Apr 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Shawn Horcoff (10) and center Vernon Fiddler (38) and right wing Erik Cole (72) and right wing Valeri Nichushkin (43) and right wing Chris Mueller (18) and center Colton Sceviour (22) celebrate the goal by left wing Ryan Garbutt (not pictured) during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars Power Countdown: 54 Days: Stars in ECHL

Saturday is here, and the countdown continues to tick away! 54 days until the Dallas Stars open up their season against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th at the American Airlines Center.

The Dallas Stars announced Wednesday that the organization has renewed its partnership with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

The Steelheads have been the Stars ECHL affiliate since the 2005-2006 season along with a stint in the 2003-2004 season. The Steelheads have proven to be one of the ECHL’s elite teams and have qualified for the postseason every year since their partnership with the Stars organization. Over the last ten years, the Steelheads have reached the Kelly Cup Finals three times, winning it two out of three times in 2004 and 2007.

This past season, the Idaho Steelheads finished with a record of 39-26-3, placing them third in the Mountain Division and fourth in the Western Conference, once again securing themselves a spot in the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. They defeated the Colorado Eagles four games to two in their first series, and moved on to the second round where they eventually lost to the Alaska Aces by a score of four games to one. Alaska went on to clinch the Western Conference and win the Kelly Cup. Idaho will look to have another successful season and continue to repeat the recent past.

Dallas Stars Director of Hockey Operations and Texas Stars General Manager Scott White said, “We are extremely pleased to renew our affiliation with the Steelheads. Idaho has proven to be a strong stepping stone for young talent, which is no doubt a product of the club’s success and the winning culture it has instituted.”

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