Team: Tri-City Storm
2015-16 Record: 28-15-17
Top Forward: Carson Meyer (51 points, 32 goals)
Top Defenseman: Mattias Gorannson (41 points, 7 goals)
Top Goaltender: Jake Kielly (21-7-8, 2.33 GAA, .919 SV%)
Power Play: 17.0% (10th in USHL)
Penalty Kill: 84.4% (6th in USHL)
What a year it was for Tri-City. The Storm finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference, and followed up their stellar season by dominating in Clark Cup Playoffs en route to the team’s first Clark Cup championship.
While there was expected roster turnover for the Storm, including Clark Cup MVP and 2016 NHL Draft selection Wade Allison, there is still a lot of talent on the roster as they look to defend their Clark Cup title. One of the largest offensive pieces returning for the Storm is forward Alex Limoges. The Cornell commit was dominant playing with Allison and Dan Labosky towards the end of the season. Limoges finished third in playoff scoring for the Storm and will look to carry that offensive success into 2016-17.
Goaltender Dayton Rasmussen will look to step in and carry the load in net this season. Rasmussen and fellow Eden Prairie, MN native Jake Kielly developed a strong rotation in net last season, with unmatched chemistry off the ice as well. This season could be an exclamation point for Rasmussen’s junior hockey career who was already named to NHL Central Scouting Future List earlier this summer.
Other notable returners include Monte Graham, Justin Dixson and Paul Washe. Defenseman Jace Foskey, a member of Team USA at the U17 Five Nations tournament, also hopes to join the club this season and make an impact as a rookie. Keeping with the youth movement, forward Wyllum Devaux hopes to crack the lineup and earn power play time throughout the season. The Harvard commit comes to Tri-City after a successful career with the Don Mills Flyers (GTMMHL).
Head coach Bill Muckalt comes back to Kearney for year two behind the Tri-City bench after joining an elite list of coaches who won a Clark Cup in their first season.
“The league is very competitive. We are looking to play a fast, exciting and entertaining brand of hockey with strong defense and discipline. It’s going to be a challenge.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.