By Kris Smith
Everything is in place to welcome the fans back to the DIA this Friday evening and to provide them with some much deserved top quality viewing when the Stars hit the ice against Fife Flyers.
With training camp almost over, Omar Pacha and his players are now ready for their first big challenge of the year, and their excitement to be playing again is visible.
New signing, Spencer Dorowicz joins the Stars fresh from playing over in North America last season, however even he is ready to get straight back into action this weekend.
He said: “It has been a good camp and I think we are really starting to come together as a group already.
“I think we have a lot of potential to put together a great season and we are excited to get into some games already.
“I am very excited to get going tomorrow, although it has not been that long for me compared to some other players here.
“I was fortunate to play a full season and playoffs in Wichita last year, so my last game was only a few months ago.
“But being in a new city and having new fans to play in front of is very exciting and im really looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, British goalie, Brython Preece is also hungry to see some action this weekend, after a long time away from the DIA, and the 23-year-old believes there are positives sign in the group already.
The Welshman said: “Playing back in front of a home crowd after such a long period will be really special, especially against such a big rival like Fife.
“There has been a lot of positives to take from this week’s camp, moving into the weekend’s preseason games.
“The team is gelling well, we have a high tempo in practice and everyone is looking sharp, so we are getting better every day and generating momentum as we move closer to the season.”
Finally, moving into his third year of Elite League hockey, defenseman, Drydn Dow knows all about these derbies against Fife are all about and he revealed how pumped up all of the team are for tomorrow’s derby.
He said: “The team is looking really sharp to start, we have a ton of speed which is really good to see, and it is a really good group of guys which has helped us gel pretty quickly.
“Hopefully, we can build on that chemistry we have already created.”
“I think everyone is extremely excited to get going, whether guys played last year or not, everyone is excited to play the first game in Scotland in over 18 months.
“Being a derby game as well, I know the fans will be even louder, so it will be a great first experience for guys who have not played in Dundee before.”
Day four is done and we will see you tomorrow Stars fans!
Tickets for tomorrow’s Tayside Derby are selling fast but you can still get yours HERE.