Kearney, NE. – The United States Hockey League (USHL) has announced that Storm defenseman Kyle Aucoin has been named the 2019-2020 USHL Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Aucoin has also been named to the 2019-2020 USHL All-Academic team. He is the first student-athlete in the history of the Tri-City Storm to win the award. Aucoin is an eligible prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft and previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Harvard University.
Kyle Aucoin, 17, of Hinsdale, Illinois, joins Riley Stuart (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Jack Horbach (Madison Capitols), Donald Kempf (Muskegon Lumberjacks), and Stephen Halliday (Dubuque Fighting Saints) as players from around the league to be named to this year’s prestigious USHL All-Academic Team. The Storm organization has had a player named to the All-Academic Team three of the last four seasons (Adam Goodsir 2017, Cole McWard 2019, Kyle Aucoin 2020). Aucoin earned a cumulative unweighted GPA of 4.9 and a cumulative weighted GPA of 5.1 in twenty-four completed courses at Hinsdale High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. Aucoin completed his final year of high school at Kearney High School while playing for the Storm.
Aucoin was drafted by the Storm 35th overall in the 3rd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft. He appeared in seven games as an affiliate list callup during the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. Aucoin skated in all forty-eight regular season games during the 2019-2020 season. He netted his first career goal on October 10th, 2019 in Tri-City’s 4-1 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede at the Viaero Center. Aucoin scored two goals and recorded eleven assists for thirteen total points in his rookie season with the Storm. Prior to joining the Storm, Aucoin won a USA Hockey U16 AAA National Championship with the Chicago Mission program.
“I’m very honored to be named this year’s USHL Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to be chosen to represent the Storm on the USHL’s All-Academic team. School is something I have always held as a high priority and its one of the reasons I made the decision to commit to Harvard. I have always strived to make the highest grade possible in whatever class I am in. I appreciate the knowledge I’ve taken in, its stuff that you can use in everyday life and I’m happy that I’ve got that background” Defenseman Kyle Aucoin
“I think these honors are certainly something Kyle is deserving of and something that our organization is extremely proud of. Being able to blend being an elite student-athlete with being an elite player is something that makes him a special person. His commitment to putting in the time and energy that it takes to achieve excellence both in the classroom and on the ice is something that we take a lot of pride in as an organization. We are extremely excited to see him collect these honors.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen