GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Steel announced Friday the launch of their Fan Connection Series, an unprecedented webinar series with appearances from Steel players, coaches and staff.
The four-week series will take place during what would have been the same timeframe as the 2020 Clark Cup Playoffs, running from April 27 through May 23 and culminating with a watch party of the 2017 Clark Cup Championship clinching game narrated by members of the team and staff.
The initiative includes webinars specifically designed for each of the following groups: youth hockey (players, coaches, parents), scouts (boy/girl/cub), students, aspiring sports business professionals, Chicago Steel season ticket holders, fans and corporate partners.
“This initiative has been designed to not only help maintain our connection with our existing fans during these challenging times, but to reach new audiences through these presentations,” said Steel President Dan Lehv. “We’re excited to share the expertise we can offer to the youth hockey community, present our signature Live Strong as Steel assembly program, a scout character talk and Read with Rusty presentations virtually, and provide an outlet to connect with our most loyal fans.”
Registration is free for all webinars, and, as a way to thank fans, the Steel are offering a complimentary red zone ticket to a 2020-2021 Chicago Steel home game for fans that attend select sessions (youth hockey webinars, scout character talk, Live Strong as Steel Assembly, Read with Rusty, Breaking into Sports) with a limit of one ticket per person over the course of the Fan Connection Series.
Events will be streamed live and registrants may also access the content on demand through Zoom. Registration links for each public webinar or event are available at https://www.chicagosteelhockeyteam.com/fanconnection.
The series will open with a pair of webinars produced in collaboration with USA Hockey and focusing on player development from 6U through 18U.
"Over the past several weeks our USA Hockey ADM staff and the Chicago Steel coaches have engaged in extensive discourse related to the development of young players.” said Kevin McGlaughlin, USA Hockey Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Development. “We hope that these webinars are engaging and informative for players, parents, and coaches alike."
Below is the Fan Connection Series schedule, divided by target audiences for each segment:
FOR YOUTH HOCKEY PLAYERS, COACHES AND PARENTS
The Fan Connection Series will begin with presentations for youth hockey players, coaches and parents through a collaboration with USA Hockey. It will be followed by a series of webinars on specific topics for players, coaches and even parents.
Monday, April 27 Webinar #1: Player Development with USA Hockey – Part 1: 18U/16U, Part 2: 14U/15O
Wednesday, April 29 Webinar #2: Player Development with USA Hockey – Part 1: 12U/10U, Part 2: 8U/6U
Monday, May 4 Webinar #3: Performance and Sport Science
Wednesday, May 6 Webinar #4: Goaltending Development
Monday, May 11 Webinar #5: Player Evaluation and Scouting
Monday, May 18 Webinar #6: Navigating the Path to Junior Hockey (For Parents)
The Steel host dozens of scout groups during the course of the hockey season. Many of these groups join the Steel prior to the game for an educational character talk in which a Steel coach discusses how character matters to the Steel, how to be a good teammate and more. This virtual presentation will resemble one of those pre-game talks.
Wednesday, May 6 Educational Character Talk
The Steel will perform their signature Live Strong as Steel assembly program, focusing on character development, on Wednesday, May 13. Throughout the Fan Connection Series, the Steel will invite kids to attend virtual Read with Rusty sessions in which Steel players read books.
Friday, May 1 Read with Rusty #1
Friday, May 8 Read with Rusty #2
Wednesday, May 13 Live Strong as Steel Assembly
Friday, May 15 Read with Rusty #3
Friday, May 22 Read with Rusty #4
FOR ASPIRING BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
Over the past three seasons, the Steel have invited aspiring sports business professionals for a pre-game Breaking Into Sports event. The panel discussion will feature current sports professionals providing their advice for those looking to enter the field. This webinar is geared towards high school and college students interested in breaking into the sports world.
Tuesday, May 12 Breaking Into Sports
FOR STEEL FANS AND PARTNERS
The Fan Connection Series will offer ways for Steel fans to stay connected with current and former players and staff. The Steel will perform several “chalk talks” for season ticket holders ahead of and following the USHL Draft and for corporate partners in late May. All fans will have the opportunity to reconnect with current and former players on Tuesdays during the Fan Connection Series through roundtable discussions.
Tuesday, April 28 Player Roundtable #1
Thursday, April 30 Season Ticket Chalk Talk #1 – Pre-Draft
Tuesday, May 5 Player Roundtable #2
Thursday, May 7 Season Ticket Chalk Talk #2 – Post-Draft
Tuesday, May 12 Player Roundtable #3
Tuesday, May 19 Player Roundtable #4
Wednesday, May 20 Corporate Partner Chalk Talk
For more information on the Fan Connection Series, including the most up-to-date schedule and times, registration links, presenters and more, visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com and through the team’s social media platforms.
The Steel were awarded the 2020 Anderson Cup as the regular-season champions of the United States Hockey League after posting a 41-7-1-0 (83 pts) record, a franchise-best for wins and points in a season. Chicago set league records with an .847 win percentage and an average of 4.94 goals per game prior to the cancellation of the regular season and Clark Cup Playoffs on March 18.
Season tickets are available now for the 2020-2021 season at Fox Valley Ice Arena starting at just 5 games for $45. Full season tickets are available starting at just $8 per game. In addition to affordable ticket prices, the Steel offer free parking, themed promotions and family-friendly entertainment.
For more information and to purchase Steel tickets, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.