FRISCO — They came from as far as Russia, Canada and the northern United States to make their mark on the Dallas Stars.The prospects were attending the Stars development camp, designed to teach young players about the rigors of NHL hockey while improving their skills on the ice and in the weight room.On Monday, kids stood tippy-toed, hanging onto the outside of the boards at the Stars practice rink, taking in a scrimmage with wide-eyed wonder.Little did they know that at one time three of those hockey players had been just like them, watching in awe as the Dallas Stars played hockey.Tarrant County residents Thomas Aldworth, Jake Fallon and Jeff Baum received the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the camp, which ran July 4 through Wednesday. They have spent years learning the game at various Dr Pepper StarCenters.Development camp is typically a chance for the organizations draft picks and a few unsigned free agents to vie for the attention of the Stars front office and coaching staff. Each year, however, a few outstanding players from the Metroplex are invited to be a Star for a week, learning how to improve their game from the pros, alongside the pros.The role is, they want to learn, development camp coordinator and former Stars and NHL defenseman Brent Severyn said. Theyre here to learn like everybody else. We want them to take in the information, to learn from it and to be better as a hockey player.Fallon, of Southlake, was like many of the players in camp. Playing for the University of Vermont, he hoped to impress the organization enough that they might take a flier on the undrafted player who spent two years of his life at Carroll High School.Hopefully, the guys upstairs and everyone thinks Ive been working hard and had a positive camp, Fallon said. Hopefully I go up to Vermont next year and get invited to the camp again.On the other end of the spectrum was Baum, 17, of Colleyville. He sported a mile-wide grin as he stood toe-to-toe with NHL first-round draft picks.Baum has been a regular at the Dr Pepper StarCenter at Valley Ranch since he was 5. He remembers being transfixed by the game when his dad took him to see the Stars play. Never could he imagine that years later hed spend a week as a Star himself as a junior in high school.Im treated the same way as any other guy has been treated, he said. Just being the youngest guy out here is awesome to know I have so many more years to improve and watch. Watching these guys is amazing, too. Seeing where they are and where I could be in the next few years just blows my mind.Baum shared the ice with Aldworth, a longtime hockey acquaintance. With impressive speed, Aldworth, of Keller, zoomed around top prospects during Mondays scrimmage, beating the goaltender on a quick shot off the crossbar. Ive always watched the Stars growing up and its been the team Ive looked up to, Aldworth said. Its just crazy to think Im just skating at their camp and wearing their equipment.Aldworth spent two years of his high school career at Keller Timber Creek before shipping off to Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, where he was the captain of the hockey team.With the Stars new ownership and management finally in place, improvements will not only begin to form with the team on the ice at American Airlines Center, but in rinks across the Metroplex, Severyn said. The Stars have been a driving force in the development of Texas hockey players, such as Arlington-born Seth Jones, who grew up in Denver and Plano and was selected fourth overall in this years NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. Baum hopes he winds up at the Stars development camp again, next time as a draft pick of the organization.Leaving this camp I hope to gain a lot of confidence, learn a lot just to see where I am right now and where Ill be in the future, he said. Hopefully, here in the future Ill be playing Division I college hockey, and a few years after that Ill be playing for the Stars.