Ben Storm, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound defenseman from Calumet, Mich., has verbally committed to play for the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team. Storm, 18, is beginning his first season of junior hockey with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League.
He had the game-winning goal for the Lumberjacks on Friday in a 2-1 win over Sioux Falls.
In his last two seasons at Calumet High School, Storm had 28 goals, 33 assists and 38 penalty minutes in 53 games. He is the second youngest of nine children and has had four siblings play college sports.
Storm signed a national letter of intent to play football for Michigan Tech, where two of his brothers (Todd, a defensive end and Andy, a defensive tackle) played football. Ben played defensive end, tight end and punter in high school.
“When I signed to play there last year, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play football or college hockey. When I signed with Michigan Tech for football, I told them I was going to give hockey my best shot. It’s worked out for me,” he said.
Storm chose St. Cloud State over Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan for hockey. He said he will join St. Cloud State either next season or in 2014-15. The Huskies have one senior defenseman (Taylor Johnson) on this season’s roster, but two others (Nick Jensen and Kevin Gravel) are NHL Draft picks who are beginning their junior seasons.
Will have more on Storm in a story that will run in Tuesday’s paper.