Re-branded Dallas Stars hope to make mark in Cowtown

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More information Stars training camp schedule in Fort Worth Today 10 a.m.: Stars alumni and Mayor Betsy Price launch the second annual FitWorth Kids Fall Challenge at Morningside Elementary, and will host a ball hockey clinic for the kids. Thursday: First day of practice 9 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Players on the ice for camp 11:45 a.m.: scrimmage Friday: Second day of practice 9 a.m.-10:45 a.m. : Players on the ice for camp 11:45 a.m.: scrimmage Saturday: Last day of practice and team scrimmage 10 a.m.: Practice and “Green and White” team scrimmage Note: All times are subject to change. Check for updates on events or changes in schedule.

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In 1993, the Dallas Stars introduced North Texas to the National Hockey League for the first time in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues.

That September evening, the Stars were welcomed to Texas by a crowd of 5,466 fans at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Twenty years later, the Stars will return to Fort Worth for the first time since the inaugural season.

The Stars will hold their 2013 training camp in the Fort Worth Convention Center, introducing fans to a new logo, jersey, coach, general manager and a roster of fresh young faces as a part of the biggest re-branding overhaul the organization has undertaken since it moved from Minnesota.

Wednesday through Saturday, the Stars will move their operations to Fort Worth.

Practice is scheduled for Thursday and Friday morning followed by a “Green and White” scrimmage Saturday morning. All practices and the scrimmage are free and open to the public.

Training camp in Fort Worth will allow the players to get away from the distractions of home while remaining close enough for the local media to provide coverage.

Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said he hopes this camp will get fans into the hockey spirit.

“We’re going to blow Fort Worth out for four days and get them introduced to our sport,” Lites said “If we’re successful after one year, we’ll continue going to Fort Worth for training camp. If it’s great, we’ll keep going.”

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