|2014–15 ECHL season|
|Home arena||CenturyLink Arena Boise|
Blue, black, white, silver
|Owner(s)||Idaho Sports Properties LLC|
|Head coach||Brad Ralph|
|Affiliates||Dallas Stars (NHL)
Texas Stars (AHL)
|1997–2003||Idaho Steelheads (WCHL)|
|2003–present||Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)|
|Regular season titles||2 (2002–03, 2009–10)|
|Division Championships||4 (2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2009–10)|
|Conference Championships||5 (2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07), 2009–10)|
|Kelly Cups||2 (2003–04, 2006–07)|
During the 2003–04 season and since the 2005–06 season the Steelheads have been an affiliate of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars. The Austin-based Texas Stars have been Idaho's AHL affiliate since the 2009–10 season. Home games are played at the 5,000-seat CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.
The Steelheads are named for a species of seagoing rainbow trout native to Idaho streams and rivers and popular with local anglers. Despite this, the original primary and alternate logos consisted of a puck bouncing off a hockey mask and the state of Idaho respectively. When the team underwent a rebrand in the 2006–07 season, a trout was included in Idaho's alternate. After the departure of the Victoria Salmon Kings in 2011, the Steelheads made the trout logo their new primary one.
West Coast Hockey League (1997-2003)
The Steelheads began play as part of a four-team expansion in the West Coast Hockey League in 1997, along with the Tacoma Sabercats, Phoenix Mustangs and Tucson Gila Monsters, which have all since ceased operations. Former New York Islanders defenseman Dave Langevin became Idaho's first head coach. During its inaugural season, in addition to its WCHL schedule the Steelheads played two exhibition games in Boise against the Russian Super League team CKA-Amur (now Amur Khabarovsk). The Steelheads finished third in the WCHL North Division in 1997–98, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Anchorage Aces (now the Alaska Aces).
Langevin left the team in 1998 and was replaced as head coach by former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk. Under Malarchuk the Steelheads were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 1998–99 and 1999–00.
In 2000, Malarchuk was succeeded as head coach by John Olver, who had coached the Tacoma Sabercats to the WCHL championship in 1998–99. The Steelheads reached the WCHL finals in 2000–01 and 2001–02, but were defeated by the San Diego Gulls and Fresno Falcons, respectively.
Although the Steelheads finished with the best record in the WCHL's final season in 2002–03, the Falcons eliminated them in the first round of the playoffs.
The Idaho Steelheads have been a member of the ECHL since 2003, winning the league's Kelly Cup championship in 2004 and 2007. They are one of only four active ECHL teams to win multiple league championships, alongside the Alaska Aces and South Carolina Stingrays with three championships each, and the Toledo Walleye (which was then known as the Storm prior to suspending operations in 2007 to build their new arena) with two. The Hampton Roads Admirals (now in the AHL as Norfolk) have also won three ECHL championships.
As of the end of the 2013–14 season the Steelheads have never missed the playoffs in either the WCHL or the ECHL.
In 2003, the WCHL was absorbed by the ECHL and folded. The Steelheads, along with several other WCHL-affiliated teams – namely the Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Fresno Falcons, Las Vegas Wranglers, Long Beach Ice Dogs and San Diego Gulls – became ECHL members beginning with the 2003–04 season. Idaho won the 2004 Kelly Cup in its first season in the ECHL, defeating the Florida Everblades in the Kelly Cup finals. The Steelheads were the first team to win the ECHL championship in its first year in the league since the Greensboro Monarchs won the title in the league's second season of operation (1989–90).
In 2004–05 the Steelheads were eliminated in the first round of the ECHL playoffs by the Long Beach Ice Dogs. Olver was succeeded as head coach by Derek Laxdal after the season. In 2005–06 Laxdal guided the team back to the playoffs, but they were eliminated in the second round by the Las Vegas Wranglers.
The Steelheads hosted the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game in Boise. Later that year the Steelheads won their second Kelly Cup by defeating the Stockton Thunder, Las Vegas Wranglers and Alaska Aces in the playoffs, and ultimately the Dayton Bombers in the league finals.
In 2009–10, the Steelheads clinched their first Brabham Cup (ECHL regular season title) with one week remaining in the season. They received a bye in the first round of the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs before sweeping the Utah Grizzlies in the conference semifinals and beating the Stockton Thunder in six games to win the National Conference championship to advance to their third Kelly Cup finals since joining the league in 2003. They met the Cincinnati Cyclones in the finals, but lost the series 4-1, with each game being decided by one goal.
Laxdal left the team after the 2009–10 season to accept the head coaching position with the major junior Edmonton Oil Kings. Although his replacement, Hardy Sauter, led the Steelheads to a playoff series victory against Las Vegas in 2010–11, he was let go after the 2011–12 season after the Steelheads failed to crack the 75-point plateau for the first time since the team's WCHL days. In June 2012, the Steelheads named SPHL Augusta RiverHawks head coach Brad Ralph as Sauter's replacement.
In Ralph's first season in Idaho the Steelheads advanced to the Western Conference finals, but were defeated by the Stockton Thunder in five games. In the first round of the 2013–14 playoffs, the Steelheads defeated the Colorado Eagles in six games, culminating in a quadruple overtime victory which set a record as the longest game in ECHL history. They were eliminated in the second round by the eventual champion Alaska Aces.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|1997–98||WCHL||64||27||30||-||7||61||253||275||2057||3rd, North||Dave Langevin||Lost in round 1, 1–3 (Anchorage)|
|1998–99||WCHL||71||31||34||-||6||68||265||298||2027||4th, North||Clint Malarchuk||Lost in round 1, 0-2 (Tacoma)|
|1999–00||WCHL||72||31||36||-||5||67||287||300||1943||4th, North||Clint Malarchuk||Lost in round 1, 0-3 (Tacoma)|
|2000–01||WCHL||72||47||21||-||4||98||293||244||1631||1st, North||John Olver||Lost in finals, 3-4 (San Diego)|
|2001–02||WCHL||72||47||17||-||8||102||288||213||1846||1st, North||John Olver||Lost in finals, 2-4 (Fresno)|
|2002–03||WCHL||72||52||16||-||4||108||267||186||1421||1st, WCHL||John Olver||Lost in round 1, 2-4 (Fresno)|
|2003–04||ECHL||72||40||23||-||9||89||219||208||1725||3rd, Pacific||John Olver||Won Kelly Cup, 4-1 (Florida)|
|2004–05||ECHL||72||42||23||2||5||91||223||183||1437||3rd, West||John Olver||Lost in round 1, 1-3 (Long Beach)|
|2005–06||ECHL||72||43||21||4||4||94||268||221||1650||3rd, West||Derek Laxdal||Lost in round 2, 3-4 (Las Vegas)|
|2006–07||ECHL||72||42||24||2||4||90||240||208||1621||2nd, West||Derek Laxdal||Won Kelly Cup, 4-1 (Dayton)|
|2007–08||ECHL||72||40||22||5||5||90||224||183||1492||2nd, West||Derek Laxdal||Lost in round 2, 0-4 (Alaska)|
|2008–09||ECHL||72||44||24||2||2||90||224||186||1361||2nd, West||Derek Laxdal||Lost in round 1, 0-4 (Victoria)|
|2009–10||ECHL||72||48||17||2||5||103||260||191||1361||1st, West||Derek Laxdal||Lost in finals, 1-4 (Cincinnati)|
|2010–11||ECHL||72||32||27||4||9||77||225||217||1124||2nd, Mountain||Hardy Sauter||Lost in round 2, 0-4 (Alaska)|
|2011–12||ECHL||72||31||32||2||7||71||194||236||1169||4th, Mountain||Hardy Sauter||Lost in round 2, 1-4 (Las Vegas)|
|2012–13||ECHL||72||45||20||1||6||97||262||198||1337||2nd, Mountain||Brad Ralph||Lost in conference finals, 1-4 (Stockton)|
|2013–14||ECHL||72||39||26||3||4||85||223||212||1418||2nd, Mountain||Brad Ralph||Lost in round 2, 1-4 (Alaska)|
All Steelheads games are broadcast on AM 1350 KTIK in Boise and have been since the 1997 inception of the franchise. KTIK and the Steelheads were under the same ownership until Citadel Broadcasting's 2002 purchase of the station. Will Hoenike is the voice of the Steelheads, and Jim "Stumpy" Monroe was the longtime producer of the Steelheads' talk shows and play-by-play from 1997 until his retirement in fall 2011.
Updated January 31, 2015.
|Head coach||Brad Ralph|
- 4: Jeremy Mylamok
- 22: Cal Ingraham
The Steelheads' most notable rivals are the Alaska Aces, and the Bakersfield Condors. These three teams are the surviving remnants of the WCHL, their common histories going back over 15 years. Three other WCHL refugees, the San Diego Gulls, Long Beach Ice Dogs, and Fresno Falcons have since folded.
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