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Chicago Crush Players Make Big Strides Towards Their Goals


Chicago Crush celebrate a big goal | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Chicago Crush celebrate a big goal | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

OAK FOREST, Ill. - The Chicago Crush are proving their commitment to developing top-tier hockey talent. In a remarkable display of success, 12 players from the Crush have recently achieved significant milestones in their careers by either committing to play for universities or moving up to the next division in the USPHL, the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC). This impressive feat highlights the Chicago Crush's dedication to their core pillars: Goals, Grit, and Guidance.


Goals: Turning Aspirations into Reality


For the Chicago Crush, each player's dreams are the driving force behind their relentless pursuit of excellence. The organization stands as a beacon of opportunity, providing the resources and support necessary to help players achieve their aspirations.


#26 Defenseman Jason Castaneda | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#26 Defenseman Jason Castaneda | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Jason Castaneda has been a standout forward for the Crush, tallying 26 points in 44 games during the regular season. His impressive performance on the ice has earned him a spot at Northern Illinois University, where he will continue to develop his skills and pursue his academic goals.


#12 Forward Kevin McKenna | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#12 Forward Kevin McKenna | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Kevin McKenna has shown his versatility and strength on the ice, accumulating 16 points in 42 games. His grit and determination have paid off, as he has committed to Wheaton College. McKenna's dedication to his development both on and off the ice exemplifies the support and guidance provided by the Crush.


Grit: The Heart of the Chicago Crush


Hockey demands resilience, determination, and unwavering dedication—qualities that the Chicago Crush instill in their players. This culture of grit has been pivotal in the development of their athletes.


#35 Goalie Chris Stamos | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#35 Goalie Chris Stamos | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Chris Stamos, a reliable goaltender, posted a commendable save percentage of 0.843 during the regular season. His ability to perform under pressure was highlighted in the playoffs, where he achieved a stellar 0.974 save percentage. Stamos will continue his journey at Davenport University, bringing his tenacity and skill to their hockey program.


#2 Forward Will Soldano | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#2 Forward Will Soldano | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Will Soldano, known for his two-way play, contributed significantly with 21 points in 33 games in the Elite division. His consistent performance and defensive skills have secured him a spot at Davenport University, where he will continue to build on his solid foundation.


Guidance: Comprehensive Player Development


Central to the Chicago Crush's philosophy is the belief that player development extends beyond the rink. With a player-first approach, the Crush ensure that every member receives personalized attention and guidance.


#27 Forward Jaden Yuknis | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#27 Forward Jaden Yuknis | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Jaden Yuknis has been a key player for the Crush, amassing 43 points in 44 games in the Elite division. His offensive capabilities and leadership qualities have led him to Northern Illinois University. Yuknis's journey demonstrates how the Crush's guidance helps players achieve their full potential.


#23 Defenseman Jonathan Wood | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#23 Defenseman Jonathan Wood | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Jonathan Wood has consistently demonstrated his playmaking abilities, recording 41 points over two seasons with the Crush. His commitment to excellence has earned him a spot at Saginaw Valley University, where he will continue to grow both as a player and a student.


Celebrating the Success of Our Players


The Chicago Crush's recent successes are a clear indication of the organization's ability to elevate players to the next level.



#4 Defenseman Nick Pagella | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#4 Defenseman Nick Pagella | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Nick Pagella has shown his dedication and resilience on the ice, which has been rewarded with a commitment to Miami of Ohio. His journey with the Crush has prepared him well for the challenges ahead.

#19 Forward Joe Gruber | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#19 Forward Joe Gruber | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Joe Gruber has proven to be a reliable and steady presence, contributing 31 points over three seasons. He will be taking his talents to Middle Tennessee State, ready to make an impact in their program.


#81 Forward Caden Day | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#81 Forward Caden Day | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Caden Day had an outstanding season, leading the team with 52 points in 44 games. His remarkable performance has earned him a promotion to the Mercer Chiefs in the NCDC, where he will continue to develop his impressive offensive skills.


#7 Defenseman Gavyn Polomchak  | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#7 Defenseman Gavyn Polomchak  | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Gavyn Polomchak has been a solid defenseman for the Crush, and his hard work has paid off with a commitment to the University of Tampa. Polomchak's dedication to his craft is a reflection of the Crush's development program.


#22 Captain Nick Zehelein | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#22 Captain Nick Zehelein | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Nick Zehelein, the captain of the Chicago Crush for the past two seasons, has been an exemplary leader both on and off the ice. His leadership and scoring ability, highlighted by his 35 points in 42 games this season, have earned him a spot at the University of Tampa. Zehelein's journey with the Crush has been marked by his relentless drive and commitment to excellence, making him a role model for his teammates.




#88 Forward Joey Coglianese | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#88 Forward Joey Coglianese | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Joey Coglianese has been an integral leader for the Crush Elite squad, playing a crucial role in their run to Nationals. With 38 points in 40 games in the Elite division, Coglianese's leadership on and off the ice has been invaluable. His commitment to Roosevelt University marks the next step in his promising career, where he will undoubtedly continue to lead and inspire.


Looking Ahead


As the Chicago Crush enter the 2024-25 season in the Premier and Elite levels of the USPHL Midwest-East & Midwest Divisions, they remain committed to their mission of developing the next generation of hockey stars. The achievements of their players are a source of pride and motivation for the entire organization. With a strong foundation built on Goals, Grit, and Guidance, the Chicago Crush are poised to continue their legacy of excellence and empower more players to reach their full potential.


Join us in celebrating the success of these remarkable athletes and stay tuned for more exciting developments as the Chicago Crush continue their quest to elevate the game and support their players' journeys to the top.


Goals. Grit. Guidance. This is the Chicago Crush.

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