Anthony Noreen

Tri-City Storm coach Anthony Noreen yells instructions to his team during their playoff game against Des Moines. He received USHL Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career.

KEARNEY — Anthony Noreen became the first coach in Tri-City Storm history to win the USHL Coach of the Year award, the league announced Friday afternoon.

Noreen led the Storm to their second Anderson Cup in team history and a team record for wins in a regular season with 45.

Noreen also won the award in 2015 when he coached the Youngstown Phantoms.

In the postseason, Tri-City swept its Western Conference Seminfinals matchup against the Des Moines Buccaneers and has advanced to the Western Conference Final for the third time in team history.

Tri-City finished the regular season with a record of 45-12-3-2 and set a team record with 232 goals scored.

Players on this year’s Storm team also received major end of year awards from the USHL. Zac Jones was named the rookie of the year, Isaiah Saville received goaltender of the year honors and Ronnie Attard was named the defenseman of the year and player of the year.

Noreen credited all the memebers of the organization award, including the players.

“These young men have worked as hard and improved as much as any group I’ve ever been around,” Noreen said. “Just as importantly, they’ve done it with a smile on their face, and made it an absolute joy to come to the rink every day. I love these guys and cannot thank them enough for their efforts.”

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