Boise, ID – Head coach and director of hockey operations Hardy Sauter announced that the Idaho Steelheads have signed defenseman Dustin Friesen and forward Rob Pearce for the 2010-11 season. Before turning pro, the pair played together at the University of New Brunswick.
The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
The 27 year old Friesen was acquired in January by the Steelheads from the Utah Grizzlies and instantly became one of the team’s top players. He handed out 15 assists in 30 regular-season games with Idaho and cemented a spot in the team’s top defensive pairing.
Pearce, also 27, spent last season with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign. In 46 games, Pearce had 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists). He had a goal and two assists in five contests against Idaho. He and Friesen were teammates on the 2007 CIS University Cup championship team with New Brunswick, with Pearce scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of the title game.