Boise, ID (9/1/16) –Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham introduced the newest member of the Steelheads coaching staff on Thursday afternoon, naming Everett Sheen the new Assistant Coach of the Steelheads. Sheen will move behind the bench for his first season as a coach after retiring this summer from a five-year professional playing career
Sheen, 29, is no stranger to hockey in Idaho, but he will call CenturyLink Arena home for the first time in his career. Sheen played with the Colorado Eagles during the 2015-16 season, finishing with 13 goals and 35 points in 64 games for his best statistical season as a professional. Sheen also battled the Steelheads for four seasons as a member of the Ontario Reign.
In 329 professional games with the Eagles, Reign, and Reading Royals in the ECHL, as well as stints in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins and the EIHL with the Edinburgh Capitals, Sheen totaled 49 goals and 141 points.
“I’ve played a lot of hockey in this building, but now I’m excited to become a part of the Steelheads family,” said Sheen, who has played 49 games against Idaho in his career. “Coaching is something I was always interested in doing when I was finished playing, and to get my first chance in one of the league’s best organizations is great.”
The Lethbridge, Alberta native and Graham know each other quite well heading into their first season together. They were teammates in junior hockey with the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves and the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They also competed against each other in the same conference during their college careers, with Graham skating for Mercyhurst College while Sheen was captain at Holy Cross.
“We’re very excited to welcome Everett to the Steelheads family,” said Graham. “He’s a competitive person who brings a lot of experience and knowledge to our coaching staff. He brings an excellent work ethic which is contagious to be around.”
Sheen will replace the previous assistant coach, Gord Baldwin, who left the Steelheads this summer to accept a job in the front offices of the Western Hockey League. Sheen will work with the Steelheads’ defense, in addition to offering insights and instruction in all facets of the team’s game plan.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait for the players to get into town so we can get to work,” said Sheen.