Chicago Steel forward Jake Chelios has committed to play collegiate hockey at Michigan State University following his USHL career.
Chelios, 19, finished third in scoring for the Steel during the 2009-10 season with 34 points (12g, 22a) in 52 games. His three game-winning goals led the team. The Bloomfield Hills native tallied two points (1g, 1a), including his first USHL goal in just his second game, a 10-5 win vs. Team USA on Oct. 3, 2009.
Five other USHL players from the 2009-10 season are also committed to attend Michigan State University: Greg Wolfe (Omaha Lancers), Brent Darnell (Sioux Falls Stampede), David Johnstone (Indiana Ice), Andrew Sinelli (Sioux City Musketeers) and Willie Yanakeff (Waterloo Black Hawks).
At Michigan State, Jake Chelios will join his brother, Dean, who completed his freshman season with the Spartans in 2009-10 after a two-year USHL career (2007-09). The Chelios brothers are the sons of Chris Chelios, a veteran defenseman of 26 NHL seasons.
Michigan State is a member of the CCHA and had 13 USHL alumni on the roster during the 2009-10 campaign: Dean Chelios (Chicago Steel), Jeff Petry (Des Moines Buccaneers), Andrew Rowe (Sioux City Musketeers), Tim Buttery (Chicago Steel), Chris Forfar (Lincoln Stars), Dustin Gazley (Sioux City Musketeers), Jay Sprague (Indiana Ice), Anthony Hayes (Green Bay Gamblers), Matt Crandell (Sioux City Musketeers), Corey Tropp (Sioux Falls Stampede), Drew Palmisano (Omaha Lancers), Torey Krug (Indiana Ice) and Zach Golembiewski (Indiana Ice).
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