The Idaho Steelheads hockey team opened its training camp Monday and Tuesday at CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise. The ECHL team will practice again from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The practice is open to the public.
Day 2 update
After a day to get acclimated to camp, new coach Brad Ralph wanted to see his players take a step forward Tuesday. They delivered, he said.
Intensity was better, action was better, Ralph said. I really liked the effort.
Gord Baldwin, a 25-year-old defenseman, joined the team late Monday. The 6-foot-5 blueliner, the eighth defenseman in camp this week, played professionally in the Czech Republic last season.
He has played 234 games at the AHL level, one step up the hockey ladder from the ECHL, after being a third-round draft choice of the NHLs Calgary Flames in 2005.
Gord brings a lot of size and experience on the back end, Ralph said. Weve already seen his intelligence in practice and were expecting a lot of good to come from him, both on and off the ice.
Player of the day: Defenseman Scott Fletcher
The third-year pro from Detroit got everyones attention with a big, clean hit along the boards during an open-ice drill late in practice Tuesday. The 24-year-old is known for his physical play, totaling 373 penalty minutes as a professional.
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.