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Get to Know: #7 Ryan Ufko and Dr. Shane Nho

By Chicago Steel, 04/28/21, 11:30AM CDT

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This is part of our ongoing series in partnership between the Steel and our team physician, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.  As we get to know members of the 2020-2021 Chicago Steel, we’ll also get to know the outstanding physicians and staff at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush who help keep our players safe and healthy.

Ryan Ufko

What is one trait that you feel improvement in your game since last season?

I would definitely say my confidence has helped my game a lot. Last year, being one of the younger guys, not playing as much, it’s hard to keep your confidence up. With the great group we had last year, I was able to keep it up and I started playing a lot at the end of the year. I think that really helped coming into this year.

How does the team feel about getting the chance to finally compete for the Clark Cup this season?

It’s a great opportunity, we’re hungry and we really want to win. We had a great shot last year but unfortunately it was canceled. With the group we have this year, we all think we can win it.

What did you learn from the group of leaders from last season?

I learned that you come to rink every day to earn your spot. You work hard every day and compete and practices are really where you get the most benefit.

What was it like to be invited to the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game?

It was a fun process, being invited was great and it was a great experience. Although we lost the game, nobody really cared as much about the result. You got to showcase yourself and meet a lot of great guys and create new relationships.

Your future school, UMass Amherst, won the 2021 National Championship. Have you gotten to talk to any of your future teammates and coaches?

I’ve talked to the coaches and congratulated them all. They’re very happy and looking forward to me coming in and hopefully doing it again. The guys seem to love it there and I just can’t wait to get there.

Dr. Shane Nho

Where are you from?

 I'm from Lake Forest, Illinois.

What sports or activities did you participate in as a child?

 I played ice hockey.

What college/university(s) did you attend?

I attended Northwestern University.

What drew you to working in healthcare? 

What drew me to working in healthcare was taking care of patients.

What part of your job do you most enjoy? 

I most enjoy seeing patients able to return to their sport after treatment for their injuries.

Do you have a favorite NHL/pro sports team? 

Chicago Blackhawks.

What is your favorite thing about working for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush?

My favorite thing about Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is world-renowned physicians in an academic environment with a desire to provide the best clinical care for patients of all ages.

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