Plymouth, MI. – A trio of forwards are set to represent the Tri-City Storm at tonight’s 2021 BioSteel All-American. Matthew Knies, Hunter Strand, and Carter Mazur were named to the roster comprised of American-born players competing this season in the USHL on March 18th, and are all set to skate for “Team White” in tonight’s game. The team will battle the United States National Team Development Program’s Under 18 team, (NTDP/Team USA). The 2021 BioSteel All-American Game will be held at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, and will be broadcast on the NHL Network. Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:00pm CT.
Matthew Knies, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona was selected 38th overall by the Storm in the 3rd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft. He previously skated for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes AAA program in Phoenix, Arizona. He made his USHL debut with the Storm as an affiliate list call-up on November 23rd, 2018 in Tri-City’s 3-0 home shutout over the Omaha Lancers. He scored his first career USHL goal on October 10th, 2019 in the Storm’s 4-1 home win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Knies led the Storm with forty-five points last season. His thirty-one assists were also the most among any Tri-City player during the 2019-2020 regular season. He scored fourteen goals and finished the year with forty-five points in forty-four games played. Knies was named the USHL’s Forward of the Week on December 31st, 2019. In total, Knies has appeared in eighty-three career USHL games with the Storm. He has scored twenty-four goals, including ten goals in the 2020-2021 season, and has provided the Storm offense with fifty-three career assists. Knies previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota. Knies will wear #15 in tonight’s game.
Hunter Strand, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska was selected 2nd overall by the Storm in the 1st Round of the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft. He previously skated for the United States National Team Development Program’s Under 17 and Under 18 teams. He made his debut with the Storm in the opening game of the 2020-2021 regular season on November 7th in Tri-City’s 5-1 road defeat of the Sioux City Musketeers. Strand netted his first career USHL goal on January 3rd, 2019 in Team USA’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Storm. He scored thirteen goals and recorded nine assists for Team USA last season. Strand has appeared in ninety-seven USHL games in his career. He played in more than one hundred career games for Team USA U17’s & U18’s across the organization’s tournament, collegiate, international, and USHL schedule. Strand has scored twenty-seven goals and has notched twenty-nine assists in his USHL career. He has also appeared in all forty-four regular-season games with the Storm to this point in the 2020-2021 season. Strand was named the USHL’s “Forward of the Week” on November 20th, 2020. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame. Strand will wear #20 in tonight’s game.
Carter Mazur, 18, of Jackson, Michigan was drafted 3rd overall in the 1st Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I draft by the Storm and made his USHL debut during the 2018-2019 regular season as an affiliate list call-up. Mazur played his first game with Tri-City on November 10th, 2018 in the Storm’s 4-2 home win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. He netted his first career USHL goal on November 8th, 2019 in Tri-City’s 5-2 home win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Last season, Mazur scored six goals and provided the Storm’s offense with seven assists in forty-seven games played. Mazur has scored nineteen goals, recorded twenty-three assists, and has appeared in every game during the 2020-2021 regular season. His nineteen goals scored this season are currently tied for the most among all Storm players. Before joining the Storm, Mazur skated for the Little Caesars AAA program in Detroit, Michigan. Mazur previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Denver. Mazur will wear #9 in tonight’s game.