It may not be October but the Stars have plenty of things going on in Dallas right now.
The Dallas Stars regular season is upon us, and preseason games begin in just a few weeks. That means Stars news is now coming at a daily pace and much more is on the horizon. Here are a few cool things going on right now:
The American Airlines Center have now brought the ice out and the Stars have their sharp logo right at center ice, but there is something new there this season. Instead of the normal Stars logos on the red line, there will be small red graphics of Texas to help the Stars show their Texas pride even more than ever before.
EA is set to release their newest NHL game, NHL ’16, on September 15th and they just recently released ratings for the top 10 right wings, left wings, centers, defensemen and goalies in the game. A few members of the Dallas Stars made the lists and will be featured players in the game.
The first player to make a list was Patrick Sharp, one of the Stars newest additions. Sharp received a rating of 88 for the game and will be ranked as the 10th best left wing. In 2014-15, Sharp had 16 goals and 27 assists, which was considered a down year compared to some of his seasons in the past. He was traded to Dallas in July after playing the last 10 seasons in Chicago with the Blackhawks.
The next player to make the list was Tyler Seguin, who will be ranked as the 1oth best center with a 91 overall rating, which I personally thought was a little too low, especially after the 2014-15 season. Seguin was performing like one of the best players in the league last season before missing a few weeks due to injury. He ended up finishing the season with 37 goals and 40 assists and finished 7th in battle for the Art Ross trophy.
The last player to be revealed was Jamie Benn. He will be the best Stars player in the game with an overall rating of 92 and 2nd on the list of best left wings in the game. Benn started off the year fairly slow, but turned it on late and ended up pulling the Art Ross trophy right out of John Tavares‘ hands by recorded an assist with eight seconds left in the game.
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The Stars recently released their roster for the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City. The event, which is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings, features eight teams (Hurricanes, Blackhawks, Stars, Red Wings, Blue Jackets, Wild, Blues, Rangers) full of prospects that go head-to-head in a division of four teams. The winners of each division will eventually meet to determine a champion.
Overall, the event is very exciting because of all the new, young players involved. Fans get to see some of the talent that will be on their favorite teams in the future. It is also a good opportunity for players to show what they are made of and give everyone a taste of their skills.
The last little bit of info involves Tyler Seguin, who recently participated in a charity game of sled hockey. All benefits went to the Dallas Sled Hockey team and everyone had a great time. Seguin even received an In-N-Out burger from a fan before the game. It’s always nice to see players reaching out to help people and having lots of fun in the process.
As you can see, the Stars have plenty going on at the moment, from fun off of the ice, to preparation for the season. With the first preseason game coming on September 22nd, there will be even more coming out soon. There is nothing but pure excitement within the franchise and that creates a good atmosphere to start the season off.
Is it October yet?
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