Dallas Stars players rally around team employee battling cancer

Adam Proteau
Jamie Benn (Getty Images)

If you ask most hockey fans, the Dallas Stars team consists of the players on the ice. But if you ask the players themselves, they’ll tell you their team is much larger than that. They’ll tell you it includes more than just coaches and management and extends to people whom they encounter every day – people like Don Widdicombe, who for 15 years has worked at American Airlines Arena as the security guard posted outside the Stars’ dressing room. And when someone like that is struck by an illness that’s affected all corners of society, the players support them as they would any other teammate.

Widdicombe was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, but he’s drawn inspiration from continuing to be around the team – and he was floored when the Stars honored him Oct. 28 by allowing him to drop the puck before their game against the St. Louis Blues: Read more

Forget Toronto. It’s time to troll Boston for the Tyler Seguin trade

Matt Larkin
Tyler Seguin, left, is dominating the league just like he was projected to do when picked second overall in 2010. (Getty Images)

It’s funny how the Phil Kessel trade produces the same cycle of debate, year after year.

Tyler Seguin gets hot, Bruins fans taunt Maple Leafs fans for the trade that sent Boston the pick that became Seguin No. 2 overall in 2010.

Phil Kessel gets hot, Leafs fans smugly remind Bruins fans Kessel is among the game’s pre-eminent goal scorers and thus was worth every asset surrendered.

Bruins fans remind Leaf fans to include Dougie Hamilton in the discussion. Leaf fans fall awkwardly silent.

Enough already. There’s nothing more to say. Kessel is a truly elite sniper, albeit an inconsistent one, and the Leafs paid dearly to get him. In the end they got a player who may end up their all-time leading goal scorer in exchange for what were unknown commodities – draft picks – at the time. Seguin is every bit the star he was supposed to be on draft day, and Hamilton has the makings of a franchise defenseman. Every major player in the trade is excellent at hockey. We get it.

And besides, there’s one significant detail that makes the entire “THANK YOU KESSEL!” debate moot: Tyler Seguin doesn’t play for Boston anymore. It’s time we turned our attention to the trade that made him a Dallas Star. And it’s time for Stars fans to rachet up their “THANK YOU ERIKSSON!” chants.

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Jersey concepts show Dallas Stars almost went red, white and blue

Jared Clinton
Stars RWB

Over the weekend, the Dallas Stars released a behind the scenes look at what went into their rebranding and, among other things, what stands out is the team almost entirely abandoned the color green.

However, at the encouragement of the league and members of the committee that was put together to rebrand, the Stars created their own shade of green, called Victory Green, and have run with it since. What does become very apparent in the video, however, is the Stars were very close to moving away from green entirely, instead going with blue, gold, red, and white as parts of their scheme.

There’s a lot to digest in the video, and a lot of it is a very interesting look behind the scenes of what goes into a full rebrand of a professional sports team.

It’s interesting to consider what could have been for the Stars had they gone with the blue and gold color scheme that’s talked about at length, and it seems as though the team ever received mock-up jerseys from Reebok that were blue and gold.

Blue and Gold 1 Blue and Gold 2

There’s also the case of the logo. At the outset of the release of the logo and jersey, it seemed such a distant cry from what we had been used to as the Stars logo. But, especially in the shot of the full binder of logos, you can see just how much detail went into every single design the Stars considered.

Logo Book

The inclusion of the Texas state flag also seemed to be a point of contention for many of those involved, especially Stars commentator Daryl Reaugh. It’s obvious by what Reaugh says that he was interesting in taking the team’s scheme in a new direction before being outvoted on the idea. One of the more interesting concepts that included the Dallas’ home state’s colors is the one that had a small Texas flag within the center of the logo.

One thing is for certain, though: the Stars did well to spare themselves the disjointed Texas outline and floating D logo atop jerseys that are very similar to those worn by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blue D Texas Outline

White-hot Stars rookie John Klingberg scores a long-distance goal

Adam Proteau
John Klingberg (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg is just 22 years old, but he may never score a goal further away from the net than the one he did Tuesday night against the Oilers.

The Swedish blueliner, who was selected 131st overall by Dallas in 2010, grabbed the puck between center ice and Edmonton’s blueline and fired a slapshot from there – well, something that started out as a slapshot, anyway – at Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth, who had a clear look at it, but whiffed on it completely:
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Rumor Roundup: Post-Thanksgiving shakeups could come for struggling franchises

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As the American Thanksgiving weekend approaches, the NHL trade market has slowly returned to life. The past two weeks saw the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens swing a couple of deals, including one in which the Stars shipped defensemen Sergei Gonchar to the Canadiens for forward Travis Moen. Factor in last week’s meeting of NHL GMs in Toronto and there’s growing speculation more deals are on the horizon.

A recent six-game losing skid has the Edmonton Oilers the hot topic of trade chatter. Pascal Dupuis’ blood-clot diagnosis could add urgency to the Pittsburgh Penguins search for a scoring winger, while the San Jose Sharks recent slump has generated talk of a possible roster shakeup. Read more

Looking back at the career of former North Star, Bruin, Maple Leaf Murray Oliver

Murray Oliver (Steve Babineau/Getty Images)

Somewhat lost with the death of Pat Quinn yesterday was the passing of Murray Oliver, who died Sunday, Nov. 23 at age 77. Oliver suffered a fatal heart attack in Edina, Minn., where he resided.

In a career that spanned 17 NHL seasons, Oliver suited up for 1,127 games spread between the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Minnesota North Stars. Read more

An NHL player’s guide to not looking like an idiot on the internet

Evander Kane (via Twitter)

Being an NHL player has its rewards, but also its dangers. And I’m not just talking about on-ice pitfalls. I refer to social media – which, as this issue’s editor-in-chief has shown, can be a wonderful place but can also create a massive public relations disaster. With that in mind, here are some tips to help NHLers navigate the tricky landscape of Twitter, Facebook and the social media world: Read more

Jason Demers introduces himself to Stars by levelling Kings’ Stoll with huge hit

Jared Clinton
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There’s a lot that comes with getting traded. For instance, there are unfamiliar surroundings, changed expectations, a different role, and new teammates.

Jason Demers may still be getting used to being in Dallas, but he certainly ingratiated himself to his teammates in his first game with the Stars. With less than five minutes gone in the first period, Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll had to look back to catch a pass when Demers caught him with a nasty hip check: Read more