A win at home?
Idaho played its first game Friday, and lost to the Utah Grizzlies, 4-2.
Youve got to show up every night and work hard, forward Brett Robinson said. We learned that the hard way. Utah, they worked hard. Hopefully, its our turn to turn the jets on.
Jeremy Yablonski has been a tough guy on skates for years. The former Golden Gloves boxing champion and mixed martials arts fighter has played 13 seasons of professional hockey, including one game in the NHL, where he picked up a fighting major penalty.
Yablonski, 33, has played in three different seasons with the Steelheads, but not since 2007. He is expected to make his season debut Wednesday.
Hes been very vocal, coach Brad Ralph said. Hes established himself as a player whos been through a lot and wants to help the team in any way possible.
His reputation is such that he might have trouble finding opponents who are willing to tangle with him.
Idaho doesnt have a secondary enforcer, but expects a handful of other players to drop the gloves when necessary.
For the first time, all home games will air live on Cable One channel 17. There are at least two other teams in the ECHL that broadcast that many games, but its new ground for the Steelheads.
We want as many people as possible to see our brand, Steelheads President and General Manager Eric Trapp said. We dont think that the experience we offer here is going to be impacted by the TV. Hopefully it hooks some more people on the Steelheads and more people will come to the games.
Fans wont notice any major food or amenities changes on the concourse at CenturyLink Arena, though the merchandise selection has been expanded.
Thirsty? Head to the game on Wednesdays and enjoy $1 beers. The team also plans to do three of its popular jersey auctions (Dec. 13-14, Feb. 14-15 and April 4-5).
Style of play
The Steelheads led the league in goals scored (262) during the regular season last year, so Ralph lets his offensive players do their thing to an extent.
Playing sound defensively is expected of every line, whether the player is a 30-goal scorer or penalty-kill guy, assistant coach Neil Graham said. If they do that, then its OK to be creative a little bit offensively.
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