Newly appointed head coach of the Idaho Steelheads, Hardy Sauter, announced the club’s first two signings of the year on Friday. Forward Weston Tardy and defenseman Geoff Irwin have signed on with the Steelheads for the 2010-2011 season.
Tardy played with the Steelheads last season, scoring a goal and 18 assists in 50 games played. Irwin is still “new blood” for the team, after debuting late last season with Idaho. He played in eight games for the Steelies and put up two assists.
Here’s the team’s release:
(Boise, ID) – Idaho Steelheads head coach Hardy Sauter announced the team’s first two player signings on Friday as defenseman Weston Tardy and forward Geoff Irwin have inked with the ECHL club.
Tardy, 27, played with the Steelheads last season. He scored one goal and handed out 18 assists in 50 games for the National-Conference champions and was voted the team’s defenseman of the year by his teammates. He also skated in all fifteen of the team’s playoff games, handing out four assists and finishing the postseason with a plus-4 rating.
The 25-year-old Irwin made his professional debut with Idaho late last season after wrapping up his collegiate career. In eight games with the Steelheads, the Victoria, BC, native had two assists. Prior to that, he tallied 84 points (32 goals, 52 assists) in 117 career contests at Minnesota State.
The Steelheads open the regular season on October 15 when they host the Victoria Salmon Kings at Qwest Arena. Ticket plans for the 2010-2011 season are available right now, starting at just $275 per seat for all 36 home games during the regular season. Partial-season plans are also available. Contact the Steelheads front office at 208.383.0080 or log on to www.idahosteelheads.com for more information.