Behind the ECHL Benches – Hardy Sauter, Idaho Steelheads

Hardy Sauter is in second season as head coach and director of hockey operations for Idaho having been named to the position on July 27, 2010. Sauter came to Idaho after spending the previous three seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. He was an assistant coach in 2008 when the Chiefs won the Memorial Cup, the grandest prize in all of major-junior hockey. He spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons as the team’s head coach, compiling a record of 91-45-8 and reaching the WHL playoffs in each season.


The Maryfield, Saskatchewan, native was named to the Central Hockey League’s “All Decade” second team following a long playing career with the Oklahoma City Blazers that still has him ranked in the league’s all-time top ten in games played (590), assists (527), and points (669). He was named a CHL All-Star in each of his nine seasons with Oklahoma City and skated in 590 of a possible 598 games. He also was a two-time winner of the CHL Defenseman of the Year award (1997 and 1998). Sauter also played one year with Tallahassee of the ECHL in 1995-96. Sauter and his wife, Heidi, are parents of one daughter, Jessica. 

Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms. W L T Gms. W L
2008-09 Spokane (WHL) 72 46 23 3 12 7 5
2009-10 Spokane (WHL) 72 45 22 5 7 3 4
2010-11 Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) 72 32 27 13 9 3 6