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Monday, 05.07.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
By Jason Rademan
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."

 

 

 

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 80 37 47 16 84
J. Benn 81 34 45 21 79
A. Goligoski 81 6 36 9 42
C. Eakin 81 16 19 -9 35
A. Chiasson 79 13 22 -21 35
V. Nichushkin 79 14 20 20 34
R. Garbutt 75 17 15 10 32
R. Whitney 69 9 23 -6 32
R. Peverley 62 7 23 -3 30
E. Cole 75 16 13 -17 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 20 10 .919 2.41
T. Thomas 18 24 4 .908 2.88
 
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