Tri-City Storm

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Tri-City Storm
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City Kearney, Nebraska
League USHL
Division West
Founded 2000
Home arena Viaero Event Center
Colors

Purple, Black and Silver

              
Owner(s) Kirk W. Brooks
General manager Jim Hulton
Head coach Jim Hulton
Media Kearney Hub, KHGI-TV
Franchise history
1979–1984 Bloomington Jr. Stars
1985–1986 Minneapolis Stars
1986–1995 St. Paul Vulcans
1995–2000 Twin Cities Vulcans
2000–present Tri-City Storm
Championships
Regular season titles 1
Division Championships 1
Playoff championships 0

The Tri-City Storm is a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the West Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

History[edit]

The Storm have been Kearney, Nebraska's franchise in the USHL since 2000. The 2003-04 season was the best in the team's 13-year history, as Tri-City went 43-12-5, finishing in first place and winning the Anderson Cup with 91 points.

1999

May 15, 1999 - The USHL voted 100 percent to allow then Omaha Lancers' owner, Ted Baer, to place a new team in Kearney. In June, Jim Hillman was named the team's first head coach.

2000-01

Sept. 30, 2000 - The Tri-City Storm win their first game in franchise history.

Nov. 18, 2000 - Following eight months of construction, the $10.5 million, 5,000-seat Tri-City Arena opens when the Tri-City Storm plays its first home game against Des Moines.

The Storm were named USHL Organization of the Year in their first year of operation.

2001-02

The Storm narrowly missed the playoffs. Konrad Reeder and Patrick Borgestad represented the team in the USHL All-Star game.

2002-03

Dec. 20, 2002 - In the midst of a 10-game losing streak, Storm coach and GM Jim Hillman steps down.

Jan. 19, 2003 - Former Topeka coach Bliss Littler becomes the teams' new head coach and GM.

The Storm rallied to make the playoffs with a seven-game win streak down the stretch.

2003-04

The team won the league's Anderson Cup, finishing with a record of 43-12-5 and 91 points.

The USHL named Tri-City Organization of the Year for the second time.

2004-05

The Storm celebrated their fifth-year anniversary, making a deep run in the playoffs and reaching the Clark Cup semifinals for the second consecutive season.

2005-06

Tri-City beat out Sioux City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, finishing with a 28-23-9 record. However, they dropped their opening round playoff series three games to two.

2006-07

May 3, 2006 - Ted Baer sells the Tri-City Storm to Joel Wiens, ending seven years of ownership.

The Storm finished the regular season with 78 points, good for second place in the Western Conference. They then won an exciting seven-game series against conference foe Sioux City, but were knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual Clark Cup champions, the Sioux Falls Stampede.

2007-08

Tri-City misses the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

After the season, head coach and GM Bliss Littler resigns to accept the head coaching position with the Omaha Lancers.

2008-09

Owner Joel Wiens promotes assistant coach Tom Rudrud to head coach.

The Storm suffered a major setback on the ice, winning just 11 out of 60 games.

In April 2009, Wiens sold the arena and team to Las Vegas businessman Kirk Brooks.

Brooks later announced that Drew Schoneck would replace Tom Rudrud as head coach.

2009-10

Led by standout forward Jaden Schwartz, the Storm finished in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 29-25-6 record.

2010-11

Things took a turn for the worse as the Storm dropped to the basement of the Western Conference standings.

2011-12

After a slow start, owner Kirk Brooks relieved head coach Drew Schoneck of his duties and promoted assistant coach Josh Hauge.

Hauge's group rallied late in the season and despite the poor start, the Storm were able to clinch a playoff spot, finishing in sixth in the Western Conference. Tri-City was defeated by the Waterloo Black Hawks in the first round of the postseason.

2012-13

In Hauge's first full season behind the bench, injuries plagued Tri-City and the team was unable to reach their high expectations. Captain Brian Ward had a strong season offensively, scoring 54 points in just 42 games. Michael Vecchione led the team with 26 goals.

"2013-14"

Owner Kirk Brooks relieved Josh Hauge of his duties and hired Jim Hulton.

Notable former players who have continued to play professionally in the National Hockey League include Jaden Schwartz, Jarod Palmer, Scott Parse, Christian Hanson, Jack Hillen and Bill Thomas.

Thomas and Konrad Reeder are tied for the most goals in team history, each scoring 60 during their careers in Kearney. Mario Lamoureux, who played four seasons for the Storm, has the all-time assists record with 85.

Schwartz, who played for the Storm during the 2009-10 season, owns most of the team's single season records including assists (50), points (83), power play goals (16), power play assists (22), power play points (38), shorthanded points (8), multi-point games (24), consecutive multi-point games (6) and total shots on goal (242).

Season-by-season record[edit]

United States Hockey League

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF Finish
2000–01 56 27 21 8 62 191 5th – West
2001–02 61 27 30 4 58 182 9th – Overall
2002–03 60 27 28 5 59 183 5th – West
2003–04 60 43 12 5 91 225 1st – West
2004–05 60 33 21 6 72 189 4th – West
2005–06 60 28 23 9 65 166 4th – West
2006–07 60 36 18 6 78 203 2nd – West
2007–08 60 24 34 2 50 153 5th – West
2008–09 60 11 48 1 23 140 6th – West
2009–10 60 29 25 6 64 172 4th – West
2010–11 60 19 30 11 49 137 8th – West
2011–12 56 25 31 0 50 157 6th – West
2012-13 64 22 35 7 51 189 8th of 8, West
14th of 16 league
did not qualify for playoffs
2013-14 60 21 35 4 46 153 7th of 8, West
14th of 16 league
did not qualify for playoffs

Roster[edit]

As of March 1, 2015.[1]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
9 New York Aibel, NolanNolan Aibel F 5' 10" 160 lb 1997-26-05 Brookville, NY Yale
19 Manitoba Allison, WadeWade Allison F 6' 1" 200 lb 1997-14-10 Myrtle, MB Western Michigan
22 Wisconsin Appleton, MasonMason Appleton F 6' 2" 193 lb 1996-15-01 Green Bay, WI Michigan State
11 Missouri Berger "A", ChaseChase Berger "A" F 6' 0" 192 lb 1994-14-11 St. Louis, MO Penn State
Michigan Brown, ChristopherChristopher Brown F 6' 0" 183 lb 1996-22-02 Bloomfield Hills, MI Boston College
10 New York Eastman "A", KyleKyle Eastman "A" F 6' 1" 200 lb 1995-31-01 Angola, NY None
15 Minnesota Freytag, MatthewMatthew Freytag F 6' 1" 193 lb 1997-15-02 Wayzata, MN Wisconsin
13 California Gamez "C", GarrettGarrett Gamez "C" F 6' 1" 190 lb 1995-17-02 Chino Hills, CA Providence
12 Alberta Herbert, JoelJoel Herbert F 6' 1" 190 lb 1994-24-06 Edson, AB None
24 Minnesota Labosky, DanDan Labosky F 5' 7" 160 lb 1995-24-05 Edina, MN None
23 Michigan Milan, CodyCody Milan F 6' 1" 185 lb 1996-11-04 White Lake, MI Michigan State
21 Pennsylvania Master, NickNick Master F 6' 0" 175 lb 1995-28-01 Broomall, PA UMass Lowell
16 Minnesota Valesano, ConnerConner Valesano F 5' 10" 170 lb 1995-10-02 Duluth, MN None
20 Minnesota Wahlin, JakeJake Wahlin F 5' 10" 170 lb 1996-09-11 White Bear Lake, MN St. Cloud State
44 Nebraska Wilkie, ChrisChris Wilkie F 6' 0" 195 lb 1996-10-07 Omaha, NE North Dakota
3 Illinois Dello, ToryTory Dello D 6' 1" 190 lb 1997-14-02 Crystal Lake, IL Notre Dame
28 Sweden Goransson, MattiasMattias Goransson D 6' 3" 195 lb 1995-10-03 Grums, Sweden None
6 Pennsylvania Kerr, KevinKevin Kerr D 5' 11" 182 lb 1996-09-02 Bensalem, PA Penn State
17 Minnesota Krych, JasonJason Krych D 5' 9" 181 lb 1997-12-04 Champlin, MN Minnesota State
7 Illinois Nardella, BobbyBobby Nardella D 5' 9" 175 lb 1996-22-04 Rosemont, IL Notre Dame
Minnesota Pedrie, VinceVince Pedrie D 5' 11" 193 lb 1994-17-01 Apple Valley, MN Penn State
8 Minnesota Schulz "A", JalenJalen Schulz "A" D 6' 0" 175 lb 1995-29-04 Cambridge, MN Nebraska–Omaha
30 British Columbia Dillon, AlecAlec Dillon G 6' 5" 175 lb 1996-05-05 Victoria, BC RPI
1 Illinois Rutledge, JaredJared Rutledge G 5' 11" 171 lb 1994-18-04 Skokie, IL None

Coaches[edit]

  • Head Coach: Jim Hulton
  • Assistant Coach: J.B. Bittner
  • Director of Recruiting: Steve Lowe
    • Strength Coach/Physical Trainer: Neil Breen
  • Equipment Manager: Dan Bouska

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Active Roster". Storm Hockey. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 

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