December 15, 2015 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Tri-City Storm
Kearney, Ne. - Storm forwards Wade Allison and Carson Meyer have been named to the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the USHL and NHL Central Scouting announced Tuesday.
The game, set to take place on Jan. 12 at Ralston Arena in Omaha, NE, home of the Omaha Lancers, pits 40 of the top USHL players eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Meyer and Allison are draft eligible for the first time this summer. The draft is set for June 24-25, 2016, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, home of the Buffalo Sabres.
"I\'m excited for Wade and Carson and it\'s a huge honor for them to represent the Storm," said Bill Muckalt, Head Coach and General Manager of the Storm. "They would be the first to tell you there are a lot of players in this locker room that have helped them with this achievement and their success."
The pair of 18 year olds have combined for 18 goals and 12 assists this season. Meyer leads the Storm with 12 goals and 21 points and was named USHL Forward of Week Nov. 9, while Allison has four goals over the last six games to boost to six goals and nine points.
Meyer is currently representing the U.S. Junior Select Team in the World Jr. A Challenge in Ontario, Canada. In the opening game of the preliminary round on Monday, Meyer scored the first goal, the game-winning tally, in the U.S.\'s 6-0 rout over the Czech Republic. Tournament play continues Tuesday against Canada West.
"It\'s an unbelievable feeling to be named to the game," said Meyer. "I\'m excited and I\'m proud of my friend Wade as well. Everything is going well representing the U.S. Jr. Select Team in Canada."
The native of Powell, Ohio committed to Miami University on Oct. 21, two hours southwest of his hometown. Meyer played for Ohio AAA Blue Jackets last season, where he led the T1EHL in assists (30) and points (51) in 2014-15.
"Carson has very good instincts and a great hockey sense," said Muckalt. "He makes a lot of great plays on give-and-go opportunities and that\'s the way the game is played. He knows where to go to find open ice."
Meanwhile, Allison, originally from Myrtle, Manitoba, Canada, is in his second full season with the Storm and third full campaign playing hockey in the state of Nebraska. The Top Prospects game is somewhat of a homecoming for Allison, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Omaha AAA Lancers 16U club.
"It means a lot to be named," said Allison. "I\'m very familiar with Omaha and it\'s always nice to go back."
Last season, Allison scored six goals and thirteen points for the Storm in 35 games, charging to a plus-seven rating. Two seasons ago, Allison led the Omaha AAA Lancers 16U club in scoring with 75 goals and 152 points before signing a tender with the Storm.
The Western Michigan commit has done his best work this season while playing on a line with Collin Rutherford and Dan Labosky.
"Wade is a prototypical power forward that is big, physical and skates well," said Muckalt. "Those are all important attributes."
This season's contest is the fourth USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which follows a record-setting 2015 NHL Draft that saw 37 USHL players from the 2014-15 season selected by NHL teams, including former Storm forwards Chris Wilkie (6th round, 162nd overall, Florida Panthers) and Mason Appleton (6th round, 168th overall, Winnipeg Jets). Wilkie tied the Storm goal-scoring record last season with 35 goals and participated in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Tri-City is on the road for the next two weeks, starting Friday, Dec. 18 in Sioux City against the Musketeers at 7:05 p.m. Check out the game at 6:45 p.m. with David Fine on The Breeze 94.5 FM. The Storm challenges the Omaha Lancers on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:05 p.m., wrapping up its games before Christmas.
The Storm is done with home games until January 3, 2016 against the Des Moines Buccaneers at 5:05 p.m. on Princess Night, featuring Frozen characters making their way to the Viaero Center. Groups of 10+ can get discounted group tickets for as low as $11! For more information contact the Storm Box Office at 308-338-8144.
The Storm next home game is January 3, 2016 against the Des Moines Buccaneers at 5:05 p.m. on Princess Night, featuring Frozen characters making their way to the Viaero Center. Groups of 10+ can get discounted group tickets for as low as $11! For more information contact the Storm Box Office at 308-338-8144.