Chicago Steel head coach Jon Waibel was relieved of his duties Thursday morning.February 25 2011 at 10:08 AM
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McConnell Named Interim Head Coach
Story By: Steve Newton
Bensenville, IL (February 24, 2011) - Chicago Steel head coach Jon Waibel was relieved of his duties Thursday morning. Waibel, who was named head coach in early September, compiled a 9-27-7 record with a team that was hampered by injuries all season. For the past five seasons, Waibel has been a great mentor to the players and an excellent leader in the community. The entire Steel organization wish coach Waibel the best of luck in his future coaching endeavors, and thank him for his hard work, dedication and loyalty that he has given to the Steel.
Assistant coach Scott McConnell will take over as interim head coach when the Steel host Indiana on Friday. McConnell is no stranger to coaching in the United States Hockey League. He spent three seaons with the Indiana Ice as an assistant coach, before moving on to Des Moines for the 2008-09 season. McConnell joined Chicago's coaching staff last October after spending 2009-10 as the video coach with the Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League. He served in the same capacity with bronze medal winning Team USA at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY.
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|February 25 2011, 10:21 AM |
Posted Yesterday, 06:37 PM
"I don't know if you can meet a nicer guy than Jon. That alone and with him being young and around hockey for so many years IMO will prove to be what will assure Jon lands on his feet. A great guy who I personally wish the best for in the future. Best of luck Jon.
I'm real glad as a fan that they gave McConnell the interim tag. No need to rush and why not get a look at how he does in the final 17 games. Good luck Scott.
To be honest this team has made so many moves, traded so many draft picks and traded for future considerations that I have zero idea how many draft picks they have next year, but I know they are short. As I've mentioned all along this will be a season to forget but my big concern was wrecking the team for a couple more years by trading away the future for this year.
Time will tell. "
from finish your check website.
Jon may be a great guy but hard to feel for the guy who has moved players around the league without a thought for them. Guess what goes around has come around for him. He may have a history of being involved with hockey but he made a mess of the opportunity he was given and like the players he moved he needed to be moved out of the job. Everyone rises to the level of their incompetence and he certainly was unable to handle the job of GM and Coach.
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|February 26 2011, 7:47 AM |
McConnell's debut was the worst loss of the season for the Steel.
from finish your check bloggerNo score for this post
|February 26 2011, 9:00 AM |
Posted Yesterday, 11:13 PM
Steel lose 9-1, Wilson gives up 6 goals over 39:59 of play time, Colin Brennan gives up 3 over 20 minutes, Alex Kubiak scores the lone goal. Jay Camper and Joel Benson didn't dress. Tucker Brockett is now wearing an A for the Steel. And Theo DiPauli doesn't have his name on the red jersey.
A few times in the first period, McConnell forgot how many skaters to send out (5 on a PK, 4 at full strength). With Joel Benson out, Garrett Allen and Tim Weber saw time on D. The only other scoring chance that came close for the Steel other than Kubiak's PP goal was a shot that was barely off the post by Sam Povorozniouk, which looked to be as much a goal as Bryan Bickell's goal against Columbus a week or so ago.
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|February 27 2011, 1:22 PM |
There will be a new head coach next year too. If anyone has a kid on the team or houses a kid they would not feel the same way as the previous post feels. The players didn't respect Jon, he was a joke. The players didn't even want to play for him--they were asking for trades. Don't stand up for the guy until you get both sides of the story. JW spent about 15 minutes a day on the ice coaching--everyone else did his job. Joke at the junior level.
JW as coachNo score for this post
|March 21 2011, 6:00 AM |
JW was a hard working coach/GM who got placed in a situation created by Poppers.
These may be the most under preforming 25 kids to ever play in the USHL. They should have a good career in a good division 2 school, get a good education, and then move on to real life. For almost all of them, this is probably the end of their hockey ride. 2 coaches and only 9 wins. It's hard to blame the coaches.
Re: JW as coachNo score for this post
|March 21 2011, 12:41 PM |
When you draft poorly year in and year out the result is nine win's.
1990's,91's and 92's must produce to have a decent team.
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|March 22 2011, 5:27 AM |
The owner did fire the head scout over his poor selections.
JW worked very hard as a coach. It was just bad karma that he got a group of players that didn't work well as a team. The better players got their trade and seem to be playing well for their new team. The rest are still here and need to develop here. Other teams have watched them play and the remaining "team" with their 9 wins (with the exception of Connor, you can't blame him for the poor play in front of the net) aren't going anywhere.
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Housing parentNo score for this post
|March 24 2011, 1:07 PM |
Not going anywhere?
Brockett Air Force
Provorozniouk NTDP or OHL
Turner NTDP ?
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Re: Housing parentNo score for this post
|March 24 2011, 8:33 PM |
If you believe half those kids will ever see a regular shift in college...I've got a bridge you may want to buy. The Waterloo game was lights out for the hockey careers of at least 15 of the stiffs who dressed. No skill, no effort, no character. And Waterloo is having an off year!That's what happens when roster spots are for sale.
Re: Housing parentNo score for this post
|March 24 2011, 8:36 PM |
Here' an interesting question: who wins Steel vs Hitmen? Close game.
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|March 25 2011, 7:10 AM |
Triumphant Ten for Waterloo Black Hawks Over Chicago SteelNo score for this post
|March 25 2011, 8:05 AM |
Triumphant Ten for Waterloo Black Hawks Over Chicago Steel
By Aaron Hepker
Story Created: Mar 24, 2011 at 7:55 AM CDT
BENSENVILLE, Illinois - John Siemer had the best offensive night of any USHL player this season, scoring four goals and contributing three assists in a 10-0 victory against the Chicago Steel Wednesday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois.
No player in the league had more than three goals or five points in a game during 2010-2011 prior to Wednesday. The outburst ended an 18-game stretch for the Baldwin Park, California native without a goal.
Siemerís first marker came with the Hawks up 1-0 at 15:37 of the first, when he found a rebound after a two-on-two rush. His goal to cap a two-on-one at 2:03 of the second made it 3-0. Siemer added consecutive scores at 13:14 and 15:40 of the final period.
One of the few goals Siemer did not have a hand in was the opening tally, on the power play, by Gunnar Hughes, banging in a rebound 3:22 into the game. Jamie Hill, Aaron Pearce, and Max Edson also contributed power play scores as Waterloo went four-for-nine on the advantage. Alex Guptill and Dan McNamara each found the net at even-strength during a six-goal third.
On the other side of the ice, Jay Williams stopped all of the chances he faced. Williams made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season. The victory ties the Hawks with the Youngstown Phantoms for the USHLís final playoff position. Both teams have 47 points; the Hawks have seven games remaining, while Youngstown plays eight more times.
Waterloo meets another conference opponent on the road Friday with a visit to the Muskegon Lumberjacks concluding a stretch of three straight away from home. The Hawks return to Young Arena Saturday to host the Dubuque Fighting Saints at 7:05. Lucky fans can win a share of $1,000 in gift certificates from Waterloo Golf Headquarters.
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