The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Gwilliam is a 25-year-old forward out of Kamloops, British Columbia. The 6-foot-2 Gwilliam played in five games with the ECHL’s Reading Royals at the end of last season after wrapping up his college career at Michigan Tech, the alma mater of former Steelheads standout Taggart Desmet. In 152 games at Tech, Gwilliam totaled 31 goals, saving his best season for his last. In 35 games last winter, he had 30 points (14 g-16a) and was the captain for the Huskies.
Fredricks, 23, appeared in 23 games last season for the South Carolina Stingrays. He scored one goal, handed out nine assists, and had 12 penalty minutes in that stretch. He put up 41 points (10g-31a) in four seasons at Colgate before turning pro in 2009, when he skated in five games for the AHL’s Providence Bruins.