It hasn't exactly the best kept secret ever, but the Dallas Stars made it official Friday: the team will open its 2010 training camp in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Prince Edward Island is the home province of Stars center Brad Richards and Stars forward Steve Ott. Officials in Charlottetown, where the camp will be held, worked long and hard to get the deal done, and it paid off.
“We’re very excited to start our 2010 Training Camp in Charlottetown, PEI,” said Stars Assistant General Manager Frank Provenzano. “Clifford Lee and Wayne Long worked very hard to put this deal together. We are really looking forward to bringing the Dallas Stars to PEI.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our city,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “Charlottetown is an award-winning and internationally recognized event hosting destination. Today’s exciting announcement further reinforces our position in the event attraction market place. Our community looks forward to welcoming the Dallas Stars and extending our warm hospitality.”
The Stars will arrive on September 17 and then hold their first practice on September 18. There will also be intrasquad scrimmage at the Charlottetown Civic Centre on September 19. The Stars will also skate in PEI on September 20, before heading back to Dallas for a preseason game on September 21.
Free agent notes: Peters signs with Minnesota, Climie agrees to terms with Phoenix
Two Dallas unrestricted free agents, who were key players for the Texas Stars, have found new places to play next season.
Goalie Matt Climie has agreed to a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes and center Warren Peters has signed a two-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.
Quotable: Valley on Raycroft signing
"We're getting a guy with a lot of experience and it's going to be great to have that competition. We didn't re-sign Matt Climie, so I think the opportunity is equally as good between Raycroft and [Brent] Krahn as to who is going to grab that back up position. That competition becomes so important because it makes each guy push that much harder. Obviously, Raycroft has had some success in the NHL. It's going to be a great opportunity for him. I am excited to have him in."
Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley on the signing of goaltender Andrew Raycroft