Steelheads Sign Stutzel

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads announced that they have signed forward Mike Stutzel.

The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League.

The 26-year-old had 15 points (8g-7a) in 14 regular season games and one goal in four Kelly Cup Playoff games for Idaho in 2004-05 while also playing in the AHL with Utah where he had two assists in 52 games.

In his first professional season in 2003-04, the 6-foot-2 and 215-pound Stutzel played nine games in the NHL with Phoenix and had 24 points (12g-12a) in 62 games with Springfield of the AHL.

Team Press Release

2003-04 Springfield FalconsAHL 62 12 12 24 39 — — — — –2003-04 Phoenix CoyotesNHL 9 0 0 0 0 — — — — –2004-05 Utah GrizzliesAHL 52 0 2 2 16 — — — — –2004-05 Idaho SteelheadsECHL 14 8 7 15 8 4 1 0 1 6 NHL Totals 9 0 0 0 0 The Idaho Steelheads, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and AHL’s Iowa Stars, announced today the signing of forward Mike Stutzel for the 2005-2006 season.Stutzel, 26, scored 15 points, including eight goals, in 14 regular-season games with the Steelheads last season. In four playoff contests with the club, he tallied one goal. The 6’2”, 215-lbs. power forward led the team in scoring over the final 10 regular-season games, compiling 12 points. “Mike Stutzel likes Boise and he wants to be a part of this team,” Steelheads’ head coach and director of hockey operations, Derek Laxdal said, after inking the team’s eighth player for the upcoming season. “He had a great experience here last year at the end of the season and during the playoffs. He was a guy that we looked at when we started putting our team together. He’s a guy that wants to be here and that’s key.”