Yesterday’s Winter Classic press conference was more than a chance to do a photo op in the Art Deco majesty of Fair Park. It was the Dallas Stars’ first real chance to imagine what their Cotton Bowl showcase can become, writes Mike Heika.
The game will be history-making by design, Heika reports:
The fact that the 12th NHL Winter Classic will be held in a southern venue with two teams who have never before played an outdoor game -- Dallas and Nashville -- is one of the reasons the game is happening.
”Every Winter Classic is different,” [NHL Commissioner Gary] Bettman said. “We’ve tried to specialize in iconic venues, and this stadium certainly qualifies. There’s a nice element of bringing the game back to the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day because of its extraordinary history.”
And concerning the inevitable questions about whether Dallas is too hot for outdoor hockey, Bettman said this:
While unpredictable weather is always a concern in Dallas, Bettman said that bridge was crossed a while back. The NHL played outdoors in Los Angeles in 2014 with the temperature at 62 degrees, and then topped that in Denver in 2016 at 65 degrees.
”Our ice makers are incredible at what they do,” Bettman said. “We’ve learned a lot over the last 26 or so outdoor games that we’ve put on, and if we didn’t think we can have a successful game here, we wouldn’t have announced what we have.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
The Stars take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight in the AAC. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m., and it’s another crucial opportunity for the Stars to gain ground in the playoffs race.
Push for the Playoffs: Stars create separation in wild-card racehttps://t.co/umaXkqBFPd— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 20, 2019
If you’re reading this, you may be just in time to catch Sean Shapiro’s live Stars Q&A today. It runs from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Central time. [The Athletic DFW]
In case you missed yesterday’s Winter Classic press conference, there’s a website. There’s always a website.
Everything you need to know about the 2020 NHL Winter Classic, including the price of admission, can be found on our Winter Classic page.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 20, 2019
Sean Shapiro and Owen Newkirk
Just watched @VictorEGreen pass a soccer ball and forth to Gary Bettman on the Cotton Bowl field and I’m so disappointed I didn’t have my camera out— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 20, 2019
Around The League(s)
Stanley Cup brackets, anyone?
As the end of the regular season nears, it’s time to look at some potential 1st-round serieshttps://t.co/Z67k42cqQp— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) March 20, 2019
Jason Spezza, future GM? Speznasty is the highest-ranking Star in his category in the annual NHLPA Player Poll.
The players have spoken and the #NHLPAPlayerPoll is back! Often imitated but never duplicated, we surveyed 500+ NHL players on 20+ hockey-related questions covering skills, arenas, teams and a few other fun topics in between.— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 20, 2019
The poll is LIVE ➡ https://t.co/NM2KqFuMr2 pic.twitter.com/GERt7CVGly
Think your team is lousy at drafting? Scott Wheeler has done the sums, and some of them may surprise you.
Which NHL teams have drafted the best (and worst)? Which pre-NHL teams produce the most NHL Draft talent? I looked at 16 years of data in an effort to find out: https://t.co/1w5kp8fEzg— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) March 20, 2019
New York Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury has taken on new responsibilities: as GM of Team USA, men’s division.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars came on strong during a 6-3 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins – but Colton Hargrove was the undisputed highlight.
Last night’s lineup included all four new ELC signings.
Slight correction to my lineup card. Hanna in for Calderone. Listing him as a D. #txstars— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) March 20, 2019
So when will Denis Gurianov come to Dallas for good? Watch this space, or any of the other usual spaces.
Gurianov noticeable as usual for Texas. Really isn’t anything more for him to do in the AHL— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 21, 2019
One more note. Enjoy.