The United States Hockey League announced that Steel forwards Brendan Brisson and Matthew Coronato were named to the 2020 All-USHL Rookie Teams. Brisson was recently awarded the USHL Rookie of the Year and named to the All-USHL First Team. He awarded First-Team honors while Coronato was named to the Second Team.
“As a staff we are excited to have both Brendan and Matthew recognized by the league for their efforts this season.” Said Steel Head Coach Brock Sheahan. “They both took tremendous steps on and off the ice in their development and were impact players for us in their first full years in the league. Again, these awards speak to the work that Brendan, Matthew and the rest of their teammates put in every day as members of the Chicago Steel.”
Brisson is a University of Michigan commit. He led league rookies and ranked second in the USHL in scoring with 59 points (24G, 35A) in 45 games played He scored a hat trick and a helper in a 9-5 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms on Dec. 28. He was named the USHL forward of the week during the 2019-20 campaign (Nov. 19, 2019 & Jan. 22, 2020) and posted 18 multi-point outings this season.
Coronato is a native of Huntington, N.Y. He totaled 40 points (18G, 22A) over 45 games during the 2019-20 campaign, the fourth-most among USHL rookies. He is committed to Harvard University-bound forward reached the scoresheet in a season-best nine consecutive games (7G, 7A) from Feb. 14-March 7. The 5-foot-9, 177-pound forward scored four multi-goal outings this year with a season-best three point game (2G, 1A) on Feb. 16 in a 10-3 win over the US National Team Development Program.
Brisson was ranked 20th on NHL Central Scouting’s final North American skaters list. He becomes the seventh player in Chicago Steel franchise history to be named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team. The previous were Oskar Autio, Robert Mastrosimone – 2018; Dennis Gilbert – 2015; Robby Jackson – 2014; Brett Kostolansky – 2009; Brian O’Neill – 2008.