“That was probably one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had in my life,” Attard said. “Being able to win gold, too, was an awesome feeling. It’s something I’m never going to forget in my life.”
Attard was one of many prominent Tri-City figures to help the Storm dominate the USHL’s postseason awards. Isaiah Saville was selected as Goaltender of the Year and Zac Jones as Rookie of the Year.
The Storm became the first team in USHL history to receive the Player, Goaltender, Defenseman and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season.
Noreen, who also serves as general manager, was named Coach of the Year after leading the Kearney, Nebraska-based team to a Western Conference title and the Anderson Cup as overall regular-season champion with a 45-12-3-2 record. He received the same award in 2014-15 while coaching the Youngstown Phantoms.
“Anthony’s focus on development of the players and doing things the right way has created great results for our players and for our fans,” Storm owner Kirk Brooks said, according to a story on the league website. “He places a high importance on developing these young men into great individuals and great players and he has fulfilled that completely.”