Idaho Jr. Steelheads

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Idaho Steelheads
IdahoJrSteelheads Logo.png
City Boise, Idaho
League WSHL
Division Western Division
Founded 2009
Home arena Idaho Ice World
Manchester Ice & Event Centre
Qwest Arena

Blue, black, white, silver

Owner(s) Idaho Hockey Foundation Inc. 501(c)(3)
General manager John Olver
Head coach John Olver
Franchise history
2009 to Present Idaho Jr. Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads is a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior A ice hockey team based in Boise, Idaho. The Jr. Steelheads currently play in the Western Division of the WSHL.

Home games are split between the Idaho Ice World in Boise and the Manchester Ice & Event Centre in nearby McCall, Idaho.[1][2] Also a few select games at the 5,000-seat Qwest Arena in downtown Boise, home of the Idaho Steelheads ECHL team.[3]

The team was founded by Idaho Hockey Foundation Inc. in 2009. Idaho Hockey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. National Conference.

The team is coached by former NHL Draft pick by the Colorado Rockies and former head coach of the Idaho Steelheads, John Olver.[4]

The Jr. Steelheads, like their ECHL parent club the Idaho Steelheads, are named for a species of seagoing rainbow trout native to Idaho streams and rivers and popular with local anglers.


2009-2010 season[edit]

In The team's first season, the 2009-10 WSHL season, the Steelheads finished 2nd in the Western Division and clinched their first Thorne Cup playoff spot against the experienced Phoenix Polar Bears. The Jr. Steelheads won the first game of the three game series 5-3 but Phoenix rallied back winning the second game 3-2 in OT and the third game 2-1.[5]

2009 Strip Hockey Incident[edit]

The team received a 4 day ban from the city of Boise after an incident at a practice when players missed a shot, they had to take off an article of equipment. Assistant coach told the AP the team was emulating a similar stunt done by the Tampa Bay Lightning[6][7]

2013 Championship[edit]

On April 9, 2013, the Steelheads defeated the Bay Area Seals 5-1 to win the first ever United Hockey Union Junior ice hockey championship in a 6-team tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Season by season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2009-10 49 39 7 3 81 238 111 1168 2nd of 8 Western
3rd of 13 WSHL
Lost Div Semi Finals, 1-2 (Polar Bears)
2010-11 46 39 5 2 80 257 84 - 1st of 8 Western
1st of 13 WSHL
Won QuarterFinals, 2-0 (Rampage)
Won SemiFinals, 2-0 (Polar Bears)
Won Finals, 2-0 Rhinos
Thorne Cup Champions
2011-12 46 42 2 2 88 264 92 911 1st of 5 Mountain
2nd of 13 WSHL
Won Div SemiFinals, 2-0 (Mustangs)
Won Div Finals, 2-1 (Bison)
Won 2 games Round Robin (Monsters/Rhinos)
Won Semi Final, 1-0 (Ice Jets)
Won Finals, 1-0 (Rhinos)
Thorne Cup Champions
2012-13 46 44 1 1 89 256 100 1142 1st of 5 Northwest
1st of 22 WSHL
Won Div SemiFinals, 2-0 (Totems)
Won Div Finals, 2-0 (Spartans)
Won 2 games Round Robin (Monsters/Spartans)
Won Semi Final, 1-0 (Spartans)
Won Finals, 1-0 (Seals)
Thorne Cup Champions
2013-14 46 39 5 2 80 218 93 1227 1st of 6 Northwest
2nd of 24 WSHL
Won Div SemiFinals, 2-1 (Maulers)
Lost Div Finals, 0-2 (Mustangs)
Adv. to Thorne Cup as Wild Card (1-2)
Won Semi Final, 1-0 (Monsters)
Lost Finals, 0-1 (Rhinos)
League Finalist - AAU Qualifier

UHU Nationals[edit]

AAU Sanctioned Junior A National Champions
2013 & 2014 MJHL, NSJHL, & WSHL advance 2 teams each

Year Round Robin Record
Semi Final Game Championship Game
2013 W, Detroit Fighting Irish (MJHL) 4-3
W, Lake George Fighting Spirit (NSHL) 3-0
W, Hartland Hounds (MJHL) 5-1
1st of 6
W, Hartland Hounds (MJHL) 6-2 W, Bay Area Seals (WSHL)5-1
National Champions
2014 W, Hartland Hounds (MJHL) 3-0
SOW, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 3-2
OTL, Waterville Fighting Spirit (NSHL) 5-6
1st of 6
W, Waterville Fighting Spirit (NSHL) 6-1 L, El Paso Rhinos (WSHL) 3-6


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