Nate Looft, Nick Wieben, Tommy Michelsen Headed to Chippewa

By: Erica Koehler,

The Chippewa Steel’s training camp is beginning today and three New Ulm players are there looking to make the final roster.

“What I’m looking forward to most in Chippewa is just meeting a bunch of new friends and teammates, creating new relationships with a bunch of other hockey players. What I want to accomplish is just growing as a hockey player and as a leader, but most importantly try to make the team,” said Nate Looft.

Looft, defenseman, started the 2019-20 season with the New Ulm Steel before going back to captain the Mankato West High School team. With the Steel, he played in 18 games and contributed 11 points(5g, 6a). This season, Looft has played in the Steel’s first three games and has tallied two assists. 

“The start of the season has been going good despite our record being 0-3. I think we had a tough first game, but since then everybody in the locker room has progressed both as a hockey player and a person. Most importantly, it’s been very fun and I love being around all the guys there,” said Looft.

Nick Wieben, forward, also played in the Steel’s first three games this season, scoring two goals. Last season, Wieben played 25 games with the Steel, racking up 33 points. The other part of the season, he played for the Rochester Monarchs of the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). 

“My goal is to go to Chippewa and make the team and prove that I should play in that league and become a better hockey player every day,” said Wieben. 

Tommy Michelsen, forward, is new to the Steel this year. In his first three games here, he’s made a great impression.

“It’s been great developing under Coach Stepan. He’s really shown me the ropes for my first year of junior hockey. I’m looking forward to making a name for myself and helping the team succeed,” said Michelsen. 

The Chippewa Steel will begin their season Friday, November 6. Chippewa will also host an exhibition game against the Janesville Jets October 29.