A family affair for the Steelheads

Idaho Steelheads assistant coach Gord Baldwin's younger brother, Corbin, is a defenseman for the team.

Gord Baldwin gave it his all during his one season with the Steelheads in 2012-13.

"I loved it," Baldwin, 28, said. "We had a great team and won a lot of games. It's a great city and I have great memories so that's one of the reasons I am back."

Baldwin is now behind the bench as the Steelheads assistant coach.

But it's not déjà vu for fans when they see another Baldwin on the ice.

Gord's younger brother Corbin, 24, is a defenseman for Idaho. He leads the team with a plus/minus of 18.

"It's pretty cool to have some family around," Corbin said. "Most years I've been on my own so this year is nicer with some Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners."

The two never played professional hockey together so this is a first for both of them.

"He's a serious guy," Gord said about Corbin. "He's professional about it. Obviously I take it very seriously as well. We both came in and are trying to do our best."

And it's working. Idaho (23-18-4-1) is on a four-game winning streak and in fifth place in the ECHL's western conference.

When it comes down to who is the better player, the two didn't put up much of a fight.

"Well he is because I don't play anymore," Gord said.

"We're different types of players. I don't know. That's a tough question," Corbin said.

But more importantly, which brother is blessed with the better looks?

"I'd have to say me," Gord said.

"Oh I definitely have that one on him," Corbin responded.

The Steelheads host Alaska (16-22-2-3) on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at CenturyLink Arena. The puck drops those nights at 7:10 p.m.