KEARNEY, NE. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Andrew Strathmann has been named to the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) All-Rookie First Team following a standout 2021-2022 season. Strathmann scored five goals and notched eighteen assists in sixty-one regular season games played with the Storm this year during his rookie campaign.
Andrew Strathmann, 17, of Beach Park, Illinois, officially joined the organization by signing a tender agreement on November 18th, 2020. He made his USHL debut on September 23rd, 2021, in Tri-City’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the 2021 USHL Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Strathmann notched his first career USHL point on October 8th, 2021, in Tri-City’s 4-1 home victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Viaero Center. He scored his first career USHL goal on November 7th, 2021, in the Storm’s 4-1 road victory over the Sioux City Musketeers. Strathmann’s first career multi-point game in the USHL came on November 26th, 2021, in the Storm’s 3-2 road win over the Fargo Force. Strathmann finished the 2021-2022 regular season with a plus/minus rating of +13. Strathmann previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at the University of North Dakota.
“Being named to the All-Rookie First Team is a great individual accomplishment. I am so thankful for the opportunity to live my dream and play this game. I feel like I have not even come close to playing to my potential yet, and I am excited to get going in 2022-2023. I had unbelievable teammates this season in Kearney, and the year that we had together is something that we will never forget. I want to say thank you to my family, billet family, coaching staff, fans, and everyone who has helped me throughout my first year.” – All-Rookie First Team Selection Andrew Strathmann
“Our staff is very proud of Andrew and happy for him and his family. This award has certainly been earned through an elite work ethic and attitude. Andrew is as driven to improve as any player I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. His best hockey is in front of him, and I look forward to watching him continue to improve.”- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Andrew Strathmann had a sensational first year of junior hockey in the USHL as only a junior in high school. As one of, if not the top 2005-born defenseman in the US, he had a smooth transition into our organization and environment. He not only is he skilled, but possesses a mean streak and feistiness you want in your defensemen. In my twenty years in junior hockey, Andrew had the best first season for a high school age defenseman I have had on one of my teams. Our coaching staff and myself, are excited to watch him develop and take another step next season. Andrew now has a year under his belt, and will grow into one of the top defensemen and players in our league in his NHL draft year.”- General Manager Jason Koehler
“What Andrew did in his first year in the league at his age on this defensive core is a testament to not only his ability but maturity in his game. He is a tireless worker of his game. Most young kids want to work on the things they are good at, that is not Andrew. He wants to round out his entire game.” – Assistant Coach David Nies