WATCH: Tryout Camp interviews
GENEVA, ILLINOIS – Over 100 elite hockey players from around the globe converged at Fox Valley Ice Arena this weekend to participate in the Chicago Steel 2016 Tryout Camp, battling for spots on the team’s roster for the 2016-2017 USHL season. 54 players were named to the camp’s All-Star teams, including 18 players who dressed for the Steel in 2015-2016.
Three teams – Black, Red and Silver – competed in a round-robin format of 40-minute games on Monday afternoon. All three contests featured game-changing goals in the final minute of play. Team Black defeated Team Red in the opening game, 3-2. Team Red rebounded in the second game, defeating Team Silver 2-1. In the final game, Team Black edged out Team Silver 3-2 via shootout.
Team Black’s perfect 2-0 record was led by 2015-2016 Steel top scorer Jake Jaremko. Jaremko, 19, scored both of Team Black’s regulation goals, as well as the shootout winner, in the victory over Team Silver. Newcomer Walker Duehr, who the Steel recently acquired from the Clark Cup Champion Tri-City Storm, had three assists on the day for Team Black. Linemates on Monday, Jaremko and Duehr are each committed to Minnesota State University (Mankato). Justin Robbins made saves on both shootout attempts that he faced to seal the victory over Team Silver, and brother Adam Robbins scored the game-winner against Team Red.
Team Red had three players produced multiple-point efforts, including 2016 USHL Phase II Draft 1st Round pick and Providence College commit Mikael Hakkarainen, who tallied one goal and one assist. Reggie Lutz, another Minnesota State commit, scored two goals, with Merrimack College commit Jordan Seyfert assisting on each.
Team Silver’s scoring was led by defenseman Reilly Walsh. The Harvard commit, whose rights were acquired by the Steel via trade from Tri-City last month, recorded two consecutive goals in the final game of the day, including an unassisted power play tally. Greg Printz, who appeared in six games for Chicago in 2015-2016, and like Hakkarainen is committed to Providence, registered two goals and one assist.
Scouts from all over, including many NCAA Division I schools, were on hand to take in the action and evaluate talent.
Steel Season Ticket Plans are now on sale for the 2016-2017 season and start at just 5 games. Full Season Ticket Plans start at just $8 per game. The full 2016-2017 schedule, including a variety of promotional nights and special events, will be released soon. Season Ticket Plans are available to purchase at the Steel Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or by phone at 855-51-STEEL. For more information, visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.