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Vroom, vroom! Montgomery gets high-speed trip around Texas Motor Speedway

The Stars head coach rode with racing legend Helio Castroneves before Saturday's IndyCar race in Fort Worth

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jim Montgomery knows a thing or two about speed, centering his coaching philosophy around an up-tempo, relentless style of play on the ice.

On Saturday, however, it was the Stars head coach that got his own lesson in speed away from the rink -- lots of it.

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5 things you might not know about Radek Faksa

From leaving home at age 11 to becoming a first-round pick, the Stars center's path to the NHL was tough but rewarding

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Radek Faksa recently competed for his native Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Championship and tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games.

The Czech Republic finished fourth, losing the bronze medal game to Russia in a shootout, 3-2.

Here are five things you might not know about Radek Faksa, who just completed his fourth season with the Stars:

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World Championship: Faksa, Czechs come up short in bid for bronze

Stars center finishes with four points at the tournament as Czech Republic falls to Russia in a shootout

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic fell short in their bid for a bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship Sunday, falling to Russia in a shootout, 3-2, at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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World Championship: Faksa, Czech Republic fall to Canada in semifinals

Stars center will look to take home bronze medal in Sunday's finale against Russia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic will play for the bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

The Czechs fell, 5-1, to Canada in the semifinals Saturday and will take on Russia Sunday for third place at the tournament.

Vegas' Mark Stone tallied one goal and one assist and Pittsburgh's Matt Murray stopped 40 shots for Canada, which will play for the gold medal Sunday against Finland, a 1-0 winner over Russia in Saturday's other semifinal.

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World Championship: Faksa, Czech Republic to meet Canada in semifinals

Klingberg's quest for third straight gold medal comes up short as Sweden is eliminated with OT loss to Finland

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic are moving onto the semifinals at the World Championship in Slovakia, but John Klingberg and Sweden's bid for a third straight gold medal is over.

The Czechs defeated Germany, 5-1, in Thursday's quarterfinals and will play Canada in Saturday's semifinal round. Canada defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in overtime Thursday.

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World Championship: Faksa, Klingberg moving on to quarterfinals

Klingberg scores his first goal, but Sweden falls to Russia to wrap up preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored his first goal at this year's IIHF World Championship on Tuesday, but Sweden fell to Russia, 7-4, on the final day of preliminary-round play.

Sweden, which finished third in Group B with a 5-2-0 record, will play Finland, which finished second in Group A, in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Russia, which finished first in Group B with a 7-0-0 record, will play the United States, which finished fourth in Group A.

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World Championship: Klingberg helps lift Sweden past Latvia

Stars defenseman earns assist, forces key turnover in win to move to 5-1 in preliminary-round play

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up one assist as Sweden edged Latvia, 5-4, at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Monday.

Klingberg had a secondary assist on a rush goal by Los Angeles' Adrian Kempe that gave the Swedes a 2-1 lead 13:38 into the second period of the back-and-forth game that saw the Latvians draw even at 4-4 with 3:24 remaining.

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World Championship: Faksa's career day paces Czech Republic's rout

Stars center scores, adds two assists as Czechs roll past Italy for third straight win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa had a productive day at the World Championship in Slovakia on Sunday, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) as Czech Republic rolled over Austria, 8-0, for its third straight win.

Faksa's goal 6:30 into the first period gave the Czechs a 1-0 lead and held up as the game-winner. Washington's Jakub Vrana won a puck battle behind the Austrian net and set up Faksa, who scored from the right faceoff circle for his first career goal at the World Championship.

Faksa also assisted on a power-play goal that extended the Czech lead to 4-0 in the second period and then picked up an assist an even-strength goal pushed the lead to 8-0 in the third.

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World Championship: Faksa picks up assist as Czechs rally

Stars center also earned a plus-1 rating with three shots on goal in tournament debut against Latvia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars center Radek Faksa picked up one assist in his first game at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia as the Czech Republic rallied for a 6-3 win over Latvia Thursday.

Faksa recorded three shots on goal, a plus-1 rating and won 7 of 18 faceoffs to go along with the one assist in 16:48 of ice time. Faksa centered the Czech's second line with Washington's Jakub Vrana and Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat on his wings.

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Faksa, Klingberg to represent Stars at 2019 World Championship

The 16-nation tournament runs through May 26 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Two Dallas Stars will play at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia. Defenseman John Klingberg is on his way to join Sweden and center Radek Faksa arrived for the Czech Republic over the weekend.

Klingberg will be playing at Worlds for the fourth time in the last five years. He helped Sweden win the gold medal in both 2017 and 2018 and was named the tournament's best defenseman in 2018. Klingberg has tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 27 games for Sweden during World Championship play.

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