There are few things that say the Winter Classic is really real, and really here, like the arrival of ice. The NHL has brought its experts, and the Cotton Bowl is getting ready for its moment in the sun – or wind, or snow, or (heaven forbid) rain.
A veritable army of technicians will build out the rink and install a 300-ton refrigeration unit that removes heat from the ice surface and stabilizes its temperature at about 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Dallas Stars legends Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow were on hand to watch the process begin, and they shared their excitement with correspondent Josh Clark:
“This is a big day for us,” Turco said. “It’s been a great year for our organization. To get this game and watch that truck roll up here today, it’s pretty cool for our group. We’re not shocked about the ticket sales or anything. Our fans are the best and they’re going to get rewarded with a great game in this building.”
”Back in the early ‘90’s, people didn’t expect hockey to be in Dallas, nevertheless to have an outdoor game here,” Morrow said. “It’s pretty unexpected. We’ve come a long way and it’s a big treat and a big thrill for the Dallas Stars to be able to host it.”
Dallas has experienced its usual share of warm and sunny weather this month. But Derek King, NHL senior manager of facilities operations/hockey operations, isn’t fazed:
“The weather is a challenge for all of these outdoor games, so we’ll monitor that closely,” King said. “We’ve got a monitoring system that we’ll put in the ice and a weather station on the field. If it’s going to be bright and sunny during the day, we’ll cover the sheet.
”The making of the ice will be done overnight. It will be a lot of long nights for the crew that will be doing that.”
Read more about it. [NHL]
In his latest social-media grab bag, Mike Heika talks Stephen Johns, cap space, and where the Stars should play if they get an overseas game (hint: rhymes with “thin band”).
ICYMI, Sean Shapiro has a few pointed observations about the Stars’ Monday-night loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
You know that clip where Clark Griswold requests a drum roll before plugging in his Christmas lights? https://t.co/VjUrzIOf9x— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 17, 2019
Roope Hintz took over Twitter yesterday, and this is one of many, many results. #AskRoope
It’s Anton Khudobin. Just watch it.
This is Anton Khudobin going bardown on one timers using Benn’s Winter Classic gloves and Dowling’s stick. https://t.co/ImnggCh2Tq— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 17, 2019
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- The Nashville Predators unleashed a scoring blitz on the New York Islanders, scoring seven times in a row during an 8-3 victory in Brooklyn. [On The Forecheck]
- The Jerk Store called for the Winnipeg Jets, who dropped a 6-3 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes at home. [Canes Country]
- And the Minnesota Wild took their first regulation loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in a 3-2 defeat in Sin City. [Hockey Wilderness]
Remember when Andrei Svechnikov scored the first Michigan ever completed in the NHL? He did it again.
Only two lacrosse-style goals have ever been scored in the NHL— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 18, 2019
Both were this season
Both were by Andrei Svechnikov pic.twitter.com/fr18kbHG7G
Newly minted UFA Ilya Kovalchuk is interested in signing with a contender at league minimum. Should the Boston Bruins be interested back?
SCORING CHANCE: #NHLBruins 4-3 OT loss to Kings highlights why they would be foolish not to take a chance on Ilya Kovalchuk. My @BruinsCLNS COLUMN explains the low risk, high reward potential for a team that could use it: https://t.co/tmPsmGgMWU via @CLNSMedia pic.twitter.com/fAgcjFuA7K— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) December 18, 2019
Marc Crawford has released a statement about previous actions as a coach, and it could be – wait for it – an actual apology.
This is a really remarkable statement from Crawford. It's not just the usual "I regret my prior actions" boilerplate stuff, but rather "I realize what I did was shitty and sought professional help for the last decade to address it." https://t.co/i4Pr7jPfZT— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 16, 2019
The Texas Stars get the last word. Try not to think about it at work. Enjoy.