Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Andrew Strathmann has announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Strathmann was signed to a tender agreement by the Storm on November 18th, 2020, and is set to join Tri-City for the 2021-2022 season. Strathmann skated most recently for the Chicago Young Americans (CYA) youth organization.
Andrew Strathmann, 16, of Beach Park, Illinois appeared in fifty-seven games during the 2020-2021 regular season with CYA and scored twenty-one goals. Strathmann also provided the team with thirty-two assists for fifty-three total points. He produced a point per game for Team Kelly at the 2021 USA Hockey BioSteel Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp in Amherst, New York. Strathmann previously skated for the Chicago Mission 14U AAA program during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. He recently earned a spot from the Select 16 USA Hockey Festival to play on the Team USA club for the prestigious Five Nations tournament. The 2021 Five Nations Tournament will be held August 16th-21st in Visp, Switzerland.
“North Dakota was the best school for me because I love the winning culture and tradition that they bring on a daily basis. I chose to commit there because the coaches have a history of developing and moving players on to the next level. Also, Grand Forks is a small town with great fans, similar to Kearney, that bring the energy game in and game out! My time with CYA was something I’ll never forget. The way that the coaches develop their players on and off the ice is like no other organization in youth hockey. I’m mainly focusing on my defensive gap control and offensive blue line work. I’m excited to create some new bonds with teammates and working with them to bring the Clark Cup to Kearney!” - Defenseman Andrew Strathmann
“Andrew Strathmann is one of the premier defensemen in his birth class and we are excited and fortunate that he elected to play with us for his junior career before heading to college. With this decision, Andrew and his family can move forward knowing that he's in excellent hands while in junior hockey with the Storm and then moves on to one of the elite hockey factories in college hockey for pro prospects as well in North Dakota. Congratulations to Andrew and his parents Ralph and Laura for their family decision.” – General Manager Jason Koehler