Boise, Idaho – Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced that the team has agreed to terms with rookie defenseman Brady Norrish on a contract for the 2018-19 season.
The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars and the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars.
Norrish prepares for his first professional season after a four-year NCAA career at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Strongfield, Saskatchewan native is coming off an injury-shortened season at RIT, appearing in one game in his senior campaign in which he notched an assist. In 100 NCAA games across four seasons, Norrish totaled 55 points (11g-44a) and a plus-17 rating.
The 25-year-old earned significant honors in each of his first three seasons with RIT. In his freshman season in 2014-15, Norrish was named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s All-Rookie Team and Second All-Conference Team while winning a conference title. Norrish won another conference title the next season while making the Third All-Conference Team. In 2016-17, despite playing in only 21 games due to injury, Norrish again was named to the Second All-Conference Team.
Norrish enjoyed his best offensive season in 2014-15 with 22 points, tied for third among all ACA defensemen. His 0.76 points per game in his injury-shortened junior season in 2016-17 was the second-best mark in the conference.
Norrish played in 165 junior games with the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League prior to college, posting 79 points (22g-57a) and winning championships in 2013 and 2014. The Terriers also won the 2014 RBC Cup.