The Idaho Steelheads, ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars announced Thursday that the team has reached an agreement with Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Brad Ralph to extend his contract with the team.
Ralph, who just completed his second season with the Steelheads, is now under contract through the 2016-17 season. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
“This is a fabulous town with great fans and I’m grateful to continue coaching for a first-class organization,” Ralph said of the extension. “I’ve already started working on next year’s team and my sights, as always, are on bringing the Kelly Cup home to Boise.”
The 33-year-old Ralph has combined to win 84 games over his first two seasons with the Steelheads. Along the way, twelve different players on ECHL-level contracts have earned AHL call-ups with six signing AHL-level contracts for the 2013-14 season. Idaho reached the ECHL Western Conference finals last season and reached the Western Conference semifinals this season.
Ralph began his coaching career with the SPHL Augusta Riverhawks for two seasons before joining the Steelheads in 2012.