GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel have alumni on 14 of the 16 teams in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship. Teams with Steel alumni include Minnesota State University (5), Providence College (5), Ohio State University (4), Clarkson College (4), Harvard University (3), University of Notre Dame (2), American International College (2), Northeastern University (2), Bowling Green State University (2), St. Cloud State University (1), Cornell University (1), University of Minnesota Duluth (1), Arizona State University (1) and Quinnipiac University (1). The only teams in the tournament without Steel alumni on the roster are University of Denver and University of Massachusetts.
West Regional – Fargo, North Dakota
No. 1 overall seed St. Cloud State features senior forward Robby Jackson (2013-2015). The Alameda, Calif. native registered 40 points (19-21-40) in 36 regular season games. The Huskies will square off with American International College, a roster that includes Chris Dodero (2012-2014) and Eric Otto (2017-2018). Dodero, a sophomore forward from Bloomingdale, has 14 points in 32 games while Otto has not played this season as he battled Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
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The other matchup in the West Regional is Ohio State vs. Denver. The Buckeyes roster features five Steel alumni to Denver’s zero. Ohio State second-leading scorer Tanner Laczynski (2013-2016), a junior forward, put up 30 points (10-20-30) in 26 games this season. Other Steel alumni feature senior forward Brendon Kearney (2013-2015) who put up 11 points in 35 games and sophomore defenseman Grant Gabriele (2015-2016) who scored four points in 23 games. The final Steel alumni is sophomore netminder Tommy Nappier who put up a 12-3-3 record with a 1.91 goals against average and .934 save percentage this season.
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Northeast Regional – Manchester, New Hampshire
The Northeast Regional features the No. 4 seed University of Massachusetts who do not have a Steel alumnus on the roster squaring off against Harvard University. The Crimson feature a trio of former Steel players including sophomore forwards Jack Badini (2016-2017) and Reilly Walsh (2016-2017) as well as freshman forward Baker Shore (2015-2018). Badini, an Anaheim Ducks prospect, put up 20 points in 32 games while Walsh, a New Jersey Devils prospect, recorded 10 points in 24 games. Shore registered 13 points in his rookie season in 32 games.
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Notre Dame and Clarkson will feature a combined six Steel alumni as the team’s square off in the first day of action for the tournament. Notre Dame has been backstopped by junior goaltender Cale Morris (2013-2015) who has a 18-12-3 record this season with a 2.18 goals against average and .931 save percentage. Defenseman Charlie Raith (2014-2016) has not appeared in a game in what would be his rookie campaign this season. Clarkson features three players that appeared on the 2015-2016 Steel roster including forward Haralds Egle and defensemen Jere Astren and Shane Kuzmeski. Egle, a junior forward, is second on the team with 39 points (18-21-39) in 38 games this season. Kuzmeski (junior) has five points in 26 games while Astren (sophomore) has one goal in 16 games. Freshman defenseman Brian Hurley (2017-2018) has seven points in 23 games this year.
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East Regional – Providence, Rhode Island
Quite possibly the game to watch for Steel fans will kick off Saturday’s action as 10 Steel alumni will square off as No. 3 Minnesota State – Mankato and Providence square off. Minnesota State features a foursome of players from Chicago’s Clark Cup Championship team including sophomore forwards Jake Jaremko (2014-2017), Walker Duehr (2016-2017) and Reggie Lutz (2016-2017) as well as freshman defenseman Wyatt Aamodt (2015-2017). Jaremko has 18 points this season while Duehr has added 16 and Lutz has pitched in 15. From the defensive side, Aamodt has six points in 35 games while senior defenseman Alec Vanko (2013-2014) has one goal in six games this season. Providence Steel alumni feature a trio of NHL prospects including freshman forward Jack Dugan (2017-2018), junior forward Brandon Duhaime (2015-2016) and sophomore defenseman Benjamin Mirageas (2016-2017). Dugan, a Vegas Golden Knights prospect, recorded 37 points (10-27-27) in 37 games during his rookie campaign. Duhaime, a Minnesota Wild prospect, registered 29 points in 38 games while Mirageas, a New York Islanders prospect, put up 13 points in 38 games from the blueline. Sophomore forwards Greg Printz (2015-2017) and Jason O’Neill (2016-2017) have 16 and nine points, respectively, this season each in 38 games played.
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Cornell vs. Northeastern
Also in the East Regional will be Connor Murphy (2014-2016) and Cornell taking on Bobby Hampton (2015-2017) and Biagio Lerario (2012-2014) with Northeastern. Murphy, a junior forward, has six points in 25 games for the Big Red. Lerario, a junior forward, has eight points in 33 games while Hampton, a sophomore forward, has three points in 24 games.
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Midwest Regional, Allentown, Pennsylvania
When No. 2 overall Minnesota Duluth takes on Bowling Green, it will feature the only Steel alumni behind the bench for the tournament as Adam Krause serves as an Assistant Coach for Minnesota Duluth. Krause appeared in 36 games for the Steel in 2010-2011 before going on to play for Minnesota-Duluth and eventually play 75 games in the American Hockey League. Steel alumnus Koby Bender (2015-2016) is a sophomore forward for the Bulldogs who has four points in 16 appearances this season. Bowling Green’s roster includes a pair of senior skaters including forward John Schilling (2013-2015) who has 18 points in 30 games as well as defenseman Connor McDonald (2013-2015) who has eight points in 40 games. McDonald served as the Steel’s captain for the 2014-2015 season.
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Arizona State will make its first career NCAA Tournament appearance led by leading scorer Johnny Walker (2015-2017). The sophomore forward has 34 points, including 23 goals, in 31 games this season. San Jose Sharks prospect Karlis Cukste (2015-2016) is a junior defenseman for Quinnipiac who has 20 points in 36 games.
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Some of the current Steel roster and coaching staff will also be watching the Tournament closely. Forwards Nick Abruzzese (Harvard), Neil Shea and Sam Colangelo (Northeastern) all have their future schools vying for the championship as does goaltender Justin Robbins (Quinnipiac). Steel Associate Head Coach Brock Sheahan played for Notre Dame from 2004-2008 including a runner-up finish at the tournament as an Alternate Captain of the Fighting Irish during his senior season. Steel Assistant Coach Mike Garman is a former Cornell goaltender (2008-2011) who was part of the ECAC Championship team in 2009-2010 for the Big Red.
The Frozen Four semifinal matchups will take place April 11 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. before the National Championship on April 13 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Chicago remains in second place in the Eastern Conference with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders two points back and Youngstown Phantoms four points behind. The Steel have six games remaining in the regular season while Cedar Rapids and Youngstown each have seven.
Chicago returns to Fox Valley Ice Arena for a pair of weekend home games on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30. Friday night is Pucks and Pups Night presented by Woofbeach. Fans are invited to bring their dog to the game as the Steel square off with the Madison Capitols. Friday is also a Raising Cane’s Kids Day as fans 12 and under can receive a Red Zone ticket, Steel drawstring backpack and Raising Cane’s Kids combo card all for just $10. Saturday Night is the Animal House Anniversary celebration presented by Waubonsee Community College. The first 500 fans will receive a “College” t-shirt when the Steel host Waterloo.
Tickets for all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10 and stadium seating on the glass is available for just $20. Parking is always free.
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.