By Chris Langrill
The Idaho Statesman
BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads have had players from Russia, Finland and Norway. They’ve signed players from all corners of Canada and the United States.
Never before, though, have they had a player with Idaho roots.
That will change this season with the addition of Cody Lampl. The 23-year-old defenseman from Ketchum will report to the ECHL team’s training camp Oct. 3, when he will fight for a spot on the team’s regular-season roster. Idaho opens its season Oct. 16 against the Stockton Thunder at Qwest Arena.
“From the reports that I have on him he is very capable of playing in the ECHL and developing his game,” Steelheads coach Derek Laxdal said.
Lampl played four seasons at Colorado College, two with former Steelheads goalie Matt Zaba.
Lampl, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder who can also play forward, played in three games with the Las Vegas Wranglers last season after finishing his college career.
But he said he didn’t make any commitment to return to the Wranglers, and he has been in communication with Laxdal throughout the summer.
“I knew if I was going to play in the (ECHL this season), there was no way I wasn’t going to be playing in Boise,” he said.
Lampl’s family moved to Ketchum in 1993 before he entered the third grade, and he said he’s been following the Steelheads since the team began playing games in 1997.
“From the beginning, I was a fan,” said Lampl, who estimates he has been to 15 to 20 Steelheads home games.
He said being a fan of the Steelheads will be a motivating factor in October’s training camp.
“I definitely wanted to play in Idaho,” he said. “I wanted to be the first. I wanted to be the first Idaho kid to play for Idaho.”