The Chippewa Steel of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that forward  Connor Szmul has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for University of Alabama-Huntsville of the WCHA.

The 5’8/155 lbs. native of Castle Rock, Colorado currently leads the team with has 16 goals and 20 assists in 31 games on the season. During the 2018-19 season, Szmul, 20, recorded 30 points.

“Committing to play Division 1 hockey has been a dream of mine for a very long time and I couldn’t be more excited to get started at the University of Alabama- Huntsville next season,” stated Steel Forward Connor Szmul.

He appeared in 57 games for the Coulee Region Chill prior to coming to Chippewa where he recorded 7 goals and 11 assists. In his 143 career NAHL games, he has 39 goals and 45 assists.

“We’re happy for Connor and his family during this exciting time. He has worked hard for his commitment and has been a huge part of our success. He is very deserving and we’re proud to have him take the next step in playing D1 hockey,” stated Steel Head Coach Carter Foguth.

Szmul is the fourth Steel player with an NCAA Division 1 commitment, joining teammates Jaden Grant (Bowling Green State University), Zane Demsey (Michigan State University) and Jacob Dirks (Ferris State University).

The Steel return to Chippewa on January 24th and 25th for a weekend series against the Austin Bruins. Friday night’s game promotion is $2 Beer Night presented by Miller Lite. Saturday night is Guaranteed Win Night. For tickets call 715-861-2131 or visit


The Chippewa Steel are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model.  The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. Notable Alumni of the NAHL include Ryan Suter (MIN), Patrick Kane (CHI) and Phil Kessel (ARI) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit