Idaho Jr. Steelheads

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

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 junior ice hockey team based in McCall, Idaho. The Jr. Steelheads currently play in the Northwest Division of the WSHL.

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

Home games take place at Manchester Ice & Event Centre in McCall, Idaho.[1] Also, a few select games occur at the 5,000-seat Qwest Arena in downtown Boise, home of the Idaho Steelheads ECHL team.[2]

The team is coached by former NHL Draft pick by the Colorado Rockies and former head coach of the Idaho Steelheads, John Olver.[3]

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.

History[edit]

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 winning the second game 3-2 in OT and the third game 2-1.[4]

2009 Strip Hockey Incident[edit]

The team received a four-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. An assistant coach told the AP the team was emulating a similar stunt done by the Tampa Bay Lightning[5][6]

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 six-team tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Statistics[edit]

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 Semifinals, 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 Semifinal, 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 Semifinal, 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 Semifinal, 1-0 (Monsters)
Lost Finals, 0-1 (Rhinos)
2014-15 46 42 2 2 86 290 74 822 1st of 7 Northwest
1st of 28 WSHL
Won Div Semifinals, 2-0 (Wolverines)
Won Div. Finals, 2-1 (Maulers)
Won Conf. Finals, 2-0 (Monsters)
??? League Finals, ?-? (Rhinos)

United Hockey Union National Championship Tournament[edit]

AAU Sanctioned Junior A National Championship
In 2013 and 2014, the MWJHL, NSHL, and WSHL advanced two teams each to the tournament.

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

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