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Home Is Where The Stars Are

Monday, 05.07.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
By Jason Rademan
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Home Is Where The Stars Are
There are National Hockey League teams whose home arenas aren't near as nice as the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, home of the Iowa Stars.

The state-of-the-art building opened in July 2005, and features facilities every bit as nice as what the Dallas Stars enjoy at the American Airlines Center. There is not even a hint of hesitation in saying that, after having the opportunity to tour the facilities here in Iowa's capital city the last few days.

"I think from the team's perspective, the Wells Fargo Arena is absolutely top-shelf," said Scott White, Iowa's Director of Hockey Operations. "We had the Manitoba Moose come into our building at the end of the season and they couldn't stop talking about how impressed they were. That's saying something because they have an unbelievable arena up in Winnipeg. Our rink and the facilities we have here are just great and we are really proud to call this home."

Wells Fargo Arena has a capacity of 15,181 for hockey, featuring 36 premium suites, and features a 180-seat restaurant, The Principle River's Edge, which overlooks the Des Moines River and the gold-domed State Capitol.

One of the first events at the Wells Fargo Arena was a Paul McCartney concert, and the building has hosted such acts as: Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Toby Keith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The Iowa state high school wrestling and basketball tournaments are held in the facility, as will the opening rounds of the 2008 Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Cirque du Soleil and the Harlem Globetrotters have played Wells Fargo Arena, as well as the Champions on Ice, Tony Hawk skateboarding, Barnum & Bailey's and American Idol tours. The arena is part of the expansive Iowa Events Center complex in downtown Des Moines, which also includes the Hy-Vee Hall, Veteran's Memorial Auditorium and Polk County Convention Center.

The Iowa Stars enjoy an incredibly spacious set-up, including a 30-seat dressing room, training and equipment rooms, a large strength and conditioning area, coaches' offices and even a room that the players have turned into their own personal ping-pong battleground.

"It's a really great building and a great dressing room area for us," said defenseman Niklas Grossman. "Everything is so clean, new and spacious, and it's just as nice as the facilities they have in Dallas. I have no complaints at all about this rink. Everything is set up for us, we just have to go out and do our job."

The coaches and front office have posted numerous motivational messages and team-building concepts around the clubhouse area, keeping the players' minds where they need to be.

"We have a number of slogans and reminders to the guys around our dressing room what we are all about here," said Iowa Head Coach Dave Allison. "From the photos of Dallas draft picks who went through the minors on their way to the NHL, to some of the slogans we have -- "Choose Your Destiny" for example -- those are messages that we want to instill in our players everyday that they are here."

The consensus among the players is that Wells Fargo Arena is among the best arenas in the American Hockey League, and that they are lucky to call it home.

"When I first came here, I honestly couldn't believe it," said Junior Lessard, who has also called Utah and Houston home at the AHL level. "We have everything we could possibly ask for here. It's a great set-up and we take a lot of pride in what we have."

"I think it's one of the nicest arenas in the AHL," said goaltender Dan Ellis, "and it's definitely up there with the NHL standards. They've been great to us. We have a great workout facility, lots of space to do what we need and we are really comfortable here. We are able to come to the rink and have everything we need at our fingertips."

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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