Figure Skating takes Neuqua Valley Freshman around globe

Found on Chicago Tribune website, written by Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun Alyssa Dunn, 14, traveled to Switzerland where her Team USA won gold. (Dunn Family / Handout) When Alyssa … Continue reading Figure Skating takes Neuqua Valley Freshman around globe


Fox Valley in the Running for Kraft Hockeyville competition!


We have been named Top 10 as of Saturday night in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, as they are looking for ice rinks who share their love for the game of hockey. Voting begins TOMORROW, Tuesday April 12 and ends Thursday at 11:59 PM. Help us get the Chicago Blackhawks to Geneva for a NHL pre season game, and earn $150,000 in rink upgrades. You can vote up to 50 times per day per email.
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Chicago Steel Pounds Musketeers

Written by Journal Staff. Found on Sioux City Journal’s website


GENEVA, Ill. | Jack Gessert and Christiano Versich scored two power-play goals each while leading the Chicago Steel to a 7-0 United States Hockey League win over the slumping Sioux City Musketeers Friday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

Chicago (18-18-6) scored a whopping five man-advantage goals en route to defeating Sioux City for the second time in about a week. All four of the Steel’s final-period goals came on the power play.

Winning goaltender Daniel Vladar (6-7-4), second in the USHL with a 2.11 goals-against-average, recorded his third shutout of the season. His teammate, John Lethemon, had blanked the Musketeers 3-0 last Friday at the Tyson Events Center en route to winning the league’s goaltender of the week honor.

Sioux City (18-21-1) was shut out for the sixth time this season. Five of the blankings have come against Eastern Conference teams.

The Musketeers will continue their weekend road trip Sunday afternoon with a 3:05 game at Young Arena against Waterloo.

Chicago 7, Sioux City 0



What to Watch at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Beginners Guide­BEGINNERS GUIDE: WHAT TO WATCH at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships

This page found at the following link :   on the US Figure skating web page


The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event, with past winners including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton.


In addition to determining the U.S. champions, the event serves as the final step in determining the U.S. teams for the World Figure Skating Championships, World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and Olympic Winter Games.


The road to the U.S. Championships each year begins with the U.S. Figure Skating qualifying structure of nine regional events and three sectional events. Skaters who place in the top four at a regional qualify for a sectional; skaters who place in the top four at a sectional qualify for the U.S. Championships. Skaters compete in the region and section that correspond with the location of their skating club.


Some skaters may receive byes that qualify them automatically for the U.S. Championships, including skaters with an international competition that conflicts with a regional or sectional, senior-level skaters or teams placing in the top five at the previous year’s U.S. Championships, skaters or teams who won a medal at the most recent Olympic Winter Games and skaters or teams who won a medal at the most recent World Championships.


Championship Ladies

The ladies competition is a highlight of the U.S. Championships with an impressive list of past champions including Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan among the almost 100 year history of the event. This event highlights beauty, grace and style as the nation’s leading female skaters take center ice in Saint Paul. Competed over two separate evenings, the event is comprised of two parts: the short program, which is skated first, and the free skate. Both programs display the elegance and talent synonymous with the sport of figure skating.


Championships Ladies Short Program | Session 8 | Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The championship ladies short program is the first of two parts of the overall ladies competition. It features each athlete performing the seven required elements. While connecting steps will factor a skater’s components score, the ladies will attempt to maintain their composure as each jump and spin earns placements and points heading into the free skate competition.


Championship Ladies Free Skate | Session 14 | Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.

The championship ladies free skate will crown the coveted title of U.S. ladies champion, an honor Ashley Wagner hopes to defend after her victory last year. If Wagner succeeds, she will become a four-time U.S. champion. Others to watch: Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, Courtney Hicks, Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu.



Championship Men

Dick Button, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge and Evan Lysacek are just some of the historic names that have been crowned U.S. champion in this event. The history is undeniable and the strength of field makes this one of the toughest events to win annually. Technique, concentration and the ability to perform under pressure are the key requirements to claim victory in the men’s event. As strength is showcased and quadruple jumps are attempted, the men will compete over two days in the short program and a free skate, similar to the ladies competition.


Championship Men’s Short Program | Session 11 | Friday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The men’s short program will consist of seven required elements, including two jumps, a jump combination, three spins and one step sequence. The elements may be done in any order within the 2:50 time limit.


Championship Men’s Free Skate | Session 15 | Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.

In the free skate, reigning U.S. champion Jason Brown, known for his choreography and emotional musicality, will face-off against the likes of Max Aaron, Adam Rippon, Ross Miner, Nathan Chen and Richard Dornbush.



Championship Pairs

The pairs event combines the athleticism of singles skating with the precision of ice dancing, mixed with the thrilling acrobatics of overhead lifts and throws. Each movement is performed in unison, demonstrating exact timing and line between partners. Similar to singles events, the pairs competition includes a short program and a free skate, each packed with difficult elements and artistry.


Championship Pairs Short Program | Session 7 | Thursday, Jan. 21 at 2:45 p.m.

Pairs short programs consist of required elements, which include overhead lifts, side-by-side solo jumps, spins, step sequences and death spirals. In this event, reigning U.S. champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim will take their first steps toward repeating as titlists.


Championship Pairs Free Skate | Sessions 12 & 13 | Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

The 2016 U.S. pairs champions will be named following the championship pairs free skate competition. For any skating fans who enjoy the classic movie The Cutting Edge, the pairs event is a must-see! In addition to Scimeca and Knierim, look out for Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea, Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and Gretchen Donlan and Nathan Bartholomay.



Championship Ice Dance

If you like “Dancing with the Stars,” the ice dancing event is for you. Unlike pairs skating, ice dancing is based on different aspects of dance, including rhythm, interpretation of the music and precise steps. Its beauty lies in its limitless creativity, choreography and theatrical and innovative aspects. Ice dancing is the only discipline that permits vocal music and costumes are traditionally more elaborate in order to enhance the performance.


Championship Short Dance | Session 10 | Friday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

The ice dancing competition consists of two segments. The championship short dance will feature elegant performances to waltz, foxtrot, march and polka selections. Each team will display a range of technical ability and sophisticated style as they set the pace for the final round of competition.


Championship Free Dance Competition | Sessions 12 & 13 | Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

The championship free dance will close out the event to the music of each team’s choice. Innovative choreography will highlight each dramatic performance as reigning U.S. champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates take the ice in pursuit of their second U.S. title. Others to watch: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker and Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus.



Smucker’s Skating Spectacular– Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

The Smucker’s Skating Spectacular will take place at the conclusion of the competition and feature the top four place winners in each of the Championship events, as well as each of the champions from the novice and junior divisions. Skaters will perform creative programs of their own choosing, free from the scrutiny of the judges, with show lighting and costumes. The exhibition is a fun and entertaining event for the whole family celebrating all the newly crowned U.S. champions.



New Trades for the Steel

Steel Acquire Three in Pair of Tuesday Trades


Bachman and Parsells join team from Green Bay; Gabriele from Omaha


GENEVA, ILLINOIS – The Chicago Steel announced Tuesday that they have acquired forward Karch Bachman and defenseman Adam Parsells via trade from the Green Bay Gamblers in exchange for forwards Ryan Blankemeier and Connor Murphy. Additionally, the Steel completed a trade of defensemen with the Omaha Lancers, picking up Grant Gabriele in exchange for Michael Joyaux.

Bachman (5-11, 171), a fifth-round selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored 19 goals and added 24 assists in 32 games last season for Culver Military Academy Prep in his home state of Indiana. The speedy left wing is committed to Miami (Ohio) University. Bachman has played in five games this season for Green Bay, tallying one goal and one assist.

Parsells, 18, adds serious size to the Steel blue line. The 6-foot-6, 192 pound defenseman was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the 6th round (160th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. Parsells, who is committed to the University of Wisconsin, served as a captain last season for Wausau (Wis.) West High, scoring 7 goals and 15 assists in 23 games. Parsells has one goal in three games this season for the Gamblers.

Prior to joining the Lancers, Gabriele (6-1, 168) spent the past two USHL seasons with Team USA, tallying 12 points (3+9) in 47 games with the National Team Development Program. The 18-year-old defenseman was included on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch list last month, giving the Western Michigan University commit a ‘C’ rating for the 2016 NHL Draft. Gabriele has played in six games this season with Omaha, scoring one goal and one assist.

Blankemeier and Murphy join the Gamblers after tallying 31 and 33 points respectively for the Steel in 2014-2015, while Joyaux heads to the Lancers following a 21-point campaign with Chicago last season. Green Bay’s first trip to Fox Valley Ice Arena takes place this Friday, October 16, while Omaha will visit the Steel on April 3. All three players helped the Steel win Bronze at the 2015 Junior Club World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Tickets are on sale now for all Steel regular season home games, including this Friday’s 7:30 p.m. contest versus Green Bay. Season ticket plans, starting at just six games, are also available. To purchase tickets, call 855-51-STEEL, visit the box office inside Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit