Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced multiple transactions ahead of the 2020 USHL Draft. The 2020 USHL Phase I Draft begins today at 3:00pm CT and the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft begins tomorrow at 1:00pm CT.
The Storm have acquired goaltender Grant Riley and a 2021 Phase II 2nd Round draft pick from the Madison Capitols in exchange for Affiliate List Defenseman Nick Wallace and Affiliate List Forward Casey Severo. Additionally, the Storm has completed a transaction with the Green Bay Gamblers to acquire the 24th overall pick in the 2nd Round of the 2020 Phase II Draft and the 42nd Overall pick in the 3rd Round of the 2020 Phase I Draft in exchange for Affiliate List Defenseman Owen Murray and a conditional draft pick in the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft.
Grant Riley, 17, of Rochester, New York was drafted 70th Overall in the 5th Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft and spent the 2019-2020 season with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In thirty-seven appearances in net for the Jets, Riley produced a record of 15-19-1-1. He finished the season with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.15, and a save percentage of 0.911%. Riley is an eligible prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft and was ranked as the 21st best North American goaltender in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings. Riley previously played for the Rochester Coalition and appeared in one game during the 2018-2019 season for the Madison Capitols. He participated in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 USA Hockey Select Camp. Riley stands at 6’4’’, 194lbs, and previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Boston College.
Owen Murray, 17, of Decker, Manitoba was drafted 61st overall in the 5th Round of the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft and spent the 2019-2020 on the Storm’s affiliate list skating for the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). Murray scored four goals and recorded twenty-two assists in thirty games with the team this season. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Massachusetts.
Nick Wallace, 16, of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey was selected 30th overall in the 2nd Round of the 2019 USHL Phase I Draft and spent the 2019-2020 season on the Storm’s affiliate list skating for the North Jersey Avalanche of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL). Wallace scored one goal and recorded twelve assists in twenty-three games with the team this season.
Casey Severo, 19, of Pittsford, New York was drafted 71st overall by the Storm in the 5th Round of the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft and spent the 2019-2020 season on the Storm’s affiliate list skating for the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Severo scored twenty-seven goals and recorded twenty-four assists in twenty-seven games played with the team this season.
“In acquiring Grant Riley, we feel he is the best available goaltender from the North American Hockey League (NAHL) who is back for another year of junior hockey. We always want depth and competition at every position on our roster, and we feel Grant will provide that. These transactions were an opportunity to use the assets we had previously acquired to the best of our ability.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“We are pleased to announce these transactions this afternoon, like any deal you have to give some things up to get some assets in return. We are excited to welcome goaltender Grant Riley into the Storm family, we felt that he was a top goaltender in the NAHL last season. I’ve had the chance to see him play multiple times over the years and we’re very excited for what the future holds.” General Manager Jason Koehler