A report in the Sports Business Daily draws rather unfortunate attention to the fact that the Stars are experiencing the largest decline in attendance versus this time last season, down 18.8% according to them. The Predators, meanwhile, are experiencing the largest increase.
Now, this isn't exactly news. You can go to ESPN's attendance page or use the NHL.com stats to figure this out any time you'd like, and lord knows we've talked about it at length here on Defending Big D, but to see it thrust into the national spot light like this is unsettling. We spoke last season about the attendance and were concerned at a 3% or 4% drop. 18% just a year later is almost unfathomable and shows the collective damage of missing the playoffs two years in a row, losing a franchise icon in Mike Modano, and the on-going ownership debacle and sale that still involved the name "Tom Hicks" (somehow).
I hate writing about this. I hate it. Anyone who hangs around this site or knows me in real life knows my passion for going to Stars games. The American Airlines Center is my "happiest place on earth." I miss it dearly in the summer and I relish every excruciating moment there in the season. I wish I could make people love going to hockey games like my family does, but only the team can do that. Winning is the one and only cure for this ill.
- When Jack Campbell isn't using himself (CHL teams are included) in NHL 2011, he plays with the Dallas Stars, quite successfully it would seem. There's a good piece on it here. [Windsor Star]
- The blurb from the Sports Business Daily is here at Puck Daddy. Sports Business Daily has a pay wall and you can't read it there. [Yahoo!]
- SB Nation members, such as yourselves can leave a comment in this thread here and be automatically entered to win a big 3D HDTV. [SB Nation]
- Brenden Morrow is still battling his groin injury a little bit but will be in the lineup tonight against the San Jose Sharks. [Dallas Morning News]
- Good piece on Stars nutritional consultant Gary Roberts [Yahoo!]
- Razor says a player that was supposedly "injured" shouldn't be allowed to take place on the ensuing power play (coughcoughdrewdoughtycough) [Razor/dallasstars.com]
- Mark Stepneski says Dallas wants to jump all over the Sharks early and play a "difficult" game to make it hard on them, the same way the Ducks did to Dallas last Friday. [ESPN Dallas]