KEARNEY, Neb (KSNB) - Tri-City Storm forward Brendan Budy recently announced a commitment to play college hockey for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Budy appeared in thirty-one regular season games and all six of the Storm’s Clark Cup Playoff games after joining the team on December 28th. Budy was drafted 2nd overall by Tri-City in the 2018 USHL Phase I draft. Budy was the only player on the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship roster to play college hockey before joining the team and is the final player to announce a college commitment from this year’s historic team. With the announcement, every player from Tri-City’s Anderson Cup Championship roster has committed to play college hockey.
Brendan Budy, 19, of Langley, British Columbia scored eleven goals and registered twenty assists in thirty-one regular season games with Tri-City during the 2018-2019 season. Budy scored his 1st career USHL goal on January 12th in a 5-2 Storm home win over Waterloo, and he netted his 1st career Clark Cup Playoff goal on April 19th in an 8-3 Storm win over Des Moines. He was one of four players on Tri-City’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team to register a point per game during the regular season. Prior to joining the Storm, Budy appeared in six games for the Denver Pioneers (NCAA) during the 2018-2019 season. From 2016-2018 Budy skated for the Langley Rivermen (BCHL), scoring thirty-seven goals in one hundred and five regular season games. NHL Central Scouting has ranked Budy as the 155th best available skater from North American available at the 2019 NHL Draft. The 2019 NHL Draft will take place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday and Saturday.
“When I visited the campus and met the coaches and some of the players, I knew North Dakota would be the right fit for me. The coaches are nice, honest, people who help to create a great family environment there. North Dakota has outstanding facilities and a great program with a winning tradition, and a history of producing NHL players. We had a great year last year in Tri-City and this year’s team definitely has a lot of potential. I’ve been training a lot and skating a lot this summer to get ready for the season, I want to help lead this team on and off the ice.” - Brendan Budy
“We are proud of Brendan and his family for his commitment to North Dakota. He was an unbelievable addition to our roster down the stretch, and he really found his way as a hockey player again. North Dakota is a great fit for him school wise, hockey wise, and the coaching staff there will do a great job with his development.” - GM/Head Coach Anthony Noreen