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Steelheads add first two players


BOISE, Idaho -
Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Brad Ralph announced that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman James Isaacs and forward Grant Blakey.

Isaacs, a third-year pro from Victoria, British Columbia, re-joins the Steelheads after spending the second half of the 2012-13 season in Idaho. The 23-year-old came to Idaho after opening the season in the Southern Professional Hockey League and quickly proved that he belonged by finishing in the top-15 among ECHL rookies in plus/minus rating at +15, including a pair of games where he chipped in a +4. He added a third +4 in Game 1 of Idaho’s first-round playoff series against Colorado, the highest single-game plus/minus rating of any Idaho player in the 2013 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Blakey, 24, is entering his first professional season after wrapping up his college career at Mercyhurst University. As a senior, Blakey notched 30 points (13g-17a) in 41 games and led the team – finishing eighth nationally – with five game-winning goals. He wrapped up his college career with 96 points and a +34 rating in his four seasons at Mercyhurst.