While the majority of NHL players will go to a beach, spend time with family, or take a nice staycation during the All-Star break, the Dallas Stars trio of Jason Dickinson, Julius Honka, and Dillon Heatherington will be playing games.
At least, that’s the hope, as they were all reassigned to the Texas Stars of the AHL today.
Texas plays a back-to-back set tonight and tomorrow night against the Stockton Heat in Cedar Park. Each of these players should see playing time down there, keeping them in game shape (or in Honka’s case, getting back to game speed after eating a few healthy scratches.) It’s not an uncommon practice for NHL teams to return players like these to the AHL during breaks in the schedule like this.
When the Stars return from the All-Star break in advance of their home matchup versus the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, I’d expect each of these players to be back up with the big club. After all, it’s unlikely that either Marc Methot or Martin Hanzal will be ready to return to the lineup just yet. Even if they’re feeling healthy, they’ll require a few good practices before they’re game-ready. With team activities on hold through Sunday, that wouldn’t give them the chance to get those in before the game Tuesday.
While the Dallas Stars are not playing over the weekend, you can still watch Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg dazzle with their skill in the All-Star weekend. Here’s a run-down of the events happening this weekend:
Friday, January 26th:
7 PM CST - Mascot Dodgeball contest featuring the Stars’ Victor E. Green
Saturday, January 27th:
1 PM CST - Mascot Relay Races
4 PM CST - Mascot Dance Off
6 PM CST - All-Star Skills Competition (NBC Sports Network)
Sunday, January 28th:
12 PM CST - Red Carpet, Mascot Ice Hockey Game
2:30 PM CST - All-Star 3-on-3 Tournament (NBC)
I believe that all Mascot activities will be broadcast on Facebook Live and online at nhl.com, if you’re into watching those. You can also likely see plenty of mascot shenanigans if you follow each team’s various social media platforms, like Twitter and Snapchat.