Chippewa Steel

The Chippewa Steel is a Tier II junior ice hockey team based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, that plays in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Chippewa Steel
CityChippewa Falls, Wisconsin
LeagueNAHL
DivisionMidwest
Founded2005
Home arenaChippewa Area Ice Arena
ColorsGreen, black
         
Owner(s)Steve Black
Head coachCarter Foguth
AffiliatesNew Ulm Steel (NA3HL)
Franchise history
2005–2010North Iowa Outlaws
2010–2018Coulee Region Chill
2018–presentChippewa Steel

History

The franchise began in 2005 as the North Iowa Outlaws based in Mason City, Iowa, where the team played for five seasons until moving to Onalaska, Wisconsin, in 2010 under owner Mark Motz as the Coulee Region Chill.[1] The team was then sold to Michelle Bryant in 2012 and the franchise was eventually moved in 2014 to nearby La Crosse, Wisconsin, with games at the Green Island Ice Arena.

After the 2017–18 season, Chill owner Michelle Bryant sold the franchise Steve Black of JB Black Enterprise, LLC, the owner of the NA3HL's New Ulm Steel. Black relocated the Chill franchise to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, as the Chippewa Steel to play out of Chippewa Area Ice Arena. Bryant would then rename her NA3HL team from La Crosse Freeze to Coulee Region Chill while continuing to play out of La Crosse.[2] Al Rooney was named the Steel's first head coach and general manager,[3] but was relieved of duties 23 games into his first season with a 5–16–1–1 record.[4] Assistant coach Carter Foguth was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season before be given the role permanently at the end of the season.[5]

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLOTLPTSGFGAPIMFinishPlayoffs
North Iowa Outlaws
2005–0658183733914921914395th, CentralDid not qualify
2006–0762272966017419814464th, CentralLost in 1st Round
2007–0858381648019513712091st, CentralLost in 1st Round
2008–0958351857522917111072nd, CentralEliminated in Robertson Cup Round Robin
2009–105815376361472349155th, CentralDid not qualify
Coulee Region Chill
2010–115833205712041809822nd(T), CentralLost in Div. Finals
2011–126018357431622299964th, MidWestLost in Div. Semifinals
2012–136016395371572248496th, CentralDid not qualify
2013–1460312816318118110115th, MidwestDid not qualify
2014–156028239651761829874th, MidwestLost in 1st Round
2015–166033261671771658834th, MidwestLost Div. Semifinal
2016–176031272642202209204th, MidwestLost Div. Semifinal
2017–186017349431622146615th, MidwestDid not qualify
Chippewa Steel
2018–1960193834114922010196th, MidwestDid not qualify

Playoffs

  • 2007
First Round - Fargo-Moorhead Jets defeated North Iowa Outlaws 3-games-to-2
  • 2008
First Round - Springfield Jr. Blues defeated North Iowa Outlaws 3-games-to-0
  • 2009
First Round - Owatonna Express defeated North Iowa Outlaws 3-games-to-1
North Iowa Outlaws advance to Robertson Cup round robin as HOST
Robertson Cup Round Robin - North Iowa Outlaws (1-3) - Eliminated (L, 3-4 vs. Wild; L, 1-2 vs. Phantoms; L, 2-3 vs. Bobcats; W, 4-2 vs. Bandits)
  • 2011
Division Semifinals - Coulee Region Chill defeated Owatonna Express 3-games-to-1
Division Finals - Bismarck Bobcats defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-2
  • 2012
Division Semifinals - St. Louis Bandits defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-0
  • 2015
First Round - Minnesota Wilderness defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-2
  • 2016
Division Semifinals – Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-1
  • 2017
Division Semifinals – Janesville Jets defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-0

References


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