BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads announced that the club will continue to serve as the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the AHL’s Texas Stars during the 2014-15 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 finished the 2013-14 regular season with a record of 39-26-7, earning a trip to the postseason where the team advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals.
This will be the 11th season – 10th in a row – that the Stars organization has partnered with the Steelheads. Idaho was affiliated with the Phoenix Coyotes for one season in 2004-05 but the team has spent the rest of its ECHL history working with the Stars, making it one of the longest continuous affiliations in the ECHL. Wheeling (Pittsburgh, 1998) and Florida (Carolina, 1998) pre-date Idaho’s uninterrupted time with Dallas, which began in 2005.
“We are extremely pleased to renew our affiliation with the Steelheads,” said Dallas Stars Director of Hockey Operations and Texas Stars General Manager Scott White. “Idaho has proven to be a strong stepping stone for young talent, which is no doubt a product of the club’s success and the winning culture it has instituted.”