Fans all across the Dallas/Ft.Worth metroplex were celebrating the first victory of the season for the Dallas Stars. It might have been a bit of a sloppy, rusty game on both sides, but it was a win. What's more, there was one player who impressed everyone who watched that game last night. One player whose name will no doubt be on people's lips this morning: Jaromir Jagr.
With 2 goals and 2 assists, Jaromir Jagr is on pace for a 192 point season already. Obviously this won't happen, but it sure is a fun thing to say. Jagr was certainly a sight to behold, and the unlucky fans that was forced to watch at home instead of in person could tell that he had more than just an effect on the ice. The sell-out crowd was filled with energy every time he touched the puck.
For those of you that watch baseball, Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland is a huge Dallas Stars supporter. You will usually find him on twitter, talking about his excitement for this team. During last season, his enthusiasm probably helped to sell more tickets than the Stars would have otherwise. After last night, he couldn't be happier with how things look so far. Last night, Defending Big D caught up with him, and got his thoughts on both Jagr and the arena atmosphere.
He definitely displayed quite the show. Just to see what he did, two assists and two goals was really impressive. A great way to show yourself off here in Dallas, and the fans were certainly happy and I'm glad to have him on our side.
The turnout was unbelievable. The turnout was huge. I'm just excited that hockey was back, that's the main thing I care about. Hockey is back in session. I've been playing a little bit myself to try and get that hockey mode going. It's incredible and awesome to finally see everything happening. Just to be here and finally watch the game, it just seems so...surreal. Dallas fans were here, they made noise and it was a great night to be a Stars fan.
If last night was any indication, he's not alone in those feelings. Dallas is excited that Jagr is here. And, for what seems like the first time in ages, lots of fans are genuinely excited about Dallas Stars hockey. Hopefully that can continue as the season wears on.
Coming up in today's links: More thoughts on last night's game, action from around the league, and something.
- After all the build up during the offseason of knowing that Jagr was going to be a Dallas Star, last night was like poetry in motion. It couldn't have been any better for fans. It turns out that Jagr thinks it was equally special for him. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Speaking of Jagr, he apparently has his own Czech blog that he uses from time to time. Here, he talks about getting the keys to the practice facility, and the shortened training camp/season, It's not in English, obviously, but if you use Google Chrome, a translate option should come up automatically. Not sure about other browsers, but hopefully they work the same. [blesk.cz]
- The Stars players were equally impressed with Jagr last night, thankful that he did what he did. They also recognized they have a lot of cleanup that needs to be done, and quickly. [Stars Inside Edge]
- With another game tonight, Glen Gullutzan talks about why they chose to use Christopher Nilstorp over Richard Bachman to start the season. Every game is valuable, and having a backup that is in in-game shape is vital. [Dallas News]
- Mike Heika did a great Q&A regarding the Jamie Benn contract negotiations. If he can't convince you that it's more complicated than "Just sign him already!!" then I don't know what will. [Dallas News]
- The Texas Stars, meanwhile, continue to roll as Bachman got his first start with the Austin based team. They scored a franchise high 8 goals, and all without Reilly Smith, Cody Eakin, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, and Colton Sceviour. Now that's impressive. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- After all of the issues with trading Roberto Luongo, Vancouver fans might be glad they kept him around at least for this season. Cory Scheider failed to impress in the opener, and was quickly replaced on the ice by Luongo. I rather enjoy watching the Canucks squirm. [Puck Daddy]
- While the Ducks beat down those Canuckleheads, Chicago played spoiler to the LA Kings banner raising ceremony. There's nothing quite like watching a good banner raising for a hated rival being ruined. You know, other than being able to take the 8th seed and keep them from even making the playoffs to begin with. But I digress. [NHL.com]
- If you haven't been over to Stars.NHL.com to see all of he videos that they have, I highly recommend it. They have interviews, previews, highlights, and more. The video of the day, just because I can't see it enough, is the highlights from last night's game. Including those beautiful Jagr goals.