Boise, Idaho – Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham has added the first defenseman to his roster for next season, announcing that Joe Faust will be back in Boise for the 2017-18 season.
The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars and the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.
Faust enjoyed a record-breaking season in his first campaign in Idaho. Setting career-highs and leading Steelheads defensemen in goals (14), assists (27) and points (41), Faust was 12th among ECHL defensemen in scoring. Playing in 69 games with the Steelheads, the Bloomington, Minn. native nearly tripled his career points total prior to joining Idaho.
A fourth-round selection (114th overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Faust added four assists in five playoff games and was called up during the season to play four games with Texas.
Faust scored his 14th goal on the season’s final day, establishing a new single-season ECHL record for goals by a Steelheads defenseman. Faust also became just the fourth Steelhead defenseman to exceed the 40-point mark in an ECHL season.
The 25-year-old Faust never went more than three games during the season without recording at least a point. Playing a greater role on the power play than ever before, Faust collected 22 points (5g-17a) for Idaho with the man advantage.
Faust played 72 professional games prior to joining Idaho last season, spending the 2014-15 season with AHL Albany and splitting the 2015-16 season between Albany and the Adirondack Thunder. Faust has 55 points (17g-38a) in 145 career professional games. Prior to turning pro, Faust played 136 games across four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, collecting 22 points (6g-16a).