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Getting To Know: Forward #16 Sam Colangelo

By Chicago Steel, 05/14/20, 3:00PM CDT

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You played a few games with the Steel last season and into the playoffs. What was the biggest change for you from last year to this year?

With the speed in the USHL, I got used to it more and more. I think last year was really beneficial for me, I got used to the speed and this year I came in knowing what to expect and I think it showed. I had a pretty good year but I played with great players. We had a great team so that made it easy to do well.

Speaking of the team, did you know the potential this team had going into the start of the year?

I think I had an idea talking with Ryan Hardy (General Manager) and Tristan Musser (Director of Player Personnel) after last year, they were telling me who was coming in and I saw they traded for Sean Farrell. I’ve known Sean pretty much my whole life, so that was pretty cool for me. I had an idea of who was coming and I thought we would be a good team but if you told me we were going to be arguably one of the best teams in USHL history, I might not know that.

Was your hat trick at the Cotton Bowl the individual highlight of your season?

That’s obviously pretty cool playing in an outdoor game and getting to score a hat trick but I would say probably my best breakout game was the second game in a back-to-back in Fargo. That was pretty cool, it was my first multi-point USHL game, I liked that game and the Frosty Cup as well.

You mentioned that you knew Sean Farrell, did you know a lot of other teammates before camp started?

I’ve known Liam Devlin a long time, Liam actually lives where I live now for the summer. We were like 11 or 12 when we first met. I knew Gunnarwolfe Fontaine and Sean plus the returners from last year because I was with the team for quite a bit, I played with them for a little over a month. I got to know everyone pretty well and I was really close with Mathieu De St. Phalle, Jimmy Dowd, John Spetz, Owen Power, all those guys. Matt Coronato and Josh Doan were here when I was here last year so I got to know them pretty well. I lived with Uula Ruikka last spring and he and I became pretty close so it was kind of an easy transition. Even the guys I didn’t know were easy to get to know and I loved all of my teammates.

What was it like growing up with the sports culture in Boston?

If you’re growing up in Boston and you’re not a fan of Boston sports there’s probably something wrong. The winning that’s gone on and the stretch we’ve had in the last decade, a lot of major championships especially with the Patriots and how good they are. In Boston, you’re kind of expected to win and when you grow up in the city you want to win.

If you weren’t a hockey player, what do you think you would be doing?

I liked lacrosse a lot, I played up until high school. In terms of after sports, I think I could become a financial advisor. My billet dad from this year is a financial advisor and he works with a lot of pro athletes, I thought that was pretty cool. Definitely something I’ll look into studying at Northeastern.

Were you always into math and business or is that something that started this year?

My parents own a restaurant so they’ve always been involved in business and I’ve been around business my whole life, I learned more about it living with someone who is a financial advisor. I’ve always liked math growing up but it wasn’t really until this year that I thought that was interesting.