Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lincoln Stars announce 2012 tryout camp

The Lincoln Stars today announced the date and location of the 2012 tryout camp.

For the second straight year, the Stars will hold their 2012 tryout camp at Ridder Arena (pictured on the left), on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The dates of the camp are June 7th-10th, and the exact times of the scrimmages will be announced at a later date.  Click here to read the official announcement from the Stars website.  Here's the press release in its entirety:
The Lincoln Stars announced today that their 2012 tryout camp will be held June 7th - 10th at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Invitations will be sent out to prospective players shortly after the USHL Entry Draft on May 22, 2012.  Players invited to the camp typically include returning players from the Stars current roster, their affiliate list of players chosen in previous Futures Drafts, and prospective players that are not protected by other USHL teams.
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Click here to read some background information about Ridder Arena, which is where the University of Minnesota womens hockey team plays their home games.  Mariucci Arena, where the mens University of Minnesota team plays, is located right next to Ridder Arena.  Click here to view a Google maps view of the area.  Minneapolis is about a 7 hour drive from Lincoln, NE.

Just like the past four seasons, I will be at the tryout camp once again and will report back to the blog with numerous articles throughout.  Last year, I thought the tryout camp was huge hit.  I talked with numerous player parents who said they probably would have not brought their son to a camp held in Omaha because it was just easier and more convenient to get to Minneapolis.  Click here to read my glowing review of the 2011 tryout camp.  I'd argue that the camp helped the Stars bring in more talented players, and that helped them have the season they had in 2011-12.

I have to say, the University of Minnesota campus is beautiful.  The campus is very close to downtown, but not too busy.  The Mall of America isn't too far away, and there are plenty of food options near the rink in between scrimmages.  The only negative is lack of on-street parking around Ridder Arena.  

This is my favorite offseason event of the season, so I can't wait to get up there and watch four days of hockey.  It's pretty much heaven for a hockey nerd like myself.

I'd like to hear from all the fans out there now.  Anyone else planning on attending?  Thoughts on the camp being held in Minnesota?

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