By Chris Langrill
The Idaho Statesman
BOISE, Idaho – Lance Galbraith knew it was coming.
He knew that he was returning to Boise and Qwest Arena for the first time not as a member of the Idaho Steelheads, but as a member of the Alaska Aces.
That didn’t make it any less jarring for him.
“It’s definitely weird,” he said before the Aces fell to the Steelheads 6-4 on Thursday night. “Getting off the airplane, pulling into Boise and being on the visitors’ side. It’s going to be weird going into the visiting room.
“But the way I play,” he joked, “sometimes I end up on the wrong bench.”
The way he plays is exactly why he became a fan favorite among Steelheads fans during the four seasons he played with Idaho between 2003 and 2008.
Known for playing on the edge with a gritty style, he is No. 1 in franchise history in penalty minutes. But he’s also a multidimensional player who ranks in the top five in goals, assists and points for the Steelheads in the ECHL era.
Along the way, he picked up the nickname “Rooster” and a few Kelly Cup titles.
“I definitely had my fun here,” he said. “I won two championships in four years, and I have a lot of friends here.”