|CenturyLink Arena (Credit: Idaho Steelheads)|
Idaho has been Dallas's ECHL affiliate since _ and is currently riding a 14-year playoff streak. The Steelheads were set to host training camp in 2012, but that plan was scuttled by the NHL lockout. The preseason game with Minnesota that was also set to take place was sold out weeks beforehand. Suffice it to say that Boise is excited about NHL hockey.
Of course, this is a blow to Cedar Park-based fans who want to see the Dallas Stars at H-E-B Center. However, consider that Texas Stars fans can drive up I-35 for three hours to see some NHL action and the same is not quite true in Boise.
I went to Boise this time last year and wrote extensively about the fantastic experience I had there. If you can make the trip, I highly recommend it.
Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars today announced that they will hold their 2018 Training Camp at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID, home to the Idaho Steelheads, who serve as the team's development affiliate in the ECHL. This marks the first time that the team will hold their training camp in Idaho and it will run from Sept. 14 - 16.
"The Idaho Steelheads have been a tremendous affiliate of ours for fourteen seasons," said Dallas Stars President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Lites. "In holding our training camp there, we're thrilled to give their fans the chance to appreciate Dallas Stars hockey up close and in person."
The three-day training camp will culminate with a Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage on Sunday, Sept. 16. Steelheads season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the scrimmage, after which tickets will be made available to the general public. Dates to purchase tickets, and further details and ice times will be released for the camp at a later date.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome the Dallas Stars for training camp and to give our fans an opportunity to see the best of the best on the ice here in Idaho," said Steelheads President Eric Trapp. "We have been trying to bring an NHL event to CenturyLink Arena for years and we are thrilled that everything has come together for this summer. I think the Stars players are going to enjoy our facilities and everything that Boise has to offer, and Steelheads fans will be on hand to see world-class players in practice and game action."