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Team: Tri-City Storm
Head Coach: Anthony Noreen, 1st season
“It’s a high-character group. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do over the offseason as far as off-ice training and being proactive in their own development. We feel we have good leadership, a group that’s eager and not satisfied with what the results were last season. We feel like we have a tight-knit group that’s ready to go to work.”
2016-17 Record: 21-31-6-2 (50 PTS, 8th in Western Conference)
Top Returners: Wyllum Deveaux, Jace Foskey, Adam Goodsir, Blais Richartz, Ryan Roth, Josiah Slavin, Linus Weissbach, Bryan Yoon
Notable Additions: Filip Larsson, Connor McMenamin
The Tri-City Storm are poised to get back toward the top of the Western Conference standings, similar to the 2015-16 season when they took home the Clark Cup. New head coach Anthony Noreen, the 2015 USHL Coach of the Year with the Youngstown Phantoms, replaces Bill Muckalt, who was named an associate head coach at the University of Michigan, and will look to have similar success to his days in Youngstown.
Noreen and the Storm have a roster that features several players who are ready to have a breakout season. One of the more notable names on that list is Adam Goodsir, who, after winning 2016 NAHL Rookie of the Year, was named to the 2017 USHL All-Rookie Second Team. The University of Denver commit recorded 26 points (16G, 10A) in 59 games and will likely be one of the Storm’s top point producers. Wyllum Deveaux is also back in the mix in Kearney, a year after posting 23 points (4G, 19A) in 53 games. Bryan Yoon (18 PTS), Josiah Slavin (14 PTS) and Jace Foskey (11 PTS) are also returning to the Storm this year and will look to have strong offensive seasons as well.
In goal, the hot name on the Storm roster is Swedish netminder Filip Larsson. The Stockholm native was a 2016 draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings and spent last year with Djurgardens, posting an impressive 2.24 GAA and .925 SV%. He is joined on the roster by Harrison Feeney, who played in nine USHL games last season, and Jake Barczewski, who posted a stellar 1.94 GAA and .929 SV% for the Janesville Jets (NAHL) in 2016-17.