By Brian Murphy
The Idaho Steelheads are looking for a new coach. The team announced Wednesday that it would not renew the contract of coach Hardy Sauter.
Idaho finished seventh in the Western Conference and advanced to the second round of the ECHL playoffs before being ousted by Las Vegas in April. Sauter just completed his second season as the Steelheads coach. Sauter was 63-59-22 in the regular season as Idaho's coach.
“We appreciate the time and energy that Hardy put in to represent us over the past two seasons,” Idaho Steelheads President Eric Trapp said in a release sent by the team. “He’s a good man with a good family and we wish him the best going forward.”
Sauter is the third coach Idaho has had since joining the ECHL after John Olver and Derek Laxdal. He was booed by fans during games this season, particularly as the Steelheads endured a 10-game losing streak in February and March.
The team did play better late in the season and won its first-round playoff series with Ontario.
Sauter did not immediately return a cell phone message Wednesday morning.
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