Chicago Steel defenseman Ian Young is committed to play hockey at Colorado College following his USHL career.
The 18-year-old from Missouri City, Texas posted 14 points (2g, 12a) in 31 games for the Steel this season. In just his second USHL game, Young scored his first goal in the League, which was also the game-winner, in the 4-2 win over Team USA on November 27th, 2009. The defenseman then dished out a season high three assists in the 5-2 win over Omaha on February 13th.
Young was selected by the Steel in the sixth round of the 2009 USHL Entry Draft last May.
Six other USHL players from the 2009-10 season are committed to attend Colorado College; Eamonn McDermott (Fargo Force), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers), Dakota Eveland (Omaha Lancers), Alex Krushelnyski (Sioux City Musketeers), Jaden Schwartz (Tri-City Storm), and Scott Wamsganz (Waterloo Black Hawks).
A member of the WCHA, Colorado College had thirteen former USHL players on the roster during the 2009-10 season; Joe Howe (Waterloo Black Hawks), Scott Winkler (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Doug Leaverton (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Gabe Guentzel (Sioux Falls Stampede), Stephen Schultz (Lincoln Stars), Nate Prosser (Sioux Falls Stampede), Matt Overman (Sioux Falls Stampede), Nick Dineen (Sioux Falls Stampede), Tim Hall (Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets), Ryan Lowery (Lincoln Stars), Mike Testwuide (Waterloo Black Hawks), William Rapuzzi (Green Bay Gamblers), and Hudson Stremmel (Chicago Steel).
Colorado College is coached by Scott Owens who spent eight seasons as a head coach in the USHL. He led the Des Moines Buccaneers to the Clark Cup following the 1998-99 season. Owens also coached the Madison Capitols for four seasons (1986-90) earning USHL Coach of the Year honors during the 1987-88 campaign. He compiled a 261-129-10 record in his eight seasons behind the bench in the USHL.
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