Storm release preseason roster ahead of first game
KEARNEY --– Eleven returners, two NHL draft picks and a group of USHL high-round selections highlight the Tri-City Storm’s 30-man preseason roster, released Friday by Head Coach/General Manager Anthony Noreen. The players seek to make the opening night roster, which must be reduced to a 23-man protected list by Oct. 3. Tri-City plays seven preseason games, beginning at home vs. Lincoln on Fri., Sept. 15 at 7:35 p.m. The regular season opens Oct. 6 at Omaha.
“It’s a high-character group,” said first-year Head Coach/General Manager Anthony Noreen. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do over the offseason as far as off-ice training and being proactive in their development. We have a tight-knit group that’s ready to go to work.”
Numbers to know
13 players with one full USHL season
12 players selected in top-three rounds of USHL Draft
11 returning players
4 USHL first-round picks – F Tyler Ward, G Filip Larsson, D Jace Foskey, D Tony Malinowski
2 NHL Draft picks – D Nate Clurman, G Filip Larsson
At forward, Tri-City returns Josiah Slavin, Nicholas Nardella, Wyllum Deveaux, Adam Goodsir, Brian Hawkinson and Blais Richartz. Goodsir was Storm Captain last season and is the leading returning scorer (16g, 10a). Deveaux scored 23 points and finished fifth among rookies with 19 assists.
Returning defensemen Ronnie Attard, Bryan Yoon, Jack Summers, Chase Pilawski and Jace Foskey look to make the Storm in their second USHL campaigns.
The NHL draft picks are D Nate Clurman (6th round, COL, 2016) and G Filip Larsson (6th round, DET, 2016). Clurman combined for a plus-75 rating the last two seasons at the Culver Military Academy and is committed to Notre Dame. Larsson is set for his first season in North America and Tri-City selected the goaltender 8th overall in the 2017 Phase II Draft.
Also in cage, Tri-City has brought in Jake Barczewski to compete with Larsson and Harrison Feeney. Barczewski played for Janesville (NAHL) in 2016-17 and boasted a 16-game undefeated streak en route to a 27-6-0-1 record.
Barczewski, a 3rd-round selection in Phase II, is one of 12 players at camp selected in the top-three rounds of the USHL Draft.
After kicking off the preseason Sept. 15 vs. Lincoln at 7:35 p.m, Tri-City’s final home preseason game is Sept. 23 at 7:35 p.m. vs. Omaha. Tickets are free for season ticket holders, $5 for the public and will go on sale at a later date.