Storm make goaltender swap with Oklahoma Warriors

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Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 11:48 AM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (Press Release) - The Tri-City Storm has acquired goaltender Cameron Korpi from the Oklahoma Warriors (NAHL) in exchange for goaltender Niklas Erickson and future considerations. The Storm will retain the USHL rights to Erickson, and he will be placed on the team’s affiliate list. Korpi appeared in four games in net for Tri-City previously this season as an international replacement player.

Cameron Korpi, 18, of South Lyon, Michigan, joins the Storm full-time after making his debut with the team on December 17th, 2022, in Tri-City’s 5-2 home victory against the Lincoln Stars. Korpi is the only goaltender for the Storm this season who has won four consecutive games in net for the team. He posted two wins over the Lincoln Stars and two wins over the Omaha Lancers during his time with the Storm previously this season. Korpi has recorded a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.25 and a Save Percentage (SV%) of .952 in four games played for Tri-City during the 2022-2023 regular season. He played fourteen games last season for the Muskegon Lumberjacks, and was named the USHL’s Goaltender of the Week on January 25th, 2022. Korpi appeared in six games during the 2020-2021 regular season for Team USA. He made his USHL debut for Team USA on February 21st, 2021, in the team’s 4-3 overtime loss on home ice to the Chicago Steel. Korpi notched his first career USHL win in goal on April 23rd, 2021, in Team USA’s 7-4 road victory over the Youngstown Phantoms. He posted his first career shutout on January 22nd, 2022, in Muskegon’s 4-0 home win against Youngstown. Korpi has a career record of 9-9-2-2 in twenty-four total appearances in the USHL. He has appeared in sixteen games during the 2022-2023 regular season with Oklahoma (NAHL). Korpi has notched a 12-3-0-0 record. He has produced a GAA of 1.97, and a SV% of .923%. He has previously played for Bismarck (NAHL), Little Caesars (AAA), and HoneyBaked (AAA). The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked him as the 31st-best North American goalie prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft. Korpi previously announced a commitment to play collegiate hockey in the future at the University of Western Michigan. He is 6′3, 172 lbs., and will wear #31 for the Storm.

“We feel this transaction improves our goaltending situation right now, as well as stabilizes it for the future. Cameron proved during his time with us that he is ready to play in this league, and we appreciate Garrett Roth and the Oklahoma organization for allowing him the opportunity. We look forward to working with him and having him as a full-time part of our group for the next season and a half. We also look forward to seeing Niklas Erickson in the future. He will remain on our affiliate list and will be able to get some valuable experience with a strong team in a good league. “- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

“First off, we would like to thank the Oklahoma Warriors and Head Coach Garrett Roth for even making this situation possible. After an impressive performance in a handful of games with us while Karlis Mezsargs was away at the World Junior Championships, and an extremely strong first part of this season in the NAHL with Oklahoma, Cameron Korpi has seen his stock skyrocket to hockey observers including our staff and players the last month. We felt we needed to improve our goaltending situation, and we know that Cameron will help now and in the future. We are pleased to see him return to Kearney, and are thrilled to have him rejoin our club. We are also excited to see Niklas Erickson get more of an opportunity to play and achieve success the second half of the season with a top-flight organization in the ultra-competitive NAHL South Division while retaining his rights for the future.” – General Manager Jason Koehler