Chase Lewis #16, is 19 years old from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Before joining the Blades he played for the Faribault Falcons as well as the Hampton Roads Whalers. Chase plans to attend college in the future majoring in Business and would like to play hockey. He is employed by Colstrup Sod Farm and enjoys hanging out with his billet family.
The next 10 games are played away as the Blades take to the road. Our next home game will be Jan 22, 2015, when they return to take on the Forest Lake Lakers at 7:00 p.m., at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. This is also the 2nd annual Stick it to Cancer night so ensure you and your friends attend to raise awareness to cancer.
Doug Peterson resides in Owatonna and hosts player Chase Lewis, #16. Doug is retired and became interested in hosting a player due to the love of the sport. He is an avid supporter of the Blades and attends all home games and several away games.
We had over 1,000 attendees and raised over $3,000 for the Stick it to Cancer fund. All proceeds were donated to the local From the Heart Organization which raises fund for local families dealing with the disease. Their 7th annual From the Heart Half Marathon and 5k was held on May 2nd 2015. Check out their website for more details.
Additionally, Mike Oldenburg from Oldenburg Photography was on hand and took dozens of great photographs which you can view and purchase on his website. Simply click on the online ordering link to view the Blades Hockey January 16, 2015 gallery.
Long time rink announcer and current Blades Vice President Pete Kalan was the special honored guest at the Blades Stick it to Cancer night.
The Steele County Blades are looking for volunteer help on game nights. We need ticket takers, merchandising, chuck-a-puck helpers, ushers and camera operators. If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers and if you want to be added to the volunteer email list, please contact Eric Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-491-2195. Volunteering will reward you with free access to all Blades home games. This is the Blades way of saying "Thank You" to those who volunteer.
Blades Forward, Colton Sprenger #21(right) is from Clive, Iowa. He is 19 years old. He attends online classes through Iowa State University. He enjoys hanging out with friends in his free time. Colton has played with the El Paso Rhinos, Topeka Capitals, and the Iowa Wild AAA U18 prior to joining the Steele County Blades. He aspires to play college hockey.
Blades Forward, Gabe Martin #22 (left) is from Altoona, Wisconsin. He is 19 years old. He enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends in his free time. He came to us from the Iron Rangers, Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. He also aspires to play college hockey.
Blades Defenseman, Matt Loundagin #7 is from Casper, Wyoming. He is 18 years old. He attends online classes through Casper Community College. He enjoys hanging out with friends in his free time, and his hobbies include hunting and fishing. Matt has previously played junior hockey with the Casper Coyotes. Matt would like to play college hockey and major in engineering.
Erik Colstrup #14 and Soren Colstrup #26 are brothers from Ellendale, Minnesota, who reside with their parents. Erik, age 18, attends online high school classes and previously played for Owatonna High School. He plans to attend college and major in engineering. He enjoys fishing in his free time. Soren, age 19, previously played for the North Iowa Bulls and two teams within the North American Hockey League. He hopes to play hockey at the college level where he will major in journalism. He enjoys spending time with his brother, working, and fishing. Both boys promise there is no rivalry between them!
Blades Forward Kaleb Combs #17 is from West Valley City, Utah. He is 17 years old. He is a senior at Owatonna High School. He enjoys hanging out with friends and going to movies in his free time. Kaleb has previously played junior hockey with the Park City Miners. Kaleb would like to play college hockey and major in Business Management.
Blades Goalie Hunter Marsh #1 is from Dillon, Colorado. He is 20 years old. Hunter works at Jimmy Johns in his spare time. He enjoys hanging out with friends and tinkering on automobiles in his spare time. Hunter has played on several youth hockey teams to include the Lakers. Hunter aspires to attend college and acquire a business degree and would like to coach hockey sometime in the future.
Tony and Shelly Dunkin, who live in Waseca, host players Colton Sprenger #21 and Gabe Martin #22. Tony and Shelly are a new billet family for the Steele County Blades and were excited for a new experience. They became interested in hockey through watching their son Madison play with the Waseca Hockey Association. They indicate they enjoy having the young men in their home and love supporting the team.
Joel and Sue Will, who live in Waseca, host Matt Loundagin #7. Joel and Sue are a new billet family for the Steele County Blades and were excited for a new experience. They became interested in hockey through watching both their son and daughter play with the Waseca Hockey Association. Their son after graduation continued on by playing junior hockey. Joel and Sue said this experience is allowing them to pay it forward to an up and coming hockey player by being supportive while away from their home.
Tim and Ann Colstrup, parents of Soren and Erik, reside in Ellendale, Minnesota, where they own Colstrup Sod Farm. They have enjoyed watching their boys through youth hockey and are grateful both are playing for the Steele County Blades. Tim hopes to see his boys play at the collegiate level and express both are hard working hockey players. Tim and Ann are very supportive of their sons and enjoy watching them play.
Marge and Mike Steinbauer, who live in Owatonna, host Kaleb Combs #17 and Hunter Marsh #1. Marge and Mike are the billet coordinators for the Steele County Blades and have hosted several players in the past. The Steinbauers love attending the games and travel to several away games to support their players as well as the entire team. The Steinbauers are also board members for the Blades and spend a substantial amount of time promoting youth hockey in Southern Minnesota.