Storm season right around the corner
A new season brings new faces to the Tri-City Storm, including their head coach.
Anthony Noreen makes his debut leading the Storm this Friday as the team begins preseason play.
Noreen, who was named the USHL coach of the year in 2015 and led the Youngstown Phantoms to the Clark Cup Playoffs in three of his four seasons with the program, expects no less from the Storm this season.
"Right now we're just trying to instill a culture and we're trying to instill an identity. We've put a lot on the guys who are returners, they've had a lot of experience in the league and they know how tough and how grueling it is." he said. "We're going to be a team that plays up tempo, we're going to be a team that plays in your face, we're going to be a team that practices hard everyday, works hard everyday."
Turnover is perhaps the most consistent part of Storm hockey from one year to the next.
There's an age-limit to any single player staying in the league, and some of the best typically go for a year as a transition to the college game.
"Our new guys, they're eager, they're excited to be here, so we think it's a real good mix so far," Noreen says.
As always, Tri-City's core of returners are here to show the younger lads the ropes.
"All the returners, it's more responsibility and it's not anything less for all the younger guys," said captain Adam Goodsir. "New guys to the team will be really looking up to us and it's up to us to set a high standard for the new guys and show them the ropes.
"Getting to know some of the guys better, kind of getting some chemistry with them out on the ice and forming some bonds with different guys on the team. So when you get to regular season everybody's grooving together and ready to hit the ground running and win some games."
The purple and black take the Viaero Center ice for a preseason skate with Lincoln. They go a little later with a 7:35 p.m. start for most home games this season.