In case you haven't been paying attention for the last 24 hours, I have some spectacular news -- the lockout is finally over! I know what you're thinking. You're saying to yourself, "First the USA, the greatest hockey country in the world, wins the gold medal in the WJC, and then the lockout ends. How could this day possibly get any better?!"
Would the announcement of green jerseys do the trick? I know it would for me.
Mike Heika broke the news yesterday that the Stars are hard at work on getting new jerseys approved for the 2013-2014 season:
They are awaiting prototypes from Reebok so that they can be approved by the team and submitted to the NHL in time.
Among the key points:
1. They are drastically different from the current look
2. There will be a new logo.
3. Green is the dominant color.
There's not a whole lot to go on just yet, but it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Hopefully, as time moves on, we'll get even more details of what we can expect to see. Personally, I'll just be happy not to have plain black and white "DALLAS" jerseys anymore.
Coming up in the links: What the end of the lockout means for the Dallas Stars, the Texas Stars, and the rest of the league in general. Also, a video to help you get excited about the return of hockey.
- For those of you who used IsTheLockoutOver.com to stay abreast of all lockout related information, they had a recent update. [IsItOver?]
- Someone suggested this man's name be etched on the Stanley Cup this year, and I tend to agree. Without him, the trophy may not have been handed out at all. His name is Scot Beckenbaugh, and he helped save the NHL Season [Globe And Mail]
- Even though it's finally over, there's no doubt that a lot of damage has been done to the league and its reputation. Scott Burnside takes a look at how serious it might be, and what it will take to get it fixed. [ESPN]
- Kevin Allen discusses the winners and losers of the lockout. Even though we all at least win somewhat now that the thing is over, keep in mind the first set of losers on this list, as they were hit the hardest. And tip your beerman an extra buck or two next time you go to a game. [USA Today]
- Now that Glen Gulutzan has had almost 9 months to prepare for this season, he says he's ready to go. The only problem now is figuring out who to bring to training camp. [DallasNews]
- The Dallas Stars Players are equally excited and ready to go. Mike Heika talks with a few of them to get their thoughts on what's happening now. [DallasNews]
- It's turning out to be a bit of a bittersweet moment down in Austin. They will be forced to say goodbye to a number of their players who will be in Dallas full time. On the bright side, those players got quite a send off in yesterday's OT win over Houston. [Hundred Degree Hockey]
- Finally, for your video of the day, I had a pretty big debate with myself about what to put. In the end, this was the clear winner. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get excited about Dallas Stars hockey once again.