KEARNEY, NE. – Tri-City Storm forward Jeremy Wilmer has been named the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Forward of the Year for the 2021-2022 season. Wilmer joins former Storm forward Jaden Schwartz as the second player in organizational history to win the award. He scored twenty-five goals and notched a league-leading seventy-three assists this season. His seventy-three assists, and ninety-eight total points, led all players in the USHL this season. Wilmer broke multiple team records, and was named the USHL’s “Forward of the Week” (01/28/22).
Jeremy Wilmer, 18, of Rockville Centre, New York, broke the Storm’s single season assists record on March 19th, 2022, in Tri-City’s 4-2 road victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks at Young Arena. The assist was his fiftieth of the season. The Storm’s single season assists record was previously held by current Seattle Kraken forward, and 2019 Stanley Cup Champion, Jaden Schwartz. Wilmer broke the Storm’s single-season points record on April 9th, 2022, in a multiple assist effort, in the Storm’s 3-2 home victory over the Sioux City Musketeers at the Viaero Center. Wilmer finished the 2021-2022 regular season on a seven game assists streak which tied the record for the longest in organization history. Wilmer recorded thirty-one multiple point games during the 2021-2022 regular season, the most during a single season in team history. He also finished the year with thirty assists on the powerplay, setting a new organizational record for most powerplay assists in a single season. Wilmer was named the USHL’s “Forward of the Week” on January 18th, 2022. Wilmer’s plus/minus rating of +37 was the highest among Storm forwards this season.
Wilmer scored three goals and recorded thirteen assists in twenty-two league games with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP/Team USA) during the 2020-2021 regular season. He was acquired by the Storm in a transaction with the Waterloo Black Hawks on August 3rd, 2021. The Black Hawks selected Wilmer 3rd overall in the 1st round of the 2021 USHL Phase I Draft. Wilmer scored five goals and notched nine assists for Team USA during the 2019-2020 regular season. He scored his first career USHL goal on November 22nd, 2019, in Team USA’s 4-3 overtime home win over the Sioux City Musketeers. Wilmer scored his first goal as a member of the Storm on September 24th, 2021, in Tri-City’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Madison Capitols at the 2021 USHL Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Wilmer’s goal was scored in overtime to lift the Storm over the Capitols, and was the second game-winning goal of his USHL career. His first multi-goal game of his career was recorded on January 21st, 2022, in Tri-City’s 5-1 road victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Wilmer completed a five-point game (one goal, four assists) on April 19th, 2022, in the Storm’s 8-3 home victory over the Fargo Force at the Viaero Center. Wilmer scored six powerplay goals and one shorthanded goal during the 2021-2022 regular season. He scored one goal and recorded a team-leading seven assists during the Storm’s run in the 2022 Clark Cup Playoffs. Wilmer skated in one hundred and nine USHL games over the past three seasons. He scored thirty-three goals and recorded ninety-five assists for one hundred and twenty-eight career points.
Wilmer skated for the North Jersey Avalanche (TIEHL, Hackensack, New Jersey), Portledge School (HS, Locust Valley, New York), and Long Island Gulls (AAA, Syosset, New York) prior to his time in the USHL. He was selected to and participated in USA Hockey’s Under-15 Selects event. Wilmer won a Silver Medal with Team USA at the 2019 World Under-17 Challenge. He previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future for Boston University.
“It is a great feeling having been named the USHL forward of the year. I am extremely humbled to receive this award. I could not have asked for a better experience in Kearney playing for the Storm this season. Tri-City is a first-class organization, and I am extremely proud to have been a part of it. Getting the opportunity to play with such a great team and on a line with Cole O’Hara and Ilya Nikolaev every night was remarkable. I am forever grateful for all the relationships I was able to build with my teammates, coaches, my billets, and all of the staff. I cannot thank all the boys enough for making this such a memorable year both on and off the ice. I wish them nothing but the best going forward.”- 2021-2022 USHL Forward of the Year Jeremy Wilmer
“Jeremy is a student of the game and put as much time and effort into his personal development as any player I have ever coached. Our staff is proud of him and happy for both he and his family that he was recognized for the year he had. We feel fortunate to have been able to work with him every day, and look forward to watching him continue to prove himself in the game.”- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“After an incredible offensive season, seeing Jeremy Wilmer win this award is a tribute first and foremost to him. Secondly, it is a tribute any junior experienced players whose mindset is that "one more year" and playing in a more prominent role before moving on to a higher level is well worth it in the long run of your hockey career, no matter your background. A huge credit to Jeremy, as after two seasons with the USA NTDP, Jeremy had a chance to play a role that he really had not played prior to this season at the junior level and took full advantage of the opportunity. We were extremely excited to acquire Jeremy via trade in August 2021. We expected great things and a strong season, but I would be lying to you if we told you that we knew we would be getting a player that would lead the entire league in scoring, assists, and power play assists let alone set a number of internal offensive records for our club this season. This season and award are truly a testament to Jeremy’s focus on being an impact player prior to moving on to college. Boston University will be getting a weapon next season, and we thank Jeremy for his contributions to the Storm this season and wish him all the best in his hockey future at the college and professional levels.”- General Manager Jason Koehler
“Jeremy’s relentless pursuit and obsession with the game of hockey is what makes him such a great player. He is an especially gifted player who looks to get better each and every day he comes to the rink.” – Assistant Coach Shawn Sramek