Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tri-City Storm Concludes First Phase of USHL Draft with Ten Promising Picks

Tri-City Storm wrapped up the initial phase of the 2024 USHL Draft on Monday, making ten selections from the pool of 2008-born players. The draft saw the Storm adding six forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender to their roster. With Phase II of the draft set to kick off, the Storm prepares for further additions to their lineup, starting tomorrow at 11:00 am CT.

The 2024 USHL Draft, divided into two phases, began with Phase I, focusing on “Futures” age players who will be under 17 for the upcoming season. The Storm’s selections were exclusively from this age group, with the team drafting promising talent born in 2008. Phase II of the draft opens doors to players of all ages eligible for junior hockey, not currently on any Member Club’s Protected List. The draft continues until all Member Clubs have forty-five players on their Initial Protected List, including those from their affiliate list.

Among the standout selections, Ilya Morozov, a 15-year-old forward from Moskva, Russia, signed a tender agreement for the 2024-2025 season, replacing Tri-City’s 1st Round draft selection in Phase I. Morozov boasts an impressive track record, having netted thirty-three goals and notched forty-one assists in forty-nine games this season with the Windy City Storm.

Levi Harper, 15, a defenseman from Tampa, Florida, was the Storm’s first pick in Phase I, selected 22nd overall in the 2nd round. Harper, with his solid defensive skills, scored nine goals and recorded twenty-three points for the Shattuck St. Mary’s Sabres 15U team.

Tri-City’s subsequent picks included Will Bent, 16, a forward from Dover, Massachusetts, Ben MacBeath, 16, a defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, and Trevor Theuer, 16, a forward from Clarkston, Michigan, showcasing the team’s commitment to diversifying its talent pool.

Adding to the excitement, Tri-City executed a trade with the Green Bay Gamblers, securing additional picks in exchange for the 97th overall pick.

General Manager Jason Koehler expressed his enthusiasm, welcoming the new players and emphasizing the importance of this phase in building the team. Koehler praised the scouting and coaching staff for their dedication to shaping the future of the Storm.

In a bid to further strengthen their lineup, Tri-City is now focusing on its 2024 USHL Futures Camp, inviting 2009 and 2010-born players to register for the development and exposure camp, scheduled for August 2nd through August 4th, 2024, at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine, Illinois.

Additionally, the Storm is offering season tickets for their 25th Anniversary Season, available for purchase through their sales staff. Fans can visit StormHockey.com for more details and to secure their tickets.

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