BOISE -- The ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads announced Tuesday that Hardy Sauter is the new head coach and director of hockey operations.
The 39-year-old Sauter becomes the fifth head coach in organization history, following Dave Langevin (1997-98), Clint Malarchuk (1998-2000), John Olver (2000-2005) and Derek Laxdal (2005-2010).
Sauter comes to Idaho after spending the last three seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. He was an assistant coach in 2008 when the Chiefs won the Memorial Cup. He then spent the past two seasons as the team’s head coach, compiling a record of 91-45-8 along the way, reaching the WHL playoffs in each season. Despite his success, the Chiefs did not exercise Sauter's option for the 2010-11 season and let him go.
“I’m excited to coach here in Boise,” Sauter said. “I have not heard one bad thing about the city or the organization. My family and I are thrilled to be here and we’re looking forward to carrying on the winning tradition the city of Boise and the Steelheads fans have come to expect.”