The Dallas Stars and their fans have said many words about Miro Heiskanen. In the team’s latest Open Ice video, he speaks about himself and his new life in Dallas.
In a year when many imagined great things for Heiskanen, hardly anyone imagined he’d become an NHL All-Star at age 19. But for Miro himself, it’s part of a bigger picture:
“My goals in this year was to play as much in [the] NHL as I can. Of course, try to help my team win every night. Try to do my best every day. Of course I want to be best defenseman in the world someday. ...That’s my goal.”
The video follows him through All-Star Weekend – meeting fans, taking in the California sights, and dealing with the “great honor” and public responsibility of representing the Stars at one of the league’s flagship events. Then it follows him back to Dallas, and the challenge of building a normal life alongside a potentially brilliant career.
Watch for yourself, right here – and keep an eye out for Leo and Max, the two very good boys in that poster image.
Another fun fact from that frantic win over the Arizona Coyotes earlier this week:
This should be awesome. It’s time for the moms to bring the good luck, and who doesn’t love the idea of Radek Faksa’s mother getting to follow her son on the road?
The dads are staying home this year. This is a special road trip for the Dallas Stars as we're having our first ever Mom's Trip!— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 7, 2019
We'll have behind-the-scenes photos of the players with their mothers throughout the trip! @Toyota pic.twitter.com/vMSKlOSVoq
Mike Modano goes to the head of the class, again, with the announcement of the 2019 IIHF Hall of Fame honorees. [IIHF]
Mike Modano, the leading United States-born scorer in NHL history, is one of eight members of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame Class of 2019. https://t.co/W2PLthwfMP— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) February 6, 2019
Around The League(s)
#Death Takes A Holiday
That’s it. There were no #MDK games at all last night. Without the Dirty Central to keep us animated, let’s see what everyone else is doing....
Predators pick up Brian Boyle ahead of the NHL trade deadline https://t.co/0PaTFrawMg— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) February 6, 2019
A quick summing-up from statistician C.J. Turtoro:
Nashville overpaid, but not many people have Boyle's skillset. He's a defensive specialist who's good in the playoff circle, and plays in all three situations. Offensive/transitional black hole, but he definitely has a role that he fills for playoff teams. pic.twitter.com/jmuVNrT2Pt— CJ Turtoro (@CJTDevil) February 6, 2019
And a little context from Bob McKenzie:
More fun with draft picks. That Brian Boyle has really maintained his value over the last 10 years. In 2009, NYR gave up third-round pick to LA for Boyle. In 2017, TOR gave up a second-round pick to TB for Boyle. And today, NSH gave up a second-round pick to NJ for Boyle.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 6, 2019
The Avalanche won't trade away their first-round picks; the Stars could be looking for a wing. The latest Trade Deadline buzz. https://t.co/Jds8YwxGQZ— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) February 6, 2019
The Detroit Red Wings want to start focusing on the future – and could be looking to deal for pending UFAs like Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,180th NHL point on Tuesday night, and it was worth celebrating.
Tuesday was a big night altogether, with Leon Draisaitl, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Patrice Bergeron and Paul Maurice all setting personal milestones and national or franchise records. [Sportsnet]
Hall of Famer Eric Lindros says it’s “a waste of time” to ask professional leagues to create meaningful concussion protocols, so he’s focusing on kids’ programs.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Yesterday was National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and the Stars took time to celebrate. Enjoy.