Hockey fans on Prince Edward Island are getting to see the pros up close this weekend because the Dallas Stars are in Charlottetown for training camp.
On Friday, the NHL team's rookies went through their paces at the MacLauchlan Arena, where normally the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers play their varsity games.
Saturday the entire Stars team is scheduled to practise there, including Brad Richards, from Murray Harbour, P.E.I., and Steve Ott, a native of Summerside.
The Stars will play an inter-squad game at the Charlottetown Civic Centre Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $20. The City of Charlottetown paid the Stars $30,000 to bring their training camp to P.E.I.
"We have a focus on sport tourism, and we want to be able to showcase our destination and to promote all that our city has to offer," Wayne Long, events development officer with the city, said Friday.
"We were in discussions with two or three different NHL teams, but really at the end of the day, Dallas was the team that we focused in on. Obviously, with the local ties of Brad Richards and Steve Ott, it made it quite attractable as well, and they were very great to work with and opened the door for us."
It took the city 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 P.E.I. by team officials, who liked what they saw.