Training camp notes: Dallas Stars open camp in Fort Worth minus two players

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More information Stars’ training camp schedule in Fort Worth Friday : Second 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 All times are subject to change. Check for updates on events or changes in schedule. Stars’ preseason schedule
Sundayvs. St. Louis AAC6 p.m.
Wednesdayvs. FloridaAAC7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20vs. FloridaSan Ant.7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at St. Louis St. Louis7 p.m.
Sept. 24at ColoradoDenver8 p.m.
Set. 26vs. ColoradoAAC7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27vs. EdmontonOkla. City7 p.m.

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The Dallas Stars opened training camp Thursday at the Fort Worth Convention Center without two players.

Stars general manager Jim Nill said defenseman Aaron Rome’s recent hip procedure will keep him out until around the start of the season, Oct. 3 against the Florida Panthers at the American Airlines Center.

Also, newly acquired forward Rich Peverley was off the ice Thursday after an electrocardiogram showed “something” during Wednesday’s physicals, Nill said.

“We’re very sensitive to that,” Nill said “We’re getting him checked out some more. If everything is OK, he’ll be back on the ice [Friday].”

Peverley joined the Stars during the summer as part of a deal with Boston that sent Loui Eriksson to the Bruins in exchange for the forward and young star Tyler Seguin.

“I’ve talked to him a bunch. He’s handling his stuff right now and, hopefully, he’ll be back soon,” Seguin said.

Rome played in 27 games for the Stars last season, with five points on five assists.

Coming to Cowtown

It’s been a long journey for new Stars center Shawn Horcoff to make it to Fort Worth.

After 13 years with the Edmonton Oilers, the last three as the team’s captain, Horcoff was traded to the Stars in the off-season for Philip Larsen and a seventh-round pick.

And now Horcoff believes he can finally exhale.

He will serve as a veteran presence on this young Stars team, but he says the move has lifted the weight of a big-time contract and captaincy.

“I feel like I’m 100 pounds lighter,” Horcoff said. “It’s just different. I said it when I got traded: I needed a fresh start. I was at a point in my career that I needed something new.”

He skated in the Stars’ new green uniforms in the Fort Worth Convention Center, where the team last skated in a 1993 exhibition, and he was pleased with everything about the first practice.

“There’s more fans than I thought there were going to be out there,” he said of the several hundred onlookers who filled the stands Thursday morning. “And it’s nice to be close and to be able to come back and forth.

“I’ll go out to lunch and, hopefully, meet a couple of people and say hi. It’s exciting to branch out a little bit. Anything we can do here to build a fan base and a bigger one, we’re going to do it.”

Meanwhile, Tyler Seguin, the Stars’ new center, has spent the past several days getting adjusted to Texas, especially the heat. Thanks to Fort Worth’s Western culture, Seguin knows it’s a place he will enjoy — especially since he’s a country music fan.

Fort Worth might have presented the biggest culture shock to Frenchman Antoine Roussel, who got his first taste of North Texas last season in his rookie year with the Stars. After practice ended for the 23-year-old forward, he said he was eager to do some exploring.

“It’s great spending some time here and seeing some different people and the rink, Roussel said. “Can’t wait to actually have a walk around the city and see what it’s all about.”

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