Steel forward Connor Szmul has made the journey to the Midwest from Castle Rock, CO to pursue his dreams of playing hockey. Szmul has played club hockey in Colorado throughout his whole youth career, last year he was with the Coulee Region Chill, and now with the Steel.

Szmul hopes to play college hockey and if that doesn’t work out, he wants to go into meteorology. Looking back on the season so far, his favorite memory has been going up to Alaska with the team. Szmul talked about why he loves being a forward, “I like to get down into the dirty areas. Being a centerman you are all over the place, and I like to cause havoc”.

We asked Connor what was one piece of advice that you would tell your younger self, “Never give up. That has gotten me through the years. Being a smaller guy people have told me that you can’t play hockey and I would just say to never give up on your dreams,” said Szmul. We asked Connor a few more questions to get to know him even better.


Q: Favorite Movie?

A: Caddyshack

Q: If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life what would it be?

A: Taco Bell, my favorite thing to get is the Beefy 5 Layer Burrito

Q: What is your go-to pump up song before games?

A: Till I Collapse by Eminem

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: Italy, I have seen pictures and have had friends that have gone there and said it’s amazing

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: When guys get on each other in the locker room about things that don’t need to be addressed and that drives us apart.

Q: Fun fact about you?

A: I am a huge golfer. I almost quit hockey to pursue golf, but I just couldn’t get away from hockey.