Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk still excited about his team despite not having P.E.I. native Brad Richards on his roster
Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, left, holds up a Stars jersey with new head coach Glen Gulutzan during a news conference June 20 in Dallas announcing Gulutzan’s hiring by the NHL team. Associated Press photo
By Dave Stewart
The general manager of the Dallas Stars says training camp in Charlottetown will be much different this year.
Joe Nieuwendyk said he figured the question was coming so he decided to start talking about the biggest change this year — no Brad Richards.
The Stars will be conducting a portion of their training camp, Sept. 15 to 20, in Charlottetown, but the NHL team will come north without their leading scorer.
Richards’ contract with Dallas expired on June 30 and the Murray Harbour native chose to sign as a free agent with the New York Rangers.
“I think the biggest thing for us is we won’t have Brad Richards with us and that’s always going to be talked about,’’ Nieuwendyk said during an informal scrum with the media in Charlottetown Friday after he took part in the Gold Cup Parade.
“Obviously, Brad has moved on in a big way, but we’re really excited about coming back. I attribute a lot of our success last year, especially with the start that we had, to the team getting here and coming together as a team right off the get-go here in Charlottetown.’’
Hosting the Stars will cost the City of Charlottetown about $30,000 but, according to numbers from a national sports organization, the spinoff effect will net the city in the $500,000 area.
“It’s a big deal for Charlottetown,’’ said Mayor Clifford Lee. “I do recognize Brad not being a part of the team this year (means) it is going to be different, there’s no question about it, but I’m still expecting that Islanders will turn out in big numbers to see these real professional hockey players play a game.’’
Although the schedule hasn’t been released yet, the Stars will practise at MacLauchlan Arena (free to the public) and play an intra-squad game at the Civic Centre on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for $20 (plus taxes).
Nieuwendyk said the entire team will participate in the intra-squad game, except maybe those who might suffer injuries between now and then.
The camp won’t be without a P.E.I. connection.
Stars forward Steve Ott was born in Summerside and Nieuwendyk said he’ll be expected to play a bigger role now.
The Stars also boast Newfoundland and Labrador natives Michael Ryder, fresh from winning a Stanley Cup with Boston this year, and Adam Pardy, who comes over from Calgary.
Other new faces in the Dallas lineup will include Sheldon Souray, Radek Dvorak, Vern Fiddler and tough guy Eric Godard.
Of course, the Stars will be bringing up their big guns like Loui Eriksson, Brendan Morrow, Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro and Kari Lehtonen.
“We have a lot more depth there now,’’ Nieuwendyk said.
Dallas Stars Coming
u Forwards – Krystofer Barch, Jamie Benn, Adam Burish, Jake Dowell, Radek Dvorak, Loui Eriksson, Vernon Fiddler, Eric Godard, Brendan Morrow, Steve Ott, Toby Peterson, Mike Ribeiro, Michael Ryder and Tom Wandell.
u Defence – Trevor Daley, Mark Fistric, Alex Goligoski, Nicklas Grossman, Adam Pardy, Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray.
u Goaltenders – Kari Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft.
u High-end prospects – F Alex Chiasson (Boston, NCAA), F Brett Ritchie (Sarnia, OHL), D Jamie Oleksiak (Northeastern, NCAA) and G Jack Cam
Stars’ coaching staff
to conduct P.E.I. clinic
Hockey P.E.I. has announced it will again be hosting a Development 1 coaching clinic, Sept. 17 to 18, as part of the Dallas Stars’ training camp in Charlottetown.
The clinic will be held at the Civic Centre.
Hockey P.E.I. held a similar clinic at last year’s camp.
As part of the clinic, the Stars’ new head coach Glen Gulutzan and members of his staff will be offering presentations to the coaching delegates.
“We are extremely pleased about this opportunity to have the Dallas Stars coaching staff back again to be part of our coaching clinic and provide some of their experience and insight to some of our coaches,” said Hockey P.E.I. president Eugene Power. “Their contribution last year was exceptional and well received by the coaching delegates.
“We sincerely appreciate the contribution and co-operation of the Dallas Stars organization and the organizing committee from the City of Charlottetown.”
All delegates that attend the clinic will also receive a ticket to the inter-squad game on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Civic Centre, starting at 6 p.m.
Individuals can register for the clinic by visiting the Hockey P.E.I. website at www.hockeypei.com and select clinics.
For more information, contact Hockey P.E.I. technical director Mike White at 368-4334 or email@example.com.
All practice sessions during the Stars’ camp will be open to the public.