Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced the hiring of Ryan Ward as Director of Player Development for the 2020-2021 season. Ward previously served as the Video Coach for the New York Islanders and Toronto Maples Leafs, and most recently served as the Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel for the Selects Hockey Academy 15U team at the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut.
Ryan Ward, of Assonet, Massachusetts led one of the top programs in the country this season, the Selects Hockey Academy’s 15U squad that finished the season with a Regional Championship and a final record of 54-9-3. Before joining the Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent School, Ward served as the Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) for the 2018-2019 season. Ward spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Saul Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 seasons. Ward was behind the bench during the Greyhounds franchise record 55-7-6 regular season record during the 2017-2018 season. The team posted a twenty-three game winning streak and won the 2018 Hamilton Spectator Trophy as Regular Season Champions of the OHL.
In addition to his experiences as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach, Ward also served as video coach for multiple National Hockey League (NHL) franchises. Ward served as the Video Coach for the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2012, and also served as the Video Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2015-2016 season. Ward was promoted to Video Coach of the Maple Leafs in November 2015 following two seasons with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) in the same role. Ward also served as the Video Coach for the USA team at the 2010 & 2012 World Championships.
“Anthony and I were in the Toronto organization together and we share the same values when it comes to maximizing the potential of any hockey player both on and off the ice and we’ve kept a good relationship since we first worked together. Video is a massive component of today’s game; players today love to see that content and that’s often how the best learn. I’m lucky to have that aspect of teaching on my resume. This is a really cool opportunity for me, I’m excited to start working with Anthony, Jason, and the rest of the staff. I believe that the more people you can surround yourself with who make your team better, the better off the organization will be.” Director of Player Development Ryan Ward
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ryan again. I have the utmost respect for his dedication to developing young men and helping them become both better people and better hockey players. He will be a great addition to our program” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Ryan is a coach who was highly recommended for our organization by Anthony and others. I met Ryan earlier this season and had a lot of respect for him immediately. I felt that his team this season at South Kent was one of the top three teams in the country and he had a lot of great prospects play for him. It is great to welcome Ryan to our organization and we look forward to his work with our coaches, players, and staff.” General Manager Jason Koehler
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced the signing of defenseman Vinny Borgesi to a tender agreement for the 2020-2021 season. Borgesi previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Northeastern University. Borgesi last skated for the Selects Hockey Academy and is an eligible prospect for the 2022 NHL Draft.
Borgesi, 16, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania skated in sixty-one games during the 2019-2020 season for the Selects Hockey Academy at the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut. In those sixty-one games played, Borgesi notched twelve goals and recorded eighty-eight assists. Borgesi’s one hundred points were the most among defenseman for the South Kent U15 team last season. In addition to his time with the Selects Hockey Academy at the South Kent School last season, Borgesi was also selected to participate in USA Hockey’s 2019 Select 15 Player Development Camp at Northtown Center in Amherst, New York. Prior to his time with the South Kent School, Borgesi skated two seasons for the Valley Forge Minutemen in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. In the 2018-2019 season, Borgesi led all Minutemen skaters with forty-five points. His fifteen goals and thirty assists were the most of any Minutemen defenseman during the 2018-2019 season. Borgesi spent his 2016-2017 season with the Team Comcast (now Team Virtua) Bantam Minor AAA program in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Borgesi also represented the United States at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Signing with a USHL team is a big step for me in my career but I’m up for the challenge and ready to work for it. I played for Ryan Ward at South Kent and he recommended that I connect with Anthony Noreen about the opportunity to play for Tri-City. I watched a lot of video highlights of the team, and thought playing for the Storm would be great for my development. I know a couple guys on the team and I see myself spending a lot of time at the rink next season. I’m a small guy, but move the puck well and have a pass first mentality.” Defenseman Vinny Borgesi
“These are special days when we are able to bring players like Vinny into our organization and our family. Vinny is a great player, he has a really special drive that separates him from other athletes and other hockey players. Our staff feels that this was the best available defenseman to tender, so we’re thrilled that he chose to join our organization. Vinny was the Captain of one of the best teams in U15 hockey this season, and he’s a similar player to those who we have had success with in the past.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Vinny is without a doubt an elite level 2004 birth year defenseman. I had a chance to watch him play numerous times this year for South Kent, and he was a key component of that team. He is a proven leader, his hockey IQ is off the charts, and he’s a fierce competitor. Myself and our staff are thrilled to welcome Vinny to our Storm family” – General Manager Jason Koehler
Recent Tri-City Storm alumni from the South Kent program include Alex Limoges, Shane Pinto, and Zac Jones. 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 second tender signing for the Storm for the 2020-2021 season. Today’s signing will replace Tri-City’s 2nd Round draft selection at the 2020 USHL Phase I draft.
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.
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