Crimson standout embarks on new hockey journey

by Bob San

After completing a senior season filled with historical achievements, Maple Grove graduate Dylan Steman is embarking on a new hockey journey.

Steman has committed to attend and play hockey at Michigan Tech University. But before he takes on the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, he will be heading to Cedar Rapids to earn his spot on the United States Hockey League Rough Riders team.

Dylan Steman in action for the Maple Grove hockey team during the 2012 season. (File photo by Rich Moll)
Dylan Steman in action for the Maple Grove hockey team during the 2012 season. (File photo by Rich Moll)

The USHL is a level before college that allows players to develop their game further to truly be ready to pursue their career as a hockey player.

“I decided to play in the USHL before college to allow myself to grow and mature as both a hockey player and a person before going to Tech,” Steman said. “I want to be over ready when I get there. My time in the USHL isn’t for sure yet, but I will play either one or two years.”

Steman is grateful he will be able to pursue his hockey dreams by playing in the USHL and then play college hockey with a “fine” university in Michigan Tech.

“I chose Michigan Tech because I really like the atmosphere there and I think the hockey program is going to do great things,” Steman said. “I really like the coaching staff and the way they do things. Also it is very important to me that I am wanted there, which I seem to be. Another thing that is very important to me is the academics. I plan on pursuing an engineering career and Michigan Tech has a great engineering program.”

Judging from his high school performances, there is little doubt Steman will excel at the next level both in hockey and academics.

Steman is from Hanover and attended Buffalo High School for one year before transferring to Maple Grove Senior High. Steman had a banner and historic senior season. He was a member of the Maple Grove football, hockey and tennis teams. Steman led the Crimson hockey to a second straight Northwest Suburban Conference championship and its first ever section crown and a trip to the school’s first state hockey tournament. In the spring, Steman again was part of history as he played on the tennis team that also earned the school’s first section title and state tournament berth.

Steman also was a strong student with a 4.0 GPA and graduated eighth in a class of 531.

“What makes Dylan special is that he accomplished everything he did while maintaining straight ‘A’ grades throughout high school and graduating with high honors,” said Maple Grove guidance counselor Janelle Gillis. “Not only was he a high level three-sport athlete, he was also an excellent role model.”

Steman has made his marks at Maple Grove High and is excited to begin the next chapter in his young life.

“Yes the lifestyle will be a big change but I think I am ready and I am looking forward to the experience,” he said. “My goals as a hockey player are to be as successful as I can possibly be. I don’t know what that is yet necessarily. Growing up it was my dream to be a professional hockey player and I plan to pursue that by working as hard as I possibly can. Getting a scholarship to a great school like Michigan Tech was a very big deal to me, but I don’t want to be content with just that. I want to be successful there.”