Frisco — The Dallas Stars are holding their developmental camp in Frisco; it’s an opportunity for potential players to demonstrate their skills on the ice. Thirty-four skaters hit the ice at the Dr. Pepper Arena, including the nine newest draft picks.
First rounder Julius Honka was present – he came all the way from Finland. Virtually all of the men represented countries way colder than Texas, but there were four local boys mixing it up with the snowmen. The hometown players even had an advantage when it came to the warm-up.
“When they go outside for the warmup they were complaining about the heat and how they can`t really see because the sun is glaring in their eyes,” Matt Staples from Coppell said.
The Texas skaters all left the Lone Star state to play in more competitive junior leagues up north, but being back home, practicing at the Stars camp, had a special significance.
“You grow up looking up to these guys,” Christian Frey from Arlington said.
“You know the Dallas Stars are the elite organization that you want to play for, and then when your actually at the camp, it’s just surreal.”
Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said he is impressed with the state of hockey in Texas, but he’s not surprised by it anymore.
In Dallas Stars history, there has never been a native Texan on the team. Hopefully, one of these four can change that soon.