Chicago hired Jason Koehler to be in charge of the day to day operations of the Steel. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Forge, Youngstown Phantoms, and Sioux Falls Stampede. Jason coming in will let Chris Imes focus on coaching, which the team could really use.
“Bringing in someone of Jason’s caliber is proof that this organization has made a serious commitment toward upgrading the program,” Imes said. “His track record of scouting and developing Junior-A hockey players is second to none, and with him in place as GM, I will be able to focus all of my efforts on improving our play on the ice.”
“I’m very excited to be here,” Koehler said. “Chicago is a great hockey area. There’s a great local talent base here. There’s also a great regional base, and I feel very confident that we can make the Steel a hockey player factory. We will not accept anything less than high-level college prospects and pro prospects here in Chicago.”
There are quite a few hockey players that come from the Chicago area, it's just too bad they don't have any fans. Without fans, your franchise isn't going to survive long. If he won't accept anything less than high-level college prospects and pro prospects, then he will need to trade a bunch of current players on the roster now. Most of the players on the team now aren't high-level, more depth college prospects. Of course, there are a few who are high-level, but I don't see a bunch of kids wanting to play in Chicago. Playing in Chicago seems to take the wind out of a lot of sails of these kids.