GENEVA, ILLINOIS — The Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League, announced the club’s 2021-2022 regular season schedule Friday, a full 62-game slate.
The Steel home opener is slated for Saturday, October 2 against a familiar foe, the Muskegon Lumberjacks, in a rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference Final. Prior to the game, Chicago will celebrate with fans as the club unveils the 2021 Anderson Cup, Eastern Conference and Clark Cup Championship banners.
After starting the campaign with two neutral site matchups at the Dick’s Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic, the Steel split the remaining 60 games with 30 contests on home ice and 30 games on the road. Fans can see Chicago take home ice for 10 Friday night faceoffs, 15 Saturday night clashes and four Sunday afternoon games. The Steel host one weeknight matchup during the holidays with a Thursday, December 30 matchup against the Madison Capitols at 6:05 pm CT.
Chicago’s first regular season contest is a rematch of the 2021 Clark Cup Final as the Steel square off against the Fargo Force on Saturday, September 25 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Penn. as part of the Fall Classic. Chicago defeated the Force 3-1 in the best-of-five Clark Cup Final to cap the second USHL title run in Steel history.
The following night, Chicago faces another Western Conference Opponent in the Sioux Falls Stampede on Saturday, September 26 to conclude the weekend. All 16 USHL clubs will participate in games during the week of September 24-28, 2021.
For the second consecutive season, the Steel will play the vast majority of its regular season games (58 of 62) against Eastern Conference opponents. Two of those opponents, the Madison Capitols and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, are back for the 2021-2022 season after both clubs were unable to participate in the 2020-2021 season.
Chicago faces off against the Capitols for 10 games including five matchups on home ice (Sat. Nov. 20, Thu. Dec. 30, Sun. Jan. 2, Sat. March 12, Fri. April 1).
The RoughRiders make their return to Fox Valley Ice Arena for two games on Fri. Nov. 19 and Sat. Dec. 18.
Including the Opening Night celebration on October 2, the Steel play 10 total games in the month of October, the highest number of scheduled games in a single month for Chicago during the 2021-2022 season.
The Steel will host games during several weekends throughout the season that have become staples on the Steel home schedule. Chicago will be in town Fri., Nov. 5 and Sat. Nov. 6 during the CCM World Invite, one of the largest youth hockey events in the world. The Steel will also host games over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend Fri. Jan. 14 and Sat. Jan. 15 and Presidents Day Weekend Sat. Feb. 19 and Sun. Feb. 20.
Over the course of the season, Chicago is slated for five three-game weekends, with the first on Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 26-28. The Steel play back-to-back games against the Youngstown Phantoms at Covelli Centre before finishing the weekend at USA Hockey Arena for a game on Sunday, Nov. 28 against Team USA (U18).
The next three-game weekend, scheduled to start on Friday, Feb. 4 with a road matchup against the Green Bay Gamblers, concludes with a two-game set on home ice against the Tri-City Storm, the #1 seed in the Western Conference during the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs and the only Western Conference team to visit Fox Valley Ice Arena during the 2021-2022 regular season.
The Steel will drop the puck 10 times each against Madison and Green Bay, the two opponents Chicago will see most often during the regular season. Green Bay entered the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago faces Muskegon nine times and the Dubuque Fighting Saints a total of six times, adding up to 25 total games against 2021 Eastern Conference playoff qualifiers.
The Steel play against Team USA a total of eight games with five matchups versus the U17 club and three against the U18 team. Chicago takes on Youngstown in eight total games during the regular season.
The full 2021-2022 season schedule can be found at https://www.chicagosteelhockeyteam.com/2122schedule.
The Steel are offering new, discounted pricing for the 2021-2022 season. Season Ticket Plans for the Clark Cup Champion Steel are on sale now by calling 855-51-STEEL or emailing info@ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.
For a limited time, the Steel are offering a Clark Cup Champions ticket package for just $60. The pack includes a white zone ticket to four games including the Opening Night championship celebration and an official Clark Cup Champions t-shirt. One randomly selected purchaser will win a ‘Day with the Clark Cup’ this summer.
In the coming weeks, the Steel will announce additional ticketing details including on sale dates for groups, suites and single-game tickets, as well as a full promotional schedule for the 2021-2022 season.
For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.