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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Sudden Rise (And Inner Life) Of Miro Heiskanen

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The rookie sensation isn’t just a hockey prodigy, although that part is really, really obvious, Plus, Central Division trade deadline buzz, Eric Lindros fights for concussion protocols, and more.

Miro Heiskanen, instant All-Star. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Stars Stuff

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?

Mike Modano goes to the head of the class, again, with the announcement of the 2019 IIHF Hall of Fame honorees. [IIHF]

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....

Brian Boyle could play his first game with the Nashville Predators against the Stars tonight. Our sister site On The Forecheck examines the trade. [OTF]

A quick summing-up from statistician C.J. Turtoro:

And a little context from Bob McKenzie:

In Central Division TDL rumors: Don’t expect the Colorado Avalanche to deal their first-round picks (including that potential Jack Hughes lottery ticket from the Ottawa Senators).

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

The Texas Stars have started their latest road trip on a high note, grinding out a 1-0 shutout of the Milwaukee Admirals with a big performance from Landon Bow. [100 Degree Hockey]

Finally

Yesterday was National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and the Stars took time to celebrate. Enjoy.