Steelheads open camp
Photo: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
The Idaho Steelheads opened camp at CenturyLink Arena Monday morning. The Steelheads are coming off a 45-win campaign and a berth in the ECHL Western Conference Finals, but the 2013 squad is packed with fresh faces. Idaho retained just five players from last year's team (Josh Robinson, Brett Robinson, Tyler Gron, David deKastrozza, and James Isaacs).
Second-year head coach Brad Ralph has been busy tracking down new talent this summer, attending training camps in Traverse City, Michigan and Austin, Texas. He said recruiting for an ECHL team is a difficult process.
"These players are waiting on NHL or AHL deals, so really we're just kind of forming a relationship with them," explained Ralph. "We've constructed out team the same way we did last year, with players we believe can play in the AHL. So we're going to be a strong team right out of the gates."
The Steelheads open the 2013-14 season with an exhibition in Utah on Friday.