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Dallas Stars extend affiliation agreement with Idaho Steelheads

Tuesday, 06.4.2013 / 3:34 PM CT / News
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Dallas Stars extend affiliation agreement with Idaho Steelheads

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has extended its affiliation agreement with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL for the 2013-14 season. This will be the ninth season in a row, and the 10th overall that the Stars organization has partnered with the Steelheads. Idaho was affiliated with the Phoenix Coyotes for one season in 2004-05 but the team has spent the rest of its ECHL history working with the Stars, making it one of the longest continuous affiliations in the ECHL.

"Developing hockey players is one of the most important functions we have as an organization," said Nill. "The Idaho Steelheads are a big part of that development process and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them this upcoming season."

The Idaho Steelheads finished with the third-best regular season record in the Western Conference last season, earning a 45-20-7 record, good for 97 points in the standings. Idaho's 45 victories was the second-most for the club in their ECHL tenure. The team also advanced to the Western Conference Final in the ECHL playoffs before losing to the Stockton Thunder.

Dallas Stars draftee, and Dallas native, Austin Smith led the Steelheads with 27 goals and also paced the club in overall points (27G-23A-50PTS). Other Stars prospects to skate for Idaho in 2012-13 include Tristan King, Jace Coyle, Mathieu Tousignant, Hubert Labrie, and Tyler Beskorowany.

The Idaho Steelheads play at the 5,006-seat CenturyLink Arena, which opened in downtown Boise in 1997, and played host to over 165,000 fans last season.Considered the premier "AA" hockey league in North America, in 2012-13 the ECHL had affiliations with 27 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League. Additionally, the ECHL also had affiliations with 27 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League, creating a true minor league system where players can be promoted within the given parent organization.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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