The Dallas Stars will kick off the 2013-2014 season as they head to Ft. Worth this week for training camp with a stop at Morningside Elementary where the team will donate a complete set of ball hockey equipment to the school.  Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites along with Stars alums, Bob Bassen and Jere Lehtinen will be on hand to conduct a hockey clinic to the fourth graders as the school works to build a culture of health lifestyle choices.

This is the second year the Stars have participated in FitWorth Kids Fall Challenge in cooperation with the Ft. Worth ISD. 

The Stars will be holding training camp at the Ft. Worth Convention Center this year from Thursday, September 12th and concluding with a scrimmage on Saturday, the 14th.  Lites has mentioned that holding camp in Tarrant County was an attempt to “widen the Stars footprint” and to be recognized as the “NHL team of the southwest” region.  In addition to holding camp in Ft. Worth, Dallas will travel to San Antonio and Oklahoma City to play the NHL affiliates to the host cities, Florida Panthers (San Antonio) and Edmonton Oilers (Oklahoma City).

Being a cultivator of the sport of hockey in the south, Lites and the Stars are continuing to bring NHL hockey to markets that might not have the opportunity to see the best talent in the league on a regular basis.  As is evident in the number of youth hockey players and ice rinks in Texas since the arrival of the Stars from Minnesota, Lites’ vision and ability to market the sport of hockey has the Stars poised to move from the back burner to the talk of the sports world once again.

Below is the press release for the 2nd Annual FitWorth Kids Fall Challenge.


WHAT: 2013 Dallas Stars Training Camp/FitWorth Kickoff Event

In conjunction with the start of the 2013 Dallas Stars Training Camp in Fort Worth, the Dallas Stars are helping launch the 2nd Annual FitWorth Kids Fall Challenge at Fort Worth ISD's Morningside Elementary.

Following the Kickoff Pep Rally in the Morningside Auditorium, the fourth grade class will participate in a ball hockey clinic hosted by the Dallas Stars Alumni. The Stars are donating a complete set of ball hockey equipment to Morningside Elementary in support of the school's commitment to helping children develop healthy lifestyle choices.  


Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites

Dallas Stars Chief Revenue Officer Brad Alberts

Dallas Stars Alumni Jere Lehtinen and Bob Bassen

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price

Fort Worth District 8 Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray

Morningside Elementary Principal Ronnita Carridine


WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Morningside Elementary, 2601 Evans Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104