Steelheads add physical defenseman Mark Louis

Boise, Idaho – Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced that the Idaho Steelheads have agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Louis for the 2015-16 season.

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

Louis has played the past four seasons in the American Hockey League. The native of Ponoka, Alberta played 174 games for the Portland Pirates from 2012-15 and finished last season playing seven games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He’s tallied 15 points (1g-14a) in 181 professional games.

The 28-year-old defender brings toughness and versatility to the Steelheads lineup. Louis racked up 349 penalty minutes in 174 games for Portland, ranking 12th all-time for the Pirates. Louis originally joined the Pirates on a professional tryout after four years at St. Francis Xavier University. In April 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, and he signed a new two-year, two-way deal with the team in 2013. Louis was traded to the Islanders last March and assigned to Bridgeport.