The Dallas Stars will return to Prince Edward Island to conduct the first four days of their training camp again this September, according to The Guardian in PEI. The experience was acknowledged by all last Fall to be a positive one and the Stars felt that it helped get them season off to a strong start.
Today of all days, the announcement seems a little foreboding, however. A loss tonight could put the ultimate goal of reaching the playoffs a little too far out of reach and here we are now with a start date to next season's camp: A rookie practice on September 16th.
That's 171 very long days from today.
Practice sessions will be held at the CARI Complex - MacLauchlan Arenas with rookie practice set for Sept.16 and full team practices to be held Sept. 17, 19 and 20. An intra-squad game, featuring all of the Stars' top players, will take place Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. All practice sessions will be open to the public (times to be determined). Details and ticket information for the intra-squad game will be announced at a later date.
A formal announcement is expected from the team soon.
ESPN Dallas adds that there exists a possibility that the Stars could make a stop on the way back home for an exhibition game in Montreal against the Canadiens. CBC reported last week that PEI wanted to bring a second NHL team to the Island to play the Stars but were not able to, as the cost would be in excess of $200,000.
This would likely put the start of the pre-season in Dallas somewhere around the 22nd or 23rd of September, 2011. We'd rather be hearing announcements about post-season.
**Conspiracy theorists seeking a connection between returning to Prince Edward Island, home of Brad Richards, and his decision come July 1st should seek counseling.