Front Office


President/Owner – Steve Black

steveSteve is in his sixth year of ownership with the Steel Hockey Organization.  Steve is the current Vice President of Douglas Machine in Alexandria, Minnesota.  He has been an avid hockey fan for over 20 years as both of his sons played growing up.  Steve has been married to his wife Becky for nearly 30 years.  They have two kids, Bryant (General Manager of the Steel) and Bennett (Personal Trainer for Lifetime Fitness).  When time permits you can find Steve on the golf course with his family.

To the fans: “We appreciate each and every one of you.  Without you the Steel would not be possible. We look forward to putting on a great show for you and seeing you at the rink as the Steel make a quest for the NA3HL Championship.”



General Manager – Bryant Black

General Manager-Bryant BlackThe General Manager for the New Ulm Steel is Bryant Black.  Bryant received his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2010 and then later received his Master’s degree in Sport Management from Mankato in 2011. Bryant is in his sixth year with the Steel but this will mark his seventh season as part of the NAHL or NA3HL (spent two seasons within the Blizzard organization). Bryant, in addition, is the Head Men’s Golf Coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Reach Bryant at 



Digital Media Manager/Off-Ice Official – Erica Koehler

This is Erica’s third year with the Steel. Erica manages the Steel’s social media accounts and website content. She is also the team’s photographer. Erica is attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism online pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. In addition to working for the Steel, Erica is also a coach at the Mankato Figure Skating Club.

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Marketing/Game Day Operations – James McRae

This is James’ second year with the Steel. He is from Apple Valley, Minnesota where he played in the Apple Valley Hockey Organization for 12 years. James graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a minor in Marketing.

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Advertising Sales Representative – Eric Gramentz

Eric has been a resident of New Ulm for over 30 years. He has an associate degree in Marketing and Sales Management and a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement. Eric has been with the New Ulm Police Department since 2004 and has been working in law enforcement for 18 years. He has two daughters in New Ulm youth hockey and is a billet family for the Steel. Eric is also a retired USA hockey referee with 18 years of experience.

Please contact Eric at regarding advertising and sponsorship.



PA Announcer – Todd Pfaff