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Love hockey? You can see two NHL teams in Boise later this summer

Defenseman Jon Merrill will represent the Golden Knights when the NHL Las Vegas franchise hosts a kids clinic on Aug. 7 in Boise.
Defenseman Jon Merrill will represent the Golden Knights when the NHL Las Vegas franchise hosts a kids clinic on Aug. 7 in Boise. AP file

Idaho hockey fans won’t have to plan a road trip to see two NHL teams in person.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars each have separate events planned in Boise later this summer.

The Golden Knights will host an invite-only kids clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Idaho IceWorld for children in their Learn to Skate program. Vegas defenseman Jon Merrill, mascot Chance and play-by-play broadcaster Dave Goucher will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the clinic, which is free for the public to watch.

Merrill will sign autographs at the conclusion of the clinic, and Chance — the friendly gila monster — will be available to meet with fans and take photos.

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Las Vegas Golden Knights mascot Chance will be in Boise next week for a kids clinic at Idaho IceWorld. Isaac Brekken AP file

“Building off the success of last year’s road trip, this annual trip gives our players the opportunity to connect with fans in other cities that we might not be able to visit during the season,” Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz said. “We’re fortunate to have such widespread support from our fan base, and we’re looking forward to meeting Golden Knights fans of all ages living in our television distribution territory.”

Stars coaches, players and prospects will participate in a training camp Sept. 14-16 at CenturyLink Arena, culminating with an intrasquad scrimmage at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Stars’ Victory Green vs. White scrimmage is open to the public, and ticket prices range from $15 to $30, plus fees. To purchase tickets, contact the CenturyLink Arena Box Office at (208) 383-0080 or visit idahosteelheads.com.

The Steelheads have been the ECHL affiliate of the Stars since 2005, and 10 Steelheads have gone on to play in the NHL with Dallas.

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