Dallas Stars: How To Plan A Trip To Training Camp 2017

The Dallas Stars are less than one month away from kicking off their 2017 training camp session in Cedar Park, TX. If you are trying to make it down for the event, here are some tips to consider when planning your trip.

You can faintly detect the smell of hockey in the air. As the dog days of August and summer as a whole slowly die out, the Dallas Stars and the NHL are quickly creeping back into the spotlight.

In 26 days, the Stars will regroup in Cedar Park at the home of their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, to begin their 2017 training camp session. And in 30 days, competitive hockey action begins at the American Airlines Center as Dallas kicks off their preseason against St. Louis.

It’s a fun time to be a hockey fan. The excitement is just around the corner, and it will be here before we know it.

Training camp is a great way to start any season off. It serves as a way for fans to ease themselves back into the hockey excitement while also giving teams a chance to examine and craft their ideal lineup. With the preseason just around the corner, it’s the perfect buffer and springboard.

The Dallas Stars will host their training camp session in Cedar Park for the third straight year, and it promises to be a good one. There will be plenty of position battles, a chance to see plenty of new players, and an opportunity to converse and socialize with fellow Stars fans.

Are you planning on making a trip to camp? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your September trip.

Date, time, and location

Training camp is scheduled from September 15-18 in Cedar Park, TX at the HEB Center. Here is the schedule for the four days.

Friday, September 15

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – On-Ice Session One

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – On-Ice Session Two

Saturday, September 16

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – On-Ice Session One

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – On-Ice Session Two

Sunday, September 17

12 p.m. – Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage

Monday, September 18

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – On-Ice Session One

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – On-Ice Session Two

All events are free and open to the public. If you plan on attending the intrasquad scrimmage, you will need to reserve a free ticket. The two teams in the scrimmage are entirely composed of the Stars players and prospects attending camp. For more information on that, click here.

Find a place to stay

If you are trying to stay close to the arena, there are a few different options in Cedar Park to choose from.

But if you want to stay somewhere more lively, don’t forget that Austin is right down the road. The two cities are separated by a 30-minute drive, and staying in the state capitol gives you an opportunity to see more and experience a more enthralling atmosphere. But if you are trying to save money on both travel and lodging, a nice hotel in Cedar Park is probably the way to go. Make sure you book ahead of time!

Read up on current Stars stories

The Dallas Stars have a lot to look out for in training camp, and you should too. There will be plenty of battles and excitement to keep an eye on, so make sure you know what to watch for when you’re there. Here are some helpful topics and links.

The Battle on the Blue Line

Prospects Fighting For Time

Will Spezza Fit On The Wing?

How Will The Goaltending Pan Out?

Martin Hanzal’s Role On The Team

There’s plenty of storylines to follow, so make sure you’ve read up on your Dallas Stars knowledge.

Bring plenty of Stars gear

This is for the diehard fans, but should still be considered nonetheless.

Typically at training camp, the players usually make themselves available at one point or another to talk with/sign stuff for fans. It might be when they’re leaving the ice and heading to the locker room, or there may be a scheduled autograph session that fans can get in line for. Either way, it’s never a bad idea to carry around a jersey or puck with a Sharpie. You might get lucky.

Plan other things too

The four-day trip to Austin to see the Dallas Stars team take its shape for the 2017-18 season is a blast, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you go to see.

If you are a Dallas native or live somewhere outside of Cedar Park or Austin, make sure to look into fun spots to visit in the state capitol while you’re down there. After all, training camp ends around 1:30 each day and then you have the entire afternoon. It would be silly to waste valuable trip time by sitting in a hotel and missing out on all of the great scenery and adventures that Austin has to offer.

If you are planning on attending the Dallas Stars 2017 training camp session, make sure to use some of the helpful tips above when scheduling the trip. Oh, and you might want to do it fast.

After all, it will be here before you know it.