KEARNEY, NE. – Tri-City Storm goaltender Arsenii Sergeev has been named the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Goaltender of the Year for the 2021-2022 season. Sergeev joins former Storm goaltenders Filip Larsson and Isaiah Saville as the third player in organizational history to win the award. He led the USHL in multiple goaltending statistical categories during the 2021-2022 regular season including Wins (30,) Goals Against Average (2.08), Save Percentage (0.918%), and Shutouts (6). His thirty wins during the 2021-2022 regular season were the most in a single-season by a goaltender in the organization’s twenty-two-year history. Sergeev was named the USHL’s “Goaltender of the Week” four times during the regular season, the most of any goaltender in the league this year.
Arsenii Sergeev, 19, of Yaroslavl, Russia, won his first career USHL game in net for the Storm on September 23rd, 2021, in Tri-City’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the 2021 USHL Fall Classic. He notched his first career USHL point in his next game on October 1st, 2021. Sergeev collected an assist during the 1st period of the Storm’s 4-1 road win over the Lincoln Stars. He recorded his first career USHL shutout on October 9th, 2021, in the Storm’s 3-0 home victory over the Omaha Lancers at the Viaero Center. Sergeev won ten of his first eleven games in goal for Tri-City this season. He won nine consecutive games in goal for the Storm on two separate occasions. He won nine straight games from October 30th, 2021, to November 26th, 2021. Sergeev also posted nine consecutive wins from December 31st, 2021, to February 5th, 2022. He set a new organizational record for most wins in net in a single season on April 2nd, 2022, in the Storm’s 5-4 home win over the Sioux Falls Stampede at the Viaero Center. Sergeev finished the 2021-2022 regular season with thirty wins in goal, the most ever by a Tri-City goaltender in a single season. This year’s Storm team set a new organizational record for most shutouts in a single season with nine total among three goaltenders. Sergeev posted the majority of those shutouts with six on the season. He was named the USHL’s “Goaltender of the Week” on November 9th, 2021, November 23rd, 2021, January 1st, 2022, and February 8th, 2022. Sergeev posted a win in each of the Storm’s victories during the 2022 Clark Cup Playoffs. He previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at the University of Connecticut. Sergeev was the 205th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2021 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames.
Sergeev played in twenty regular season games during the 2020-2021 season for the Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL) prior to joining the Storm this year. He posted a 14-4-2 record, a Goals Against Average of 2.17, and a Save Percentage of .936%. Sergeev was a member of the Mudbugs’ Robertson Cup Championship team last season. He played for the Sioux Falls Stampede, New Jersey Junior Titans (NAHL), and New Jersey Rockets (NCDC) during the 2019-2020 season. Sergeev made his USHL debut in goal for the Stampede on November 15th, 2019, in the team’s 5-2 road loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. He was selected 4th overall in the 1st round of the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft by the Storm. Sergeev played for HK Dmitrov (Dmitrov, Russia) prior to starting his junior hockey career in North America.
“It is great to win the USHL’s Goaltender of the Year Award this season! This season was a great experience for me, and I am grateful to the organization, the coaches, and the team for the opportunity. I want to say thank you to my parents, friends, and coaches who have supported me this year.”- 2021-2022 USHL Goaltender of the Year Arsenii Sergeev
“We are proud of Arsenii and believe this award is well deserved. He consistently performed at an elite level for us all year. Also, he competed equally as hard for every save whether it was practice, a goalie session, or a game. Coach Zaba does a great job with our goaltenders, and Arsenii took every advantage of the development resources we have in Tri-City.”- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Arsenii Sergeev was a true standout goaltender this season in the USHL for our club, and was a huge reason we had the success we had throughout the year. We knew every night that he was in the net, our team had an opportunity to win, and that is all you can ask for as a staff from your goaltender. To be able to lead the league in wins, goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts is a remarkable achievement, and Arsenii is certainly deserving of this individual award. Arsenii is an extremely focused, driven, and professional young man, and has an exciting career moving forward at the college and professional level. Arsenii's story is also one for other players and goaltenders to learn from and pull motivation. Arsenii is a young man who was previously drafted, in our league and then released, then re-drafted in our league a year ago. Additionally, our club was his third junior team in three seasons, after spending two seasons in the NAHL with two different clubs. This is a prime example of the ups and downs players face in their young careers, and while that it may not be easy, there is always an opportunity for success no matter the bumps in the road we face in hockey.” – General Manager Jason Koehler
“From the moment we stepped on the ice for training camp, Arsenii set the tone for the type of year he was capable of having. His willingness to work on his craft on a daily basis not only elevated his game to a new level, but also raised the play for the rest of our team in practices.” – Goaltending Coach Matt Zaba