Five local hockey players participate in Stars development camp

Posted Friday, Jul. 11, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Stars development camp local invitees

F John Searfoss

Colleyville Heritage

University of Nebraska-Omaha

F Jake Fallon

Southlake Carroll

University of Vermont

D Cole Martin

Arlington Oakridge

Kelowna (WHL)

D Matt Staples

Coppell

Medicine Hat (WHL)

G Christian Frey

Arlington Martin

Ohio State

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

In 2011, Arlington’s Christian Frey was wearing a Dallas Stars uniform while playing at one of the many StarsCenters around the Metroplex.

He was a goaltender for the Junior Stars organization, playing for an under 18 team.

Little did he know that one day he’d live his dream of skating in a Stars jersey for the club itself — in this case as a developmental prospect.

Frey is one of five local hockey players invited to participate in the Stars’ development camp this week, aimed at schooling the organization’s recent draft picks in the coaching staff’s system.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Frey, an Arlington Martin graduate. “Growing up, watching the Stars, that’s what originally got me into playing hockey. Being at their rookie camp, it’s an incredible feeling.”

For Frey, who now plays for Ohio State, it’s the first step in reaching the same heights his childhood friend Seth Jones, a Dallas-raised player, obtained when he was selected fourth overall in last year’s draft.

“He wasn’t on everybody’s radar and then all of the sudden this kid out of Texas was playing well in the NCAA — so exciting for him,” Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley said.

For another Arlington native, Cole Martin, it’s the continuation of a dream that was reached several years prior.

Martin, who just finished a Western Hockey League season with Kelowna, returned to development camp this season after participating when he was 17.

He said this second go-around is even more productive, as he is a little less star-struck.

“You feel a little bit more comfortable,” Martin said. “You’re not shy, walking around with your head down. You can actually go up and say hi to guys, especially guys you’ve played against for years.”

One of those conversations included a 20-minute sit-down with Stars assistant general manager Les Jackson about life in general and improving specific skills.

For Martin, there are no better teachers than the organization that gave him his first love of hockey and biggest motivation.

“My parents have season tickets, so as a little kid I was star-struck,” Martin said. “Just always wanting to play for them and see if I could ever make it and challenge it every day to try and make it whether it was here or anywhere else, but it’s even more special here.”

For Colleyville native John Searfoss, the experience of seeing the inner workings of the organization he grew up following was a thrill, he said.

They matched up with Coppell native Matt Staples, who played last season for Medicine Hat of the WHL and Southlake resident Jake Fallon to round out the Texas five.

The larger number of local invitees to this year’s camp is another sign to general manager Jim Nill that youth hockey is continuing to grow in Texas.

“They’re all big players on their teams,” Nill said. “It shows that the hockey has grown here and it’s getting stronger.”

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Tuesday, November 25Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, November 25Full Scoreboard
Atlanta «106Final | Box
Washington102
Golden State «114Final | Box
Miami97
Detroit86Final | Box
Milwaukee «98
Sacramento974th Qtr 2:43 | Box
New Orleans85TV: CSN-CA, FSN-NO
Chicago493rd Qtr | Box
Denver56TV: CSN-CHI, Altitude
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Chicago 12:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Seattle 8:30 PM ET
San Francisco TV: NBC
Sunday
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Monday
Miami 8:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, November 25Full Scoreboard
Winnipeg «4Final | Box
Columbus2
Ottawa13rd Prd 12:05 | Box
St. Louis2TV: RDS, TSN5, FSN-MW
Los Angeles33rd Prd 11:57 | Box
Nashville3TV: FSN-W, FSN-TN
Edmonton13rd Prd | Box
Dallas3TV: SN-W, FSN-SW
Colorado12nd Prd 11:09 | Box
Arizona3TV: TVA, Altitude2, FSN-AZ
New Jersey01st Prd 16:07 | Box
Vancouver0TV: MSG+, SN-PAC
Calgary01st Prd 13:36 | Box
Anaheim1TV: SN-W, Flames, FSN-PT
Full Scoreboard