The Chippewa Steel of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman  Gordan Whalen has committed to play NCAA Division 3 hockey for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Niles, Illinois played in 30 games for the Steel during the 2019-2020 season with 3 goals and 5 assists.

“We’re excited for Gordan to continue his education and playing career at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. He was a great teammate and leader for us and we look forward to watching him at the next level,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.



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