CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The United States Hockey League (“USHL”) announced Monday that Ales Stezka has been named CCM/USHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Oct. 16, 2016 (Week 4). Stezka, 19, has recorded a shutout in each of his two games played this season, including a 35-save blanking of the Madison Capitols in Chicago’s 4-0 win Saturday at Fox Valley Ice Arena, helping the Steel remain unbeaten (6-0-0-0) this season. He is the first USHL player at any position to be a repeat winner this season, previously taking home the award in Week 1 (Sept. 26).
Stezka, a 2015 fourth-round (111th overall) selection of the Minnesota Wild, leads the USHL with a perfect 0.00 goals against average and 1.000 save percentage, stopping all 59 shots he has faced this season. The Liberec, Czech Republic native is in his second USHL season after competing in 2015-2016 for the Sioux Falls Stampede. He also represented his country in net for one game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
Members of the Steel roster have now won Player of the Week awards in three of the first four weeks of the season, as Adam Karashik was named CCM/USHL Defenseman of the Week on Oct. 4 (Week 2). Youngstown’s Alex Esposito (Forward) and Tri City’s Philip Alftberg (Defenseman) were also given Week 4 honors.
The Steel start a three-game week Wednesday at Green Bay, followed by a visit to Cedar Rapids on Friday. Chicago then returns home Saturday, Oct. 22 to face the Omaha Lancers at 7:05 p.m. It’s the first Family Pack game of season — purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four chuck -a-pucks starting at just $48! The night is a Halloween Costume Preview; fans can trick or treat with the Steel plus receive full-team autographs after the game. For tickets or more information, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.