knies netted his first career USHL goal on October 10th, 2019 in Tri-City’s 4-1 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede at the Viaero Center. His first career multi-goal game came on November 1st, 2019 in Tri-City’s 3-1 road win over the Fargo Force. Knies was named the USHL’s Forward of the Week on December 31st, 2019 for the first time in his career following a three goal, three assist performance against the Sioux City Musketeers in back to back games. Prior to joining the Storm, Knies skated for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes program in Scottsdale, Arizona. Knies previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota.
“It’s a huge honor for me to follow recent Storm players Zac Jones, Shane Pinto, and Isaiah Saville in being named to the USHL’s All-Rookie Team. I am glad to be able to represent Tri-City, and my teammates, who were such a big part of my success. Looking back on last season, scoring my first goal in the USHL was a huge moment for me. The whole season was a lot of fun and I was looking forward to playing in the playoffs. Right now, I am trying to focus on getting stronger, and faster in preparation for next season.” Forward Matthew Knies