MN Players Find Junior Hockey Home in Owatonna
The Steele County Blades roster is filled with players from around the country and world, but Minnesota players are also making their impact with the team, which is in its eighth year of hosting games at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.
Steele County hosts the Dells Ducks Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. The puck drops at 7 pm each night. Friday is a Cow Bell Night, with the first 100 hundred fans receiving a free cow bell.
Saturday the team will host a Teddy Bear Toss, sponsored by Rhino. Bring a stuffed animal and throw it on the ice after the first Blades goal. The toys will go to children in need. There will be an autograph session afterward.
Goalie George Maguire of St. Paul and Cretin-Derham Hall knew he wanted to keep playing hockey past high school and was happy this opportunity came along. He says the intensity is similar to what he felt playing prep hockey but there is more offense with the US Premier Hockey League. He enjoys the immersion into the game, "Everyday is hockey and that's all we do."
Maguire says his sister played goalie and that's what interested him the position as a youngster and it has grown into a passion, "I always like when you make a really good save, the face the guy makes on the other team. It's kind of funny." [Click on his name below for the full interview.]
Forward Trevor Daly of Roseville is back with the Blades after spending some time with a college club team in Montana. He says he missed the grind and mix of players from different cultures, "It's more physical. Players are bigger, stronger, faster. We've got four Russians on the team this year. It's fun to play with those imports. It's a different environment. There's nothing else like it anywhere." [Click on his name below for the full interview.]