Julius Honka amongst 6 sent to Texas Stars

Big news here is on Julius Honka’s assignment. The first-round pick apparently will spend his first season in the AHL this year.

Here is the official release.

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars announced today their NHL parent club, the Dallas Stars, has reduced its training camp roster by six players. Justin Dowling, Radek Faksa, Julius Honka, John Klingberg, Curtis McKenzie and Brendan Ranford will join the Texas Stars training camp in Cedar Park.

Honka (HAHN-kuh) is the only member from the group that did not skate with last year’s Texas Stars squad that won the 2014 Calder Cup championship. The 19-year-old defenseman was the 14th overall pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft for Dallas. McKenzie was awarded the Dudley “Red” Garrett award last season as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year, scoring 65 points (27 goals, 38 assists) in 72 games.

Faksa (RA-dehk FAWK-suh) was Dallas’ first-round pick (13th overall) in 2012. Dowling and Ranford each played significant roles for Texas in their championship run last season, and Klingberg tallied 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) as a defenseman in 50 games last season in the Swedish Hockey League.

Training camp for the Texas Stars began this week as the team prepares for their preseason contests against Oklahoma City on Friday and San Antonio on Sunday. The team’s season-opener is on Oct. 11, against the Iowa Wild.

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