The Chicago Steel are entering their 19th season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and fourth season playing at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL. The organization’s focus is providing affordable, family-friendly entertainment.
Steel players are recruited from across the country and internationally. They are assigned a host family and advisor to arrange housing and education options while with the team. Education, and development as a player/individual, are keys to their success. 194 Steel players have earned NCAA Division I scholarships since 2000 and 46 have been NHL Draft picks since 2002!
Steel players, coaches, and mascot (Rusty) are active members of the community and visit local schools and non-profits to pass along their message of character, education and teaching how to “Live Strong As Steel.”
Headquartered in Chicago, IL, and founded in 1979, the USHL is celebrating its 18th season as the nation's only Tier 1 junior hockey league. Its players range from 16-20 years-of-age, and they are recruited from over 35 states and 9 countries to fill the rosters on their 17 teams nationwide. A record 57 USHL players were chosen in the 2018 NHL Draft, and more than 400 USHL players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the league as the world's foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
The Steel represented the USHL and the United States in the 2015 Junior Club World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia, capturing the bronze medal while defeating host Russia twice during the five-game, eight-day tournament.