New Ownership discusses future of the Tri-City Storm

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KEARNEY, Neb (KSNB) - The Tri-City Storm and Viaero Event Center were bought by a group of five investors out of Chicago. Dave Vennetti is the majority investor of the group. He is joined by Mark Jalcovik, Douglas Sharfstein, Andrew Bloomer and current General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Bowman.

Coming on the heels of the Storm's historic 2018-19 season, Jalcovik said they are not changing any personnel on the coaching staff or the front office.

"Our main focus is the hidden gem in that stadium. It is a state of the art facility and it's kind of being under utilized right now," Jalcovik said. "We want to bring in that entertainment value where families are using the Viaero Center to come watch a hockey game, come watch a concert."

In the NHL draft, a record-breaking 52 players from the USHL were selected, among them five players were from the Storm (Ronnie Attard, Isaiah Saville, Zac Jones, Shane Pinto, and Zac Jones).

Vennetti said the USHL is one of the fastest growing leagues for developing NHL talent and Jalcovik wants the Tri-cities to know the talent the Storm have on the roster every year.

"A lot of these kids that play for Storm eventually go on to play in the National Hockey League or play Division One hockey and are really young superstars that the community doesn't really know about," Jalcovik said. "You know it's a great experience that you have the opportunity to see them when they're 15, 17, 18-years old. Really before they hit that path that takes them into the professional level."