Wolcottville native Karch Bachman was drafted earlier this week by the U.S. Hockey League (USHL) team the Tri-City Storm.
The Storm, based in Kearney, Neb., selected the Culver Academy freshman as the second pick in the fifth round of the USHL draft.
The USHL is a Tier 1 Junior A hockey league in the U.S. for players age 16-20 and is a development league for NCAA Division I college hockey teams, with the college teams wanting future players to have a couple of years experience in the USHL. Colleges actively work with the teams and players to guide them in the league to make the most of the opportunity.
Players in the USHL are not paid a salary, but have expenses paid for and are billeted by families in the team’s hometown, providing room and board.
Bachman had been contacted by several USHL teams prior to the draft. “We were not expecting Tri-City to pick him, though,” said Kurt Bachman, Karch’s father.
The USHL is a 15-team league, including the Indiana Ice, the Youngstown (Ohio) Phantoms, the Chicago Steel and others throughout the Midwest and upper plains states.
Karch Bachman is the son of Kurt and Roxanne Bachman of Wolcottville.