Steel acquire Sam Wenner

NEW ULM – When Sam Wenner was a senior in high school playing hockey for Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter/Tri-City United, he led the state in scoring with 55 goals and 39 assists for 94 points.

“It was great to lead the state in scoring,” Wenner said. “Everyone knows who you are.”

Wenner also remembers playing New Ulm in hockey. In fact, his senior year the Bulldogs and Eagles shared the then-South Central Conference hockey championship.

After high school, Wenner was drafted by the Coulee Region Chill in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a Tier II NAHL team.

“It was an up-and-down situation,” Wenner said about playing for the Chill. “I started out well but then lost a lot of confidence. I bounced around and went to teams in Richfield, to Austin, back to Richfield and then to the La Crosse Freeze. I then went back to the Chill and that is when I got traded to the Steel.”

Wenner was traded to the New Ulm Steel and in fact, he asked for the trade.

“I’m from St. Peter – I am now only 25 minutes away,” Wenner said. “When I found out that I was being traded here it was fantastic. I had everything packed up and waiting.”

The trade to New Ulm is also especially nice for his parents, who now have a lot shorter distances to drive to watch their son play hockey.

“They love it,” he said. “Now they do not have to go down every weekend and spend the money for a hotel.”

Wenner will wear No. 26 for the Steel and is looking for his first goal as a member of the team.

“I hope that it comes this Friday,” he said.

The Steel host the La Crosse Freeze, Wenner’s old team.

“It would be a good moment because I know all of the players on that team,” he said.