Posted 266 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Paul Washe has announced his commitment to Western Michigan University and defenseman Jack McNeely has committed to play at Minnesota State University. Each played in the Clark Cup playoffs for the Storm and are expected to return this season.
Washe, 17, was the Storm’s youngest player in 2015-16 and contributed with nine goals and 16 points in 56 games. He appeared in six Storm postseason games. Washe and Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison are committed to Western Michigan.
“Paul had a great first season and we’re looking for him to continue to take steps forward this season,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt. “We’re really excited for Paul and he’s going to a great program with [Head Coach] Andy Murray, who has coached in the NHL. That will continue to help with his development. He’s a 200-foot player, competes in all situations and is a tremendous worker.”
The native of Clarkston, Michigan stands 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. In 2014-15, he played in twenty games for Team USA’s U-17 squad and two games for Dubuque.
McNeely is 19 years old, the eldest Storm returner. He played in 59 of 60 games during the regular season, tied for most on Tri-City. The native of Lakeville, Minnesota is 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and competed in all 11 Storm playoff games.
“He was such an important part of our run to a championship,” Muckalt explained. “Jack is going to a great program that’s an excellent place for him to develop. We are excited for Jack to continue to develop into a leadership role this season.”
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