Stars returning to Charlottetown

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GM Joe Nieuwendyk will be taking part in the 50th anniversary of the Gold Cup Parade

Dallas assistant general manager Frank Provenzano, left, with Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, announced the squad will hold another training camp in the city in September.

The Dallas Stars made it official today, the NHL team is returning to Charlottetown in September to take part in a brief training camp.

That camp will, again, include an intra-squad game.

The camp is being held Sept. 15-20, one day longer than it went last year.

The intra-squad game will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are now on sale at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.

Dallas assistant general manager Frank Provenzano was in Charlottetown Monday to make the announcement but that wasn’t all he was in town to reveal.

Provenzano said Stars’ general manager Joe Nieuwendyk will be taking part in the 50th anniversary of the Gold Cup Parade on Friday, Aug. 19.

“Truth be told, we’re coming back for the shellfish festival,’’ Provenzano joked.

His comment was meant to underline the fun the team had in Charlottetown last year.

Provenzano said the team credits the Charlottetown camp with helping the team get off to such a fast start last season, even if it didn’t turn into a playoff spot.

The camp will cost the city $35,000. Ticket sales and corporate investment will take care of a large portion of the cost. That price tag is designed to help the NHL team recoup the cost to fly to and from Charlottetown.

According to the Canadian Sport Tourism Congress’ formula, Charlottetown is expected to match or exceed last year’s dollar figure when it comes to economic impact. Last year, the camp brought in $500,000.

As for Dallas’ leading scorer, Brad Richards, everything remains up in the air.

Richards, a native of Murray Harbour, becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and with Dallas’ ownership status still uncertain, there is a very real possibility Richards won’t be with the Stars in September.

Organizations: Dallas Stars, NHL, Canadian Sport Tourism Congress

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Dallas, Charlottetown.According Murray Harbour

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Recent comments

  • Sean Murphy
    May 31, 2011 - 11:41

    first, it's exciting to have an NHL team here for a week, even though I won't be going to see them. But what economic benefit is there? Cultural, yes, as people get to see the "Stars". But the fact is that we're paying for a bunch of millionaire professional athletes to come here and practice. There is zero economic impact except to the hotels and restaurants that serve them. The cost is not only to fly them here but also the operation of the rinks. At least these guys will be here for a week, not fly in and fly out as Aerosmith did. Stop this economic cost benefit nonsense. Just say it's exciting to be able to do this for Island hockey fans, and for the rest of you, just keep paying your taxes.

  • Bill
    May 30, 2011 - 13:23

    The camp "brought in $500,000" last year. What does that mean? Lets face it they just make these numbers up to try and justify spending taxpayers money. It's private business's that get the benefits so they should pay for it.