Pair of Brahmas players to attend Dallas Stars camp
June 19, 2015
by Nick Marek, Lone Star Brahmas
The Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL have a growing partnership with the Dallas Stars, and this week, their bond got stronger. Former Brahmas forward Ludvig Larsson and goaltender Jacob Nehama were both invited to participate in the Dallas Stars Development Camp in early July.
"We have a great relationship with the Dallas Stars. Les Jackson (Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development) has been fabulous. I've had a relationship with him for a few years now. He came over to watch a few practices and a few games and he had a few eyes on some of our top guys here like Vidmar, Kupsky, and Larsson. It's just a great opportunity for a young man who put in a good season for us here to know that there's opportunity not just at the USHL level, but (also) the NHL level," head coach Dan Wildfong said.
Larsson (Youngstown Phantoms) and Nehama (Dubuque Fighting Saints) both have experience playing junior hockey in the United States Hockey League and they are heading to Merrimack College and Colorado College respectively in the fall. Even though neither one is eligible for this summer's NHL draft, they are still vying for a chance to crack an NHL roster after playing Division I hockey.
The Stars will begin their Development Camp during the July 6th week and it will feature the organization's draft picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Level Draft, top rookies, and prospective free agents the Stars would be interested in possibly signing out of college.
"This will be a great opportunity for the Stars to see (Larsson and Nehama)," Wildfong said. "You really learn a lot like how to deal with the media and how to deal with the pressures of getting a lot of money. There's just a lot of seminars there that really help them."
Wildfong will also lace up his skates and represent the Brahmas as one of the coaches at the camp. The weekly festivities are open to the public and the camp will close with a scrimmage. The official roster and schedule for the event has yet to be released by the Stars.
Lone Star players all got a taste of what it's like to be in pro hockey because Wildfong and Jeff Potter arranged for former pros to attend practices and a handful of professional players Skyped with the team to give the Brahmas advice on their playing careers.
"We're fifteen minutes away, twenty minutes away from where the Stars practice every day. We've had Dallas Stars guys help us with practice like Joe Nieuwendyk. That is something to be said about our program here," Wildfong said.
Larsson (5'11", 175) scored 25 goals and 36 assists in 61 games this past season with a plus-18 rating. The Malmo, Sweden native led the Brahmas with 31 power play points. Nehama (6'0", 165) went 29-13-4 with a 2.31 GAA and a .913 save percentage for third place Dubuque this past season. The Allen, TX native started the season 11-0-0 and he closed the regular season with an equally impressive 8-2 mark.