The New Ulm Steel is proud to announce that Dawson Schwengler has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Marian University.
“Marian is a smaller campus. The most kids I’ll have in a class will be around 26, so it will be a great opportunity to learn from a professor talking face-to-face and not to an auditorium of 300 strangers. It’s a place where everyone knows everyone, and they all want you to succeed. The hockey program has been very successful over the years. I believe they haven’t had a losing season in 20+ years. The coaches are great people and coming from the current players I met, their coaching styles are just as great. I look forward to a very successful four years,” said Schwengler.
Schwengler, a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, moved around a lot this season, playing for the Johnstown Tomahawks, the Corpus Christi IceRays and the Chippewa Steel before making his way to the Steel. Schwengler contributed three points in seven games played with the Steel.
“After being shipped around a lot this year I really found a family with the Steel. With the entire year being filled with moves and trades coming into a place that had a winning culture and a team that knew how to have fun was exactly what I needed. I remember after our last weekend in Peoria I asked coach Stepan to talk outside and I just told him that he and coach Campbell really made hockey fun for me again. They let me have freedom on the ice and let me play my game. I’m forever thankful that this year ended under those two. They really helped me remember that hockey is supposed to be fun. The team took me in with open arms. I played with a lot of teams this year but not one being as close knit as this one. Everything about this team was exactly what I needed to end my junior career,” said Schwengler.
Prior to his circulating 2019-20 season, Schwengler spent two seasons with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and a brief stint with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League. He spent his high school years at Eau Claire Memorial High School and during his senior year, he played 20 games in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League for Team Wiscinsin.