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