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Josh Bogorad talks about his career in broadcasting and what it’s like to be the new play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars. Plus, the top centers in the league, some USA hockey controversy, and more.

Caleb Ward, PremiumBeat

Sometimes, the path you take towards achieving your dreams isn’t quite what you might expect.

That’s my main takeaway from a recent interview with Josh Bogorad, who will be the new play-by-play announcer for the Dallas Stars this upcoming season. Bogorad has been with the Stars organization for the past five seasons as a studio host, but did play-by-play in Corpus Christi, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska beforehand:

That’s a question I get from a lot of young broadcasters who have reached out. “How do I get to where I want to go?” The answer is infinite because there is no set blueprint, there is no path... There was always that $64 question, “Is it worth to take a job that maybe isn’t as good, the job itself, but it’s in a league that’s higher?...” And I would ask people along the way, some would say yes and some would say no. And there really wasn’t a right or wrong answer.

Some fans might have reservations about Bogorad since he hasn’t been a play-by-play announcer in some time, but according to the Stars’ new voice, calling a game is somewhat like riding a bicycle — you never truly forget.

But when you’ve called as many games as I have in your life, you watch the game and you are always somewhat doing it without actually doing it. You don’t prepare the same way and you don’t necessarily verbalize it, I’m not sitting in the studio or at home calling it out, but there are certain things where you are just narrating it to yourself in your head because it’s what you did for so long.

You can read the rest of the interview here.


Stars Stories

Josh Lile takes a baseball-style approach to analyzing the Stars top skaters from last season:

Instead of worrying about whether he signs an extension or not, let’s just focus on how awesome Tyler Seguin is and how he will continue to be this next season. [NHL]

Need to earn some extra cash this year? The Dallas Stars Foundation has got you covered:

What should you expect from Martin Hanzal this upcoming season? Matthew DeFranks takes a look at the center as he recovers from his back surgery: [SportsDay DFW]

Jason Robertson has been developing quite nicely this offseason, in large part due to training and practicing with some NHL pros. [NHL]

Well, they aren’t wrong...


Around the League

Ex-Star Kari Lehtonen is just one of several current free agents who could still earn a job this season after some camp tryouts. [The Hockey News]

Speaking of Stars alumni, Scott Burnside sat down with John Vanbiesbrouck of USA Hockey to talk about his infamous use of a racial slur towards then 19-year-old Trevor Daley. [The Athletic]

Long story short:

Our friends over at Hockey Wilderness made a list of top centers in the Central Division. Can you guess where Tyler Seguin ended up? [Hockey Wilderness]

Here’s another list, only it’s across the entire NHL:

If you look closely, you might notice that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is missing. But does he even belong on the list to begin with? [NBC Sports]

Speaking of the Blackhawks, franchise-legend Stan Mikita passed away yesterday:

Thanks to the Jeff Skinner trade, Montreal Canadiens fans should give up on getting a big return for team captain Max Pacioretty. [The Hockey News]

Here’s a pretty cool look at one of the most storied NHL arenas as it approaches its last days:

Just what should we expect from the Ottawa Senators this year? Down Goes Brown takes a look at five possibilities, ranging from surprise playoff team to absolute disaster. [Sportsnet]


Finally...

Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with hockey, but you have to read this future Pulitzer Prize winner, even if you’re like me and don’t like baseball: