Tri-City Storm

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Tri-City Storm
Tri-City Storm Logo.svg
CityKearney, Nebraska
LeagueUSHL
DivisionWest
Founded2000
Home arenaViaero Event Center
Colors

Purple, Black and Silver

              
Owner(s)Kirk W. Brooks
General managerJim Hulton
Head coachJim Hulton
MediaKearney Hub, KHGI-TV
Franchise history
1979–1984Bloomington Jr. Stars
1985–1986Minneapolis Stars
1986–1995St. Paul Vulcans
1995–2000Twin Cities Vulcans
2000–presentTri-City Storm
Championships
Regular season titles1
Division Championships1
Playoff championships0
 
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Tri-City Storm
Tri-City Storm Logo.svg
CityKearney, Nebraska
LeagueUSHL
DivisionWest
Founded2000
Home arenaViaero Event Center
Colors

Purple, Black and Silver

              
Owner(s)Kirk W. Brooks
General managerJim Hulton
Head coachJim Hulton
MediaKearney Hub, KHGI-TV
Franchise history
1979–1984Bloomington Jr. Stars
1985–1986Minneapolis Stars
1986–1995St. Paul Vulcans
1995–2000Twin Cities Vulcans
2000–presentTri-City Storm
Championships
Regular season titles1
Division Championships1
Playoff championships0

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

SeasonGPWLOTLPTSGFFinish
2000–015627218621915th – West
2001–026127304581829th – Overall
2002–036027285591835th – West
2003–046043125912251st – West
2004–056033216721894th – West
2005–066028239651664th – West
2006–076036186782032nd – West
2007–086024342501535th – West
2008–096011481231406th – West
2009–106029256641724th – West
2010–1160193011491378th – West
2011–125625310501576th – West
2012-136422357511898th of 8, West
14th of 16 league
did not qualify for playoffs
2013-146021354461537th of 8, West
14th of 16 league
did not qualify for playoffs

Roster[edit]

As of August 25, 2012.[1]

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#S/P/CPlayerPosHtWtDoBHometownPrevious teamCollege commitment
2IllinoisMcArdle, JoshJosh McArdleD6' 1"175 lb1994-05-08Roscoe, IllinoisTeam Illinois U16 (Midget AAA)None
3PennsylvaniaHrabovsky, JohnJohn HrabovskyD5' 11"175 lb1993-03-19Hummelstown, PennsylvaniaCentral Penn (MJHL)None
4MassachusettsVecchione, MichaelMichael VecchioneF5' 11"190 lb1993-02-25Saugus, MassachusettsMalden Catholic (USHS–MA)Union
5MichiganMartin, CutlerCutler MartinD6' 1"195 lb1994-07-20East Lansing, MichiganVictory Honda U18 (Midget AAA)None
8CaliforniaMoore, TrevorTrevor MooreF5' 8"160 lb1995-03-31Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaL.A. Selects U16 (Midget AAA)Denver
12FloridaMaller, DylanDylan MallerD6' 2"180 lb1994-04-15Parkland, FloridaD.C. Capitals U18 (Midget AAA)New Hampshire
17AlaskaLinnell, JaredJared LinnellF5' 11"175 lb1993-04-14North Pole, AlaskaCedar Rapids (USHL)Alaska
18MissouriLappin, TimTim LappinF6' 0"175 lb1994-01-19St. Charles, MissouriChicago Mission U18 (Midget AAA)None
19MinnesotaBonner, TimTim BonnerF5' 9"175 lb1992-08-19Maple Grove, MinnesotaOsseo (USHS–MN)Yale
20MinnesotaMay, EliEli MayD6' 2"194 lb1993-09-16Eagan, MinnesotaEagan (USHS–MN)Minnesota State
22FloridaIvey, RyanRyan IveyD6' 2"170 lb1994-11-27Orlando, FloridaCompuware U18 (Midget AAA)None
23MinnesotaOpperman, GrantGrant OppermanF6' 0"185 lb1993-11-15Plymouth, MinnesotaBreck (USHS–MN)Dartmouth
24MassachusettsWard, BrianBrian WardF6' 1"190 lb1992-02-14Haverhill, MassachusettsGovernor's Academy (USHS–MA)None
27FinlandLiedes, HeikkiHeikki LiedesF6' 3"190 lb1993-01-12Hämeenlinna, FinlandHPK U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)None
28North DakotaSpicer, DaltonDalton SpicerD6' 0"190 lb1992-08-11Grand Forks, North DakotaBismarck (NAHL)None
33TexasFrey, ChristianChristian FreyG6' 0"185 lb1993-06-12Arlington, TexasDes Moines (USHL)None
IowaCecere, GarrettGarrett CecereD5' 9"170 lb1995-01-05West Des Moines, IowaJanesville (NAHL)Colorado College
TexasCotton, JasonJason CottonF6' 3"181 lb1995-02-07Murphy, TexasColorado Thunderbirds U16 (Midget AAA)Northeastern
AlaskaDiBenedetto, JoeyJoey DiBenedettoF5' 10"179 lb1995-06-08Anchorage, AlaskaLas Vegas Storm U16 (Midget AAA)None
CaliforniaEastman, KyleKyle EastmanF6' 0"185 lb1995-02-17Chino Hills, CaliforniaL.A. Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA)Denver
GermanyLehr, PhilipPhilip LehrG5' 11"157 lb1993-06-03Berlin, GermanyAdler Mannheim (DEL)None
MichiganL'Esperance, JoelJoel L'EsperanceF6' 2"183 lb1995-08-18Brighton, MichiganCompuware U18 (Midget AAA)Michigan Tech
AlaskaMunson, TaylerTayler MunsonF6' 1"174 lb1993-03-02Fairbanks, AlaskaFairbanks (NAHL)Alaska
OntarioSantaguida, MichaelMichael SantaguidaG5' 9"170 lb1993-03-06Mississauga, OntarioAvon Old Farms (USHS–CT)None

Coaches[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012-13 Train Camp Roster". Storm Hockey. Retrieved August 25, 2012.