The Dallas Stars have been all about the children this summer. Jordie Benn, Aleš Hemský and Antoine Roussel are logging time as counselors at Dallas Stars Hockey Camp. Jamie Benn, still recovering from core-muscle surgery, still showed up to present certificates and hugs to the Stars' very first Girl Rookies class.
And next week, the team will host USA Hockey's 2016 Five Nations Tournament, featuring some of the best under-17 players from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States. The competition takes place Aug. 9-13 at Dr Pepper StarCenter Frisco. Admission for all games is free and open to the public.
The U.S. team is chosen from the Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp and provides them with "elite instruction, as well as the opportunity to compete at the national level against other players in their age group," according to the USA Hockey website. This year's roster includes a Texan: defender Jace Foskey of Southlake, a Dallas Stars Elite 16U player who was selected in the seventh round by the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL 2015 Bantam Draft, and No. 12 overall by the Tri-City Storm in the 2016 USHL Futures Draft.
Team USA comes into this year's tournament as defending champions after an 8-1 victory over Germany in the 2015 edition. With former rosters that include names like Nick Bjugstad, Justin Faulk and Kyle Okposo, a high level of play is to be expected.
Find a schedule, streaming and live stats at the USA Hockey homepage. [USA Hockey]
As the 2016 Summer Olympics open tonight in Rio de Janeiro, contemplate this fun fact: Olympic ice hockey actually made its debut at the Summer Games. Travel back in time to 1920 Antwerp with Dave Stubbs. [NHL]
The Rooster came for camp and stayed for autographs yesterday at StarCenter McKinney.
Antoine Roussel on the ice at a Stars summer camp this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/uSeJUsBE69— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) August 4, 2016
Antoine Roussel signing autographs after today's summer hockey camp. pic.twitter.com/fPdBI8THkB— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) August 4, 2016
Tired of politics? The Hangar has a ticket we all can support. [NHL]
Last year, forward Joseph Veleno joined the likes of John Tavares, Connor McDavid and Aaron Ekblad when he was granted "exceptional status" by Hockey Canada. Now the 16-year-old is trying to live up to his advance billing as a potential top pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. [NHL]
Evander Kane has pled not guilty to six charges stemming from a June incident in a Buffalo bar. Now he has been sued by a woman who claims he assaulted her in a hotel room last December. Allan Muir urges Kane to seek help, and not the legal kind, in a new column.
When the Montreal Canadiens traded P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators, few fans were more devastated than the young patients at Montréal Children's Hospital who thought of him as a friend. Here's how P.K. let them know he won't forget them. [Puck Daddy]
Las Vegas hopes its transplanted hockey fans can turn the casual and curious viewers into diehards. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
Meanwhile, in Detroit, workers celebrated with a topping-out ceremony as they hoisted the final structural beam for Little Caesars Arena. [Detroit Free Press]
Finally: There's no escape from Pokémon GO. Just ask Patrick Marleau, who actually STOPPED HIS CAR, ON THE ROAD, so his kids could catch Pikachu. [Puck Drunk Love]
Driving home from dinner, kids playing Pokemon. Pikachu appeared, Patrick pulled the car over faster than lightning. pic.twitter.com/TvF8B3PC2J— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) August 2, 2016