The Idaho Steelheads hockey team opened its training camp Monday at CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise. The ECHL team will practice again Tuesday and Wednesday, both times from 10 a.m. to noon. The practices are open to the public.
With roster pieces still missing and players just arriving, new head coach Brad Ralph didnt want to place too much emphasis on the first day of camp. Today was more about knocking off the rust, getting the legs loose, Ralph said. Its pretty hard to form concrete opinions after one skate.
The 22-man roster could change significantly over the next few days. American Hockey League training camps will begin to cut down rosters, which could mean the return of high-scoring forward Jacob Cepis and steady defenseman Matt Case, both of whom are in camp with the AHLs Texas Stars. Forward Andrew Carroll, another player whose ECHL rights belong to Idaho, is also in camp with Texas.
Player of the Day: Forward Ron Meyers
One of just two players in camp to skate with the team last season (Deron Cousens is the other), Meyers spent 18 hours alone in his pickup truck driving from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to get to Boise for camp. Lots and lots of farmland to look at, Meyers said.
Idaho at Utah, 7 p.m. Friday, Eccles Ice Center; Logan, Utah
Utah at Idaho, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Arena (closed to the public, for season ticket holders only).
Utah at Idaho, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, CenturyLink Arena
Regular-season, single-game tickets went on sale Monday, and prices start at $13.50. More ticket information at 331-8497 or idahosteelheads.com.