By Rush Olson
I only met the man in person once.
The meetup came at the Dallas Stars’ media day in September, 2015. The team had just hired Dave Strader as its play-by-play announcer and he had come over to Frisco’s Dr Pepper Arena to observe the goings-on. I chatted with him and his new broadcast partner, Daryl Reaugh. The whole conversation might have lasted a minute. I remember Dave being nice and then I went on to whatever other production duties had presented themselves.
I re-connected with Dave earlier this year. The Stars announcer was scheduled to join his radio counterparts from the Mavericks, Rangers, and Cowboys to swap stories and raise money for charities. I had taken on some producing duties for this event, called Talk of the Town, and needed to work with him on the show. What made it … Read More »
Ed Belfour achieved great success playing his sport’s most individualized position. But he also knows that standup teammates like Chris Chelios, Richard Matvichuk, and Craig Ludwig did a lot to help him win a Stanley Cup and earn election to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It makes sense, then, that to give an ambitious post-hockey endeavor its best chance of success, he would try to assemble a strong team around him.
The venture entails building a distillery complex called Belfour Spirits. They plan to produce several varieties of liquor, and the project involves more than one Belfour. The principal team consists of Ed and his children, son Dayn, and daughter Reaghan. The core members of Team Belfour have gradually pushed the project forward over the past four years as they have learned the nuances of the business and navigated regulatory … Read More »
FRISCO—Jason Spezza is about to enter his third season with the Dallas Stars and the veteran center can’t be happier with how things have gone thus far in Big D. “Yeah, I think we’re growing. We feel like we’re in a bit of a window here, we have to try to win,” Spezza said. “You can sense the urgency around the rink, you can sense through [Stars President] Jim [Lites] and [head coach] Lindy [Ruff], just the push to try to make us better.”
Last season, Spezza, 33, had 33 goals and 63 points, his first 30-goal season since 2011-12 with the Ottawa Senators. Along with captain Jamie Benn (41 goals) and Tyler Seguin (33 goals), he was one of three 30-goal scorers last season with the Stars, who led the NHL with 267 goals.
The season prior, his first as a … Read More »
Earlier this week, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn announced he would not play for Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Benn, second in the NHL with 89 points last season, a total which also led the Stars, was originally slated to play for Canada alongside Dallas linemate Tyler Seguin, 10th in the league last season with 33 goals. But with Benn having surgery in July, there was little wiggle room in his recovery to be ready for the World Cup of Hockey, which starts in mid-September.
In July, Benn signed an eight-year contract extension to the tune of $76 million, ensuring he will remain in Victory Green for the foreseeable future. However, just before the Benn extension was announced by Dallas general manager Jim Nill during a fan event at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, the Stars issued a … Read More »
FRISCO—Just over two weeks after undergoing surgery for a core muscle issue, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn appears ready to resume skating as soon as this week.
“I feel pretty good. I’m making progress,” Benn said on Saturday after an event at Stars headquarters for the Little Rookies program. “Much like last summer [after my double-hip surgery], these things take time. The hardest part is just trying not to do too much too early.”
Benn, 27, is also just over two weeks removed from signing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension that will pay him $9.5 million per season, putting him among the NHL’s highest-paid players, and keep him wearing Victory Green at least through the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
Of course, the bump in pay is nice for Benn, who won the 2015 Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s point leader, … Read More »
DALLAS—Jim Nill played Santa Claus for Dallas Stars fans last Friday night.
Speaking at an event at Klyde Warren Park to unveil banners for the 2016 Central Division and Western Conference regular-season titles, Nill, the Stars’ GM since 2013, saved his biggest announcement for last, revealing an eight-year, $76 million contract extension for captain and face of the franchise Jamie Benn. The mega-deal keeps the 26-year-old Benn in Dallas through the end of the 2024-25 campaign.
“When you’re building a franchise, there’s certain players that are important to the franchise and he’s as good as anybody there is,” Nill said. “He’s one of the top players in the NHL, one of the top forwards. He’s in the prime of his career. He’s the leader of our team, and he’s a great person on top of it.”
Unfortunately, Benn was not present Friday evening, … Read More »
FRISCO—No, it wasn’t a dream. Yes, the Dallas Stars’ season actually did come to a screeching halt with a 6-1 loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the St. Louis Blues last Wednesday at American Airlines Center. And now that the season is over, the work begins anew for general manager Jim Nill and the organization.
First up is the 2016 NHL Draft, where the Stars will pick 25th, but won’t have another selection until the fourth round. Last week, Dallas signed Russian forward Denis Gurianov, its top pick from the 2015 draft. Gurianov will play in North America next season, but it’s tough to say how NHL-ready he is.
Dallas has eight unrestricted free agents, including defensemen Jordie Benn, Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski and Kris Russell. Role players including Patrick Eaves, Vernon Fiddler and Colton Sceviour are also … Read More »
The Stars season ended a couple of days ago, the Mavs bowed out a couple of weeks ago, and the Cowboys won’t be doing anything that matters for three-and-a-half-months. You know what that means? It’s baseball season!
In case you haven’t been paying attention, I have news about the local baseball team – they’re good. As of this morning the Rangers have their best record of the season. They’re five games over .500 at 20-15, which may not sound like much unless you consider the fact that a year ago today they were five games under and six games out of first place…and still figured out a way to win the AL West.
So for those of you who haven’t locked into baseball yet this year, or even for those who have, let me shed some light on what this team is … Read More »
Sit back and enjoy this tonight, Stars fans. Or stand and enjoy if you happen to be one of the lucky ones in attendance at American Airlines Center (there will be very little sitting). Because it really doesn’t get any better than Game Seven.
Precious opportunities like this only come around once in a while; four times, to be exact, in the history of the Stars playing in Dallas. Three of those Game Sevens came at home at Reunion Arena, with the Stars holding an all-time 2-1 record in Big D.
Exactly how tonight will go down is a mystery, and it’s the greatest part of sports – the ultimate reality television show. Will Dallas defensemen do their greatest Sergei Zubov impression, providing steady play at critical times as he did in Game Seven of the 2000 Western Conference Finals vs. Colorado, or … Read More »
I have a saying I’ve stuck with forever when it comes to sports watching: “Playoff anything is better than regular season anything.” And thus, with all due respect to the start of the baseball season, and the NFL Draft of which everyone can’t seem to get enough, the NBA and NHL Playoffs are what are on my screen each and every night.
I’d like to tell you about the local NBA team making it’s name in the playoffs, but unfortunately the Mavericks were just too outmanned and too injured to really make Oklahoma City sweat (it was the ultimate bringing a knife to a gunfight), and thus the long off season of trying to figure out how to make this team better has begun.
But it’s a different story on the ice at the AAC. Let me tell you about the Dallas … Read More »