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Idaho Steelheads

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Idaho Steelheads
CityBoise, Idaho
Founded1997 (in the WCHL)
Home arenaIdaho Central Arena
ColoursNavy blue, silver, black, white
General managerSteven Anderson
Head coachEverett Sheen
AffiliatesDallas Stars (NHL)
Texas Stars (AHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1997–presentIdaho Steelheads
Regular season titles3 (2002–03, 2009–10, 2022–23)
Division titles6 (2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2022–23)
Conference titles6 (2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2022–23)
Kelly Cups2 (2003–04, 2006–07)

The Idaho Steelheads are an American professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 1997 in the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL). The team now plays in the ECHL. They play their home games in Boise, Idaho at Idaho Central Arena. They are the ECHL affiliate for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are also the affiliates for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL).

In 2003, the WCHL would end up going out of business. The league and the surviving teams in the league, including the Steelheads, would join the ECHL.[1]

On October 17, 2003, the Idaho Steelheads would play their first game in the ECHL. They would be defeated by the Las Vegas Wranglers 5–3.[2]

The team would be successful in their first season in the league. They finished with 40 wins, 23 losses, and 89 points and would make it all the way to the Kelly Cup finals. They would win their first Kelly Cup after defeating the Florida Everblades four games to one.[3] In the 2006–07 season, the Steelheads would once again make it to the Kelly Cup Finals. They would win their second Cup when they would defeat the Dayton Bombers four games to one.[4]

The Steelheads and the Dallas Stars are affiliates. The Steelheads were formerly the affiliates of the Phoenix Coyotes.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "From The Archives: ECHL to Absorb WCHL, Create National Circuit". The Hockey News. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  2. "Steelheads Season Opener Just Days Away". OurSports Central. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  3. "Steelheads Kelly Cup Playoff History". Idaho Steelheads. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  4. "This Day In Sports: Steelheads hoist their second Kelly Cup". KTVB. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  5. "Steelheads, Stars renew affiliation agreement". Idaho Steelheads. Retrieved February 7, 2024.

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