Dodero returns for fourth season with Steelheads

Boise, Idaho – Idaho Steelhe12gads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Charlie Dodero. Dodero prepares for his fifth professional season, and fourth in Idaho, making him the longest-tenured Steelheads defenseman on the current roster.

The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars and the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.

Dodero, 24, is in his second stint with the Steelheads, having played in Idaho for 77 games from 2013-15 and then returning to Boise to appear in 60 games last season. In 2016-17, the Bloomingdale, Ill. native posted 15 points (4g-11a) to go along with 97 penalty minutes. Dodero also had two assists in Idaho’s five-game playoff series against the Colorado Eagles. 

In 137 career games as a Steelhead, Dodero has totaled 46 points (11g-35a), as well as seven points (1g-6a) in 16 playoff games.

Dodero has played 227 professional games. In addition to his time in Idaho, he has played two stints in Greenville, totaling 44 games between stops in 2013-14 and 2015-16. Dodero has also played 44 games in the American Hockey League for the Syracuse Crunch split between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, totaling a five points 1g-4a) and a +5 rating.

Dodero played four seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League from 2009 -13. In 248 games with Kitchener and Sudbury, Dodero recorded 69 points (11g-58a) and 286 penalty minutes. He served as an alternate captain from 2011-13 in Sudbury.