Calumet’s Storm drafted by NHL’s Avalanche
NEWARK, N.J. – Calumet High School alum Ben Storm became just the eighth Copper Country hockey player taken in the National Hockey League draft since 1968 when the Colorado Avalanche selected him Sunday.
Storm, a 6-foot-6, 216-pound defenseman, was selected with the 153rd overall pick, the second of the sixth round.
Storm has committed to play college hockey at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University and played last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, where he had two goals and 10 assists in 52 games.
The Laurium native, 19, played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Jan. 23, where he had an assist. He was not listed on NHL Central Scouting’s list of top draft-eligible North American skaters.
Storm played three seasons with CHS and was named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association all-class Dream Team in 2012 after a season of 15 goals and 20 assists.
Indicative of his all-around athletic abilities, Storm was the 2011 All-U.P. Class ABC Defensive Player of the Year for the Copper King football team and a Division 5-6 Associated Press All-State punter.
It is the second consecutive year an ex-Copper King has been drafted and fifth time overall. The New Jersey Devils took Ben Johnson in the third round, 90th overall, last year. Two other CHS alumni, Mike Usitalo (Los Angeles, 1972) and Gordie Frantti (Philadelphia, 1988) were sixth-round selections, while Brad Mattson was taken in a supplemental round in 1989 by the New York Islanders.
The Avalanche have picked from the Copper Country before. They drafted Houghton native Jeff Finger in the eighth round in 1999.