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May 28, 2013

Rebranded Stars close to moving training camp to Fort Worth

The team and city are looking at camp Sept. 11-13 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Fort Worth and the Dallas Stars have moved deeper into discussions about the city hosting a three-day training camp for the hockey team this September, Kirk Slaughter, Fort Worth’s public events director, said Tuesday.

“If it occurs, what would occur would probably be a training camp on Wednesday-Thursday-Friday in the [Fort Worth] Convention Center arena,” Slaughter said. On the final day, the team would break into two squads for a scrimmage.

The team could end up staying in Fort Worth and hosting some fan activities, he said.

The city and team are looking at Sept. 11-13, he said.

“We’re in some pretty serious discussions with them, and hopefully, we’ll have something put together real soon,” Slaughter said. “We think it would be a good marriage between between their organization and all the hockey fans on this side of the Metroplex. We think it would be a fun week.”

The Stars missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Earlier this month, the Stars fired coach Glen Gulutzan after two seasons. He was 64-57-9 in his two seasons. His assistant, Paul Jerrard, also was released.

Last month, general manager Joe Nieuwendyk was fired and replaced by Jim Nill.

Nill is leading the search for a new coach. Two weeks ago, Nill said he won’t limit his list of candidates to those with NHL head coaching experience and that Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins will get consideration.

Also, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and recently fired Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault have been linked to the Stars according to published reports.

During the season, the team traded Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr.

In keeping with the trend of change, the team will unveil its new uniform and logo on June 4.

If and when the Stars officially host training camp in Fort Worth, Tarrant County fans will get an up-close look at the rebranded franchise.

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