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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Texas Hockey Day To Kick Off 2018 NHL Draft Weekend

The Stars will celebrate homer history in an international spotlight. Plus, the prospects head for Dallas, and the NHL Awards deliver the hardware.

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The Dallas Stars clearly want to play their Texas connections for all they’re worth during the 2018 NHL Draft. They’ve picked a great way to start with Texas Hockey Day, which will serve as the official kickoff event for draft weekend, on Thursday, June 21.

The highlight of the free event is an NHL Top Prospects Clinic, in which 20 local youth players will get to jam with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Ben Bishop. The team will also present its Normandy Homes Three Stars of the Year Awards and the Mike Modano Trophy for the team’s regular-season points leader.

“We definitely have a history here, and it’s good to look back at it,” said team president Brad Alberts. “The team has a winning tradition with the Stanley Cup and several division championships, but it goes back further than that. We get a chance to show that to the world this week.”

Texas Hockey Day will also feature youth and adult hockey games, as well as autograph sessions with Stars players and alumni.

Mike Heika has more. [Dallas Stars]


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Draft Daze

Josh Bogorad and Bruce LeVine talked about prospects to watch and the advent of smaller, faster NHL players in their draft preview.

NBC Sports has posted this thought experiment to help you get in the mindset.

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On a more serious note, The Hangar will not be permitted to offer discounts on NHL Draft and other merchandise.

2018 NHL Awards

Awards night in Vegas may have offered more than you had any business expecting.

As many predicted, Taylor Hall won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the regular-season league MVP. The New Jersey Devils are grinning ear to ear, probably.

In addition, for the first time ever, Hall made an NHL First All-Star Team. Three other first-timers joined him: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, along with Tampa Bay Lightning D-man Victor Hedman and right wing Nikita Kucherov.

Rinne also won his first career Vezina Trophy as the regular season’s best tender.

The Vegas Golden Knights came away with an astonishing hardware haul – including Gerard Gallant’s Jack Adams Award, William Karlsson’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Deryk Engelland’s Mark Messier Leadership Award, and George McPhee’s GM of the Year prize.

The All-Rookie Team boasted incipient superstars Mathew Barzal (who also took home the Calder Trophy), Brock Boeser, Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Will Butcher, and Juuse Saros.

The show reflected a hockey season that was frequently defined by tragedy. Host city Las Vegas offered a tribute to first responders, commemorating the mass shooting that occurred days before the NHL season began.

Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan – one of 16 team members killed in April in a bus crash in Saskatchewan – received the inaugural Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.

The Florida Panthers honored the shooting victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with help from MSD dad Roberto Luongo and teammate Aleksander Barkov. The school’s state-champion ice hockey team helped present the Calder Trophy to Barzal.

Brian Boyle made it official, taking home the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his comeback from chronic myeloid leukemia.

Yes, you ask, but who made the cover of NHL 19? That would be Preds star P.K. Subban, elite defender and joy in human form, pretty much.

Around the League(s)

It wasn’t 100 percent draft and awards news yesterday. If the Stars are trying to get in on Tavares, they may have to outflank the Boston Bruins.

Elsewhere, the Barry Trotz sweepstakes are just beginning. It should be fun to watch the competition to sign the Washington Capitals’ now-former head coach.

Finally

Patrick Maroon summed up this year’s awards show for, well, just about everybody. Enjoy.