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STEEL ON PACE FOR HISTORIC SEASON

By Chicago Steel, 01/14/20, 9:45AM CST

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Chicago has won franchise-record 11 straight and 18 of 19 games; 5 Players Selected for BioSteel All-American Game

GENEVA, ILLINOIS - NHL scouts are flocking to the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva to see the Chicago Steel deliver a high-octane offensive performance by the next generation of NCAA and professional stars.  At the halfway mark of the United States Hockey League (USHL) season, the Chicago Steel lead the league with an astounding .850 win percentage, winning a franchise-record 11 in a row and 18 of their last 19 games and posting a 25-4-1-0 record (51 pts) overall, tops in the league and the second best record through 30 games in league history.  

The team will send five players to the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game on January 20th, a showcase of the top American-born 2020 NHL Draft prospects. The Steel recently had six players named to the Midterm NHL Central Scouting list for North American skaters.

“There’s a kind of electricity in the arena this year that is really exciting,” said Steel President Dan Lehv.  “In some ways, we’re still the best kept secret in town, but fans are coming to appreciate that this is a special group of players that will likely be household names in the near future.”  

The franchise is on pace for the best season in its 20-year history. A snapshot of current stats showcases the momentous season the Chicago Steel are having as they approach the halfway point:

  • Current 11-game win streak (franchise record) and winners of 18 of last 19 games

  • 2nd best record (25-4-1-0, 51 pts) in league history at 30-game mark

    • No USHL team has ever reached the 100-point mark over an entire season

  • .850 winning percentage

  • Team averaging a USHL-best 4.90 goals per game and has +65 goal differential

    • The USHL goals per game record over an entire season is 4.92 (2017-18 USA Hockey National Team Development Program which included eight first-round selections in the 2019 NHL Draft)

  • 3 top USHL scorers all play for the Steel

  • League leader in points and assists (Sean Farrell – 10G, 29A)

  • Most points by a rookie (Brendan Brisson – 15G, 15A)

  • Most points by a defenseman (Owen Power 8G, 22A)

    • Would be the first team in league history to have the top scorer, rookie points leader, and top scoring defenseman

  • Top power play (27.7%) and penalty kill (89.6%) in league; most power play goals in league (38)

  • 17 of 24 players committed to Division 1 NCAA teams

Five Steel players will be on the USHL 20-player roster for the BioSteel All-American Game including defenseman Luke Reid and forwards Brendan Brisson, Sam Colangelo, Sean Farrell, and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine.  The Steel also lead USHL member clubs with six current players named on the midterm NHL draft ranking for North American skaters, NHL Central Scouting announced on Monday.  Current Chicago Steel players listed:

31) Forward Brendan Brisson: 2019-20 – 15G, 15A

33) Forward Sam Colangelo: 2019-20 – 18G, 18A

53) Forward Sean Farrell: 2019-20 – 10G, 29A

110) Defenseman Luke Reid: 2019-20 – 1G, 9A

181) Forward Josh Doan: 2019-20 – 3G, 7A

212) Forward Gunnarwolfe Fontaine: 2019-20 – 17G, 20A

Steel defenseman Owen Power is not eligible until 2021 but was ranked as the #2 overall NHL prospect in that class by Craig Button, director of scouting for TSN. 

Top upcoming Chicago Steel promotions:

  • Friday, January 17 vs. Omaha Lancers 7:05 p.m. (Throwback Weekend to Year 2000 to celebrate 20 seasons)

  • Saturday, January 18 vs. Omaha Lancers 7:05 p.m. (Giveaway: Year 2000 Rusty Mascot Bobblehead)

  • Sunday, January 26 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3:05 p.m. (Rusty’s Birthday and Mascot Hockey Game, Topgolf Family Pack, Full-Team Autographs)

  • Friday, January 31 vs. Madison Capitols 7:05 p.m. (Special Jersey Auction to benefit Geneva Academic Foundation presented by FONA International)

  • Saturday, February 1 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers 7:05 p.m. (Star Wars Night, Raising Cane’s Kids Day)

  • Saturday, February 15 vs Team USA (U17) 7:05 p.m. (Chicago Blackhawks Night)

  • Saturday, February 29 vs Madison Capitols 7:05 pm (Teddy Bear Toss presented by Geneva Family Dental)

  • Saturday, March 7 vs Dubuque Fighting Saints 7:05 p.m. (3rd Annual Wiener Dog Races, Raising Cane’s Kids Day)

  • Sunday, March 15 vs Green Bay Gamblers 3:05 p.m. (Giveaway: 20th Season Youth Replica Jersey presented by Waubonsee Community College - Kids 12 & under)

Click here for the full promotions schedule.