The Chippewa Valley has a rich history of railroads dating back to the late 1800’s. Construction of these rail systems was abundant throughout the area and became a popular mode of transportation for goods as well as passengers. The Chicago and Northwestern systems connected the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Chippewa Steel Hockey team was announced in April of 2018 as a new addition to the North American Hockey League. The name of the team pays tribute to the workers who constructed steel railroads that connected the Chippewa Valley to area cities near and far. The NAHL 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, Patrick Kane, and Phil Kessel.
The Chippewa Steel and the NAHL are not just known for the advancement of players. The league provides an opportunity for all 26 cities it operates in to give families, kids and elderly the chance to enjoy family-friendly entertainment at an affordable price. The Steel play 28 home games from September to April each season.