|Twin City Steel|
|City:||White Bear Lake, Minnesota|
|Home Arena:||White Bear Lake Sports Center|
|Colors:||Green, Black, Silver
|General Manager:||Bryant Black|
|Head Coach:||Jay Witta (2015-16)|
|2011-2016:||Twin City Steel|
|2016-Present:||New Ulm Steel|
Twin City Steel were a Tier III Jr. ice hockey team based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. They were members of the West Division of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL).
Founded in 2011 when the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) announced its expansion from 12 teams to 16. The Twin City Steel was to be based in the new White Bear Lake Sports Center in White Bear Lake, Minnesota starting for the 2011–12 season alongside the other three other new NA3HL teams: the Minnesota Junior Hockey League transfers, Granite City Lumberjacks and Minnesota Flying Aces, and an expansion team, the North Iowa Bulls.
The Twin City Steel played their first season out of the brand-new Vadnais Sports Center, a state-of-the art facility situated in the Twin Cities, which included the tradition-rich hockey suburbs of White Bear Lake, North St. Paul, Forest Lake, Roseville and Moundsview.
The Twin City Steel lost their first game, 4-3, at the Granite City Lumberjacks on September 10, 2011 and would record their first win less than a week later at their home-opener.
It was announced on April 23, 2013, that the Steel have been sold by Scott Wallin to the Black family effective immediately.
After a successful 30-13-4 record during the 2015–16 regular season, the Steel would go on to win their first West Division Championship by sweeping the defending league champions, Granite City Lumberjacks. The Steel then made their first NA3HL Silver Cup Playoff appearance but would lose in overtime to the eventual Silver Cup Champion North Iowa Bulls.
On April 26, 2016, it was announced that the Twin City Steel would be relocating to New Ulm, Minnesota to become the New Ulm Steel.
Season Records[edit | edit source]
|2011–12||48||24||21||2||1||51||173||173||1507||3rd, West||Lost in 1st Round|
|2012–13||48||19||26||1||2||41||167||226||1210||5th, West||Did Not Make Playoffs|
|2013–14||48||22||20||6||50||186||201||1000||4th, West||Lost in Div Semi Finals|
|2014–15||47||23||22||2||48||161||170||1364||4th of 6, West
20 of 31 NA3HL
|Lost in Div. Semi-finals, 0-2(Bulls)|
|2015–16||47||30||13||4||—||64||219||160||660||2nd of 5, West
15th of 34, NA3HL
|Won Div. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Breezy Point North Stars|
Won Div. Finals, 2-0 vs. Granite City Lumberjacks
1-2-0 in Silver Cup Round Robin
(L, 3-4 vs. Jr. Blues; L, 1-2 vs. Jets; W, 5-2 vs. Jr. Brahmas)
Lost Semifinal game, 3-4OT vs. North Iowa Bulls
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