Manchester Storm continued their team building for their upcoming Elite League Ice Hockey season with the signing of 26-year old American netminder Mike Clemente, as he will be the starting goalie at the ‘Storm Shelter’ next year.
The 6″2 goalie from Great Falls, West Virginia came through one of the top Universities in the US in Brown and played NCAA with the Brown Bears. From there he progressed on to the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Springfield Falcons in 2011-12 season and then moved to the Midwest in the Central Hockey League (CHL) with the Missouri Mavericks and where he was the main goalie.
After starting back the next season back in Springfield he then played in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Evansville Icemen and registered a 2.88 goals against average in his time there. From there he returned to the Missouri Mavericks and put up his best stats of his 2.78.
Ironically though, Clemente joins the Storm from the Rungsted Seier Capitals in the Danish League and to which last year’s netminder Zane Kalemba was playing his hockey before he joining the Altrincham outfit last season.
Manchester Storm player-coach Omar Pacha gave his thoughts on the signature of his new goaltender on the Storm website by saying: “Mike was someone that flashed up on my radar recently, and I am delighted to have secured his services. Goaltending is such an important position, so we took our time in doing research on Mike, and I’m very happy with all the references I received back on him. He is a really big body and covers the net, he moves well, is really agile, challenges the shooters, and comes highly recommended to us by many former coaches of his & players who have played against him. I’m delighted Mike will be between the pipes for us this upcoming season!”
Another man to give his views on the signing was the Storm GM Neil Russell, and he was equally pleased to have Clemente signing up with Manchester as he expressed on the Storm website too: “This is such an important signing for us. Good goaltending is key, and we are very confident that we’ve found our guy to stand tall between the pipes for us throughout all of next season. Mike is super excited to get over here to Manchester, pull on the Storm jersey & help our team win. He is also really excited about helping the Storm continue in our off ice growth too, which was a big selling point to both Pach and myself too.