Chicago Steel
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City: Geneva, Illinois
League: USHL
Division: East
Founded: 1996
Home Arena: Fox Valley Ice Arena
Colors: Black, Red, Gray

              

Owner(s): Larry Robbins
Bruce Liimatainen & Mike Greenberg (minor)
General Manager: Ryan Bennett (2015-16)
Head Coach: Vacant
Franchise history
1996–2000: Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks
2000–present: Chicago Steel

The Chicago Steel is a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team formed in 2000. It plays all of its home games at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, located in the Geneva, Illinois. The Steel play in the Eastern Division of the United States Hockey League. The GM and Head Coach of the Steel is former NHL'er Steve Poapst.

History[edit | edit source]

The Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks moved to Chicago, Illinois and became the Steel in 2000. For the most part, the team hovered around the .500 mark, until 2003-04. Under the direction of rookie Head Coach Wil Nichol, the Steel won their first-ever East Division title, besting the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders by one point.

The feat was remarkable considering the Steel didn’t have a scorer or a goaltender ranked among the league leaders. Danny Charleston led the team in scoring and Curt Hammer award winner Topher Scott also provided clutch goals. Shane Connolly and Adam D’Alba split the goaltending duties and Nichol claimed league coach of the year honors.

The division title didn’t bring post-season success, however, as the Steel fell to eventual Clark Cup champion Waterloo Black Hawks in a tight, five-game, first-round series.

In May 2015, the majority ownership of the Chicago Steel was purchased by Larry Robbins while current owners Bruce Liimatainen and Mike Greenberg remained involved but as minority owners. The announcement for change of owners was accompanied by the announcement for a change of leadership on ice as Ryan Bennett and Dan Muse were hired as the new General Manager and Coach respectively.[1] On July 27, 2015 the team announced they were relocating to the Fox Valley Ice Arena in nearby Geneva, Illinois. The previous management had a strained relationship with the Edge Ice Arena and the city of Bensenville.

Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime Losses, SL = Shoot out Losses GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks
Season GP W L T OL SL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
1996-97 54 24 28 - 2 0 160 154 50 5th of 6 North Lost Quarterfinals 2-4 (Green Bay Gamblers)
1997-98 56 30 19 - 0 7 207 208 59 2nd of 6 North Lost Quarterfinals 0-4 (Omaha Lancers)
1998-99 56 14 41 - 1 0 164 275 29 4th of 4 West Did not qualify
1999-00 58 18 34 - 0 6 181 228 42 7th of 7 West Did not qualify
Chicago Steel
Season GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2000-01 56 21 30 - 5 0 182 232 47 4th of 6 East Did not qualify
2001-02 61 29 24 - 8 0 191 209 66 4th of 6 East Lost Quaterfinals 1-3 (Omaha Lancers)
2002-03 60 26 28 - 5 1 178 204 58 4th of 5 East Did not qualify
2003-04 60 34 22 - 1 3 190 165 72 1st of 6 East Lost Quarterfinals 2-3 (Waterloo Black Hawks)
2004-05 60 26 29 - 3 2 165 187 57 3rd of 6 East

Won Quarterfinals 3-2 (Waterloo Black Hawks)

Lost Semifinals 0-3 (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)

2005-06 60 18 36 - 3 3 163 243 42 6th of 6 East Did not qualify
2006-07 60 12 46 - 1 1 150 253 26 6th of 6 East Lost Quarterfinals 1-4 (Waterloo Black Hawks)
2007-08 60 32 22 - 1 5 218 199 70 4th of 6 East

Won Quarterfinals 3-1 (Indiana Ice)

Lost Semifinals 0-3 (Waterloo Black Hawks)

2008-09 60 31 27 - 2 0 194 213 64 5th of 6 East Did not qualify
2009-10 60 24 30 - 4 2 178 212 54 5th of 6 East Did not qualify
2010-11 60 9 43 - 4 4 103 248 26 8th of 8 Eastern Did not qualify
2011-12 60 25 31 - 2 2 177 210 54 7th of 8 Eastern Did not qualify
2012-13 64 29 31 - 2 2 179 212 62 5th of 8 Eastern Did not qualify
2013-14 60 29 27 - 3 1 179 195 62 6th of 7 Eastern Did not qualify
2014-15 60 30 27 - 3 0 199 209 63 6th of 8 Eastern Did not qualify
2015-16 60 27 26 - 4 3 168 168 61 6th of 9 Eastern Did not qualify
2016-17 60 38 17 - 2 3 196 144 81 1st of 9 Eastern

Won Quarterfinals 3-2 (Youngstown Phantoms)
Won  Semifinals 3-1 (Dubuque Fighting Saints
Won Final 3-2 (Sioux City Musketeers
Clark Cup Champions

2017-18 60 28 25 - 2 5 219 218 63 6th of 9 Eastern

Won First Round 2-1 (Muskegon Lumberjacks)
Lost Conf Semifinals 1-3 (NTDP
)

2018-19 62 37 21 - 4 0 243 207 78 2nd of 9 Eastern Won Conf. Semifinals 3-1 (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)
W, Conf. Final 3-1 (Muskegon Lumberjacks)
Lost Final 0-3 (Sioux Falls Stampede)
2019-20 49 41 7 - 1 0 242 136 83 1st of 8  Eastern Playoffs cancelled

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

Team Spirit[edit | edit source]

The team mascot is Rusty the Pooch.

External links[edit | edit source]


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