The Idaho Steelheads are a relatively new franchise in the hockey world but have achieved great success in their decade and a half. The Steelheads began life in the West Coast Hockey League in 1997-98. After the demise of the WCHL, Idaho joined the ECHL for the 2003-04 season. The Steelheads are affiliated with the Dallas Stars of the NHL and the Texas Stars of the AHL. The team plays out of the 5,000 seat CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
The Steelheads have retired two jersey numbers to date. Number 4 is retired for Jeremy Mylamok and number 22 is retired in honour of Cal Ingraham.
Mylymok played professional hockey from 1995-96 to 2005-06. The final six years of his career were spent with the Steelheads, three years in the WCHL and three in the ECHL. In his second last year with the club, Jeremy acted as player/assistant coach.
In his first year with Idaho, 2000-01, Mylymok totalled 63 points from the blue line while sitting 208 minutes in the penalty box. The Steelheads reached the WCHL finals and went the distance before bowing out to the San Diego Gulls in seven games. The Steelheads reached the finals again in 2001-02 before losing in six to the Fresno Falcons.
In the final year of the WCHL, 2002-03, Jeremy helped Idado to a first overall finish in the six team league with 52 wins and 108 points. However, the Steelheads were upset in the first round by the same Fresno Falcons from the year before. Fresno finished fourth in the WCHL during the regular season, 29 points behind Idaho.
The Steelheads were redeemed the following season, their first in the ECHL. The team took out the Florida Everblades in the finals, four games to one for their first of two Kelly Cup championships to date. It was the second pro championship for Mylymok, after winning a Turner Cup with the Chicago Wolves of the IHL in 1997-98. The Wolves beat the Detroit Vipers in seven games.
Ingraham played the final four of his seven years of professional hockey with the Idaho Steelheads. He played pro from 1995-96 to 2001-02 with his first three years in the ECHL with the Tallahassee Sharks.
His stature was small at 5’5” and 160 lbs. but his scoring ability was large. In his four years with Idaho, Ingraham scored 175 goals and assisted on 206 for 381 points over 274 regular season games. Cal reached 50 or more goals and 100 or more points in the three years between 1998-99 and 2000-01. In the first year, his 50 goals placed him fourth in the WCHL and his 110 points placed him sixth. The following year, he finished third in the league with 52 goals and fifth with 101 points. In 2000-01, he tied for the league lead with 50 goals and placed third with 102 points.
In 2000-01, despite the Steelheads losing in the finals to the San Diego Gulls, Ingraham was an offensive force with nine goals, 14 assists for 23 points in 13 games.