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With the month of September rolling right along, the Dallas Stars are rapidly approaching the beginning of 2019-20 training camp. They set the stage for it on Wednesday afternoon by releasing the schedule and roster for the session.
A handful of Dallas Stars prospects began play at the Traverse City Tournament on Friday afternoon with a contest against the Minnesota Wild. The annual competition is held in Traverse City, Michigan and provides an opportunity for the Stars and seven other NHL franchises to put their top prospects up against other farm systems in the league in order to gauge potential.

In addition to the tournament serving as a benefit for the coaches and front offices of each team, it’s also a chance for prospects to prove their value on a bigger stage while vying for a spot on the organizational depth chart.

All in all, it’s a weekend that involves four games, opportunities to shine, and a glimpse at the future. Next weekend, however, will involve a glimpse at more of the here and now. That’s because we’re only one week away from the Stars opening up their 2019-20 training camp session.

The Dallas Stars will host 2019-20 training camp at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas from Sep. 13-15. After spending the last few summers bouncing between Fort Worth, Cedar Park, and Boise, Idaho, the team will return to North Texas to open up their 2019-20 campaign.

And on Wednesday afternoon, the team released the schedule and roster for the three-day camp session to give fans a closer look at what to expect from the weekend.

This year’s camp will run for three days, with on-ice sessions taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each day of the weekend. Unlike in years past, there will be no Victory Green vs. White Scrimmage on Sunday afternoon; instead, the day will play host to typical on-ice sessions.

The 2019-20 training camp roster will include 63 players (37 forwards, 20 defensemen, and six goaltenders), many of which are currently competing with the prospect team in Traverse City right now. The roster will offer firsthand looks at a number of new players that signed with the team over the past few months (including Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry, Andrej Sekera, Joel Kiviranta, and Emil Djuse) and will also raise a handful of questions as to what league certain players should end up skating in this year.

Will Ty Dellandrea crack the Dallas Stars roster and secure a full-time spot, or will he head back to the OHL for another season? Where do the young free agent signings like Joel Kiviranta, Emil Djuse, and Tye Felhaber fit in the puzzle? What kind of first impression will Corey Perry and Andrej Sekera leave on the organization, especially after inconsistent 2018-19 campaigns that were riddled with injuries? And how will longtime Sharks captain Joe Pavelski mesh with his new team as he tries to make one last run at the Stanley Cup?

Training camp is often the earliest opportunity that the organization, players, and fans have when looking for answers to questions. It’s a chance to get back on the ice as a complete group, work on strategies and skills, and gear up for preseason action, which will meet the Stars at the conclusion of camp with a Monday night game against the St. Louis Blues at the American Airlines Center.

All three days will be free and open to the public, with the Dallas Stars Street Squad and Stars Ice Girls making appearances on Saturday and Sunday.

Hockey season is quickly rolling into focus, and that’s good news for a team like the Stars. With an impressive run to end 2018-19 and a busy offseason, the potential is there.

Veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy is retiring from the NHL after an 11-year career, announcing his decision on NHL Network on Wednesday night.

Lovejoy, 35, was a Stanley Cup winner in 2016 during his second stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he began his career.

In December 2017, he became the first active NHL player to announce he was donating his brain to concussion research.

A defense-first player who excelled on the penalty kill throughout his career, Lovejoy finished last season with the Dallas Stars following a trade-deadline deal with the New Jersey Devils. He also played in parts of three seasons for the Anaheim Ducks.

He retires with 20 goals and 81 assists in 544 career games.

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