Tri-City Looks To Future, Drafts 9 In Phase 1

tcstormKEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm were able to add talent on both sides of the puck during Phase 1 of the 2014 USHL Draft on Monday night, selecting nine players born in 1998.

With the third overall pick in the draft, the Storm selected forward Cameron Dineen from the New Jersey Rockets program. Dineen, a Toms River, N.J. native, is committed to Yale University.

At 5-foot, 10-inches, Dineen becomes the second straight defenseman taken by Tri-City in the first round of the Phase 1 Draft.

The Storm had two selections in round two, picking forwards Sam Sternschein and Brian Hawkinson.

Sternschein, a Syosset, N.Y. native is committed to Cornell University, while Hawkinson hails from Aurora, Colo. and plays for the Thunderbirds program.

In round three, Tri-City picked up Houston native Brandon Schuldhaus from Shattuck St. Mary’s with the 35th overall selection. The defenseman has great size for his age, at 6-foot, 2-inches.

The team picked 50th overall in round four, selecting Austen Long out of Blane, Minn. Long, a forward who plays for Spring Lake Park High School, is expected to contribute on the offensive side of the puck once he arrives in Kearney.

Rounds five and six both included defensemen in John Sladic and Jack Kelly. Sladic played for the Detroit Bell Tire program this season, while Kelly suited up for Maple Grove High School in Minnesota.

In the final two rounds, Tri-City selected forwards Monte Graham and Joe Abate out of Thayer Academy and the Chicago Fury respectively.

A full list of the team’s selections can be seen below.

The draft continues with Phase 2, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

In addition to these draft picks, the Storm have 18 players from the 2013-14 roster that will be eligible to try out for next season’s team.

Tri-City Storm 2014 USHL Phase 1 Draft Selections

1st Round: Cameron Dineen – Defenseman – Toms River, NJ – New Jersey Rockets

2nd Round: Sam Sternschein – Forward – Syosset, NY – Portledge High School

2nd Round: Brian Hawkinson – Forward – Aurora, CO – Colorado Thunderbirds

3rd Round: Brandon Schuldhaus – Defenseman – Bearspaw, Alta. – Shattuck St Mary’s

4th Round: Austen Long – Forward – Blaine, MN – Spring Lake Park High School

5th Round: John Sladic – Defenseman – Detroit Bell Tire

6th Round: Jack Kelly – Defenseman – Maple Grove, MN – Maple Grove High School
7th Round: Monte Graham – Forward – Hanover, MA – Thayer Academy
8th Round: Joe Abate – Forward – Bloomingdale, IL – Chicago Fury