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Steelheads announce "Team 2000s"

Thursday, December 31st
Steelheads announce "Team 2000s"

The Idaho Steelheads would like to introduce you to "Team 2000s," the best of the best from the past decade for the Steelheads.Coaches, broadcasters, and staff members from the past ten years cast their ballots. We picked six forwards, four defensemen, and two goaltenders ? two lines of the best that fans have seen here at Qwest Arena over the past ten years. Starting with the defensemen, we begin with SCOTT SWANSON. Swanson played in Idaho from 2001 to 2003, his 60 assists during the 2002-03 season is still tied for the single-season record by an Idaho player and he was also named the WCHL?s outstanding defenseman that season. JEREMY MYLYMOK is one of two players whose number hangs from the rafters for the Steelheads. Mylymok captained the 2004 Kelly Cup championship team and, in six years in a Steelhead sweater, he scored 46 goals and added 127 assists from the blue line. He was the WCHL?s outstanding defenseman for the 2000-2001 season. TRAVIS WIGHT didn?t have the stats of Mylymok or Swanson, but from 2006 to 2009, the diminutive d-man won over hockey fans in the Treasure Valley by playing smart, sound, and hard over three seasons for the Steelheads and was a key part of the 2007 Kelly Cup championship team. DARRELL HAY played parts of five seasons in Idaho, winning two championship rings with the Steelheads. Hay was a three-time ECHL All Star and was named first-team All-ECHL following the 2007-2008 season. He?s still in the organization?s top-three in assists and points in the ECHL era. Moving on to the goaltenders, BLAIR ALLISON is Idaho?s all-time leader in wins, as his career bridged the Steelheads? move from the WCHL to the ECHL. His 36 wins in net in 2001-2002 is tied for the most ever for a Steelheads goaltender in a single season and he appeared in over 130 games between 2001 and 2007. The guy Allison shares the single-season wins record with is STEVE SILVERTHORN (pictured), who picked up 36 wins during the 2006-2007 regular season. He would add a bunch more wins during the postseason that year as Silverthorn backstopped Idaho?s 2007 Kelly Cup championship team, earning ECHL Kelly Cup MVP honors. As for the forwards, GREG RALLO never played a full season in Idaho due to AHL callups, but he still managed to score 71 points in 83 games between 2005 and 2008. His goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2007 conference semifinals moved Idaho into the conference finals and, as we?ve mentioned before, that Steelhead team would go on to win the Kelly Cup championship. A player whose impact can?t be measured in stats alone is ZENON KONOPKA, who played 40 regular-season and post-season games with the Steelheads in 2003-2004. Even more than the 45 points he scored in those games, it was his leadership that spurred Idaho to an ECHL title in the organization?s first year in the league. You can find LANCE GALBRAITH?S name all over the Idaho Steelheads all-time record book. Goals, assists, points, penalty minutes ? and maybe fans ? piled up in Lance?s corner between 2003 and 2008. He won two rings with the Steelheads and number 71 remains a fan favorite to this day in Qwest Arena. Same for SCOTT BURT who, on top of being a very good hockey player, was among best ever when it comes to community involvement. From 2000 to 2007, ?Burtie? was a staple of the team on and off the ice, scoring almost 100 goals as a Steelhead between the WCHL and ECHL eras. When it comes to scoring goals, only one in Idaho has ever done it better than MARTY FLICHEL. Since joining the ECHL, Flichel is the Steelheads? all-time leader in goals, assists, and points, earning first-team All-ECHL honors following the 2006-2007 season. He?s the only current Steelhead player to be named to ?Team 2000s.? The final forward on our list is the other player whose jersey number has been retired. ?Double Deuce,? CAL INGRAHAM, has more records than we can possibly list in one intermission. The pint-sized phenom remains the only player in organization history to score over 100 points in a season ? and he did it three times, including 102 points in the 2001-2002 season when Idaho played in the WCHL.(Note: for official stat-keeping purposes, numbers from the WCHL years and ECHL years are traditionally separated. But, for Burt, Allison, Mylymok, and Flichel the two eras have been bridged to give a complete picture)

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