Saturday, January 7, 2012
Stars to open camp in Idaho next season
By Mark Stepneski
After two years of holding training camp in Prince Edward Island, the Dallas Stars are making a change. Next season they will hold training camp in Boise, Idaho, which is the home of the Idaho Steelheads, the club's ECHL affiliate.
Here's press release:
The Dallas Stars will begin their 2012-2013 Training Camp this coming September in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Steelheads, the Stars’ development affiliate in the ECHL, made the announcement on Saturday night from their home game at CenturyLink Arena in Boise.
The Stars will also host an NHL exhibition game against the Minnesota Wild on September 25, 2012, in Boise, to begin the teams’ pre-season play. Specific dates of the training camp will be released at a later date.
“The Dallas Stars are very excited to begin our 2012 Training Camp in Boise,” said Stars Assistant General Manager Frank Provenzano, who was in Boise as part of the announcement on Saturday evening. “The Steelheads have been a wonderful partner for us in the ECHL and we look forward to having a productive camp here in Idaho this September.”
The Stars have been the Steelheads’ NHL affiliate since 2005. The two teams were also affiliated during the 2003-04 season, Idaho’s first in the ECHL. A host of players have advanced from Idaho to Dallas, including goaltender Richard Bachman, forward Francis Wathier, and forward Tom Wandell.
Other players assigned to Idaho who have gone on to play in the NHL include: F Aaron Gagnon, F BJ Crombeen, F Greg Rallo, G Dan Ellis, G Matt Climie, F Zenon Konopka, F Richard Clune, and F Warren Peters.
Idaho (ECHL) and Texas (American Hockey League) are the primary development affiliates of the Dallas Stars. The three teams are in their third season of working together.
This will mark the first time an NHL team has held its training camp in the state of Idaho. There was one previous NHL pre-season game, in 1997, when the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings played the first-ever hockey game in the downtown Boise arena now known as CenturyLink Arena.
Dallas has spent the past two Training Camps (2010, 2011) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Isalnd (PEI). The complete Training Camp and pre-season schedule will be announced at a later date.