Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced the signing of forward Gavin Brindley to a tender agreement for the 2020-2021 season. Brindley last skated for the Florida Alliance of Estero, Florida and is an eligible prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft.
Gavin Brindley, 16, of Estero, Florida skated in fifty-three games during the 2019-2020 season for the Florida Alliance and scored fifty-six goals and recorded fifty-five assists. He finished the season with a team high in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating (+80). In January, Brindley represented the United States at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. Brindley scored in USA’s opening game of the tournament, a 7-5 win over Finland on January 18th. He provided the team with an assist in its 8-2 win over host nation Switzerland on January 19th. The United States went 3-0-0-1 in tournament play and won a Silver Medal in the event. Brindley’s Florida Alliance team finished Runner-Up in the National Championship Game at USA Hockey Nationals for the 2018-2019 season. In addition to his time with the Florida Alliance, Brindley has skated for the East Coast Selects All-Star teams over the past three seasons.
“I can’t wait to play for the Storm next season! I love the small-town atmosphere of Kearney, and the decision to join this organization was an easy one to make. I’m a smaller guy, but I’m quick and can make plays when given the opportunity. My friends and family have helped me get to this moment, I’m really excited, and I can’t wait to get started!” Forward Gavin Brindley
“Today is a proud day for the Tri-City Storm, in our opinion, Gavin is the best American born forward available to tender. Once we got to know him as a person, and got to know his parents, we knew they were our type of people. Gavin will be a huge addition to our locker room, and to our culture. We feel that this addition will add a ton of talent, skill, and character to our organization. Gavin is an elite-level player, and we are excited to welcome him to the Tri-City Storm family.” - President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Gavin is one of the elite-level 2004 born forwards in the United States. He is very skilled, a great play maker, and a legitimate scoring threat every time he steps on the ice. The Florida Alliance have proved to be a high end U16 team, and we know that he comes from good coaching and good teaching. I believe he will have a smooth transition into the USHL next season. We’re thrilled to have this young man in our organization, we are grateful for him and his family, and we believe the sky is the limit for Gavin”- General Manager Jason Koehler
The USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two 2004 birth year players prior to the 2020 USHL Phase I draft. This is the first tender signing for the Storm for the 2020-2021 season. Today’s signing will replace Tri-City’s 1st Round draft selection at the 2020 USHL Phase I draft.
As a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the USHL Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The Storm organization supports this decision, which is focused on controlling the risk of spreading the coronavirus, while also taking precautions for everyone’s health. We take the health and safety of our fans, partners, players, staff, and arena employees very seriously.
We ask for your patience in this process as we work through everything in a workload that is extremely large. We are also trying to accomplish this remotely as our offices inside the Viaero Center will be closed for some time. We wish to thank our fans and partners for their support and understanding.
While the news does not come as a shock in this environment, both the league and the Tri-City Storm will necessarily be sorting through a number of unusual issues over the course of the next month including the draft, the game schedule, the training camp schedules, etc. In addition, we continue to work on solutions for unused season tickets, group outing, and single game tickets from the remaining home games this past season. Please be patient with this process as we are in uncharted waters.
In closing, we ask for your patience and understanding as we process this daunting task for our small staff while trying to do it all remotely. The challenge is not easy on many fronts, but as always, we will get through it all. We are here to make it right to you, our great fans and supporters of Storm Hockey. Our franchise takes great pride in being an asset for this great region and especially local community and giving our fans, partners, and casual customers the power to all connect at live hockey games.
We wish everyone the best of health as we all together do our part to beat this Coronavirus and work together to get past this difficult time for all of America. We look forward to returning to the Viaero Center in the Fall to do it all again and pick up where we left off!
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CHICAGO, IL – The USHL announced Wednesday its decision to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 season after initial postponement on March 12. The decision was unanimously made by the USHL Board of Directors with the best interest of USHL athletes, staff, officials and fans in mind.
“This decision was not an easy one to make, but was a necessity in order to keep our athletes, staffs and fans in all 16 of our communities safe amid this international health risk,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “While we believe our product is the best junior hockey that fans can view, we also understand the health of our athletes, employees, fans and communities is more important during this time.”
With the season concluded, the USHL will announce the 2019-20 season awards in the coming weeks.
CHICAGO, IL – The USHL announced Thursday its decision to suspend game play effective immediately and until further notice. The decision was unanimously made by the USHL Board of Directors with the best interest of USHL athletes, staff, officials and fans in mind.
In addition, all hockey activities, including practices, workouts and meetings have also been been suspended until further notice. The league continues to closely monitor the situation and will use this hiatus to determine next steps regarding the 2019-20 season.
Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm bounced back from last night’s loss in a 4-3 home win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Joey Cipollone, Chase McLane, Calvin Dybicz, and Matthew Knies all netted goals in the Storm victory. Tri-City now sets its sights on the team directly in front of them in the Western Conference standings, the Fargo Force. The Storm travel to Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND next weekend for back to back road games. The Storm return home to the Viaero Center on Friday, March 20th in a matchup against the Sioux City Musketeers. Next Friday’s game is a $5 Kids Friday and the Storm’s “Star Wars Night” promotion. Puck drops at 7:05pm.
After a scoreless 1st period, Joey Cipollone netted his 5th goal of the year at 4:16 of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a one goal lead in the game. Cipollone’s goal was assisted by Nick Portz and Matthew Knies and was scored on the power play. At 9:33 of the 2nd period, Chase McLane, who was playing in his 100th career USHL game, scored his 6th goal of the year to give the Storm a two-goal advantage. McLane’s goal was assisted by Joe Berg and Nick Donato. Muskegon’s Cameron Berg scored his 20th goal of the season on the power play at 12:49 of the period to cut Tri-City’s lead in half. After each team recorded five shots on net in the 1st period, the Storm outshot the Lumberjacks 12-3 in the 2nd period and carried a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period.
Calvin Dybicz scored his 2nd goal of the year at 7:51 of the 3rd period to give the Storm another two-goal lead in the game. The goal was assisted by Sam Rhodes. Minutes later, at 12:50 of the period, Muskegon’s Rhett Pitlick scored his 17th goal of the year to cut the lead in half. Leading 3-2, Tri-City’s Matthew Knies scored his 14th goal of the year at 14:05 of the 3rd period to give the Storm a 4-3 lead. With the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, Muskegon scored the final goal of the game with 56 seconds left to play. The goal was netted by Iivari Rasanen. Tri-City picked up its 24th win of the season in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Muskegon.
Tri-City improved to 24-17-5-2 in the win and now prepares for a weekend series against the Fargo Force. Todd Scott made 13 saves on 16 shots to record his 8th win of the season in tonight’s game. The Storm is now 19-2-1-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season and is also 18-10-4-1 when outshooting its opponent.
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