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FIVE STEEL ALUMNI SELECTED FOR USA MEN’S OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM

By Chicago Steel, 01/13/22, 4:45PM CST

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GENEVA, ILLINOIS — USA Hockey announced today the roster for the USA men’s hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games which includes five Chicago Steel alumni.

Forwards Sean Farrell, Brendan Brisson, Nick Abruzzese and Andy Miele were selected to their first Olympic team while forward Brian O’Neill will be making his second Olympic appearance after playing in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea

Sean Farrell (Steel 2019-2021), a current forward for Harvard University, owns the Steel franchise marks for most assists in a career (113), most points in a career (157), most assists in a single season (72) and most points in a single season (101). The Hopkinton, Mass., native was named USHL Player of the Year, USHL First Team All-Star and Dave Tyler USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year in 2021 after helping lead the Steel to the club’s second Clark Cup title in franchise history. Farrell was selected in the fourth round (#124 Overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2020 NHL Draft.

The 2020 USHL Rookie of the Year, Brendan Brisson (Steel 2019-2020), amassed 59 points (24G, 35A) over 45 games in the shortened 2019-2020 regular season. The current University of Michigan forward was named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team and USHL First All-Star Team that season. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native made team history when he became the first Steel forward to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft when he was picked #29 Overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Forward Nick Abruzzese (Steel 2017-2019) won the USHL scoring title during the 2018-2019 campaign, posting 80 points (29G, 51A) over 62 games played and was named a USHL First Team All-Star that season. The Slate Hill, N.Y., native ranks fourth on the Steel all-time assists list with 74 helpers over two seasons and sits in fifth place on the Chicago all-time points list with 116 (42G, 74A) as one of nine players in franchise history to eclipse the 100-point mark in his career with Chicago. Abruzzese was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round (#124 Overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft and currently plays for Harvard University.

Forward Brian O’Neill (Steel 2007-2008) was named to the 2008 USHL All-Rookie Team after posting 61 points (23G, 38A) in 60 games, a mark that shares the eighth most points in a single season by a Steel skater. After his time at Yale University, O’Neill’s professional career has included his NHL debut in 2015 for the New Jersey Devils.  He has played for his current team, Jokerit of the KHL, since the 2016-2017 season. The Yardley, Penn., native was selected for 2018 USA Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, posting four points (1G, 3A) over five games played.

Andy Miele (Steel 2006-2008) shares seventh all-time in Steel franchise history with 43 goals over two seasons with Chicago. The Grosse Point, Mich., native went on to play for Miami University (Ohio), capturing the Hobey Baker trophy as the top men’s college hockey player, for the 2010-2011 season. Miele debuted in the NHL during the 2011-2012 season with the Phoenix Coyotes and is currently in his third season playing for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL.

The Steel are back in action with Star Wars Night on Saturday, Jan. 15 with a post-game skate for fans following game action. The contest against the Youngstown Phantoms is scheduled for a 7:05 pm puck drop.

Tickets start at just $10 and are available in person at the Steel Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena, by phone at 855-51-STEEL and online at chicagosteelhockeyteam.com.  The Steel now offer single-game ticket discounts for kids 12 and under and military.

Steel games may be heard on Mixlr at http://mixlr.com/chicago-steel/ (AUDIO) and video may be streamed on available devices through HockeyTV at www.hockeytv.com (VIDEO).

For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.

Chicago Steel Upcoming Home Games presented by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush:

Saturday, January 15 vs. Youngstown Phantoms (7:05 pm CT) Star Wars Night | Post-Game Skate

Friday, January 21 vs. Green Bay Gamblers (7:05 pm CT) Special Jersey Auction to benefit Geneva Academic Foundation presented by FONA International

Friday, February 5 vs. Tri-City Storm (7:05 pm CT) Wiener Dog Races

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