Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Cole McWard has recently announced a commitment to play college hockey at Ohio State University. McWard currently leads the Storm in scoring by a defenseman with one goal and four assists in seven games played in the 2020-2021 regular season. He made his USHL debut with Tri-City on December 28th, 2017 in the Storm’s 3-2 road victory over the Lincoln Stars.
Cole McWard, 19, of Fenton, Missouri was drafted 80th overall in the 5th Round of the 2017 USHL Phase I draft and made his USHL debut during the 2017-2018 regular season as an affiliate list callup. He scored his 1st career USHL goal on November 9th, 2018 in Tri-City’s 1-0 road defeat of the Omaha Lancers. McWard has skated with Storm in over one hundred USHL games and has provided the Tri-City offense with ten goals, nineteen assists, and twenty-nine points. Prior to joining the Storm, McWard skated for Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country, Missouri. He also skated for the St. Louis Blues AAA program in St. Louis, Missouri. McWard scored three game-winning goals for the Storm last season, including two overtime goals. He netted a goal in Tri-City’s opening game of the 2020-2021 season, a 5-1 road victory over the Sioux City Musketeers on November 7th.
“Ohio State was exactly what I was looking for. The coaches were very impressive, and it is a big-time top program in a great league. I am really looking forward to my time there, it seems like the perfect fit for me. This means the world to me, I am so grateful for my family, teammates, and coaches who all have helped me get to where I am today. The school is an amazing school, and I cannot say enough about how special of an opportunity I will have there. I am working every day to mature my game all around. I am learning to defend better in my own zone while trying to maximize my offensive potential. Tri-City has been amazing for me to round out my game and have success at the next level.” Defenseman Cole McWard
“We are really happy for Cole and his family; this is something that he is certainly deserving of. It has been good to see him grow as a young man, and a hockey player, and he is someone who embodies everything our organization is all about.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen