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Chicago Steel to attend Junior Club World Cup


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The United States Hockey League announced today that the Chicago Steel will compete in the 2015 Junior Club World Cup, representing USA Hockey and the USHL in the international tournament that takes place August 24-30, 2015 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The JCWC, which is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is the most prestigious international club championship in hockey and features top junior hockey teams from around the world as seven different countries will send representatives for the 2015 tournament.  The Chicago Steel are competing in “Group A” against teams from Latvia, Kazakhstan and Russia.  “Group B” consists of teams from Finland, Sweden, Belarus and Russia.

“It is a great opportunity for the Steel to bring the city of Chicago a second world championship this summer and to set a record for the USHL as the only league to medal in four consecutive seasons,” said Bob Fallen, USHL President and Commissioner.  “The USHL is excited to once again represent the United States and we know the Chicago will be prepared to compete at the highest level.”

It is the fourth consecutive year that a USHL team is participating in the event, following the Sioux City Musketeers in 2014, Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2013, and the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2012.  Sioux City won a bronze medal, Dubuque won a bronze medal and Waterloo earned a silver medal during their appearances, making the United States the only country to medal three times over the four-year history of the tournament.

The Steel will participate in a training camp in Moscow that includes practices, sight-seeing, a scrimmage against CSKA (Red Army), and will then depart for Yekaterinburg. Other planned activities in Moscow include a tour of Red Square and Kremlin along with a Russian bocce competition in Gorky Park.

Following round-robin play in both Group A and Group B, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinal round and will have the opportunity to compete for a medal.  The remaining six teams will compete in the consolation round.  Chicago beings tournament play on Monday, August 24th against Snezhnye Barsy from Kazakhstan.

2015 JCWC Schedule – Chicago Steel

  • Monday, August, 24th, 7:00 PM vs. Snezhnye Barsy (Kazakhstan)
  • Tuesday, August 25th, 7:00 PM vs. HC Riga (Latvia)
  • Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 PM vs. Auto (Russia)
  • Friday, August 28th, TBA, Semifinal and Consolation Round
  • Sunday, August 30th, TBA, Gold Medal and Bronze Medal Games

“Our organization is absolutely thrilled to represent the USHL and the United States in the Junior Club World Cup,” said John Egan, President and CEO of the Chicago Steel.  “We look forward to representing our city, and our country on and off the ice. It will be an outstanding hockey experience, but also a unique life experience for our players, coaches, and staff.”

Under first-year head coach Dan Muse, the Chicago Steel look to bounce back this season after missing the Clark Cup playoffs. The Steel roster returns 11 players from last season including USHL Scholar Athlete Award winner Ryan Blankemeier. Boston Bruins 3rd round draft selection Daniel Vladar looks to join the Steel in net at the 2015 JCWC tournament prior to his first USHL season.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

Chicago Steel 2015-2016 schedule

Schedule taken from the Chicago Steel website

September 2015

Saturday, Sept. 26th Team USA U-17 Chicago 7:00pm
October 2015
Oct. 2rd
Tri-City Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 3th Tri-City Chicago 7:00pm
Friday,   Oct. 9th Chicago Team USA U-18 7:00pm EST
Saturday, Oct. 10 Chicago Youngstown TBA
Friday,  Oct. 16th Green Bay Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 16th Chicago Muskegon TBA
Friday,  Oct. 23rd Chicago Madison 7:05pm
Saturday, Oct. 24th Chicago Green Bay 7:05pm
Sunday, Oct. 25th Chicago Madison 4:05pm
Wednesday Oct. 28th Chicago Muskegon TBA
Friday,  Oct. 30th Chicago Team USA-18 TBA
November 2015
Friday, Nov. 6th Muskegon Chicago  7:30pm
Saturday Nov. 7th Chicago Dubuque 7:05pm
Saturday, Nov. 14th Youngstown Chicago  7:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 15th Youngstown Chicago  3:00pm
Friday, Nov. 20th Bloomington Chicago  7:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 21st Madison Chicago  7:00pm
Wednesday, Nov 25th Bloomington Chicago 7:00pm
Friday, Nov. 27th Dubuque Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 28th Chicago Dubuque 6:05pm
December 2015
Friday,  Dec. 4th Chicago Lincoln 7:05pm
Saturday, Dec. 5th Chicago Sioux City 7:05pm
Thursday, Dec. 10th Youngstown Chicago 7:00pm
Friday   Dec. 11th Chicago Cedar Rapids 7:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 12th Green Bay Chicago 7:00pm
Friday,  Dec. 18th Chicago Green Bay 7:05pm
Saturday, Dec. 19th Chicago Bloomington 7:00pm
Tuesday, Dec. 29th Chicago Team USA-18 TBA
Thursday, Dec. 31st Chicago Muskegon TBA
January 2016
Saturday, Jan. 2nd Chicago Youngstown TBA
Sunday, Jan.3rd Chicago Youngstown TBA
Friday,  Jan. 8th Chicago Fargo 7:o5pm
Saturday, Jan. 9th Chicago Fargo 7:05pm
Friday,  Jan. 15th Chicago Madison 7:05pm
Saturday, Jan. 16th Chicago Cedar Rapids 7:00pm
Sunday, Jan 17th Muskegon Chicago 3:00pm
Saturday, Jan 23rd Cedar Rapids Chicago 7:00pm
Friday,   Jan 29th Madison Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Jan. 30th Dubuque Chicago 7:00pm
February 2016
Friday,  Feb. 5th Chicago Sioux City 7:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 6th Chicago Omaha 7:05pm
Friday,   Feb 12th Sioux City Chicago 7:30pm
Friday,  Feb. 19th Chicago Bloomington 7:00pm
Saturday, Feb.20th Chicago Des Moines TBA
Friday,  Feb. 26th Cedar Rapids Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 27th Chicago Green Bay 7:05pm
March 2016
Friday,   Mar. 11th Team USA U-17 Chicago  7:30pm
Saturday, Mar. 12th Team USA U-17 Chicago 7:00pm
Friday,  Mar. 18th Waterloo Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Mar. 19th Sioux Falls Chicago 7:00pm
Tuesday, Mar. 22nd Chicago Waterloo 7:00pm
Friday,   Mar. 25th Green Bay Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Mar. 26th Lincoln Chicago 7:00pm  
April 2016
Friday,     Apr. 1st Bloomington Chicago  7:30pm
Saturday, Apr. 2nd Des Moines Chicago 7:00pm
Sunday,   Apr. 3rd Omaha Chicago 3:00pm
Friday,     Apr. 8th Muskegon Chicago 7:30pm
Saturday, Apr. 9th Chicago Bloomington 7:00pm
Sunday,   Apr. 10th Madison Chicago 3:00pm

The Chicago Steel have found their new home at Fox Valley!

The Chicago Steel are on the move to their new home in Kane County

The Chicago Steel, Chicagoland’s only Tier 1 Junior (20U) hockey team, are moving to their new home at Fox Valley Ice Arena for the 2015-2016 season. The players, coaches and leadership of the Chicago Steel are excited to bring their talents, energy and passion to the Tri-city communities of Geneva, St. Charles and Batavia, and engaging in the wider Chicagoland and Kane County communities that comprise our loyal and growing fan base.

The Chicago Steel are a member club of the United States Hockey League (“USHL”), the only Tier 1 junior league in the United States and the premier league for development of players, ages 20 and under, for success in college and professional hockey. Our mission is to provide our players with the physical, mental and character skills, on and off the ice, that will form the basis for their success in college and professional hockey and beyond, and to offer an exciting, friendly and positive sports entertainment experience for fans and families.

We look forward to meeting with members of the hockey, business and broader local communities over the coming months as we prepare for our first season at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Please join us for our home opener Saturday night, September 26 at 7 PM when we host the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

Read more about the Chicago Steel Organization here

Geneva’s own Roy Radke: Chicago Blackhawk

The View from the Ice: Camp finale

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 3:33 PM CT
Written by Roy Radke, with Jack Rossi – Special to chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Taken off of Chicagoblackhawks.com
(Rudi Ayasse / Chicago Blackhawks)

Today was our last scrimmage, and we played with the ELC group. It took me a little while to get comfortable out there. The pace was faster, and the guys were a little bit bigger and better. But as the game went on, I think I got more comfortable, more used to playing with my linemates, and I thought I did really well today.

Coming into my first prospect camp, I didn’t really know what to expect this week. I just wanted to play my best, and I think I did pretty well. It was more about absorbing the whole experience and taking in as much as I can. My favorite part of camp was probably the on-ice stuff. I loved just being on the ice all the time, and getting to know the guys, how they play and everything. We had a lot of down time over the week, so it was kind of nice to hang out as well.

The coaching staff said I did well out here, so it gives me more confidence for next season, and hopefully I’ll get off to a good start when I get back to my team in Barrie. I don’t know what kind of role I’ll play; that’s up to my coach, but it’s my second year in the OHL, so I should play a bigger role than I did last year. I don’t have any specific goals for next season — I just want to go out there and give it my all.

I’m not planning any big vacations after this. I’ll probably take a couple days off this weekend and then just dive back into it starting Monday. I’m looking forward to just getting back to training and skating with my agent, working out a few times a week, skate a couple times, just do what I’ve been doing all summer.

The fans here in Chicago have been great, I love all of them. Thanks for coming out and watching us at prospect camp!

Click below to watch Roy’s interview after being drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks.

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=831228&site=blackhawks“>Roy’s Interview