Host Family Applications Now Being Accepted

The Chippewa Steel Hockey team are currently searching for Host Families to fill a vital role in the organization’s success both on and off the ice.

Arriving in late August and staying through March, the players take an active role in many aspects of family life and are expected to respect the host family rules as well as those of the Steel.  The values and principles for success that are essential to become a member of the Steel will be demanded at the rink, in the home, in school and in the community.

Steel players make excellent role models for younger players aspiring to play at higher levels.  Players often will keep in contact with their host family long after they are done playing for the Steel. You possibly could be housing the next NHL star!

The application process gives the team the information we need to ensure the best possible fit, with a good pairing of player(s) and family.  The host family is compensated $300.00 per month/per player for groceries and expenses.  Host families will receive tickets for all Steel home games (played at the Chippewa Ice Arena).  Players will provide their own transportation and cell phones.

In compliance with league rules, all housing families must pass a criminal background check.

Contact Business Manager Jake Serwe at to begin the process.

Steel Name Carter Foguth As Assistant Coach

Chippewa Steel’s vice president of operations Bryant Black and head coach and general manager Al Rooney have announced the addition of assistant coach Carter Foguth for the 2018-19 season.

Foguth joins the Steel after spending four years with the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks Division I hockey team where he played in 144 games and served as the team’s alternate captain as a sophomore and the team’s captain during his junior and senior seasons. “We received numerous inquiries and did our proper due diligence and we just kept coming back to Carter,” said head coach Rooney. “I’m very enthusiastic about bringing him on board and believe he is going to be a great fit to work alongside me in accomplishing our goals on and off the ice.”

With the last few years of Foguth’s hockey career being spent in Mankato, assistant coach of the Mavericks Darren Blue said the following, “It’s exciting to see good people like Carter get into the coaching profession. His knowledge of the game, work ethic and leadership skills were very appreciated during his time as a player. I look forward to those same attributes fueling a successful career behind the bench as well.”

Foguth, a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, is no stranger to the junior hockey landscape. He played 45 games in the NAHL during the 2009-10 season followed by over 150 games played in the USHL where he spent his last season as captain for the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

When asked about the position, Foguth stated, “I am excited to be named the Chippewa Steel assistant coach and thankful the head coach AL Rooney and the Black family for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to helping players develop on and off the ice, establishing a positive culture and being a part of Chippewa and the surrounding area’s community.”

“We are excited and would like to welcome Carter to the Steel family. He will be a great fit in establishing the Steel brand right away.”

This is the Steel’s inaugural season in the NAHL and will kick off the recruiting period with a pre-draft camp in West Dundee, Illinios May 25-27.

Al Rooney Hired as First Head Coach in Chippewa Steel History

The Chippewa Steel, proud members of the North American Hockey League, are excited to announce that they have hired Al Rooney as the first head coach and general manager in the organization’s history. Rooney will take over the Steel, formerly the Coulee Region Chill, as they were recently purchased and relocated to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Rooney has spent the last couple seasons behind the bench in the NAHL. During the 2016-17 season, he was an assistant coach with the Lone Star Brahamas where they won the Robertson cup, and then most recently this past season with the Austin Bruins as an Associate Head Coach.
Prior to that, Rooney was a head coach in the NA3HL for the Texas Brahmas during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
Rooney reflected on his previous experiences and stated, “The past two seasons I’ve been fortunate enough to work for two of the top organizations in the league, alongside two of the best coaches in the league, and we’ve experienced a great deal of success together. With that said, I am most comfortable as a Head Coach, so I am excited to get back to being the guy who can lead the way and test myself in building a team to compete against some of the best in the country. The NAHL is a fantastic league with phenomenal coaches and players throughout so I am anxious to begin the challenge.”
In addition, Rooney added the following in regards to taking over as the Steel’s first head coach, “I’m grateful, humbled and excited for the opportunity provided to me by the Black family to be the first Head Coach of the Chippewa Steel. To have the chance to not only build a roster that can compete and win on the ice, but also be in a position to establish a foundation for the culture of the organization moving forward is a dream come true quite frankly. From everything I’ve heard so far, the community is real excited and behind the team so it should be a great all around experience for both the organization as well as the fans and people of the area.”
“We’re very excited and fortunate to have Al come on board as our Head Coach/GM,” said Steel owner Steve Black. “His playing experience, along with his head coaching and recent NAHL stops in Lone Star and Austin, are a huge plus for us. We have three goals that we have always stated with the Steel in past years, to win hockey games, to advance players to the next level and to be valued members within the community; we are confident Al will provide all that.”
In addition to owning the Chippewa Steel, Black is also owner of the New Ulm Steel in the NA3HL.