Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced multiple transactions ahead of the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft. Including the pre-Phase I draft transactions announced yesterday, and the two trades made during the Phase I Draft, the Storm has now completed six separate transactions involving six players, twelve draft picks, and future considerations. The 2020 USHL Phase II Draft begins today at 1:00pm CT. Every Storm selection in today’s draft will be featured on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Draft Center at www.StormHockey.com/2020Draft
The Storm has acquired the 31st overall draft selection the 3rd Round of the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft in exchange for forward Asa Kinnear. Additionally, Tri-City has completed a transaction with the Sioux City Musketeers to acquire the 2nd overall pick in the 1st Round of the 2020 Phase II Draft in exchange for the 3rd overall pick in the 1st Round of the 2020 Phase II Draft and affiliate list forward Luke Buss.
Asa Kinnear, 19, of Anchorage, Alaska was drafted 32nd overall in the 2nd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft by the Storm and appeared in eighty-two games for the organization during the 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 seasons. Kinnear was a member of the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team. In twenty-one games played last season, Kinnear recorded three assists. He scored five goals and recorded eight assists in sixty-one games played in the 2018-2019 season. Kinnear previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University.
“Asa Kinnear was a key member of a group that we feel did something special for the Tri-City Storm. He was a model member of our community, endeared by his teammates, coaches, and billets. We thank him for his time and efforts, we felt this trade was best for all sides involved. The draft picks we’ve acquired in these transactions gives us immediate and future draft capital to use.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“In moving Asa Kinnear, and multiple affiliate list players, we were able to acquire several draft picks that we used yesterday, and will be using this afternoon and in next year’s USHL Draft to acquire elite level players for our organization.” General Manager Jason Koehler