Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has completed the second and final phase of the 2020 USHL Draft by making twenty-one selections in the twenty-four-round draft. Tri-City selected fourteen forwards, five defensemen, and two goaltenders in Tuesday’s draft. The Storm traded up to obtain the second overall pick in the opening round of the draft and used the pick to select forward Hunter Strand. The next major event on the Storm’s schedule will be its 2020 Selection Camp & Tryouts held in late July at the Las Vegas Ice Center in Las Vegas, NV.
After executing a trade earlier in the day with the Sioux City Musketeers, the Storm climbed from 3rd overall to 2nd overall in the USHL Phase II Draft. Notre Dame commit Hunter Strand was Tri-City’s opening selection of the draft. After defenseman Owen Gallatin was selected 1st overall by the Madison Capitols, Strand became the first forward selected in the draft when he was chosen by Tri-City. Strand has played in the USHL the past two seasons for both the U17 & U18 teams of the United States National Team Development Program (Team USA) and is from Anchorage, AK. Strand recorded thirteen goals last season and notched nine assists in sixty-six games played.
“I am just so thankful to have the opportunity to play for such a great organization. The Storm program is filled with great coaches and staff and I can’t wait to meet the team. It was such an honor to be selected 2nd overall, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my family, my advisors, and the staff at Tri-City. I had great memories with Team USA and I’ll never forget scoring against Sweden in the Championship of the Four Nations Tournament. Right now I’ve been biking and going on hikes and working out at my house. I am trying to work on my speed, strength, and my shot. I try to never be content and improve every day.” Forward Hunter Strand
Tri-City selected its second forward of the draft with its second pick in the 1st Round minutes later. Kieran Cebrian, of Denver, CO, was selected 10th overall in the 1st Round of Tuesday’s draft by the Storm and was the sixth overall forward to be drafted. Cebrian scored forty-six goals and notched eighty-two assists in eighty-six games played last season for the Colorado Thunderbirds program. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Denver.
Joshua Eernisse became Tri-City’s third selection in the Phase II draft when the team drafted him 25th overall in the 2nd Round. He skated for the Austin Bruins (NAHL), Team CCM (UMHSEHL), and Eastview High School (MN) during the 2019-2020 season. He scored twenty-five goals and recorded eighteen assists in forty-six total games played. Eernisse is from Apple Valley, MN.
Parker Lindauer was drafted 32nd overall in the 3rd Round by the Storm and became the teams’ fourth consecutive forward selected in the draft. Lindauer is committed to play college hockey at Northern Michigan and is a native of Madison, WI. He skated in thirty-two games during the 2019-2020 season for the Janesville Jets (NAHL). Lindauer scored fourteen goals and provided the Jets offense with seventeen assists.
Nate Benoit became the first defenseman to be selected by the Storm during the Phase II draft when the team drafted him 49th overall in the 4th Round. Benoit is from Bow, NH and skated last season for Mount St. Charles Academy (U18) and the Rhode Island Saints (U18). Benoit scored fourteen goals and recorded thirty-one assists for forty-five total points in the 2019-2020 season. He previously skated for the Northern Cyclones (USPHL) during the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 seasons.
In the 5th Round of the Phase II draft the Storm selected forward Graham Gamache with the 67th overall pick. Gamache is from Edmonton, AB and spent last season with the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL). In fifty-three games with the Saints in the 2019-2020 season, Gamache scored seventeen goals and recorded thirty-three assists for fifty total points. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Minnesota State University.
Tri-City’s next draft selection was defenseman Steven Bellini from Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The Storm selected Bellini 87th overall in the 6th Round of the Phase II draft. He appeared in forty-six games last season and scored eight goals for the Coquitlam Express (BCHL). He also provided the Express offense with thirty assists for thirty-eight total points. Bellini previously skated for the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) and the Soo Greyhounds Midget AAA program (GNML). Like the Storm’s previous draft selection Graham Gamache, Bellini is committed to play college hockey at Minnesota State University.
Owen Millward was one of two goaltenders selected by the Storm in Tuesday’s draft and he was picked 97th overall in the 7th Round. He is from Davis, CA and played for the Fox Motors U16 program in Byron Center, MI during the 2019-2020 season. Millward posted a 1.43 Goals Against Average (GAA) and a save percentage of .923% this season. He also previously played for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks program in Anaheim, CA.
Drew Montgomery was the Storm’s next selection in the Phase II draft and was drafted 102nd overall in the 7th Round. Montgomery is from Grand Forks, ND and spent last season with the Sioux Falls Power U16 team (T1EHL). He netted two goals for the team and recorded nine assists in twenty-one games played. Montgomery previously skated for Grand Forks Red River (HS) and Grand Forks Bantam (AA).
Tri-City drafted Jack O’Brien 112th overall in the 8th Round with its next selection in the Phase II draft. O’Brien is a defenseman from White Rock, BC and skated for the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) during the 2019-2020 season. He scored one goal and recorded four assists in fifty-four regular season games this year. He previously skated for the Delta Hockey Academy in Delta, BC during the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 seasons. He has committed to play collegiate hockey at Cornell University.
Two picks later, the Storm drafted Nick Nardecchia with the 114th overall pick in the 8th Round of the Phase II draft. Nardecchia appeared in two games for the Storm this season as a replacement player in back to back road games against the Chicago Steel. He also skated in two games for the Lincoln Stars the previous weekend and scored his first career USHL goal in Lincoln’s 5-3 road win over the Waterloo Black Hawks on December 7th, 2019. He spent the majority of the 2019-2020 season with the Topeka Pilots (NAHL). Nardecchia scored ten goals and recorded thirteen assists in forty-four games with the Pilots this season.
In the 9th Round, Tri-City selected forward Shane Lachance from Andover, MA. Lachance was the 128th overall pick in Tuesday’s draft and skated for Tabor Academy (HS) and the Neponset Valley River Rats (U16) program during the 2019-2020 season. In sixty-three total games played for the two teams, Lachance netted twenty-seven goals and recorded twenty-five assists. He also previously skated for the Andover Golden Warriors (HS).
The Storm executed a trade with the Omaha Lancers in the 10th Round and Tri-City’s next selection was the 162nd overall pick in the 11th round. In the mid-draft transaction, the Storm sent the 147th overall (10th Round) pick to the Omaha Lancers in exchange for Omaha’s 8th Round draft pick in the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft.
Tri-City selected goaltender Logan Terness with its next selection in the Phase II draft. Terness is from Burnaby, BC and played for the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) during the 2019-2020 season. Terness posted a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.36 and a save percentage of .932%. Terness also previously played for the Vancouver NE Chiefs (BCMML).
Forward Jordan Dumais of Ile Blizard, QC was selected 177th overall in the 12th Round by the Storm. Dumais skated for the Selects Hockey Academy (U15) team at the South Kent School in South Kent, CT during the 2019-2020 season. He scored fifty goals and recorded eighty-eight assists for a one hundred and thirty-eight-point total in sixty-one games played. Dumais previously played for the Lac St-Louis Lions Bantam AAA program.
Forward Josh Nadeau was selected 185th overall in the 12th Round of Tuesday night’s Phase II draft. Nadeau is from Saint-Francois, NB and skated for both the Edmundston Blizzard (MJAHL) and the Fredericton Office Interiors Caps (NBPEIMMHL) during the 2019-2020 season. In thirty-five games with the Fredericton Office Interiors Caps, Nadeau netted twenty-four goals and recorded thirty-two assists. He also previously skated for the North West Bulls Bantam AAA program (NBBAAAHL).
Defenseman Mason Wheeler of Lakeville, MN was Tri-City’s next selection of the Phase II Draft. The Storm drafted Wheeler with the 192nd overall pick in the 13th Round. Wheeler scored two goals and recorded two assists in five games last season with the Minnesota Magicians (NAHL). In twenty-five games skating for Rosemount High (MN), where he served as the teams’ Captain, Wheeler scored one goal and recorded eleven assists. He also appeared in seventeen games for Team Southwest, where he notched four assists.
Ondrej Rohlik from Chrudim, CZE was the Storm’s next draft choice. Rohlik, forward, was selected 222nd overall in the 15th Round by the Storm. He has skated for HC Dynamo Pardubice over the past five seasons at the U16, U18, U19, and U20 levels. Rohlik played forty-two games during the 2019-2020 season and scored twenty-six goals. He also recorded twenty-five assists.
Tomek Haula from Pori, FIN was the 237th overall selection in the Phase II Draft, taken in the 16th Round by the Storm. He skated in forty-six games this season and scored fifteen goals for Assat U16 in Pori, FIN. He also recorded forty-one assists for a season total of fifty-six points.
Cornell commit Aidan Cobb was Tri-City’s 17th Round draft selection and the 252nd pick of the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft. Cobb is a native of Ridgefield, CT and spent the 2019-2020 season skating for both the Kent School (Prep) and the Yale Jr. Bulldogs. He scored twelve total goals this season in thirty-two games played. He recorded twenty-one assists and finished the year with thirty-three total points.
Forward Jaani Holopainen was selected by Tri-City in Tuesday’s draft. Holopainen is from Lohja, FIN and appeared in forty-three games this season for HIFK U20. He scored fifteen goals and recorded twelve assists for twenty-seven total points during the 2019-2020 season.
Defenseman Saku Joutsi was the Storm’s final selection in the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft. Joutsi is from Loppi, FIN and appeared in forty-six games this season with HPK (U16, U18). He scored six goals and notched eight assists for fourteen total points.
“We felt that based on the plan that we had and the research that we did, Monday and Tuesday went about as well as they could go. I give a ton of credit to the relentless work of Jason Koehler for his preparation and professionalism throughout the entire year in getting ready for the draft. Jason along with Ethan Goldberg, Troy Thibodeau, and Nick Brusa knew the player pool from getting out on the road, making calls and being as prepared as possible and we put a pretty specific plan together based off of that and it worked. We carried through with the plan that we had going into both days and we’re excited to see what the future holds after welcoming a great group of individuals into our organization.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Just like our Phase I Draft on Monday, we’re excited to welcome another great group of student athletes into the Tri-City Storm family. Our staff did a great job in preparation for both the Phase I and Phase II drafts. Everyone put in a lot of hours filtering through live games and video and doing our due diligence on these prospects. We had a good plan in place to try to fill roles for the immediate future and also create a solid affiliate list of players who we feel will be able to play key roles on our team in upcoming seasons. We were able to address some needs and we’re very happy with how both drafts turned out for our organization.” General Manager Jason Koehler
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced multiple transactions ahead of the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft. Including the pre-Phase I draft transactions announced yesterday, and the two trades made during the Phase I Draft, the Storm has now completed six separate transactions involving six players, twelve draft picks, and future considerations. The 2020 USHL Phase II Draft begins today at 1:00pm CT. Every Storm selection in today’s draft will be featured on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Draft Center at www.StormHockey.com/2020Draft
The Storm has acquired the 31st overall draft selection the 3rd Round of the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft in exchange for forward Asa Kinnear. Additionally, Tri-City has completed a transaction with the Sioux City Musketeers to acquire the 2nd overall pick in the 1st Round of the 2020 Phase II Draft in exchange for the 3rd overall pick in the 1st Round of the 2020 Phase II Draft and affiliate list forward Luke Buss.
Asa Kinnear, 19, of Anchorage, Alaska was drafted 32nd overall in the 2nd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft by the Storm and appeared in eighty-two games for the organization during the 2018-2019 & 2019-2020 seasons. Kinnear was a member of the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team. In twenty-one games played last season, Kinnear recorded three assists. He scored five goals and recorded eight assists in sixty-one games played in the 2018-2019 season. Kinnear previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University.
“Asa Kinnear was a key member of a group that we feel did something special for the Tri-City Storm. He was a model member of our community, endeared by his teammates, coaches, and billets. We thank him for his time and efforts, we felt this trade was best for all sides involved. The draft picks we’ve acquired in these transactions gives us immediate and future draft capital to use.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“In moving Asa Kinnear, and multiple affiliate list players, we were able to acquire several draft picks that we used yesterday, and will be using this afternoon and in next year’s USHL Draft to acquire elite level players for our organization.” General Manager Jason Koehler
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has completed Phase I of the 2020 USHL Draft by making eight selections in the ten round draft. The Storm selected four forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender. The Phase I Draft, formerly known as the “Futures Draft”, is open to 2004 birth year players only. Phase II of the USHL Draft is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and who are not currently protected by another USHL team. Phase II of the 2020 USHL Draft is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 1:00pm. Follow every Storm pick on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and www.StormHockey.com/2020Draft
Earlier this spring, Tri-City signed Gavin Brindley and Vinny Borgesi to tender agreements for the 2020-2021 season. The USHL tender process allows each team to tender up to two players prior to the USHL Phase I Draft in place of its 1st Round and 2nd Round draft picks.
Tri-City had an extra 2nd Round pick from a prior transaction and used it to select its first player of the draft. With the 18th overall pick in the 2nd round, the Storm selected centerman Jonah Aegerter from Janesville, WI. Aegerter appeared in eighty-three games for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U15 program during the 2019-2020 season. He netted twenty-six goals and recorded sixty-three assists for a total of eighty-nine points.
The first defenseman to be selected by the Storm was Shaun McEwen of South Hadley, MA. Tri-City used the 40th pick in the 3rd Round to draft McEwen. He skated in seventy-five games for the Selects Hockey Academy 15U program at the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut. McEwen scored twenty-six goals and notched fifty-four assists for eighty total points in the 2019-2020 season.
The Storm’s next pick was in the 5th Round and with the 70th overall selection in the Phase I Draft the Storm drafted defenseman Seth Constance of Northville, MI. Constance recorded two assists in fourteen games during the 2019-2020 season for the Compuware U15 program in Detroit, MI. Constance previously skated for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Bantam team during the 2018-2019 season.
Defenseman Isaiah George of Oakville, ON was Tri-City’s next selection. The Storm drafted George 76th overall in the 6th Round of the Phase I Draft. George appeared in twenty-nine games during the 2019-2020 season with the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA program in Toronto, ON. He recorded five goals and notched six assists for eleven total points during the season. He also skated in one game for the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).
After selecting three consecutive defensemen, the Storm drafted its second forward of the day with the 85th pick in the 6th Round of the Phase I Draft. Tri-City drafted forward August Falloon, a native of St. Cloud, MN. Falloon skated in twenty-five games this season for St. Cloud High School and scored twenty-four goals. He also provided the Bulldog offense with nineteen assists for a total of forty-three points in the 2019-2020 season.
Tri-City’s only goaltender selection of the 2020 USHL Phase I Draft was made in the next round. With the 100th overall pick in the 7th Round, the Storm drafted Pete Sterling of Washington, DC. Sterling appeared in nineteen games during the 2019-2020 and posted a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.10. He also recorded a save percentage of .924%. Previously, Sterling played for the Washington Little Caps Bantam Major program.
The Storm’s 115th pick in the 9th Round was forward Colin Kessler of Anchorage, AK. Kessler skated for the Culver Military Academy of Culver, IN during the 2019-2020 season. He scored twenty-three goals and notched eighteen assists for forty-one total points. Kessler previously skated for the Anchorage North Stars AAA program in Anchorage, AK.
The Storm’s final pick in the 2020 USHL Phase I Draft was Will Elger of Westerville, Ohio. Elger was drafted 130th overall in the 9th Round. He skated in eighty-three games during the 2019-2020 season for the Ohio Blue Jackets U15 program in Dublin, OH. Elger scored seventeen goals and recorded forty-eight assists for sixty-five total points. Elger previously skated for the Ohio Blue Jackets Bantam Minor and Bantam Major teams.
The second and final Phase of the 2020 USHL Draft is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm CT tomorrow. Teams will fill their roster to a total of 45 players; this includes players that were previously on a team’s Affiliate List. The total number of players that a team will draft will vary depending on the number of Affiliate players a team may have. All veteran roster players from the 2019-2020 season are automatically protected by their current team, separate from the list of 45 players.
“We’re very excited today to welcome a new crop of outstanding student athletes into our Tri-City Storm family! We believe that we got tremendous value in the selections that we made today, we were able to trade up through a move with Chicago and we appreciate them working with us. It’s a great day for our organization, we got a little bit of everything in terms of player personnel. Our coaching staff have watched these players throughout the year and we believe that they will prove to be the best players of this birth class.” General Manager Jason Koehler
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced multiple transactions ahead of the 2020 USHL Draft. The 2020 USHL Phase I Draft begins today at 3:00pm CT and the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft begins tomorrow at 1:00pm CT.
The Storm have acquired goaltender Grant Riley and a 2021 Phase II 2nd Round draft pick from the Madison Capitols in exchange for Affiliate List Defenseman Nick Wallace and Affiliate List Forward Casey Severo. Additionally, the Storm has completed a transaction with the Green Bay Gamblers to acquire the 24th overall pick in the 2nd Round of the 2020 Phase II Draft and the 42nd Overall pick in the 3rd Round of the 2020 Phase I Draft in exchange for Affiliate List Defenseman Owen Murray and a conditional draft pick in the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft.
Grant Riley, 17, of Rochester, New York was drafted 70th Overall in the 5th Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft and spent the 2019-2020 season with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In thirty-seven appearances in net for the Jets, Riley produced a record of 15-19-1-1. He finished the season with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.15, and a save percentage of 0.911%. Riley is an eligible prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft and was ranked as the 21st best North American goaltender in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings. Riley previously played for the Rochester Coalition and appeared in one game during the 2018-2019 season for the Madison Capitols. He participated in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 USA Hockey Select Camp. Riley stands at 6’4’’, 194lbs, and previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Boston College.
Owen Murray, 17, of Decker, Manitoba was drafted 61st overall in the 5th Round of the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft and spent the 2019-2020 on the Storm’s affiliate list skating for the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). Murray scored four goals and recorded twenty-two assists in thirty games with the team this season. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Massachusetts.
Nick Wallace, 16, of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey was selected 30th overall in the 2nd Round of the 2019 USHL Phase I Draft and spent the 2019-2020 season on the Storm’s affiliate list skating for the North Jersey Avalanche of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL). Wallace scored one goal and recorded twelve assists in twenty-three games with the team this season.
Casey Severo, 19, of Pittsford, New York was drafted 71st overall by the Storm in the 5th Round of the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft and spent the 2019-2020 season on the Storm’s affiliate list skating for the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Severo scored twenty-seven goals and recorded twenty-four assists in twenty-seven games played with the team this season.
“In acquiring Grant Riley, we feel he is the best available goaltender from the North American Hockey League (NAHL) who is back for another year of junior hockey. We always want depth and competition at every position on our roster, and we feel Grant will provide that. These transactions were an opportunity to use the assets we had previously acquired to the best of our ability.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“We are pleased to announce these transactions this afternoon, like any deal you have to give some things up to get some assets in return. We are excited to welcome goaltender Grant Riley into the Storm family, we felt that he was a top goaltender in the NAHL last season. I’ve had the chance to see him play multiple times over the years and we’re very excited for what the future holds.” General Manager Jason Koehler
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm announced they will host their 2020 Selection Camp and Team Tryouts July 21st – 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The five-day long camp will determine the Storm hockey team for the 2020 -2021 United States Hockey League (USHL) season and will be held at the Las Vegas Ice Center at 9295 West Flamingo Road #130 in Las Vegas, NV.
The Tri-City Storm Selection camp is an invitation-only camp and selected players will receive an invitation via email following the USHL Drafts on May 4th and May 5th. Those who wish to be proactive for the opportunity to be invited may email Storm General Manager Jason Koehler (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding their interest and their playing background for review for the Storm 2020 Selection Camp.
Due to USHL league policy, no camp invitations can be sent out to any USHL Draft eligible players until the conclusion of the USHL Phase II Draft on May 5th. The Storm will be sending out invites and registration form links via email. Registration for the camp will be completed on-line through a special camp invitation link.
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21st and 22nd, will feature the Goaltender Camp in which junior and college hockey shooters will be on hand to shoot on the goaltending invitees. Each goaltender in attendance gets three on-ice sessions over the two days and is evaluated through a variety of drills. This camp gives selected goaltenders a chance to earn a coveted spot in the Storm Final Camp immediately following the Goaltender Camp. All goaltenders expecting to play for the Storm must go through this portion of camp. This camp, along with the Final Camp evaluation, allows the Tri-City Storm hockey staff to make the best decisions possible on the most important position in the game.
The Final Camp will begin Thursday and Friday, July 23rd and 24th. Here, teams of non-Storm veteran junior players, USHL draft picks, specially invited free agent players, and returning Storm USHL players play for an undetermined number of spots for the next portion of the Final Camp, which takes place Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Friday evening and Saturday morning, July 24th and 25th, will feature two “All Star” teams of the top players from the Goaltender Camp and first days of the Final Camp. These players will participate in games and possible individual interviews with the Storm hockey staff before roster decisions are made on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday, July 25th after the final game, the Storm hockey staff will select the 2020-2021 Tri-City Storm team that will compete in the USHL next season. These players will meet with the staff, go over their off-season expectations and team rules. In addition, they will be tested for off-ice conditioning, given their off-season workout programs and get acquainted with their new teammates and hockey staff as the team looks forward to a great season, which will begin when the players report to Kearney, Nebraska in mid-August and early September.
This camp is also a great opportunity for players who may not think they are quite ready for the USHL level yet, but want to experience an extremely competitive camp, become familiar with one of the top developmental programs in the country, meet the Storm hockey staff and show their potential for following seasons.
The Storm’s Equipment Manager will be available during the Camp to assist with equipment needs and skate sharpening for a small fee. There is also a pro shop on site at the camp facility. Additionally, the Storm’s Athletic Trainer will be in attendance for basic medical needs during Camp.
Players are responsible for their own travel arrangements and meals while attending the Tri-City Storm Selection Camp.
The Las Vegas Ice Center is about twenty minutes away from McCarran International Airport if flights are necessary for travel.
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