Southlake resident works to make impact with the Dallas Stars

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Jake Fallon had a slight advantage on many of the players vying for the Dallas Stars front office’s attention during the Stars’ Development Camp July 4-10.

He could rest in his own bed and prepare in the comfort of his own home.

One of his many homes.

As a self-proclaimed nomad, Fallon has his deepest roots set in Southlake, where his family resides. He attended Carroll High before moving up to Michigan to play for the Wolverines and now is heading into his junior season at the University of Vermont.

His ultimate goal is to entice an NHL team to pick him up, and why not Dallas, one of the many stops he’s made through his young hockey career?

“It’s definitely positive that some NHL team has some interest in you, whether it’s a lot or a little,” Fallon said. “If it’s a little then you have this opportunity to play hard, and hopefully you look better than the ones they drafted in front of you and try to get your nose in the door. That’s really the plan.”

Born in Los Angeles, Fallon moved to Texas before high school, moving from a world with an appreciation for sticks and pucks to football-mad Southlake.

His take on North Texas high school football was that it was just like something he’d seen on TV.

“If I had to guess what Texas high school football was like, it was that,” Fallon said. “The quarterback was dating the cheerleader captain. All the popular kids were wearing their letterman jackets. It was like straight out of Friday Night Lights.”

Fallon was quick to mention he never once donned the green and black football uniforms of Carroll, which in his case was for the best. All of the years spent working on ice in the heat of Texas summers was noticeable during the Stars’ camp as he flew by many players with top-quality skating speed.

He’s also a guy that stood out to Development Camp Coordinator and former Star, Brent Severyn.

“Jake, he’s a kid I just talked to him about, he reminds me of Tony Hrkac,” Severyn said. “He’s got smoothness to his game and has the ability to read the play quickly. He has a nice touch with the puck. For us coaches, we noticed him out there and just liked the way he looks as a player and looks like he’s a good kid as well.”

Fallon said that’s exactly the impression he hoped to make from the first moment he entered Dr Pepper Star Center Frisco, the practice ice of the Stars.

“It hits you that the actual Dallas Stars practice here,” Fallon said. “It’s a big deal. Another moment was when the head coach [Lindy Ruff] was out there, that was like, ‘Alright, it’s time to bring the A-game.’”

Fallon returns to Vermont this fall to continue his collegiate hockey career after a sophomore season that saw him post 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists, good enough for second on the team in all three categories. He also earned some hardware when he was named the MVP of the 2012-2013 Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup.

While the far northeast might have grabbed hold of the nomadic nature of Fallon, he hopes his future brings him back “home” again next summer for another Stars’ Development Camp after the performance he put forth this year.

“Hopefully, the guys upstairs and everyone thinks I’ve 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 next year.”

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