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Storm Completes Phase II of USHL Draft

May 4, 2022 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Tri-City Storm News Release


KEARNEY, NE. - The Tri-City Storm completed the second, and final phase, of the 2022 USHL Draft on Tuesday by drafting twenty-four players in the twenty-four round draft. Tri-City drafted twelve forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders during Tuesday's Phase II Draft. Phase II of the 2022 USHL Draft was open to players of all ages who are eligible to play junior hockey next season, and whose rights are not currently protected by another USHL member club. All veteran roster players from the 2021-2022 season were automatically protected by their current team, separate from the list of forty-five players. Teams filled their rosters to a total of forty-five players during Tuesday's second phase of the 2022 USHL Draft.

The Storm drafted seven players in the ten-round 2022 USHL Phase I Draft on Monday. Tri-City selected three forwards, four defensemen, and no goaltenders during Monday's Phase I Draft. The Storm also signed two players to tender agreements prior to the Phase I Draft. Monday's USHL Phase I Draft, formerly known as the "Futures Draft", was open to 2006 birth year players only.

Tri-City's opening selection of Tuesday's Phase II Draft was 16th overall in the 2nd round. The Storm drafted defenseman Kaden Muir with its first pick of the draft. Muir, 17, of Manchester, New Hampshire, skated for the United States National Team Development Program/Team USA in the USHL during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons. He scored one goal and notched five assists in twenty-seven games played for Team USA during the 2021-2022 regular season. Muir played in thirty-three career USHL games for Team USA over the past two seasons. He scored two goals and recorded five assists. He netted his first career USHL goal on November 28th, 2020, in Team USA's 4-2 road win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Muir was a member of USA's tournament-winning team at the 2021 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland, on November 14th, 2021. He was ranked 133rd among North American Skaters on NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft. Muir previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at Northeastern University. He is 6'1'', 186 lbs, and is a righthanded shot.

Jack Pridham was the Storm's next selection in the USHL Phase II Draft. Tri-City drafted Pridham 26th overall in the 2nd round. Pridham, 16, Forward, of Stouffville, Ontario, skated for St. Andrew's College (Aurora, Ontario) during the 2021-2022 season. He scored sixteen goals and also provided the Saints' offense with sixteen assists for thirty-two total points. He scored the second-most goals of any player on his team this season in forty-three games played. Pridham previously skated for the Markham Waxers (Markham, Ontario), Toronto Nationals (Toronto, Ontario), and Mississauga Rebels (Mississauga, Ontario) AAA programs. Pridham previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at Boston University. He is 6'0'', 146 lbs, and a righthanded shot.

Sean Keohane was drafted by Tri-City 38th overall in the 3rd round of Tuesday's draft. Keohane, Defenseman, of Milton, Massachusetts, skated for the Dexter Southfield School (Brookline, Massachusetts) and South Shore Kings (Foxboro, Massachusetts) during the 2021-2022 season. He scored four goals and notched nineteen assists in twenty-four games played this season for Dexter Southfield. He scored one goal and recorded three assists in twenty-three games played for the South Shore Kings this season. Keohane previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at Harvard University. He is 6'0'', 161 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

The Storm's next selection in the 2022 USHL Phase II Draft was forward A.J. Lacroix. Tri-City drafted Lacroix 45th overall in the 3rd round. Lacroix, 17, of West Vancouver, British Columbia, skated in fifty-three games during the 2021-2022 regular season for the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL, Chilliwack, British Columbia). Lacroix also appeared in eleven games during the Chiefs' run in the 2022 BCHL Playoffs. Lacroix scored twenty-one goals and recorded nineteen assists in the regular season this year. He scored one goal and notched four assists during the postseason. Lacroix previously skated for the Delta Hockey Academy (Delta, British Columbia), and West Van Academy (Vancouver, British Columbia). He scored twenty-six goals and notched thirty-four assists in thirty games played for West Van Academy's Bantam Prep team during the 2019-2020 regular season. He is 6'0'', 195 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

Tri-City selected forward Haden Kruse with the team's next selection in the draft. Kruse was picked 54th overall by the Storm in the 4th round of Tuesday's draft. Kruse, 19, of Nisswa, Minnesota, appeared in three games with the Storm during the 2021-2022 regular season. He recorded his first career USHL point on November 12th, 2021, in Tri-City's 6-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Viaero Center. Kruse appeared in two games during the 2020-2021 regular season with the Des Moines Buccaneers. He made his USHL debut on January 8th, 2021, in the Buccaneers' 3-2 overtime road loss to the Lincoln Stars. Kruse skated in twenty-seven regular season games, and five postseason games this year for the Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL, Cloquet, Minnesota). He scored eight goals and notched eleven assists for nineteen total points during the regular season. Kruse recorded one assist during the team's postseason play. He previously skated for Brainerd High (Brainerd, Minnesota), and the Minnesota Blizzard (Minneapolis, Minnesota). He is 6'1'', 165lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

Nolan Roed was the Storm's next pick in Tuesday's Phase II Draft. Tri-City drafted Roed 71st overall in the 5th round. He is the younger brother of current Storm forward Lleyton Roed. Roed, 16, Forward, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, skated in twenty-seven games during the 2021-2022 regular season for White Bear Lake High (White Bear Lake, Minnesota). He finished the season as the team's leading scorer with nineteen goals and twenty-one assists. He was the only White Bear Lake player to reach the forty-point plateau this year. Roed also skated in twenty-two games during the 2021-2022 season for the Minnesota Blades 16U (AAA, Bloomington, Minnesota). He scored five goals and recorded nineteen assists. Roed is 5'11'', 170 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

The first European skater to be drafted by the Storm in Tuesday's Phase II Draft was defenseman Joel Kjellberg. Tri-City selected Kjellberg with the 84th overall pick in the 6th round. He was the third defender picked by the Storm in the Phase II Draft. Kjellberg, 18, of Nacka, Sweden, skated in twenty-four regular season games and six postseason games during the 2021-2022 season for Djurgårdens IF J20 (J20 Nationell, Stockholm, Sweden). He scored three goals and notched eight assists in twenty-four assists this season. He also skated in multiple games for Djurgårdens' IF J18 program. Kjellberg previously skated for Rögle BK J18 in Ängelholm, Sweden. He also skated in six games for Sweden's Under-16 International Junior team during the 2019-2020 season. He is 5'1'', 178 lbs, and is a righthanded shot.

Tri-City's next pick in the Phase II Draft was defenseman Ty Campbell. Campbell, 16, of Nepean, Ontario, skated in thirty-five regular season games this year for the Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL, Smiths Falls, Ontario). He also appeared in five postseason games for the Bears this season. Campbell previously skated for the Nepean Raiders (AAA, Nepean, Ontario), Ottawa Senators U15 (AAA, Ottawa, Ontario), and Ottawa Myers Automotive U14 (AAA, Ottawa, Ontario) youth programs. He is 6'1'', 179 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

The first goaltender selected by the Storm on the second day of the USHL draft was Karlis Mezsargs. Mezsargs, 18, of Riga, Latvia, spent the 2021-2022 regular season with HK Riga (MHL, Riga, Latvia). He posted a 10-16-2 record, a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 3.29, and a Save Percentage (SV%) of .903%. He has played on multiple National Junior Teams for Latvia, including the Silver Medal winning team at the 2021-2022 Under-20 World Junior Championship's (D1A) division. He also previously played for HK Ako/Baltie Vilki (Latvia2, Marupe, Latvia), HS Riga (Latvia1, Riga, Latvia), and Florida Eels (USPHL, Fort Myers, Florida). He is 6'2''183 lbs, and catches with his left hand.

Forward Brock James was Tri-City's next selection in Tuesday's draft. James was selected 117th overall by the Storm in the 8th round of the draft. James, 17, of Falmouth, Maine, skated for the Northfield Mount Hermon School (Prep, Gill, Massachusetts) during the 2021-2022 regular season. He scored twelve goals and notched twenty-four assists in twenty-five games played. He was the team's leading scorer with thirty-six total points. He was the only player on the team to notch more than twenty assists this year. James also skated in seventeen games this season for the GBL Bruins (AAA, Dorchester, Massachusetts). He scored five goals and recorded twelve assists for seventeen total points. James previously skated for Berwick Academy (Prep, South Berwick, Maine), and Neponset Valley River Rats (AAA, Canton, Massachusetts). James was the fifth forward selected by Tri-City during Tuesday's draft. He is 5'10'', 150 lbs, and is a righthanded shot.

Tri-City selected A.J. Spellacy with the 138th overall pick in the 9th round of the Phase II Draft. Spellacy, 16, Defenseman, of Westlake, Ohio, skated in fifteen games this season for the Cleveland Barons (AAA, Cleveland, Ohio). He scored six goals and notched five assists for eleven total points. He also previously skated for the Detroit Jr. Wings Under-15 team in the 2020-2021 World Youth Championships. He was one of three 2006 birth year players selected by Tri-City on the second day of the draft, and was the first to be selected by the team on Tuesday. Spellacy is 6'2'', 182 lbs, and is a righthanded shot.

The Storm's final pick of the opening ten rounds of the 2022 USHL Phase II Draft was goaltender Colin Purcell. Tri-City selected Purcell with the 153rd overall pick in the 10th round of the draft. Purcell was the second goaltender to be selected by the Storm on the second day of the draft. Purcell, 20, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, appeared in seven games during the 2021-2022 regular season with the Penticton Vees (BCHL, Penticton, British Columbia). He finished the season with a 4-2-0 record. Purcell recorded a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.55, and a Save Percentage (SV%) of .889%. Purcell appeared in thirty-two career games for the Youngstown Phantoms from 2019-2021. He has recorded a 7-17-2-3 record to this point in his USHL career. Purcell played two games for the United States National Team Development Program's (NTDP/Team USA) Under-17 team during the 2018-2019 season. He made his USHL debut on September 27th, 2019, in Youngstown's 5-2 win over the Tri-City Storm at the 2019 USHL Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Purcell notched his first career USHL victory in net for the Phantoms in the same game. He also previously played for the Cleveland Barons (AAA, Cleveland, Ohio), and Cleveland Wildcats (AAA, Cleveland, Ohio) youth programs. Purcell played for Team Black and Team Columbia at the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 USA Selects Tournaments. He also appeared in one game for the Under-18 USA National Team in the 2019-2020 edition of the prestigious Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament. Purcell previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at the University of Massachusetts. He is 6'7'', 205 lbs, and catches with his left hand.

Forward Alexander Palchik was the next player drafted by the Storm in Tuesday's Phase II Draft. Tri-City selected Palchik 168th overall in the 11th round of the draft. Palchik, 19, of Shakhan, Kazakhstan, skated in forty-four games during the 2021-2022 regular season for Yunost Minsk (Belarus1, Minsk, Belarus). He scored ten goals and recorded nine assists for nineteen total points. Palchik also appeared in seven games this season for Yunior Minsk (Belarus Vysshaya, Minsk, Belarus). He netted seven goals and notched nine assists for sixteen total points. He has skated in multiple international events for the Belarusian National Team. He skated in five games for the Belarus Under-20 junior team in the 2021-2022 World Junior Championships' (D1A) division. Palchik scored one goal and recorded six assists in the event. He is a two-time Belarus Champion as a member of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 league Championship teams. In addition to his time with Yunost Minsk, Yunior Minsk, and the Belarusian National Junior Teams, Palchik previously skated for the Shakhtyor Soligorsk youth program in Soligorsk, Belarus. He is 6'0'', 172 lbs, and is a lefthanded shot.

Forward Tim Lindfors was the Storm's next selection in yesterday's draft. Tri-City used the 183rd overall pick in the 12th round of the Phase II Draft to select Lindfors. Lindfors, 19, of Kalmar, Sweden, skated in twenty-eight games during the 2021-2022 regular season for the Malmö Redhawks J20 (J20 Nationell, Malmö, Sweden). He scored twenty-three goals and notched thirteen assists for thirty-six total points. He played one game this season for the Malmö Redhawks (SHL, Malmö, Sweden). The Swedish Hockey League (SHL) is the highest division of professional hockey in Sweden. He also skated in twenty-two games this season for Vimmerby HC (HockeyEttan, Vimmerby, Sweden). Lindfors scored five goals and recorded four assists for nine total points during the regular season. He also netted one goal and recorded two points during the team's postseason play. Lindfors previously skated for the Karlskrona HK youth team in Karlskrona, Sweden. He is 6'1'', 185 lbs, and a righthanded shot.

The Storm drafted forward Nick Roukounakis with the team's next pick in Tuesday's draft. Tri-City selected Roukounakis 198th overall in the 13th round of the Phase II Draft. Roukounakis, 18, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, skated in twenty-eight regular season games this season for the West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL, West Kelowna, British Columbia). He scored nine goals and notched six assists for fifteen total points this season. He scored two goals and recorded five assists for seven total points during thirteen of the team's postseason games. Roukounakis previously skated in three games for the United States National Team Development Program's (NTDP/Team USA) Under-18 team during the 2020-2021 regular season. He made his USHL debut on January 29th, 2021, in USA's 6-3 road victory over the Youngstown Phantoms. He also previously skated for Thayer Academy (Prep, Braintree, Massachusetts), and Boston Jr. Eagles (AAA, Wellesley, Massachusetts) youth programs. Roukounakis previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at Boston University. He is 6'2'', 225 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

The Storm's next selection in Tuesday's Phase II Draft was forward James Chase. Chase was drafted 213th overall in the 14th round by Tri-City. He was the second 2006 birth year player selected by the Storm in the Phase II Draft. Chase, 16, of Williston, Vermont, spent the 2021-2022 regular season with the Bishop Kearney Selects 15-Under team (AAA, Rochester, New York). He scored thirty goals and notched fifty assists for eighty total points this season. Chase also appeared in four games with the Bishop Kearney Selects 16-Under Team (AAA, Rochester, New York). He scored twenty-five goals and recorded twenty-nine assists for fifty-four total points last season for the Bishop Kearney Selects 14-Under team. Chase is 5'10'', 175 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

The final goaltender selected by Tri-City in the 2022 USHL Phase II Draft was Daniel Héroux. Héroux was drafted 228th overall in the 15th round by the Storm. He was the third goaltender selected by the Storm on Tuesday. Héroux, 17, of Montréal, Quebec, appeared in twenty-five games during the 2021-2022 regular season for the Kimball Union Academy (Prep, Meriden, New Hampshire). Héroux posted a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.06, and finished the season with a Save Percentage (SV%) of .930%. He previously played for the Laval-Montréal Rousseau Royals (AAA, Montréal, Quebec), Marham Majors (AAA, Markham, Ontario), and Montréal Nationals (AAA, Montréal Quebec). Héroux previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future for the University of Vermont. He is 6'2'', 190 lbs, and catches with his left hand.

Forward Artemi Nizameyev was the Storm's next selection in the Phase II Draft. Tri-City used the 243rd overall pick in the 16th round of Tuesday's draft to select Nizameyev, 16, of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He skated in thirty-one games during the 2021-2022 regular season for Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk (MHL, Chelyabinsk, Russia). He scored eight goals and notched nine assists for seventeen total points. He skated for Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia U16, Chelyabinsk, Russia) last season and led the team in scoring. Nizameyev netted forty-two goals and notched thirty-nine assists for eighty-one total points. He was the only player on the team during the 2021-2022 regular season to reach the seventy-point plateau, and finished the season with a plus/minus rating of +70. Nizameyev is 5'9'', 168 lbs, and is a righthanded shot.

Russian defenseman Gennadi Chalyi was the Storm's next draft choice on the second day of the 2022 USHL Draft. Chalyi was selected with the 258th overall pick in the 17th round of Tuesday's draft by the Storm. Chalyi, 16, of Salekhard, Russia, skated in twenty-two games during the 2021-2022 regular season for Loko Yaroslavl (MHL, Yaroslavl, Russia). He recorded six assists and finished the year with a plus/minus rating of +7. He also skated for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Under-17 (Russia U17, Yaroslavl, Russia) during the 2021-2022 season. Chalyi was an Alternate Captain last season for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Under-16 (Russia U16, Yaroslavl, Russia) team. He scored four goals and recorded ten assists last year. Chalyi also previously skated for Yamal Salekhard (Salekhard, Russia) youth organization. He competed for, and served as an Alternate Captain for Team Center in the 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021 Districts Cup event. Chalyi is 5'10'', 163 lbs, and a righthanded shot.

The first of Tri-City's final five picks in Tuesday's draft was forward Sawyer Boulton. The Storm used the 273rd overall pick in the 18th round to draft Boulton. He was the final forward drafted by Tri-City in the Phase II Draft. Boulton, 17, of Huntington, New York, spent the 2021-2022 season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18-Under team (AAA, Buffalo, New York). He scored four goals and notched six assists for ten total points during the 2021-2022 regular season. Boulton also played additional games for the team at various events. He scored two goals and recorded two assists in twenty-four games with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16-Under team (AAA, Buffalo, New York) last season. Boulton previously played for the Long Island Gulls (AAA, Syosset, New York), and Long Island Royals (AAA, Kings Park, New York). He is 6'0'', 205 lbs, and a righthanded shot.

Samo Meritähti was Tri-City's next draft pick on the second day of the draft. The Storm selected Meritähti 288th overall in the 19th round of the Phase II Draft. Meritähti, 19, Defenseman, of Seinäjoki, Finland, skated in forty games during the 2021-2022 regular season for Vasaan Sport (Finland U20, Vaasa, Finland). He scored eight goals and notched seventeen assists for twenty-five total points this season. He previously skated for Vaasan Sport, (Finland U18, Vaasa, Finland), Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Grankulla B (Finland U18, Kauniainen, Finland), and Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors B (Finland U18, Helsinki, Finland). He is 6'3'', 187 lbs, and a lefthanded shot.

The Storm selected defenseman Nikita Konevych with the 303rd overall pick in the 20th round of Tuesday's draft. He was the final 2006 birth year player drafted by Tri-City in the Phase II Draft. Konevych, 15, of Kalush, Ukraine, skated for the Esmark Stars (AAA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) during the 2021-2022 regular season. He scored two goals and notched seven assists in thirty-one games played for the team this season. Konevych also appeared in six postseason games with the team. He skated in two games this season with the Vegreville Vipers (CAJHL, Vegreville, Alberta). He also played in thirty-six games this season with the Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs (AAA, Anaheim, California). He scored three goals and recorded ten assists for thirteen total points. Konevych previously skated for Sokol Kiev (Kiev, Ukraine) youth organization. He is 6'2'', 180 lbs, and is a lefthanded shot.

Tri-City's penultimate pick of the 2022 USHL Phase II Draft was defenseman Sebastian Törnqvist. Törnqvist 18, of Göteborg, Sweden, appeared in forty-seven games during the 2021-2022 regular season for Rögle BK J20 (J20 Nationell, Ängelholm, Sweden). He netted eleven goals and recorded twenty-four assists during the regular season. He also scored two goals and notched two goals during four postseason games. He was the team's leading defensive scorer, and finished the season with a plus/minus rating of +7. Törnqvist previously skated for the Swedish National Team's Under-19 and Under-16 tournaments. He also previously skated for Frölunda HC (Göteborg, Sweden), and the Lund Giants (Lund, Sweden) youth program. Törnqvist is 5'11'', 176 lbs, and righthanded shot.

The Storm's final selection of Tuesday's draft was defenseman Matej Tomas. Tomas, 17, of Poprad, Slovakia, skated for HK Poprad (Slovakia U18, Poprad, Slovakia) and Team Slovakia (Slovakia U20, Trnava, Slovakia) during the 2021-2022 season. He scored five goals and recorded eleven assists for sixteen total points this season. He finished the year with a plus/minus rating of +10 for the U20 HK Poprad team. Tomas was ranked 131st among European Skaters on NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings for the 2022 NHL Draft. He is 5'11'', 168 lbs, and a righthanded shot.

"We feel very fortunate that our program has been able to attract high-end players who are excited about what we are building here in Tri-City. Our staff did a tremendous job preparing for each draft, and executing our plan when it was time to make our selections. We are excited to welcome these players, and their families into our organization, and we look forward to watching them in the future." - President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

"I want to thank all of our hockey staff members for their hours of time in the rinks, on the road, in front of their computers and tv's, and on the phone, as we worked to prepare for these last two days. In the end, we feel confident that we addressed immediate holes for next season, while also looking ahead to the near future and the following two seasons by drafting and acquiring a number of talented, motivated, athletes. It will make for an extremely entertaining and competitive camp in June and subsequently at training camp in September. We would like to officially welcome all our new players and their families into our organization. We also cannot wait to show our fans the future. - General Manager Jason Koehler

Signups for the Storm's 2022 Futures Camp at the Las Vegas Ice Center are underway. The Futures Camp is open to 2007 and 2008 birth year players only. The camp will include four on-ice sessions, off-ice seminars, two games, one team practice, and one position specific practice. Those wishing to participate in Tri-City's Futures Camp can register online at www.StormHockey.com/FuturesCamp. Signups for the Storm's Goaltender Camp and Selection Camp are also now open following the completion of the USHL Phase I & Phase II Drafts earlier this week. Signups for these camps are by invitation only. Registration information and camp invitations will be sent out following the USHL Drafts. Contact General Manager Jason Koehler at jkoehler@stormhockey.com for more information. #StormAhead


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