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The Stars will be Deep in the Heart of Fort Worth for training camp.

Dallas Stars new logo

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club will commence training camp for the 2013-14 season at the Fort Worth Convention Center from Sept. 11-14. The announcement was made at a special event at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

"Our organization is committed to growing the game of hockey across the State of Texas, and partnering with Fort Worth is a first step in this endeavor," Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites said. "I am excited that we will have the opportunity to showcase our team to the residents of Fort Worth and surrounding cities. As the only professional sports team to hold an open training camp in North Texas, this will be a unique opportunity for the people of Fort Worth to experience first-hand our organization's commitment to our community."

The training camp, which will feature team practices that are free and open to the public on Thursday and Friday, will end with the intra-squad scrimmage at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 14. Other fan and community events are scheduled to take place during the week of training camp and will be officially announced at a later date.

"We've got a lot of excited Dallas Stars fans who are going to have a great time watching training camp in Fort Worth," Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said. "It'll be a lot of fun to have the Stars staying at the Omni Hotel in downtown and practicing at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and you can be sure we'll make an event out of it. We want to thank Mr. Lites who recognizes the countless fans in Fort Worth and went out of his way to bring the Dallas Stars to Cowtown."

Along with the announcement of training camp, the club also announced the scheduling of two preseason games in San Antonio and Oklahoma City. The Stars will play the Florida Panthers on Sept. 20 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and will travel to Oklahoma City on Sept. 27 to face off against the Edmonton Oilers at Cox Convention Center.

SCHUYLER DIXON,AP Sports Writer


DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars are going green — something closer to the Minnesota green they wore before the NHL team moved to Texas 20 years ago.

The Stars unveiled a new logo on Tuesday with a redesigned jersey heavy on the green that retired franchise icon Mike Modano donned after the Minnesota North Stars made him the top overall draft pick in 1988.

Modano, who spent 20 of his 21 seasons with the franchise that drafted him, was wearing No. 9 again when the team celebrated the new look by announcing that his number will be retired when the Minnesota Wild visit Dallas on March 8.

"It's a good color," said Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, who is now a franchise consultant. "No one else has it. That's the way it was with the North Stars. It's kind of unique and different. It shows good on TV. When you see it, you know it's us."

The Stars had a darker shade of green when they moved to Dallas in 1993, but drifted toward a base of black and white through the years. Now they have combined the two greens from their history to come up with what they are calling "Victory Green" — a choice made among more than 250 options considered.

The move back to the franchise's Minnesota roots is coming with a bunch of other changes. The Stars have a new general manager in Jim Nill, who said Tuesday he is "very close" to naming a new coach after he fired Glen Gulutzan.

Under NHL realignment, Dallas will be in a division mostly with teams in the Central time zone for the first time. That means fewer of West Coast start times than they had in the Pacific Division.

The Stars also said they will hold training camp in nearby Fort Worth and play preseason games in San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

"Our organization is committed to growing the game of hockey across Texas, and partnering with Fort Worth is a first step in this endeavor," team president Jim Lites said.

The logo is a nod to the franchise's 20 years in Dallas because the star has a shape similar to the one that stood alone under "Dallas Stars" on the most popular jersey from the team's Stanley Cup championship season in 1998-99.

On the front of the new jersey, a big "D'' sits on top of the star, while the sleeves have the logo with "Dallas Stars" in a circle around it.

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said the team considered Texas colors — particularly blue since it's a prominent color for the other pro sports teams in the Dallas area — but decided too many NHL teams had some combination of red, white and blue.

"I think green was important because it was in our history and in our DNA," Gaglardi said. "We were worried we would just blend in with so many other teams. We realized we had the ability to own our own color across the league."

The new look coincides with the team trying to end an unprecedented five-year stretch without a trip to the playoffs. The Stars won a playoff series their first season in Dallas, but it took them about four years to become championship contenders.

There is more work to do this time, but Nill thinks that is a reasonable time frame. One of the centerpieces of the rebuilding effort, high-scoring forward Jamie Benn, was the other jersey model alongside Modano.

"We're not as far away as people think," Nill said. "But in today's game, you're not far away either way. I don't think we're far away, but we have some holes to fill, and if we don't, we're going to be farther away than we thought."
 

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