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Steiner ’09 signs pro contract with French team

Former Hobart hockey defenseman Michael Steiner ’09 recently signed a professional contract with Les Bisons of Ligue Magnus, the top hockey league in France. He played in 94 games for the Statesmen over the past four seasons, scoring nine goals and assisting on 17 more.

Steiner already has a bit of French hockey experience. The Statesmen traveled to France and Switzerland this past January, playing four games against French teams, including three squads from Ligue Magnus.

Les Bisons are located just outside of Paris. The team begins training camp in mid-August.

“The trip to France was one of the most memorable times of my college career and all I could think about was playing for a pro team in France,” Steiner says. “I felt comfortable with the life style in Europe and I believe I will fit in well.”

On the ice, Steiner earned Hobart’s 2009 D. Michael Hazelton ’85 Memorial Award as the team’s most improved player. He was the Statesmen’s No. 2 scoring defenseman with four goals and nine assists, while the Hobart D ranked 11th in the nation, allowing just 2.27 goals per game. During his collegiate career, Steiner helped the Statesmen earn three NCAA Tournament bids, including two trips to the national semifinals, and an overall record of 72-31-9 (.683). Hobart was 21-7-2 in 2008-09, program records for wins in a season and winning percentage (.733).

A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Steiner was an exceptional student at Hobart, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in May. The three-time ECAC West All-Academic selection was considering applying to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine or The Ohio State University College of Dentistry before signing his pro contract.

“Getting accepted to a medical school or dental school was my goal after graduating college, however, with this once in a lifetime opportunity to get paid to play the sport that I love, I couldn’t pass on playing hockey,” Steiner says. “When my career is over, I plan to enter into one of the health professions.