The Chicago Steel promoted Mike Garman from associate head coach to general manager, the 2021 USHL champions announced Wednesday.
Garman replaces two-time USHL GM of the Year Ryan Hardy, who was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to be their senior director of minor league operations. The Steel hired Garman as as an assistant coach in 2017 then promoted him to associated head coach in 2020. As GM, Garman will oversee the Steel’s hockey operations department, coaching and support staffs, roster and affiliate list.
“My goal is to continue to grow the highly successful approach we have developed in Chicago while further innovating to provide a world-class development experience for our players,” Garman said in a release.
Garman, a former goaltender, played junior hockey for the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL and Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL. He played three seasons at Cornell University before a three-year professional career. He spent his pro career in North America (ECHL, Central Hockey League) and Europe (Norway, Sweden and France).
Garman and head coach Brock Sheahan, who signed a three-year contract extension June 24, will search for a new assistant coach. Associated head coach Mathew Deschamps is the lone person on Sheahan’s staff.
New Role for Needham
The Steel also elevated Noëlle Needham from assistant GM to associate GM. Needham joined Chicago in 2020 after two years as a scout for the Maple Leafs. She will now oversee the Steel’s scouting department and staff.
“I look forward to continuing our work of providing a positive environment that players love to be in and building upon our strong culture of player development and winning,” Needham said.