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Dallas Stars and Texas Stars Continue Affiliation with Idaho Steelheads
Dallas Stars and Texas Stars Continue Affiliation with Idaho Steelheads
Cedar Park, TX – The Dallas Stars and Texas Stars (AHL) announced on Thursday that the clubs have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads the 2010-2011 season.

“The Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL are an important development tool for the Dallas Stars,” said Texas Stars General Manager Scott White. “Boise is a great place for our younger players to earn valuable ice time as they begin their careers. I look for new Head Coach Hardy Sauter to continue the winning tradition and to continue developing Dallas Stars prospects.”

The Idaho Steelheads play at the 5,006-seat Qwest Arena, which opened in downtown Boise in 1997, and the club played host to over 142,000 fans last season. Last year, the Steelheads posted the best record in the ECHL at 48-17-2-5. Idaho finished two wins short of winning the team’s third Kelly Cup. It was the club’s seventh consecutive appearance in the ECHL Playoffs. The Steelheads won the ECHL’s Patrick J. Kelly Cup as the development affiliate of the Dallas Stars in both 2004 and 2007.

Forwards Luke Gazdic, Mathieu Tousignant, Michael Neal, Sergei Korostin and Kevin DeVergilio skated for both Texas and Idaho during the 2009-10 season. Goalie Richard Bachman and defenseman Trevor Ludwig also suited up for the Stars and Steelheads last year. Bachman was second in the ECHL voting for both Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2009-10. Defensemen Brendan Milnamow and Guillaume Monast played in the preseason with Texas and spent the entire year in Idaho, helping the Steelheads get to the Kelly Cup Finals. Current Dallas Stars center Tom Wandell skated with the Idaho Steelheads along his development path.

“We are pleased to extend our affiliation with the Steelheads for the 2010-11 season,” said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “Idaho has been a great partner and we look forward to working with them again in the development of our prospects.”

Considered the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, in 2009-10 the ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League. Additionally, the ECHL also had affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League, creating a true minor league system where players can be promoted within the given parent organization.
The Western Conference Champion Texas Stars will host their first home game at Cedar Park Center on Saturday, October 16th. Season ticket packages to see the Stars play in their second season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.


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Posted on 07/29/10

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