Boise, Idaho – Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Bryce Van Brabant on a contract for the 2016-17 season.
The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Van Brabant joins the Steelheads for his third full professional season and first in the ECHL. The Morinville, Alberta native has played in 120 professional games, spending the past two seasons with the Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack and Stockton. Van Brabant played in six NHL games with Calgary in 2014, immediately following his junior season at Quinnipiac University.
The 24-year-old played 62 games last season with Stockton, notching 16 points (7g-9a) to go along with 51 penalty minutes. Van Brabant has scored 32 points (16g-16a) in 114 career AHL games.
Van Brabant signed an NHL contract with the Flames after being suited by several NHL teams coming out of college. In three seasons at Quinnipiac, Van Brabant totaled 42 points (24g-18a) and 212 penalty minutes in 115 games.
Van Brabant helped Quinnipiac reach its first National Championship game in school history in 2013. He was also the first alumnus of the Quinnipiac program to appear in an NHL game.