2009-10: Ben Storm played for Calumet High School in Michigan. He scored 13 goals with 13 assists in 27 games as a sophomore and had 14 penalty minutes. Calumet reached the semifinals of the Division 3 state tournament, falling 4-1 to long-time Michigan high school power Bloomfield Hills Cranbroook-Kingswood.
2010-11: Storm returned to Calumet for his junior season as the Copper Kings reached the Division 3 state championship game. Calumet (23-5-1) rolled through the Division 3 tournament before falling to Grand Rapids Catholic, 7-2 , in the championship game.
2011-12: Storm scored 15 goals with 20 assists in 26 games and had 24 penalty minutes in his senior season for Calumet. He was selected to Michigan high school hockey’s 2012 Dream Team. Calumet advanced to the regional finals, falling to eventual state runner-up Houghton. Storm was selected by Muskegon in the fifth round (62nd overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Storm committed to playing college hockey at St. Cloud State in 2013-14 in September and played 52 games for Muskegon in his first USHL season. He scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was plus-8 with 82 penalty minutes. The Lumberjacks reached the USHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Eastern Division. Storm played in all three playoff games and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes. He participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Storm was selected by Colorado in the sixth round (153rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Storm skated in 30 of 38 games for St. Cloud State in his freshman season. He had 1 assist and was minus-7 with 14 penalty minutes. The Huskies finished first in the regular season in the inaugural season of the National College Hockey Conference; receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after being swept by last-place Miami in the best-of-three NCHC quarterfinals. St. Cloud State defeated Notre Dame in overtime in the NCAA West Regional semifinals before falling to Minnesota 4-0 in the region final. Storm played in both games against Miami but was not in the lineup for the NCAA tournament.
Storm has size and uses it well. His edgework is below par but his long reach makes up for a lot of his mistakes. A long range project when he was selected by the Avalanche late in the 2013 NHL Draft, his mobility and situational game will need to continue to evolve if he is to one day compete at the pro level.
Storm is in his sophomore season at St. Cloud State in 2014-15. One of four defensemen continually competing to stay in the lineup for the Huskies, he scored his first collegiate goal in the closing seconds of a 5-1 loss to Union early in the year. He will likely use all of his NCAA eligibility before pursuing an entry-level contract with the Avalanche. Long-term he projects as a Hal Gill-type, stay-at-home defenseman. His game must progress substantially to reach that potential.