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09/11/2013

It's here - Dallas Stars training camp in Fort Worth

New training campThis is a public service announcement to ... well, anybody ... the 2013-'14 NHL season begins on Thursday morning when the Dallas Stars hold their three-day training camp in Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Having covered a few of these, an NHL training camp is a wonderful way to get close to the players, coaches and watching the game itself. The players are normally very available for autographs, that you can either keep or hurriedly place on EBay.

If you get a chance, you may even meet Dallas Stars color analyst Daryl Reaugh, who is better looking in person than he is on the radio.

Lots o' new faces on this team from the GM (Jim Nill), head coach (Lindy Ruff) and a host of new players such as Tyler Seguin, Sergei Gonchar and Shawn Horcoff.

Personally, the guys I want to see are young d-men Troy Vance, Jamie Oleksiak and Brenden Dillon. Why do I want to see these guys? Because they are, in order, 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-4. 

Camp is Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free, and open to the public. Personally, I think it would be better if admission was free, but it was not open to the public.

On Thursday and Friday, practice runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Saturday, there is a full scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at noon.

Training camps such as these are a perfect chance to bring kids to a sporting event without spending a fortune, except on parking where you can be sure the city of Fort Worth will gauge you as much as possible.

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