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Storm announces contract extension for Jason Koehler

By Kendall Grayson 06/28/2022, 6:45am PDT

Contract extended for Storm General Manager

KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced a four-year contract extension for General Manager Jason Koehler following the organization’s record-breaking 2021-2022 Anderson Cup Championship season. Koehler was hired as the Storm’s Assistant General Manager on August 28th, 2019, and was promoted to his current role of General Manager on November 19th, 2019. 

 

Jason Koehler, of Prospect, Pennsylvania, has managed each of Tri-City’s Regular Season Western Conference Championship rosters over the past two seasons. Prior to joining the Storm before the start of the 2019-2020 season, Koehler was an instrumental part of the building process of three junior hockey expansions teams including one in the USHL as well as rebuilding two dead last place USHL clubs into the most improved teams in the league. He has demonstrated an extremely successful record in finding and managing elite hockey talent. As the General Manager of the Chicago Steel (2006-2008), he managed two future Hobey Baker Award winners on the same roster. He was the first USHL Executive to have two 1st round NHL draft picks in the same NHL Draft (2005). Koehler was the Assistant General Manager during the Youngstown Phantoms’ Tier One USHL record 17-game winning streak, and their Anderson Cup Championship season in 2014-2015. Under his management, teams have had over 400 NCAA DI commitments, and more than 60 NHL Draft picks. He also served as the USHL’s GM Committee Chair from 2017-2019. Koehler’s career began in 1998 as a Coaching Staff Assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL). He graduated in less than four years from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Sports Management in 2000.

 

The Storm has produced a regular season record of 101-46-11-4 since Koehler joined the organization. Tri-City is the only team in the USHL’s Western Conference to reach the one hundred-win plateau during that time span. The Storm is also the only team in the last three years in the Western Conference to record more than two hundred total points in the standings (217). Tri-City has scored five hundred and eighty-eight total goals over the last three seasons, thirty more than any other Western Conference organization. The Storm has also allowed the least amount of total goals of any Western Conference team over the last three seasons (422). No organization in the Western Conference has produced a higher average winning percentage over the past three years than the Storm (.659%). Tri-City’s three-year winning percentage under General Manager Jason Koehler is the best three-year winning percentage in the organization’s twenty-two-year history. No team in the USHL’s Western Conference has produced more combined NHL Draft picks in the past two seasons than the Storm. Tri-City is projected to have multiple players selected at the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft. 

 

The 2021-2022 Anderson Cup Champion Tri-City Storm team finished the year with the best regular season record in organizational history (47-11-3-1). The ninety-eight points recorded in the standings by this year’s team tied the USHL’s Tier I era (2002-Present) record for most points in a single season. Tri-City’s forty-seven wins set a new team record for most in a single season, and the Storm’s eleven regular losses set a new organizational record for the fewest in a single season. This year’s Storm team won eleven straight games from December 31st, 2021, to February 5th, 2022. The winning streak set a new record for the longest in team history. The 2021-2022 Storm team tied the organization’s record for the longest points streak (thirteen games), and the longest home winning streak (ten games). Tri-City’s twenty-seven home wins this season were the most in the organization’s twenty-two-year history. The Storm also set new records for most home points (fifty-five), and most road points (forty-three) notched in a single season in team history. Tri-City also set new organizational records this season for most goals scored (two hundred and sixty), most assists recorded (four hundred and seventy), and most points recorded (seven hundred and twenty-nine). The Storm also set a new record this season for the highest combined plus/minus rating (+395). Tri-City’s eighty-three powerplay goals this season were the most in a single season in organizational history. The Storm became the first organization in league history to be awarded honors for the Player of the Year, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, and Head Coach of the Year in the same season following the 2021-2022 campaign, under Koehler’s management.

 

I have been very fortunate to have a career in this business for over twenty years now and these last three seasons and my time with the Storm have been extremely fulfilling, enjoyable, and simply the best of my career. We have an unbelievable ownership group and staff here which makes this job the best in junior hockey in my opinion and I am very excited to remain a member of this organization and continue to bring elite-level teams and players to our fans in Kearney, Nebraska. I want to thank our ownership and Anthony Noreen for their trust in me and their commitment to making the Tri-City Storm the best junior hockey development program in the world. I also want to thank my beautiful wife Jessica for tolerating my passion with this job and her support day in and day out.” – General Manager Jason Koehler

 

Jason is a true professional, and deserving of this extension. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with him, and feel that he is as good of a General Manager as there is in junior hockey. He has an elite work ethic, is organized, and is detailed in everything he does. Just as importantly, he is a true friend. I look forward to watching Jason continue to make the Tri-City Storm organization better every day.- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

Andrew Strathmann named to USHL’s All-Rookie First Team

By Kendall Grayson 06/03/2022, 10:00am PDT

Storm defenseman honored with All-Rookie First Team selection

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

Three Storm players named to All-USHL First Team

By Kendall Grayson 06/03/2022, 7:45am PDT

Mitchell Miller, Jeremy Wilmer, Arsenii Sergeev honored with selection

KEARNEY, NE. – Three Tri-City Storm players have been named to the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) All-USHL First Team for the 2021-2022 season. Mitchell Miller, 2021-2022 USHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year, Jeremy Wilmer, 2021-2022 USHL Forward of the Year, and Arsenii Sergeev, 2021-2022 Goaltender of the Year have all been honored this year with an All-USHL First Team selection.

 

Mitchell Miller, 20, of Sylvania, Ohio, achieved multiple single-season and career organizational records by the end of the 2021-2022 regular season. He became the first defenseman in the league’s history to score more than thirty goals and notch more than eighty points in a single season. He finished the year with eighty-three total points after scoring thirty-nine goals and recording forty-four assists. His twenty-one powerplay goals were the most scored by any player in the USHL this season, and were the most netted by a Storm player during a single season in the organization’s twenty-two-year history. His ten game-winning goals during the 2021-2022 season were the most scored by any player during a single season in the Storm’s history. Miller was also an All-USHL First Team selection for the 2019-2020 season.

 

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. 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 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. His plus/minus rating of +37 was the highest among Storm forwards this season.

 

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 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. Sergeev 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.

 

These three players are guys who took full advantage of the development system we have in place here in Kearney, and they got results because of it. We are proud to see them selected to this year’s All-USHL First Team.” – President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

Anthony Noreen named USHL Coach of the Year

By Kendall Grayson 06/02/2022, 7:45am PDT

Head Coach wins award for third time in career

KEARNEY, NE. – Tri-City Storm Head Coach Anthony Noreen has been named the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Coach of the Year for the 2021-2022 season. Noreen led this year’s team to an organizational record of forty-seven wins during the regular season and an Anderson Cup Championship. He was previously named the USHL’s Coach of the Year for the 2014-2015, and 2018-2019 seasons. Noreen is the only Head Coach in the Storm’s twenty-two-year history to be awarded USHL Coach of the Year honors.

 

Anthony Noreen, of Chicago, Illinois, guided the Storm to an overall record of 47-11-3-1, and a second consecutive Western Conference Regular Season Championship. The ninety-eight points recorded in the standings by this year’s team tied the USHL’s Tier I era (2002-Present) record for most points in a single season. Tri-City’s forty-seven wins set a new team record for most in a single season, and the Storm’s eleven regular losses set a new organizational record for the fewest in a single season. This year’s Storm team won eleven straight games from December 31st, 2021, to February 5th, 2022. The winning streak set a new record for the longest in team history. The 2021-2022 Storm team tied the organization’s record for the longest points streak (thirteen games), and the longest home winning streak (ten games). Tri-City’s twenty-seven home wins this season were the most in the organization’s twenty-two-year history. The Storm also set new records for most home points (fifty-five), and most road points (forty-three) notched in a single season in team history. Tri-City also set new organizational records this season for most goals scored (two hundred and sixty), most assists recorded (four hundred and seventy), and most points recorded (seven hundred and twenty-nine). The Storm also set a new record this season for the highest combined plus/minus rating (+395). Tri-City’s eighty-three powerplay goals this season were the most in a single season in organizational history.

 

Noreen’s 2021-2022 Anderson Cup Championship team was the third in organizational history. Tri-City also won a regular season title for the 2003-2004, and 2018-2019 seasons. The Storm has produced more than twenty NHL draft picks, and over one hundred NCAA Division I players during Noreen’s tenure with the organization. He has coached two USHL Player of the Year award winners (Ronnie Attard, and Mitchell Miller), two USHL Defenseman of the Year award winners (Ronnie Attard, and Mitchell Miller), three USHL Goaltender of the Year award winners (Filip Larsson, Isaiah Saville, Arsenii Sergeev), one USHL Forward of the Year award winner (Jeremy Wilmer), and one USHL Rookie of the Year award winner (Zac Jones) during his time with the Storm. Noreen captured his 300th career USHL win during the 2021-2022 season in an 8-0 home shutout of the Lincoln Stars at the Viaero Center on March 5th, 2022. He is the longest-tenured, and winningest, Head Coach in the twenty-two-year history of the Tri-City Storm organization. The team previously announced a contract extension for Noreen through the 2023-2024 USHL season.

 

I feel honored and humbled to win this award. I have the utmost respect for the USHL, my peers, and the great men who have come before me in this league. This is an organizational award that can only be achieved when you are supported and surrounded by special people. The support Dave Vennetti, Mark Jalcovik, Andy Bloomer, and Stan Bowman give us is second to none, and they are truly in this for the right reason. Mike Lucas and our front office/arena staff are selfless in what they do, and always put what is best for this team first. What Jason Koehler does behind the scenes, and the job he has done scouting and attracting players is elite. Shawn Sramek, David Nies, Sam Povorozniouk, Tyler Cook, Adam Strecker, Trey Hibberd, Kendall Grayson, Bob Haller, and Matt Zaba put the development of our players first at all times, push each other, and make for a great work environment. Jeff LoVecchio, Ryan Ward, Karl Linden, Robbie Murden, Joe Meloni, Niko Kapetanovic, Marco Trevino, and Nick Perry were integral to our organization this season. Also, Scott White and our billet families, as well as the best fans in the USHL, make our players feel at home and give us a true home-ice advantage. Finally, our players this year will never be forgotten. Our staff loves this group and cannot say enough about the way they came and worked every day, their commitment to one another, and the bond they formed.”- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

 

It has been an incredible week for the Tri-City Storm organization, and something to feel really proud and honored to be a part of. Anthony has a huge role, if not the most important role in the organization. He is an unbelievable coach and an even better person. I cannot name all the things that the team did this year, but it was unbelievable. He knows how to get the best out of everyone on the ice and on his staff. We are fortunate to have Anthony leading our hockey operations and this is an unbelievable achievement for Anthony.”- President of Business Operations Mark Jalcovik

 

We are extremely fortunate to have what I deem the best coach in junior hockey in Anthony Noreen. The results this season speak for themselves with our club's various team and individual records which are a result of the environment that Coach Noreen creates every day here (and every season). Our players not only improve while playing and developing in Kearney, but also learn to grow as competitive and successful young men and leaders on and off the ice which is just as important as wins, college commitments, and NHL draft prospects for our club. Coach Noreen, most importantly, provides a daily environment where the players are excited to get to the rink every day and have fun. That energy is addictive throughout the team and staff within our organization which translates to on-ice success. Coach Noreen is a huge asset for us here in Tri-City, but also to the USHL and junior hockey in the United States.” – General Manager Jason Koehler

Arsenii Sergeev named USHL Goaltender of the Year

By Kendall Grayson 06/01/2022, 8:00am PDT

Goaltender honored with end of season award

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

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Storm host Stampede for Game #1 of Western Conference Final

By Kendall Grayson 04/30/2019, 8:15am PDT

The Tri-City Storm return to action in the Clark Cup Playoffs tonight after eliminating the Des Moines Buccaneers in the Western Conference Semifinal one week ago.

Anthony Noreen named USHL Coach of the Year

By Kendall Grayson 04/26/2019, 8:30am PDT

The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced on Friday that Tri-City Storm GM/Head Coach Anthony Noreen has been named the 2018-2019 USHL Coach of the Year.

Ronnie Attard, Zac Jones, Isaiah Saville win USHL End of Year Awards

By Kendall Grayson 04/25/2019, 8:30am PDT

Storm sweep Des Moines, advance to Western Conference Final

By Kendall Grayson 04/23/2019, 8:30am PDT

The Tri-City Storm downed the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 5-1 Tuesday night at Buccaneer Arena to complete a series sweep and advance to the Western Conference Final.

Storm acquire Ferrandino & Griebel in Dispersal Draft

By Kendall Grayson 04/22/2019, 8:45am PDT

Storm set for road battle in Game #3 of Western Conference Semifinal

By Kendall Grayson 04/22/2019, 8:30am PDT

Recap: Storm take 2-0 series lead in 2-0 home win over Des Moines

By Kendall Grayson 04/20/2019, 8:45am PDT

The Tri-City Storm downed the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 2-0 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney to take a 2-0 series lead in the 2019 Western Conference Semifinal.

Preview: Tri-City hosts Game #2 of Western Conference Semifinal

By Kendall Grayson 04/20/2019, 1:15am PDT

Recap: Storm open Clark Cup Playoffs with 8-3 win over Des Moines

By Kendall Grayson 04/19/2019, 8:45am PDT

The Tri-City Storm took a 1-0 series lead over the Des Moines Buccaneers after winning Game #1 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney.

Preview: Storm host Bucs for Game #1 of Conference Semifinals

By Kendall Grayson 04/19/2019, 6:15am PDT

The Tri-City Storm host the Des Moines Buccaneers tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney for Game #1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

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