Injured Air Force forward George Michalke has joined the United States Hockey League’s Tri-City Storm as an assistant coach for the rest of the junior hockey team’s season.
The junior English major at Air Force, sustained an upper body injury earlier this season and is on medical leave from the academy for the remainder of the season.
In his career with the Falcons, he has combined to score eight goals and 12 assists in 70 games.
Storm head coach and general manager Josh Hauge said that Michalke’s primary role will be to help review video.
“George will come in and learn the ropes on how we do things here,” Hauge said. “He will also be another liaison between our players and staff. It will be nice to have a voice on the staff of a current college student for our players to communicate with.”
The 23-year-old is a native of Parma, Ohio, and played for Hauge while he was the head coach for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL. Michalke also played in the USHL for both the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets and the Sioux Falls Stampede from 2007-10.