Behind the ECHL Benches – Neil Graham, Idaho Steelheads

Neil Graham is in his third season as Steelheads’ head coach and director of hockey operations after being named to the position on Aug. 7, 2015. Graham has led the Steelheads to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons as head coach, with the Steelheads finishing third in the Mountain Division in 2016-17 and second in the West Division during his first season.

 

Graham served as Idaho’s full-time assistant coach during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons after serving as a player/coach for the Steelheads during the 2012-13 season. At 32-years-old, Graham is the youngest head coach In Steelheads history and also the second-youngest bench boss currently in the ECHL. Under Graham, the Steelheads have ranked second in the league penalty-killing percentage each of the past two seasons, and they ranked fourth in his final year as assistant coach. Graham led the Steelheads to one of their best statistical seasons in the ECHL era in 2016-17, earning 43 wins and 93 points, tied for the fifth-most wins and fifth most points for a Steelheads team in the ECHL era. Graham’s squad was tied for sixth place in the ECHL’s overall league standings in 2016-17.

 

The Calgary, Alberta native is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where he played hockey for four seasons before turning pro. He split three seasons between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League, scoring 98 points (42g-56a) in 113 professional games.

 

 

Coaching Record


Reg. Season




Playoffs


Season
Team

GmsWLT
Gms
W
L
2015-16Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) 72382410 734
2016-17Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)7243227514
 ECHL Totals
 144814617 1248