Boise, Idaho – Head coach and director of hockey operations Hardy Sauter dipped deep into the Lake Superior State University talent pool, announcing that Chad Nehring, Tyson Hobbins and Matt Cowie have each agreed to terms with the Idaho Steelheads.
All three played at Lake Superior State last winter before turning pro. Nehring and Hobbins made their debuts with Idaho late in the regular season, while Cowie skated his first professional games for the Victoria Salmon Kings.
Hobbins and Nehring each netted their first professional goal in a Steelheads uniform. Nehring buried his tally in the final home game of the regular season, March 30 against the Utah Grizzlies, while Hobbins’ first marker was a memorable one, a game-winning rebound goal in Game 3 of Idaho’s first-round playoff series against Las Vegas. Cowie appeared in ten games between the regular season and postseason for the Salmon Kings.