Tuesday development camp notes/video

July, 5, 2011
Some notes from development camp in McKinney today.

*Players split into two groups again today and while one worked out off the ice in Frisco, the other skated in McKinney. They switched facilities and routines after the lunch break. They’ll do the same tomorrow.

*Forward Scott Glennie didn’t skate today. The Stars said he has a sore knee. Not sure of his status for tomorrow.

*The Hockey News reported today that defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, the Stars first round pick (14th overall) in this summer’s draft, will tryout out for Canada’s World Junior team, not Team USA. There’s been no official word from anyone on this. Media availability was over by the time I saw the report, so I’ll try to ask Oleksiak tomorrow. Oleksiak is currently on the roster for Team USA’s Evaluation camp, but the word is that Canada has been recruiting him. Oleksiak has dual citizenship, so he could play for either team. He played for the U.S. at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, but he’s not officially committed to one country or the other until he plays at an IIHF sanctioned tournament, and the Hlinka doesn’t qualify. The World Juniors does, so it’s a big decision.

*The player who stood out in my eyes at camp today was defenseman Hubert Labrie, a free agent signing back in 2009. He is a battler. Showed some great determination, resolve and smarts in puck battles this afternoon, including a few with a much larger Oleksiak. Labrie missed most of this season due to a knee injury, but returned late in the season and was outstanding in helping Gatineau make it to the QMJHL finals.

*A reminder, the Stars are holding a free autograph session with the prospects at the development camp on Wednesday. Here’s the note from the Stars:
The Dallas Stars will hold a free public autograph session on Wednesday at 5 pm at the McKinney Dr Pepper StarCenter, located off Alma Road north of 121, just behind the Michael Johnson Performance center. All 38 players participating in the Stars Development Camp will be at the autograph session.

*And here’s some video – about 12 minutes worth – of the end of today’s session. There’s plenty of good action, including some of Labrie’s work. He’s #54. By the way, videos from the camp are on my YouTube channel, which is here.

Since I am promoting the YouTube channel, I’ll plug my seldom-plugged Twitter account (@andrewsdsp) and Facebook page.

Mark Stepneski

Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.



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