The Dallas Stars are coming to Charlottetown this September for training camp.

The National Hockey League team will be at the University of Prince Edward Island's MacLaughlin Arena, Sept. 18 to 20.

It took the City of Charlottetown two years to land the deal, which was sealed after a five-day trip to Dallas by city officials.

Mayor Clifford Lee and three other city officials travelled to Texas to pitch the idea earlier this year. That was followed by a surprise visit to the Island by team officials, who liked what they saw.

The Texas trip cost $7,000, Lee said, and on top of that the city is giving the NHL franchise $30,000 to come to Charlottetown.

The city is hoping to convince the Stars to sign a multi-year deal to hold their annual training camps in the city.

Dallas Stars scout, Shane Turner, who is from the Island, said the team really liked the fact that centre Brad Richards is from Murray Harbour, P.E.I.

"As you can appreciate, they have cities from all over Canada contacting them all the time. The things they liked — Brad Richards is from here."

Steve Ott, a native of Summerside, also plays with the Stars.

The city is encouraging the public to come out and watch the Stars practice.

Spectators are admitted free of charged to all practices, except for an intra-squad game at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. Tickets for that game are $20 and will go on sale July 12.