California Kid Gamez Enjoying Time In Kearney

Garrett Gamez

KEARNEY, Neb. – Some players take longer to adjust to a new style of play in the United States Hockey League, while others fit in right away. For Storm forward Garrett Gamez, it has taken almost two months, but he is now feeling much more comfortable in Kearney.

“I had a bit of a hard time just getting used to the game, but since I’ve gotten used to it, it has been a lot easier for me,” Gamez said. “I’m more comfortable on the ice, and now it is an awesome time out there.”

In addition to the adjustment on the ice, the Chino Hills, Calif., native is also getting used to living in central Nebraska and spending all his time in the Midwest.

“It’s a lot different,” Gamez said. “There’s no Sea World or Disneyland like back home, but I like it. It’s a different experience, but it’s a great place to play hockey, and that’s all I need.”

The 17-year-old Gamez, who attends Kearney High School, is fifth on the team in scoring, registering four goals and three assists. When he’s not scoring goals on the ice, Gamez is enjoying all that Kearney has to offer. His favorite place to go in town is The Big Apple.

“You got bowling, mini golf, and the movie theater is right next door,” Gamez said. “That’s kind of a key place that I like to go and hang out.

“I’m also an avid fisherman. Fishing is one of the things I like to do, and I like to go as often as I can.”

Gamez fulfilled his lifelong dream when he committed to play college hockey at Denver University.

“When I was eight years old I actually went to a tournament in Denver, and I just always loved it there. After nationals this year I visited New Hampshire and Northeastern and then Colorado College and Denver.

“After I went to Denver, my mind was made up. It’s where I wanted to go since I was a little kid, and I was so blessed to get a full scholarship. That meant a ton to me and my family.”

Before he tackles his collegiate aspirations, Gamez is committed to doing all he can to bring a championship to Kearney. He and the Storm are riding a four-game road winning streak that was extended in Sioux Falls on Friday in their third meeting of the season.

“After the first two times we played them, we knew we wanted to come out hard,” Gamez said. “We knew exactly what they were trying to do with their trap, and we came out with a big win.”

Tri-City will look to continue the success they enjoyed last weekend on the road when they return home for three games this week in Kearney at the Viaero Event Center. The Storm host the Sioux City Musketeers on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. before welcoming Omaha to town on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Des Moines on Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.