Jamaican-born Loewen happy to start practice with NHL Stars in Boise
Jermaine Loewen stepped out onto the ice at CentruyLink Arena for his first practice as a professional player Friday in an arena where he may be playing home games at some point.
The left winger took the time to look up at the banners hanging on the wall, honoring the Idaho Steelheads 2004 and ’07 Kelly Cup Championship teams and the retired numbers of Cal Ingraham, Jeremy Mylymok, Marty Flichel and Scott Burt.
“They obviously got history in there,” said Loewen, the Dallas Stars’ seventh-round draft pick in June. “I looked up at all the banners of the players, and some of them have been retired. It seems its just a storied organization, so I’m excited to learn more about it and maybe be involved sooner rather than later.”
Loewen will likely play this season with Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, the junior hockey team he’s played with the past four seasons. But he is with the Stars for training camp in Boise this weekend, which wraps up with an intrasquad scrimmage today.
If Loewen does play with Dallas’ ECHL affiliate at some point in the future, his time with the Steelheads will mark another stop in a journey that has caught the attention of the hockey world since Dallas made him the first-ever Jamaican-born player to be drafted by an NHL team.