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CHICAGO STEEL OF THE UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES OWNERSHIP CHANGE AND NEW LEADERSHIP Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 21 May 2015  
By: John Egan


Dan Muse, Yale University Associate Head Coach, to be Named Head Coach of the Chicago Steel

BENSENVILLE, IL (May 21, 2015) " The Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL) is pleased to announce that Larry Robbins, a Chicagoland native, professional investor and hockey enthusiast has entered into an agreement to purchase a majority interest in the team, subject to approval by the USHL. Existing owners Bruce Liimatainen and Mike Greenberg will retain a minority ownership stake and will continue to provide leadership and guidance.

Concurrent with the ownership change, the Chicago Steel is also pleased to announce the following appointments to the leadership of the Steel:

  • Head Coach: Dan Muse
  • General Manager: Ryan Bennett
  • President of Hockey Operations: Mark Lotito
  • Vice President of Hockey Operations: Vinny Smith
  • Vice President of Hockey Operations: Jamie Cahill

On behalf of our group of committed hockey professionals who will join the leadership of the Steel, we are honored to become members of the strong community of owners and professionals in the USHL who provide the premier development experience in junior hockey for those continuing on to college and professional hockey careers, said Larry Robbins. I am thrilled to invest in my two first loves " hockey and the Chicagoland area " and I hope to build upon the strong foundation established by Bruce and Mike to develop the skills and character strengths of these phenomenal young hockey players. Our culture of commitment, preparation and team excellence are best exemplified by the accomplishments and approach of our new Head Coach, Dan Muse, and we will fully support his efforts to build a successful and strong developmental culture.

Dan Muse joins the Chicago Steel after six years as an assistant at Yale, most recently as Associate Head Coach, including an NCAA National Championship in 2013, and has been an assistant coach for Team USA at the past two World Junior Championships including a gold medal in 2013. Under the strong mentorship of Keith Allain, Dan has emerged as a tireless and innovative leader in player development both on and off the ice.

I am extremely honored and excited for the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Chicago Steel, said Dan Muse. The USHL has become the premier league for player development in junior hockey and the Chicago area has some of the most passionate and devoted hockey fans in the country. The chance to coach in this league, in this city, and within an organization with so many driven and dedicated people is a dream come true. We will be working extremely hard to give every player that wears the Chicago Steel jersey all the resources and teaching we can so that they can reach their full potential. We will be developing a brand of hockey that we believe the hockey fans in Chicago will be very excited about.

The Steel look forward to building upon the momentum established last season, earning a winning record under the late season leadership of Coach Dan Boeser. The pending ownership group, additional hockey executives and the current professional team at the Chicago Steel are committed to building on the strong culture of winning hockey and adrenaline pumping entertainment that permeate the Chicagoland hockey community.

About the USHL

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nations only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the worlds foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

About the Chicago Steel

The Chicago Steel, founded in 2000, finished the 2014-2015 USHL season with a 30-27-3 record. The Chicago Steel is proud of their strong development history in assisting 184 alumni to earn college commitments over the last 15 years.

About Coach Dan Muse

Dan Muse spent six years coaching at Yale University under Head Coach Keith Allain, including four seasons as Assistant Coach and two seasons as Associate Head Coach. His responsibilities included four years with forwards and penalty kill, two years with defensemen and recruiting, pre-scouts and on-ice execution of practices throughout. While Dan was at Yale, the team earned ECAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships, Four Ivy League Championships, Four NCAA Tournament berths and the NCAA National Championship in 2013. The team led the nation in team defense and penalty kill percentage last season. Dan was video coach of the United States National Junior Team in 2013 and 2014 under Head Coaches Phil Housley and Don Lucia and the team earned a Gold Medal in 2013. Dan served as assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, Williams College and Milton Academy for two seasons. He played his college hockey at Stonehill College and is excited to move to the Chicago area with his wife Maureen and daughters Fiona and Niamh.

About Larry Robbins

Larry Robbins is the Founder and CEO of Glenview Capital Management, which was ranked as the #1 performing Hedge Fund by Barrons in both 2013 and 2014 and by Bloomberg Magazine in 2013. He serves as Chairman of KIPP NYC and Relay Graduate School of Education, Vice Chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation and a Board member of Zearn and TFA NY. Larry played youth hockey for the Glenview Allstars and captained his teams at Buffalo Grove High School and the University of Pennsylvania. Larry lives in New Jersey with his wife and four sons.




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