Stars kick off training camp

The Dallas Stars kicked off training camp Sunday afternoon in Frisco, going through a fast-paced on-ice practice session that lasted a little more than an hour.

A total of 26 players – 15 forwards, 8 defenseman and 3 goaltenders – were on the ice, running through a series of drills before a good crowd at the team’s practice facility.

The group of forwards included key offseason additions Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy. Aaron Rome, signed as a free agent in July, was a new face on defense.

Six players from the Texas Stars – forwards Cody Eakin, Reilly Smith and Antoine Roussel, defensemen Brenden Dillon and Jordie Benn, and goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp – were called up in time for day one of camp.

Two of the team’s top prospects playing in junior hockey – forwards Brett Ritchie and Radek Faksa- were on the ice as well.

The pace was a notch higher than the recent skates the players have been putting themselves through as they waited for the NHL lockout to officially end and training camps to open.

It was much different. A lot faster pace, a little more intensity in it,” said Whitney. “When guys are leaning on you it makes a difference. Your legs that you feel in shape all of sudden don’t feel as good a shape when you have someone leaning on you. Overall, it was a pretty good pace and a pretty good practice.”

“I think the pace has gotten better every day,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “For those of us that haven’t played any games, this is what we are going to see on Saturday. As much competition and repetition you can get at this speed, it is going to pay off.”

Training camp will be short, running less than a week. The Stars open the season on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center. There’s a lot to accomplish. Sunday primarily focused on defensive work.

“We talked about our D zone, how we want to play in our D zone and we finished it off with some neutral zone schemes,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Tomorrow, we are going to get into tracking and our forecheck and our systems work. We’re trying to combine the systems work with a little bit of tempo so you are getting the guys up to a good sweat and a pace, and slowing it down to do some teaching. We’re going to have to do that for the first two or three days. This training camp – if you videotaped Prince Edward Island last year – it’s going to be a lot the same.”

Practice lineup

Here was Sunday’s practice lineup. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said you can read something into the line combinations, but don’t carve them in stone.

“They have some meaning, but if you are writing down lines today write them in pencil,” Gulutzan said. “At the end of the day we have competition, we have fresh legs. We’re about Saturday night, we’re about getting off to a good start.”

Forwards lines:
Eriksson-Roy-Jagr
Whitney-Wandell-Ryder
Morrow-Fiddler-Nystrom
Garbutt-Eakin-R. Smith
Roussel-Faksa-Ritchie

Defense pairings:
Goligoski-Robidas
Rome-Daley
Fistric-Larsen
Jo. Benn-Dillon

Goaltenders:
Lehtonen
Bachman
Nilstorp

Camp roster

# Forwards (15) Ht. Wt. Birth Date Birth Place Shoots
10 Morrow, Brenden 6′ 0″ 205 January 16, 1979 Carlyle, SK, CAN Left
11 Roy, Derek 5′ 9″ 184 May 4, 1983 Ottawa, ON, CAN Left
13 Whitney, Ray 5′ 10″ 180 May 8, 1972 Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN Right
18 Smith, Reilly 6’1″ 192 April 1, 1991 Toronto, ON, CAN Left
20 Eakin, Cody 6′ 0″ 193 May 24, 1991 Winnipeg, MB, CAN Left
21 Eriksson, Loui 6′ 2″ 196 July 17, 1985 Gothenburg, SWE Left
23 Wandell, Tom 6′ 1″ 200 January 29, 1987 Sodertalje, SWE Left
24 Nystrom, Eric 6′ 1″ 193 February 14, 1983 Syosset, NY, USA Left
38 Fiddler, Vernon 5′ 11″ 197 May 9, 1980 Edmonton, AB, CAN Left
40 Garbutt, Ryan 6′ 0″ 190 August 12, 1985 Winnipeg, MB, CAN Left
46 Ritchie, Brett 6′ 3″ 209 July 1, 1993 Orangeville, ON, CAN Right
60 Roussel, Antoine 6′ 0″ 200 November 21, 1989 Roubaix, FRA Left
68 Jagr, Jaromir 6′ 3″ 240 February 15, 1972 Kladno, CZE Left
73 Ryder, Michael 6′ 0″ 198 March 31, 1980 Bonavista, NL, CAN Right
94 Faksa, Radek 6′ 3″ 202 January 9, 1994 Vitkov, CZE Left
# Defensemen (8) Ht. Wt. Birth Date Birth Place Shoots
3 Robidas, Stephane 5′ 11″ 196 March 3, 1977 Sherbrooke, QC, CAN Right
4 Dillon, Brenden 6′ 3″ 228 November 13, 1990 New Westminster, BC, CAN Left
6 Daley, Trevor 5′ 11″ 198 October 9, 1983 Toronto, ON, CAN Left
27 Rome, Aaron 6′ 1″ 218 September 27, 1983 Nesbitt, MB, CAN Left
28 Fistric, Mark 6′ 2″ 233 June 1, 1986 Edmonton, AB, CAN Left
33 Goligoski, Alex 5′ 11″ 181 July 30, 1985 Grand Rapids, MN, USA Left
36 Larsen, Philip 6′ 0″ 190 December 7, 1989 Esbjerg, DNK Right
58 Benn, Jordie 6′ 1″ 205 July 26, 1987 Victoria, BC, CAN Left
# Goaltenders (3) Ht. Wt. Birth Date Birth Place Catches
31 Bachman, Richard 5′ 10″ 175 July 25, 1987 Salt Lake City, UT, USA Left
32 Lehtonen, Kari 6′ 4″ 217 November 16, 1983 Helsinki, FIN Left
41 Nilstorp, Cristopher 6′ 4″ 184 February 16, 1984 Malmo, SWE Right

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