Boise, Idaho – Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Brad Ralph announced Tuesday that the Idaho Steelheads have received a trio of players – forward Taylor Vause and defensemen Hubert Labrie and Ryan Button – from their affiliates in Texas and Dallas.
Labrie and Button have been assigned to Idaho by the NHL’s Dallas Stars while Vause has been assigned to Idaho by the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Vause, 22, has skated in 62 AHL games with Texas since turning pro at the end of the 2011-12 season. He initially signed an ECHL deal with Idaho in the offseason but made Texas’ opening-night roster out of training camp and signed a new AHL contract last week.
Labrie, also 22, has appeared in 60 games in the AHL level and another 53 with Idaho over the past two seasons. Twenty-three of those games have come in the postseason for the Steelheads as he has been a key figure on Idaho’s blue line each of the past two postseasons.
Button, 22 as well, has played 65 AHL games and another 35 ECHL games since turning pro in March of 2011. He split last season between Providence of the AHL and South Carolina of the ECHL before being traded over the summer by the Boston Bruins organization to the Dallas Stars as part of the Tyler Seguin/Loui Erikkson trade.