Dallas, Texas Stars Renew Affiliation With Idaho Steelheads

Jesse Root (Credit: Steve Conner Photography)
In a move that was surprising to precisely no one, the Texas Stars announced today that the Idaho Steelheads will continue for another year as the ECHL affiliate of the club. Dallas has had an affiliate relationship with Idaho since 2003-04 with the exception of a single season (the NHL lockout).

Last season saw Idaho win the Pacific Division. This season they will likely be led in net by Dallas prospect Philippe Desrosiers, a highly anticipated goalie for the organization.

Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club will renew its affiliation with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads for the 2015-16 season.

The Steelheads have served as Dallas' ECHL affiliate since the 2005-06 season and during the 2003-04 campaign. Idaho has reached the Kelly Cup Finals three times as an affiliate of the Dallas Stars, winning the Kelly Cup twice (2004 and 2007). The Steelheads were crowned Pacific Division champions during the 2014-15 regular season, posting a record of 48-18-2-4.

"We are extremely pleased to renew our affiliation with the Steelheads," said Director of Hockey Operations and Texas Stars General Manager Scott White. "Head Coach Brad Ralph has done a tremendous job in Idaho, as his success in developing young players has led to the winning culture we strive to uphold at all levels of the organization. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Steelheads."

The Texas Stars will continue to operate as Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.


  1. With Desrosiers in Idaho, what do you think the goalie situation in Texas looks like? Do they bring in another vet, or does Campbell take the lead this year?

    1. Texas needs someone reliable who can take the load when needed, but that player is still not on the roster. John Muse is my call, but I could be wrong.

  2. Love your pic in this article of Jesse Root! He always looks solid. He will be missed. Best of luck to him with Bridgeport!


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