Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm Assistant Coach Troy Thibodeau has been hired as Assistant Coach for Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH following three seasons with the Storm. Thibodeau was behind the bench for Tri-City’s Regular Season Western Conference Championships in 2019 and 2021. He served as an Assistant Coach for the Storm during its 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. Thibodeau coached seventeen NHL draft picks and nearly one hundred future NCAA Division I players during his time in Tri-City. The Storm compiled a 99-47-11-5 (.651%) regular season record during Thibodeau’s time as Assistant Coach from 2018-2021.
Troy Thibodeau, of Danvers, MA, was hired by the organization on August 2nd, 2018, as an Assistant Coach prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. Thibodeau was behind the bench for Tri-City’s record breaking 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. Under Thibodeau’s leadership, Tri-City’s power play finished the 2018-2019 season with the second most power play goals in the Western Conference (58) and finished the 2019-2020 season with the most power play goals scored in Western Conference (44). Last season, the Storm’s power-play finished with the second-most power play goals of any team in the USHL (46) and recorded the second-best conversion percentage of Western Conference teams (20.6%).
Prior to joining the Storm, Thibodeau spent two seasons with UMass Lowell as Director of Hockey Operations. During his tenure, the River Hawks program went 44-30-3 during the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 seasons. UMass Lowell captured a Hockey East Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. As Director of Hockey Operations for UMass Lowell, Thibodeau coordinated team travel, oversaw team compliance and camps, and analyzed team video. Prior to his time at UMass Lowell, Thibodeau served as a video coach for Merrimack College during the 2015-2016 season. Along with analyzing and breaking down video, he provided the Warriors program with advanced statistics and analytical data. Thibodeau spent the 2014-2015 season with the Wentworth Institute of Technology as an Assistant Coach. Before launching his coaching career, Thibodeau played three years of college hockey for the University of Southern Maine.
“First off, I would like to thank Head Coach Anthony Noreen for believing in me three years ago. He not only took a chance on a young inexperienced coach, but he gave me a tremendous amount of responsibility right from the start which helped rapidly accelerate my development as a coach, and I can't thank him enough for that opportunity. On top of that, I was able to work on a daily basis with one of the brightest young minds in hockey in Ethan Goldberg and the amount of hockey knowledge I gained from him was invaluable. His relentless work ethic to be the best coach he can be pushed me every single day and he is going to make a tremendous Head Coach whenever that day comes. I also want to thank the ownership group starting with Kirk Brooks my first year and now Dave Vennetti, Mark Jalcovik, Andrew Bloomer, and Stan Bowman. They always had our backs even through some difficult times the last year and a half and that is a rare and special thing to have in junior hockey. It is certainly bittersweet leaving Kearney as my fiancée Bridget, and I created some great friendships in the community that we will have forever. The hardest part in moving on is going to be leaving the players. You get connected with these guys through the draft and affiliate process, to when they arrive in Kearney, and you get to work with them every single day and build strong bonds during an important development process of their lives. This is the best organization in the best league in the United States and I will surely miss my time in Tri-City but wish the organization and most importantly the players the best of luck moving forward. I will always cherish my time in Kearney as a member of the Tri-City Storm.” – Troy Thibodeau
“I’m extremely proud and happy for Troy, I think it is something he certainly deserves and something he is certainly ready for. Our program is about developing and moving on coaches no different than our development model for our players. Troy left every part of our program better than when he first came here. His work ethic, attention to detail, and passion for making our guys better was elite every single day. This is an opportunity for him to get back closer to home and to go work for a coach that we all have a ton of respect for. To learn from Head Coach Reid Cashman and help build a program was an opportunity that he couldn’t pass up. Our whole organization is extremely happy for him and his fiancée Bridget, and we look forward to watching him have a bright future.” – President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“We congratulate and applaud Troy for making the move to college hockey and the NCAA as an Assistant Coach with Dartmouth. During his time with our club - Troy was a tremendous staff member and valuable member of our hockey operations team. His help developing numerous Division I players and NHL draft prospects, implementing a strong and successful power play, and being an extremely professional and detailed off-ice staff member with such important items as housing and education - he will certainly be missed by our staff. We wish Troy nothing but success as he gets an opportunity to move back closer to home and help improve an attractive ECAC program.” – General Manager Jason Koehler