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On the Radar: See for Yourself

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 2:55 PM / On the Radar
By Josh Bogorad
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On the Radar: See for Yourself
Few teams throughout pro sports make themselves as accessible as the Dallas Stars. And furthermore, it is all free.

Stars fans, the wait is almost over.

Dallas Stars training camp is less than one month away. Earlier this week the Stars announced their training camp schedule in Fort Worth, and it features the Cowtown Kickoff on September 19, the first day of camp. Festivities include a concert, Q & A with Stars personnel, a bounce house and a slap shot cage. It is sure to be a blast for all who attend. However, of the entire schedule of events, the best part for fans is that training camp is once again free and open to the public.

For the second straight year fans will be able to come to Fort Worth and get the first look at one of the most talked about teams this summer. They can see Jason Spezza’s first official practice in a Stars jersey. They can see who Ales Hemsky lines up alongside for the first time. They can see what Tyler Seguin looks like entering his sophomore season in Dallas. They can see a host of up-and-coming youngsters looking to make an impression and crack the Stars opening night lineup.

Then, after the three-day camp in Fort Worth concludes, fans will still have the opportunity to watch the team up close and personal back in DFW at the main training facility in Frisco. Once again, all for free. In fact, fans have that opportunity all year long. Practices in Frisco throughout the season are open to the public. You can take an early lunch, or swing by on a weekend or day off and watch the Stars mix up lines, work on their power play, and prepare for the game ahead.

Few teams throughout pro sports make themselves as accessible as the Dallas Stars. And furthermore, it is all free. Some fans already know about this and take advantage. They wait after practices in Frisco with jerseys, pucks, and pictures to get autographs from their favorite players. However, for a large portion of the fan base, it still unfortunately remains an unknown.

There is an incredible amount of excitement surrounding the start to this Stars season. There are also a number of big lineup questions. During training camp and the first few weeks of the season, there are going to be fierce position battles among forwards, defensemen, and goaltenders. The Stars have a handful of young prospects that many believe are NHL-ready and could have a huge impact on the roster immediately. But Dallas also has a complete roster of NHL contracted players, so something has to give. Will guys like Brett Ritchie, Curtis McKenzie, and John Klingberg do enough in training camp and preseason to take a spot that currently belongs to a more established guy? Fans can have a front row seat to find out, all without spending a nickel.

If you are a Stars fan and haven’t taken advantage of these opportunities in the past, there is no better time to start than right now. From mid-September, to opening night, and throughout the season, the team will be there on display.

It all begins September 19 in Fort Worth. I hope to see you there. And all season long.

Josh Bogorad is the Pre-Game, Post-Game, and Intermission host for Stars television broadcasts. He can be seen 30 minutes before face-off on ‘Stars Live’ and immediately after games all season long on Fox Sports Southwest. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshBogorad.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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