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Storm complete Phase II of 2021 USHL Draft

By Kendall Grayson 05/27/2021, 9:15pm PDT

Tri-City makes eighteen selections to complete USHL Draft

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm completed Phase II of the 2021 USHL Draft on Thursday by making eighteen selections. The Storm drafted ten forwards, five defensemen, and three goaltenders. The Phase II Draft is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and who are not currently protected by another USHL team. Teams filled their roster to a total of forty-five players by the end of the draft. All veteran roster players from the 2020-2021 season were automatically protected by their current team, separate from the list of forty-five players. Following the Phase I Draft on Wednesday night, Tri-City has now completed the 2021 USHL Draft.

 

With the fourth overall pick in the Phase II Draft, Tri-City selected goaltender Arsenii Sergeev. Sergeev, 18, Goaltender, of Yaroslavl, Russia appeared in twenty games for the Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL) during the 2020-2021 season. Sergeev posted a 14-4-2 record and recorded a save percentage of .936%. He also posted a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.17. Sergeev previously played two games for the Sioux Falls Stampede during the 2019-2020 season. He also previously played for the New Jersey Junior Titans (NAHL). Sergeev is 6'3'', 190 lbs and uncommitted. 

 

The first of ten forwards selected in Thursday’s Phase II draft was Christian Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was selected 13th overall by the Storm in the 1st Round. Fitzgerald, 18, Forward, of Coquitlam, British Columbia, skated in fourteen games during the 2020-2021 season with the Surrey Eagles (BCHL). Fitzgerald netted eleven goals and recorded twelve assists for twenty-three total points. He appeared in forty-four games with the Eagles during the 2019-2020 season and scored three goals. He also recorded three assists for six total points during the season. Fitzgerald is 6'0'', 174 lbs, and committed to Minnesota State. 

 

Tri-City chose its first goaltender of the 2021 USHL Draft with the 39th pick in the 3rd Round. The Storm selected former goaltender Chase Clark, who played for the team last season as an Emergency Backup goaltender, but whose rights were not held by any USHL team at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 regular season. Chase Clark, 19, Goaltender, of Williamsville, New York appeared in three games with the Storm as an Emergency Backup goaltender during the 2020-2021 season. Clark made his USHL debut in net for the Storm on April 18th, 2021 in Tri-City's 4-2 home loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers. Clark posted an 18-2-1 record during the 2020-2021 season for the Jersey Hitmen (NCDC). Clark is 6'6'', 218 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

The Storm’s next pick in the Phase II Draft was David Goyette. Tri-City selected the Canadian forward 40th overall in the 3rd Round of the draft. Goyette, 17, Forward, of Hawkesbury, Ontario, appeared in four games last season with the P.A.L Jr. Islanders (NCDC). Goyette scored three goals and provided the Islanders offense with three assists. He skated in seventy-four games for the Selects Academy at South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut during the 2019-2020 season. Goyette scored fifty-seven goals and recorded one hundred and sixteen assists. He is 5'10'', 152 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

Josh Nadeau was Tri-City’s next selection in the draft. The Storm selected Nadeau 70th overall in the 5th Round. Nadeau, 17, Forward, of Saint Francois-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick skated in fifteen games last season for Edmundston Blizzard (MJAHL). He netted thirteen goals and recorded eighteen assists for thirty-one total points. During the 2019-2020 season, Nadeau scored twenty-four goals and recorded thirty-two points in thirty-five total games with the Fredericton Caps U18 AAA organization. Nadeau is 5'7'', 157 lbs, and is committed to the University of Maine.  

 

The first of five defenseman selected by Tri-City in Thursday’s Phase II Draft was Cale Ashcroft, who was drafted 76th overall in the 5th Round. Ashcroft, 16, Defenseman, of St. Albert, Alberta, skated in nineteen games last season with the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL). Ashcroft netted three goals and recorded eight assists for eleven total points. He previously skated for the Northern Alberta Elite youth organization. Ashcroft is 5'10'', 170 lbs, and is committed to the University of Denver. 

 

Tyler Kostelecky was Tri-City’s next pick in the draft. The Storm selected him 86th overall in the 6th Round. Kostelecky, 19, Forward, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, appeared in thirty-six games during the 2020-2021 season for the Minot Minotauros (NAHL). He scored seventeen goals and recorded fourteen assists for thirty-one total points. Kostelecky also previously skated for Maple Grove High School. He is 5'9'', 172 lbs, and committed to Arizona State University. 

 

The third and final goaltender drafted by the Storm at the 2021 USHL Draft was Nick Erickson. Tri-City selected Erickson 103rd overall in the 7th Round. Erickson, 16, Goaltender, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, appeared in sixteen games last season with Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minnesota, and posted a record of 14-2-0. Erickson also recorded a save percentage of .937 and a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.18. Erickson is 6'3'', 165 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

Ethan Bowen was selected next by the Storm, 108th overall in the 8th Round. Bowen, 19, Forward, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, skated in nineteen games during the 2020-2021 season for the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL). Bowen scored eleven goals and provided the Chiefs offense with ten assists. Bowen netted twelve goals and recorded nineteen assists for Chilliwack during the 2019-2020 season. Bowen is 6'2'', 170 lbs and committed to the University of North Dakota. Bowen was drafted 207th Overall in the 7th Round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. 

 

Tri-City used the 111th overall pick in the 8th Round to draft Cameron O'Neill. O’Neill, 17, Forward, of Odenton, Maryland appeared in twenty-six games this season for Mount St. Charles Academy's 16U AAA team. O'Neill netted twenty-four goals and recorded thirty-three assists for fifty-seven total points. He scored fourteen goals and recorded twenty-three assists in fifty-three games with the team during the 2019-2020 season.  He is 5'11'', 174 lbs and uncommitted. 

 

The Storm selected Daniil Dolzhenko with its next pick in the Phase II Draft. He was taken 162nd overall in the 11th Round. Dolzhenko, 16, Defenseman, of Omsk, Russia, skated in six games during the 2020-2021 season with the Notre Dame Hounds U18 AAA program. He scored two goals and recorded five assists. He skated in thirty-six games during the 2019-2020 season and scored three goals. He also recorded twenty-five assists. Dolzhenko is 6'0'', 181 lbs, and committed to UMass-Lowell. 

 

Tri-City made its next selection with the 177th overall pick in the 12th Round. Dane Dowiak, 19, Forward, of Wexford, Pennsylvania, skated in thirty-three games during the 2019-2020 season for The Gunnery in Washington, Connecticut. Dowiak scored fourteen goals and recorded twenty-nine assists for forty-three total points. Dowiak also previously played for the Yale Jr. Bulldogs and Kent School. He is 5'10'', 172 lbs and committed to Penn State University. 

 

Garrett Szydlowski was the next player selected by the Storm in Thursday’s draft. He was drafted 192nd overall n the 13th Round. Szydlowski,18, Forward, of Brighton, Michigan, appeared in fifty-three games last season for the Maryland Black Bears (NAHL). He scored nine goals and recorded seventeen assists for twenty-six total points. Szydlowski skated in forty-six games for the Black Bears during the 2019-2020 season and scored eight goals. He is 5'10'', 170 lbs, and committed to Western Michigan University.  

 

Tri-City selected Noah Roberts 207th overall in the 14th Round of the draft with its next pick. Roberts, 15, Defenseman, of Aurora, Ontario, currently skates for St. Andrew's College. He appeared in four games for the team during the 2019-2020 season. Roberts previously skated for the York Simcoe Express U15 AAA program. He is 6'0'', 168 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

The Storm’s next selection in the draft was Felix Trudeau. Tri-City used the 222nd overall pick in the 15th Round of the Phase II Draft to draft Trudeau. Trudeau, 18, Forward, of Terrebonne, Quebec skated in nine games during the 2020-2021 season with the Amherst Ramblers (MJAHL). He scored five goals and recorded four points for nine total points. He also skated in five postseason games with the team. He scored four playoff goals and recorded three postseason assists. Trudeau previously played for Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York. He is 6'1'', 176 lbs and committed to the University of Maine. 

 

Tri-City’s fourth defenseman selected in the Phase II Draft was Nathan Mossey. The Storm selected Mossey with the 237th overall pick in the 16th Round. Mossey, 16, Defenseman, of Charlottetown, Prince Edwards Island, skated in thirty games during the 2019-2020 season with the Central Attack Bantam AAA (PEIBAAA). He scored fifty goals and recorded thirty-five assists for fifty total points. Mossey also netted two postseason goals during the 2020 playoffs. He is  5'11'', 150 lbs and uncommitted. 

 

The final forward taken by Tri-City in the 2021 USHL Draft was Justin Cloutier. The Storm selected Cloutier with the 252nd overall pick in the 17th Round. Cloutier, 16, Forward, of Ottawa, Ontario skated in twenty-nine games during the 2019-2020 season for the Ottawa Jr. 67s U15 AAA program. He scored twenty-three goals and recorded thirty-one assists for fifty-four total points. He also scored two postseason goals in four playoff games. Cloutier is 5'8'', 165 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

The last player selected by the Storm in this year’s draft was defenseman Ryan Mast. Mast was selected 267th overall in the 18th Round. Mast, 18, Defenseman, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan skated in fifty-eight games during the 2019-2020 season with the Sarnia Sting (OHL). He scored one goal and provided the Sting offense with ten assists for eleven total points. Mast previously played for the Compuware and Belle Tire AAA organizations. He is 6'4'', 190 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

Today was another exciting day for our staff, our current team, our fans, and our organization as a whole. We filled the immediate needs we had with what we feel are high-end players and who will be exciting to watch for the foreseeable future. We were aggressive in using assets that we had acquired over the past year in order to get guys at the top of our draft board. Starting with Jason Koehler, and moving down through our entire coaching staff, our guys were prepared and worked a lot for these two days. We stuck to our plan and are excited about the results. President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

Storm complete draft day trades

By Kendall Grayson 05/27/2021, 11:05am PDT

Tri-City completes trades with Waterloo & Sioux Falls

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has completed separate draft day transactions with the Sioux Falls Stampede and Waterloo Black Hawks to acquire multiple players. Tri-City has acquired forward David Sacco from the Waterloo Black Hawks in exchange for future considerations. Tri-City has also acquired defenseman Mario Gasparini from the Sioux Falls Stampede in exchange for an 8th Round pick in the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft and future considerations.

 

David Sacco, 19, Forward, of Middleton, Massachusetts, appeared in six games during the 2020-2021 season for the Waterloo Black Hawks. He also skated in four regular season games and five postseason games with the Islanders Hockey Club (NCDC) in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Sacco netted seventeen goals and recorded twenty-three assists in twenty-four games played during the 2019-2020 season for Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. He also served as one of the team’s Alternate Captains. He also spent time during the 2019-2020 season with the Cape Cod Whalers AAA program in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Sacco scored fifteen goals and recorded ten assists in thirty-five games with the Whalers. Sacco also skated previously skated for St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. Sacco previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of New Hampshire.

 

Mario Gasparini, 18, Defenseman, of Lakeville, Minnesota, skated in thirty-six games during the 2020-2021 season for the Sioux Falls Stampede. He notched four assists for the Sioux Falls offense. Gasparini appeared in twenty-four regular season games during the 2019-2020 season for Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minnesota. He scored four goals and recorded ten assists. Gasparini was also a member of Team MAP South in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League (UMHSEHL) during the 2019-2020 season. He scored one goal and recorded four assists in eighteen games played. Gasparini’s first career point in the USHL was recorded on January 15th, 2021 in a 4-3 home loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. Gasparini previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Vermont.

Storm acquire multiple players in separate transactions

By Kendall Grayson 05/27/2021, 11:00am PDT

Three players join Storm as "Future Compensation" from 2020-2021 trades

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced the acquisition of multiple players through separate transactions. Haden Kruse, Arvega Hovsepyan, and John Druskinis were all acquired by the Storm during the 2020-2021 regular season as “Players to be named later” in multiple transactions. As draft day arrives, Tri-City has now officially acquired the rights to each player for the 2021-2022 season.

 

Haden Kruse, 18, Forward, of Nisswa, Minnesota, appeared in three games as an affiliate list call-up this season with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Kruse was selected 99th overall in the 7th Round of the 2019 USHL Phase I Draft by the Buccaneers. He appeared in twenty-five games for Brainerd High School in Brainerd, Minnesota during the 2019-2020 season. Kruse netted seventeen goals and recorded seventeen assists for twenty-four total points. He also skated in fourteen games during the 2019-2020 season for Team Sanford Health of the Upper Midwest HS Elite Hockey League (UMHSEHL).

 

Arvega Hovsepyan, 18, Forward, of Los Angeles, California, appeared in thirty-six games this season for the Shattuck St. Mary’s 18U Prep team in Faribault, Minnesota. He led all forwards with forty-seven points this season. Hovsepyan scored nineteen goals and also recorded twenty-eight assists. He netted eighteen goals and notched thirty-eight assists during the 2019-2020 season for Shattuck St. Mary’s 16U Prep team. Hovsepyan skated in one hundred games at the 16U AAA level during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. Prior to playing at Shattuck St. Mary’s, Hovsepyan skated for the Los Angels Jr. Kings AAA organization in Los Angeles, California.

 

John Druskinis, 19, Defenseman, of Plymouth, Michigan, has skated in fifty-five games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. Druskinis has scored one goal and recorded six assists to this point in his USHL career. His first career USHL goal was scored on January 9th, 2021 in Muskegon’s 4-2 road loss to the Green Bay Gamblers. Prior to his time in the USHL, Druskinis skated for the Chippewa Steel (NAHL) and Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. Druskinis won back-to-back state championships at Hartland High School in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Druskinis previously announced a commitment to play college hockey for the University of Michigan.

Storm complete Phase I of 2021 USHL Draft

By Kendall Grayson 05/26/2021, 8:45pm PDT

Tri-City makes seven selections in first phase of USHL Draft

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm completed Phase I of the 2021 USHL Draft on Wednesday by making seven selections in the ten-round draft. The Storm selected five forwards, two defensemen, and no goaltenders. The Phase I Draft, formerly known as the “Futures Draft”, is open to 2005 birth year players only. Phase II of the is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and who are not currently protected by another USHL team. Teams will fill their roster to a total of forty-five players by the end of the Phase II Draft tomorrow. All veteran roster players from the 2020-2021 season are automatically protected by their current team, separate from the list of forty-five players. Phase II of the 2021 USHL Draft is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 1:00pm. Follow every Storm draft selection on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and www.StormHockey.com/2021Draft.

 

In November, Tri-City signed defenseman Andrew Strathmann to a tender agreement for the 2021-2022 season. The signing replaced the Storm’s 1st Round pick in Wednesday’s Phase I Draft. Last week, Tri-City signed forward Tanner Adams to a tender agreement for the 2021-2022 season. The signing replaced the Storm’s 2nd Round pick in Wednesday’s Phase I Draft. 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.

 

Andrew Strathmann, 16, of Beach Park, Illinois appeared in sixty games during the 2020-2021 regular season with the Chicago Young Americans (CYA) youth organization and scored twenty-two goals. Strathmann also provided the team with thirty-four assists for fifty-six total points. Strathmann is 6’1’’, 165 lbs.

 

Tanner Adams, 15, of Northport, New York appeared in twenty-nine games during the 2020-2021 regular season for the Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He scored nineteen goals and provided the team with twenty-nine assists for forty-eight total points. Adams previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Providence College. Adams is 5’9’’, 161 lbs.

 

Tri-City’s first selection in the 2021 USHL Phase I Draft was forward Cameron Briere of Oakville, Ontario. The Storm selected Briere 24th Overall in the 2nd Round of the draft after completing a transaction with the Chicago Steel to move up the draft board. Briere skated in sixty-two games during the 2020-2021 season for the Nashville Jr. Predators AAA organization. He netted twenty-seven goals and recorded twenty-one assists last season. Briere is 5'10'', 146 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

The Storm’s next selection in Wednesday’s draft was forward Ryan Smith of Pendleton, New York. Smith, 15, Forward, skated in eleven games last season for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. Smith scored four goals and recorded six assists. He is 5'9'', 161 lbs, and uncommitted. Tri-City selected Smith 49th Overall in the 4th Round of the Phase I draft.

 

Tri-City’s third selection of the 2021 Phase I Draft was forward Christian Kim of Torrance, California. Kim, 16, Forward, appeared in fifty-nine games during the 2020-2021 season with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks AAA organization. Kim scored twenty-two goals and recorded forty-one assists. He also skated for Lutheran High School in Orange, California last season. Kim also previously skated for the Belle Tire youth organization in Detroit, Michigan. Kim is 5’7’’, 150 lbs, and uncommitted.

 

Philippe Blais-Savoie was the first defenseman selected by the Storm in Wednesday’s Phase I Draft. Tri-City drafted Blais-Savoie 70th overall in the 5th Round of the Phase I Draft. Blais-Savoie, 15, Defenseman, of San Jose, California, appeared in fourteen games this season with San Jose Jr. Sharks AAA organization. He scored eight goals and recorded three assists. Blais-Savoie skated in thirty-five games with the Jr. Sharks 14U team during the 2019-2020 season and scored twelve goals. He also recorded eleven assists for the Jr. Sharks offense. Blais-Savoie is 5'10'', 150 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

Aidan Willis was Tri-City’s next selection in the Phase I Draft and was picked 85th overall in the 6th Round. Willis, 16, Forward, of Farmington, Minnesota appeared in twenty-two games during the 2020-2021 season for Lakeville South Highschool in Lakeville, Minnesota. Willis scored four goals and recorded twenty assists for twenty-four total points. He also appeared in twenty games with the Blue Army 15U AAA organization. Willis netted fourteen goals and recorded twenty-one assists for thirty-five total points. He is 5'11'', 176 lbs and uncommitted. 

 

Ryan Koering was the second and final defenseman selected by Tri-City in the 2021 USHL Phase I Draft. Koering, 16, Defenseman, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota skated in twenty-four games last season for Eden Prairie High School. Koering scored one goal and recorded seven assists for eight total points. He skated for the Blue Army 14U AAA organization during the 2019-2020 season. Koering is 6'0'', 146 lbs, and uncommitted. 

 

Tri-City’s final selection in Wednesday’s Phase I Draft was Brenden Fields. Fields, 16, Forward, of Ladera Ranch, California, skated in sixty games during the 2020-2021 season for the Chicago Young Americans (CYA) AAA organization in Palatine, Illinois. Fields scored twenty-seven goals and recorded thirty-three assists for sixty total points. Fields also previously skated for the Capistrano United Coyotes high school and the Los Angeles Jr. Kings AAA organizations in California. 

 

It was an exciting day for our organization to add what we think its high-end talent that is going to fit into our culture here in Tri-City. I thought our scouting staff and coaching staff did a tremendous job of being prepared, being organized, having a plan, and executing our plan.President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

 

Every draft is a culmination of time and energy put forth by our staff and scouts, and we are thrilled with the talent we were able to acquire. Prior to tonight’s draft, we chose to sacrifice our 1st and 2nd Round picks to sign both Andrew Strathmann and Tanner Adams to tender agreements for next season. We believe they will have an immediate impact on next year’s team. We acquired our number one forward on the board in Cam Briere, additional top-six caliber forwards, and two “homerun” defensemen. We traded three times to move up in the draft order and we would like to thank our trade partners Chicago and Waterloo for helping us accomplish that. We look forward to pumping more high-end caliber talent into the organization in tomorrow’s draft.” General Manager Jason Koehler

LIVE: 2021 USHL Draft

By Kendall Grayson 05/26/2021, 3:00pm PDT

The 2021 USHL Draft is underway!

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Recap: Storm open three-game weekend with road victory over Lancers

By Kendall Grayson 03/12/2021, 9:15pm PST

Hunter Strand (2), Ben Schoen, Cole McWard, Mark Estapa, Rhett Pitlick, Adam Klapka score in victory

Preview: Storm set for three-game weekend on road

By Kendall Grayson 03/12/2021, 5:30am PST

Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Recap: Storm drop final game of weekend to Musketeers

By Kendall Grayson 03/07/2021, 5:30pm PST

Carter Mazur (2), and Adam Klapka score in Storm loss

Preview: Storm set to conclude eight-game homestand against Musketeers

By Kendall Grayson 03/07/2021, 5:15am PST

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Recap: Storm defeat Black Hawks 5-2 on “Teddy Bear Toss” night

By Kendall Grayson 03/06/2021, 8:45pm PST

Carter Mazur (2), Rhett Pitlick, Cole McWard, Caden Villegas score in Storm win

Preview: Storm set to host “Teddy Bear Toss” against Black Hawks

By Kendall Grayson 03/06/2021, 10:30am PST

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Recap: Storm drop overtime decision to Black Hawks 3-2

By Kendall Grayson 03/05/2021, 8:30pm PST

Conner Hutchison & Rhett Pitlick score in Storm's overtime loss

Preview: Storm set to host Black Hawks for first time this season

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Connor Hopkins named USHL Goaltender of the Week

By Kendall Grayson 03/02/2021, 9:45am PST

Hopkins receives weekly honor for first time in career

Recap: Storm complete sweep on Concrete Cares Weekend

By Kendall Grayson 02/28/2021, 5:30pm PST

Ben Schoen, Isac Jonsson, Hunter Strand score in Tri-City victory

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