New Ulm Steel Advance 12 From 2015-16 Roster
7 NAHL Advancments, 4 NCAA D3 Commitments & 1 ACHA D1 Commit for the Steel
The New Ulm Steel (formerly the Twin City Steel) advanced a total of 12 players from their 2015-16 squad on to higher levels of Junior Hockey and into college hockey programs. Finishing the regular season 2nd in the NA3HL West Division standings with a 30-13-4 record, five points out of first place while advancing players on to the NAHL midseason, the Steel are looking to build their 2016-17 roster which includes key returners Jared Erickson and Nick Campbell.
The 12 players moving on are
Bennett Witta - Minnetonka MN native Bennett Witta played two seasons with the Steel earning a combined 34 points through 73 games. The 6'3 194lb Defenseman has made the 2016-17 Northeast Generals NAHL squad.
Luc Kreuser - Tier 3 veteran Forward Luc Kreuser played two seasons with the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings before playing his 2015-16 campaign with the Steel. The 6'0 165lb skater logged 20 goals and 34 assists for 54 points through 45 regular season games last season, an accomplishment that placed him 152nd in points among over 3000 Tier 3 skaters in 2015-16. Kreuser has made the 2016-17 Northeast Generals NAHL squad.
Luke Perunovich - A 6'0 161lb Defenseman, Luke Perunovich made the 2016-17 Northeast Generals NAHL squad. The Edina Mn native began the 2015-16 season with 29 games on the Tampa Bay Juniors roster before finishing out the season with the Steel.
Nicholas McKeeby - Nicholas McKeeby committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Western Michigan during his 2013-14 campaign at the U16 level. The 5'10 172lb Defenseman began the 2015-16 season playing 24 games on the Minnesota Magicians roster before finishing the season with the Steel. A 1998, Mckeeby signed a tender with the Bismarck Bobcats in April of 2016 for the 2016-17 season.
Fritz Belisle - Red Wing MN native Fritz Belisle is set to play for the Minnesota Wilderness in 2016-17 after playing 40 games for the Steel last season. The 5'9 165lb Forward logged 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points for the Steel. A 1998, Belisle has 3 years of Junior eligibility remaining
Kyle Wagner - Tier 3 veteran Forward Kyle Wagner played a season with the Minnesota Owls in 2013-14 before playing two seasons with the Steel (2014-16). Wagner earned a midseason call up to the NAHL during his 2015-16 campaign, playing 43 games for the Minnesota Magicians.
Zack Taylor - Mahtomedi Mn native Zack Taylor earned a midseason call up to the NAHL after playing 17 games for the Steel and went on to play 10 games in a Minnesota Magicians jersey.
NCAA Division 3 Commitments
2016-17 NCAA Division 3 rosters have yet to post, but the players listed below have committed to play for these schools for the upcoming season.
Jay Paul - Bethel University
Paul Stehr - St Olaf University
Joe Costello - University of Wisconsin Stout
Brendan Russ - Connecticut College
ACHA D1 Commitment
Tristan Mayer - University of Nevada - Las Vegas
To learn more about the New Ulm Steel or to reserve a spot at their 2016-17 tryout visit the Teams Website