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From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,
Tonight could be a memorable night for USA Hockey.
Stars center Mike Modano sits two points shy of tying Phil Housley for the most points by an American-born player. San Jose forward Jeremy Roenick is two goals shy of becoming only the third American-born player to record 500 goals in his career. Roenick said he’d like to see both milestones attained on the same night.
“It would be nice, because Mike would be in the building,” said Roenick, who contemplated retirement in the off-season. “He’s one of the guys who told me, ‘Hey, you’ve got to stick around,’ which meant the world to me.”
The Dallas Stars have a new plane:
It can accommodate up to 71 total passengers, includes 24 fully-reclining, 360-degree swiveling sleeper seats for the players, and has 47 other first-class seats located in three other sections throughout the plane.
The new 757, which will be utilized by both the Stars and the Texas Rangers baseball team, also features an upgraded video entertainment system and an iPod docking station that allows passengers to play movies from a lap-top, iPod or DVD player in each section. There are also two electrical outlets and phone jacks at each seat, a bar in the back, as well as a comfortable four-seat couch.
The Dallas Stars commercial below features the one-and-only Daryl Reaugh.
*youtube video online here
From Mike Heika’s blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Jeff Halpern is responsible for Mike Smith’s injury, but the Stars said it was not a fight. Halpern and Smith were playing ``the rebound game’’ after practice when the two started to get very competitive. Halpern then (they say) accidentally slashed Smith while going for a puck that was in the air. That led to a verbal confrontation which was very heated. I was in the locker room, so I didn’t see it.
Smith is listed as day to day, but the plan is for Turco to take the next four games. With the way the games are scheduled after that, Turco could actually play every game for the rest of October. A lot will depend upon how well he plays and how hurt Smith is.
And from the Stars, this announcement:
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has activated center Mike Ribeiro from the injured reserve list and placed goaltender Mike Smith on injured reserve, retro-active to October 9.
from Jennifer Floyd Engel (the other Little Ball of Hate) of the Star-Telegram,
Dear Jim Lites:
I want to start by apologizing. You wrote Stars fans and local media a letter back in July, and I have been remiss in not answering. Cowboys season has been front of mind, and y’all seemed so convinced that what you wrote was truth, not spin doctoring, that waiting seemed like a prudent course.
Rumblings already have begun in the Stars locker room that what plagued this team last season has not been fixed. So I’ve highlighted some of your more cogent points about your fans and your team and responded as necessary:
Some Dallas Stars fan resources. First, there’s a Stars MySpace page; this is only the second one I’ve seen, other than the Coyotes’ page. (Do other clubs have them? Do you care?) Plus there’s the Dallas Stars Icegirls MySpace page—probably a rather popular destination…
Also a reminder: the Stars “write your own billboard” contest is still going on—entry deadline is October 17th.
The image below is an example from the team’s own website. So I guess the gloves are off in Texas this season.
from the Dallas Morning News,
And what about the Stars? Dallas ranked 12th in average tickets distributed at 17,914 last season. It ranked 16th in percentage of capacity at 96.7 percent.
This season, the Stars could fall slightly below that. The season-ticket base is down 10 percent to fewer than 13,000. On some nights, there could be a lot of empty seats.
The same goes for Colorado and Detroit. If those two can’t sell out with Anaheim and Dallas in town on opening night, what kind of crowd will show up for Columbus on a Tuesday in November?
From Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News,
Armstrong said he still wants the Stars team that will open the season on Wednesday at Colorado to be creative offensively. He still wants the coaching staff to squeeze out every goal. He still wants players to reach their goal-scoring potential. But they won’t do that at the expense of a strong team commitment to defense.
“I just am not going to apologize for being one of the best defensive teams in the league,” Armstrong said. “I am not going to apologize for having one of the best regular-season records in the league. We will always strive to improve in every department, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a strong identity.”
With 507 goals, 719 assists and 1,226 career regular-season points in 17 seasons, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars enters the 2007-08 season just seven points from establishing a record for NHL points by a U.S.-born player.
Modano is attempting to become just the sixth player in history to hold the U.S. mark; Phil Housley has been the all-time leader since March 13, 1999.
Below is a Mike Modano tribute video, produced by the NHL as the Dallas Star enters his 18th NHL season.
from the Star-Telegram,
When the Stars acquired Norstrom in February, they got a big defenseman who added a more defensive touch to the blue line. They also got a player who has a take-charge quality about him, be it on the ice, in the locker room—or when they had their team-bonding exercises recently in Colorado.
“He’s a natural leader, that’s just who he is,” coach Dave Tippett said. “When you come in the middle of the year, it’s not hard but you don’t get the full effect of things. He’s come in this year and he’s familiar with the group. He’s very good for us, on and off the ice.”
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