The Dallas Stars have one of the league’s most acclaimed music directors creating their in-arena atmosphere. And their locker-room playlist has been a story ever since Vernon Fiddler made Shania Twain their playoffs muse. The Stars and their tunes are a story fans love, and Sean Shapiro of The Athletic DFW revisited it for his most recent roundup.
Next time you go to a home game, go early. There’s a celebrity DJ coordinating the set – and no, it isn’t Grubes:
[Stars DJ Michael] Gruber used to pick the songs and mix during warmups, but during the 2015-16 season Tyler Seguin asked if he could have a say in the pre-game selections. It was a duty that Gruber gladly passed onto Seguin and the Stars center essentially outsources the responsibility to a pair of friends who are DJs: Dallas’ own Zillamatic as well as Dzeko, a Toronto-based artist Seguin went to high school with.
“I usually flip between them and it keeps the boys happy,” Seguin said. “I’d actually like to hear our volume louder in our own rink, it’s too low. It drives me crazy, it has for six years, that they won’t turn it up more. I’d like that (to) go up.”
You may already know that Segs is into the music scene – but you may be surprised to learn about Blake Comeau’s hidden talents:
“(Comeau) is the best DJ I’ve ever played with,” Ben Lovejoy said. “And I’m not saying that because of my time here. I played with him in Pittsburgh, he’s got a reputation. He’s very good at it. I’m a huge 90s rap guy and he mixes that in enough that I am happy.”
Sean also has some additional context on the business case for the Cotton Bowl Winter Classic:
There is a large youth tournament in the works centered around Jan. 1, with teams coming from across the United States to play in the various community rinks the Stars have helped build across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. There is a belief that many of those participants and their families will also buy tickets to the Winter Classic.
There’s much more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
From the road record to the now-broken Curse of Manitoba, Mark Stepneski picks the big moments from last night’s 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
5 things to know: Stars beat Jets, pad lead in playoff racehttps://t.co/yzsJH8DxqV— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 26, 2019
It’s big goalie news day! Ben Bishop hit a career milestone with last night’s win.
And Jake Oettinger is the newest first-rounder to sign his ELC with the Stars.
The Dallas Stars have signed goaltender Jake Oettinger to a three-year, entry-level contract. Oettinger will report to the Texas Stars on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. https://t.co/1dOgPGyB0Q— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 25, 2019
Around The League(s)
#Murder Was The Case
- The St. Louis Blues stayed in the Central Division’s race to the top with a 3-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. [St. Louis Game Time]
- And the Nashville Predators punched their ticket with a 1-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild. [On The Forecheck]
By clinching their Stanley Cup playoffs spot, the Perds also helped the Stars shore up their own berth:
Jared Clinton examines the state of the wild-card races.
And Greg Wyshynski delves into the state of NHL player suspensions.
The head of @NHLPlayerSafety gets candid about the smaller suspensions this season, the Evgeni Malkin stick swing and whether @Capitals forward Tom Wilson has finally changed his ways. #NHL https://t.co/9PREiCugZ0— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 25, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Quick update on a small child who appeared to be hit by a glass pane knocked loose by a Dylan McIlrath check:
Barely, small bruise. EMT asked him if he was ready to go back and watch the rest of the game and he responded “yes!” Lol— Austen Jones (@ausjones10) March 24, 2019
Kid was a great sport... even popped onto the ice postgame for the skate around.
Wysh gets the last word after last night. Enjoy.
I was *thisclose* to dropping Esa Lindell today in fantasy and I'm quite happy I did not.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 26, 2019