Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Chicago Sends Koehler Packing

Chicago has announced they have made Steve Poapst their new GM.

Bensenville, IL (November 12th, 2007) -- The Chicago Steel would like to formally announce that Head Coach Steve Poapst has taken on the additional role of General Manager for The Steel. Chicago made this change in part because of the resources they have available within their home rink, The Edge Ice Arena.

Steve’s knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and hands on way of teaching has allowed him to easily step into the role of Head Coach / General Manager.

The Chicago Steel Organization would like to wish Jason Koehler the best of luck in his future endeavors.




Awesome move by Chicago, as this team was going nowhere with Koehler as their GM. Chicago has plenty of talent this year and they have flashes of a great team, but they just come up short in the consistency department.


Here are some stats for you...

Wil Nichol coached the team for 2 seasons, both of which were playoff teams, including a division title. When he was fired, his combined record was 60-51-9.

As head coach and GM, Chris Imes had a record of 22-47-7.

With Imes as head coach and Jason Koehler as GM, Chicago had a record of 1-5-0.

With Steve Poapst as head coach and Koehler as GM, Chicago had a record of 11-37-2.

Jason Koehler's overall record with the Steel as GM: 12-42-2.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL...what a dork

Anonymous said...

Could Harkins be next in Ohio?????

Anonymous said...

i don't like harkins, but he brings in top notch talent. hate to admit it, but the gm is not the problem in ohio. send harkins to chicago and you'd have a winner, or get harkins a decent coach in ohio, either way.

Tim Hardsand said...

hahahahah

maybe he was paying too much attention to the boys in chicago....

harkins??? hahahahah

yeah top-notch.....

Anonymous said...

well harkins is not the answer...do you realize how much of a crook he is? That guy has been fired and sent packing more times then i can count. What has that man proved anywhere he has went? Do you also realize what it is like working in Chicago. The owners, all they do is come to the games or to the rink in General smelling like they just got done drinking grandpa's cough medicine all day. Maybe if they would sober up a bit they can actually make some good decisions with that organization. All it is for them is a tax write off. Surprised the Gino even allows that team to still operate. I have not ever heard one good thing come out an employee of the Steel working for that organization. I advise everyone to stay away! Last if Harkins brings in such great talent, then why in the hell did they go 13-40? I mean a guy could sit on the bench and not even say anything to the players the whole game and have a better record then that. This year I see they are on the same path with a whopping record of 2-7. Nice Job Gino for letting Doug Mclean suck up to you and even allowing this team to be where they are. I mean come on 450 people a night at there games!! That is a joke!

Mr Ricochet said...

Does anyone know what kind of coaching or management experience Poapst had before coming to Chicago? I looked him up on Hockey DB and they only showed stats from his playing career.

Also are the Chicago owners that bad? I've been bitten by the USHL bug and am going to a lot of Steel games. Will they be around for awhile and will they be competitive?

Anonymous said...

Wow, a blogging doofus who clearly knows very little about hockey outside of the fantasy realm. Go ask some college coaches and NHL scouts about the team Koehler put together in Chicago for Poapst who had ZERO coaching experience above the youth level. Can't blame the GM when the coach he's forced to deal with doesn't know how to coach at that level.

Anonymous said...

Yeah no kidding. Dude you do this blog and don't even realize what you write do you? Plenty of talent is a result of the GM doing his job properly. Coming up short in the concistency department is the job of the coach. Totally flawed logic on your part.

This is from Koehler's Steel bio that they took down but you can find on google images still. He has a pretty good track record.

"At all his Junior-A stops, Koehler has been responsible for scouting, evaluating and recruiting talent as well as drafting, signing, and trading players and all other player personnel decisions. In his five years of Junior A hockey experience prior to joining the Steel, Koehler has acquired 85 NCAA Division I college hockey players and had 15 NHL Draft picks on his rosters."