Dallas really does love its hockey, and the Stars can prove it: They just came in first among all DFW sports franchises in the J.D. Power 2017 Fan Experience Study, released Thursday, Aug. 17 by the global market-research firm renowned for its automotive ratings, among others.
The new (only two years old) survey uses a 1,000-point scale to measure customer satisfaction across seven areas: seating area and game experience; security and ushers; leaving the game; arriving at the game; food and beverage; ticket purchase; and souvenirs and merchandise.
From the 2017 J.D. Power Fan Experience Study: "The Stars at night are big and bright: The Stars (806) gets high performances in ticketing (824), arrival to the stadium (798), food and beverage (751), and leaving the stadium (773) to score at the top in the Dallas/Fort Worth market."
The study measures fan satisfaction with their overall experience at major pro sporting events. In last year's inaugural study, only teams in the nation's four largest markets-New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston-were evaluated. This year, Bay Area, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Philadelphia, South Florida and Washington, D.C. have been added, while Los Angeles has been expanded to include all of Southern California.
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Dates for Training Camp 2017 have been confirmed, and the Stars have posted a schedule.
And the link to reserve your free tickets for the Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage in H-E-B Center is now live. The game takes place on Sunday, Sept. 17. [Ticketmaster]
By the way, The Hangar is hiring for the upcoming season and hosting a job fair on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Share your Stars merch knowledge with other fans!
Is Tyler Seguin one of the NHL’s Top 20 Centers? Is this an actual question? Probably not, but you’ll have to find out on Sunday. Meanwhile, the NHL Network has made this slick promotional highlight video for no reason, really. [#NHLTopPlayers]
In the latest Vintage Game of the Week, fans who braved the ice storm of December 2013 got to watch Segs score a natural hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Outside, a historic ice storm had just hit Dallas. Inside, the 8,567 fans that made it out witnessed a natural hat trick from Tyler Seguin. pic.twitter.com/Wk5ikyobV0— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) August 17, 2017
Ty-Lord is already in elite company when it comes to hat tricks scored since 2009-10.
Meanwhile, new teammate Ben Bishop made the NHL Network’s list of five goalies who fell just outside their Top 10 but who could be ready for greatness in 2017-18. [NHL]
From Cedar Park
Goalie prospect Philippe Desrosiers turned 22 on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and the Texas Stars celebrated with a highlight reel.
Around the league(s)
It’s official, Leon Draisaitl is getting paid: $68 million over the next eight years, to be precise. Does the deal make sense for the Edmonton Oilers?
ROUNDTABLE: Is Leon’s Deal A Good One? https://t.co/ArQRoUDoQw— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) August 17, 2017
The deal puts Drai and fellow young turk Connor McDavid in some pretty heady company.
Flip Livingstone looks at four other young NHL duos who could soon make McDavid-Draisaitl money. [theScore]
The Buffalo Sabres have finally signed their last remaining RFA, center Zemgus Girgensons, for two years at an average $1.6 million each.
Andy Boron puts Invader Zem’s new show-me contract in context. [Die By the Blade]
Meanwhile, has teammate Jack Eichel become the forgotten man among the NHL’s recent ultra-prospects? He won’t be for long, writes Jim Cerny.
At the other end of the spectrum, video coach and hockey columnist Justin Bourne examines why some players don’t make it to the big league.
Team USA got off to a roaring start in the 2017 Women’s U18 Series in Lake Placid, New York, defeating Team Canada 4-1.
The @DallasStars Twitter-ers were having some fun during the August doldrums, and What Happened Next Was Tragic and Heartbreaking. Or not. There are many levels of enjoyment in here, so find them all.