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.

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.

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