The Dallas Stars took training camp to the American Airlines Center Thursday evening, practicing before fans at the team’s Game On! Ice Breaker Event.
“We’ve got some pretty good players that we brought in and we hope the fans are excited,” said defenseman Trevor Daley. “We’re excited to see them and get back at it. Saturday is going to be pretty exciting.”
“It’s been a long wait for hockey,” said coach Glen Gulutzan. “Coming here tonight and practicing in front of them is hopefully some payback for them, let them see us practice, have a good night and let them see what they have in store for Saturday. We have some pretty good players, even to watch (Jaromir) Jagr and (Ray) Whitney skate, as you can see our practice rink is full, it’s nice to bring our fans in here tonight, too, and get a look at those guys.”
Fans lined up after the practice session to get autographs from the players.
On schedule with camp goals
Training camp has been short due to the abbreviated season, but Gulutzan said he and his staff have done what they had hoped over the first five days.
“We’ve accomplished our agenda to date. We’re right on task with what we wanted to do,” Gulutzan said. “There’s a few things we are going to sneak in Saturday morning when we do our pregame skate. We covered things quickly. With five days, obviously, you have to. We’ll be prepared come Saturday.”
Gulutzan said the biggest challenge with a short camp has been prioritizing what’s important.
*There’s not much new on the Jamie Benn front. The Stars and Benn continue to try to work on a new contract for the restricted free agent. The word is the two sides are “inching closer,” but there is still work to be done to bridge the differences.
*Defensemen Philip Larsen and Aaron Rome, who both missed Wednesday’s practice with minor injuries, were back on the ice Thursday evening.
*The Stars are currently at 25 players on their training camp roster. They’ll have to trim it to 23 players or fewer by Friday.
*Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who joined camp from the Texas Stars on Tuesday, has been named to the roster for the AHL All-Star Game, which will be played later this month in Atlantic City. Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser was also selected to play in the game.
Here was Thursday night’s practice lineup, including the power play units.
Power play units