January 25, 2023 – United States Hockey League (USHL) – Tri-City Storm press release
KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm have acquired goalie Cameron Korpi from the Oklahoma Warriors (NAHL) in exchange for goalie Niklas Erickson and considerations for the future. The Storm will retain USHL rights to Erickson and he will be added to the team’s affiliate list. Korpi previously appeared in four games at the net for Tri-City as an international substitute earlier this season.
Cameron Korpi, 18, of South Lyon, Michigan, is joining the Storm full-time after making his debut with the team in Tri-City’s 5-2 home win over the Lincoln Stars on December 17, 2022. Korpi is the only goalkeeper for the Storm this season to have won four straight games at net for the team. He had two wins over the Lincoln Stars and two wins over the Omaha Lancers during his stint with the Storm this season. Korpi has a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.25 and a Save Percentage (SV%) of 0.952 in four games for Tri-City in the 2022-2023 regular season. He played fourteen games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks last season and was named USHL Goaltender of the Week on January 25, 2022. Korpi appeared in six games for Team USA in the 2020-2021 regular season. He made his USHL debut for Team USA on February 21, 2021 in the team’s 4-3 overtime loss on home ice to Chicago Steel. Korpi scored his first USHL career win in goal on April 23, 2021 in Team USA’s 7-4 away win over the Youngstown Phantoms. He scored his first career shutout on January 22, 2022 in Muskegon’s 4-0 home win over Youngstown. Korpi has a career record of 9-9-2-2 in a total of twenty-four appearances in the USHL. He played sixteen games in the 2022-2023 regular season at Oklahoma (NAHL). Korpi has a 12-3-0-0 record. He has produced a GAA of 1.97 and an SV% of 0.923%. He previously played for Bismarck (NAHL), Little Caesars (AAA) and HoneyBaked (AAA). The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked him the 31st-best North American goaltender for the 2023 NHL Draft. Korpi previously announced he would play college hockey at the University of Western Michigan. He’s 6’3, 172 lbs and will wear #31 for the Storm.
“We believe this transaction will improve our goalkeeping situation now and stabilize it for the future. Cameron has proven during his time with us that he is ready to play in this league and we appreciate Garrett Roth and the Oklahoma organization for giving him the opportunity. We look forward to working with him and having him as a full-time member 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 partner list and will be able to gain some valuable experience with a strong team in a good league.” – President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“First of all we want to thank the Oklahoma Warriors and Head Coach Garrett Roth for making this situation possible in the first place. 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 performance by Cameron Korpi, who was traveling with Oklahoma in the NAHL for the first part of this season, last month saw his Shares on hockey watchers, including our staff and players, have skyrocketed. We felt we had to improve our goalkeeping situation and we know Cameron will help now and in the future. “We’re delighted he’s coming back to Kearney and we’re thrilled he’s rejoining our club. We’re delighted too that Niklas Erickson will get more opportunities to play and achieve success in the second half of the season with a top-flight organization in the highly competitive NAHL South Division while retaining his rights going forward.” – Managing Director Jason Koehler
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