The Steelies' revolving door
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Generally, a quality ECHL team can expect five or six of its players to be called up to the AHL over the course of a season. This year, the Steelheads have had sixteen different players called up.
Only three players on Idaho's opening night roster have stuck around for the entire season (Ben Ondrus, Scott Todd and John Ryder). 45 different skaters have appeared in games. 41 players have recorded a point, including goaltender Tyler Beskorowany, who was one of four goalies that suited up in Idaho this year.
Will Hoenike, the Steelheads' Director of Broadcasting, called the revolving door of roster turnover "unprecedented." Journeyman defenseman Patrick Cullity said his team's success this season is a function of the type of players shifting in and out of the locker room.
"It's just a credit to our team," noted Cullity, who was called up to the AHL twice this season. "We have had great players coming through here, going up and down."
"You have so many bodies coming in and out of this locker room. Something changes every day, every month. That's just part of the business playing minor pro."
The Steelheads will host the Stockton Thunder at CenturyLink Arena Friday night in game one of the Kelly Cup Western Conference Finals.