Dallas Stars video coach Kelly Forbes is one of the best in the business – but what does he do, and how do you get a job like that? It’s time to find out.
A 10-year Stars coaching veteran, Forbes has also provided some welcome consistency for that crew, writes Sean Shapiro. And, as he notes, there’s a reason why the team has never considered replacing him:
Of the 31 NHL teams, only the Stars and the New York Islanders (plus-1) have a net positive in challenges over the past four seasons in data collected through Feb. 7. The New York Rangers have an even record at 11 wins and 11 losses, while the rest of the league is deep in the negatives. The Detroit Red Wings have a 14-41 record in challenges, while the Carolina Hurricanes are 6-30.
Winning challenges and knowing when not to waste them is a point of pride for Forbes. If done correctly it’s more of a science than a guessing game; the Stars are 4-1 in challenges this year....
Forbes, as it turns out, is another of the Stars’ two-sport athletes – he played golf as a student at East Central University before turning to club hockey at the University of Oklahoma. Students take note, he landed his job with the Stars after a successful internship:
At the end of an hour-long interview, [then-head coach Marc] Crawford handed Forbes a laptop and five DVDs.
“(Crawford) said go break down these games, come back and present it tomorrow to me,” Forbes said. “So, I went home and stayed up until 3 or 4 in the morning, I broke them down, I had never touched the software before. I had obviously broken down video in games and knew the game well but it was kind of a quick learn, with the software. And then I went and presented.”
A few days after presenting his work to Crawford and assistant coach Stu Barnes, the Stars hired Forbes as the first full-time video coach in franchise history.
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Andrew Cogliano is back, Radek Faksa is (probably) not, and the Stars need another big win tonight as the Colorado Avalanche come to town. [Dallas Stars]
Guys coming in, guys coming out. Andrew Cogliano will return to the lineup tomorrow against the Avalanche, Radek Faksa is doubtful. pic.twitter.com/kVbBicgGiJ— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 6, 2019
Mike Heika answers tons of lineup questions in the latest #HeyHeika.
Hey Heika: Will Stars try to lock up Mats Zuccarello with long-term deal? https://t.co/lrcAMH1UE1 via @NHLdotcom— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 7, 2019
And in his latest chat, Matthew DeFranks suggests that re-signing Mats Zuccarello may be the best revenge on the Rangers.
Instead of a revenge game, here's the storyline Dallas fans should hope to see in the next Stars-Rangers matchup | @MDeFranks #GoStars https://t.co/0hfkbCOndO— SportsDay Stars (@dmn_stars) March 7, 2019
Love you some Chel? Want to pit your skills against the pros? Check this out.
Compete against the world’s top @EASPORTSNHL gamers in the NHL Gaming World Championship! Registration is now open! #NHLGWC— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 6, 2019
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- The St. Louis Blues scored twice in 12 seconds to salvage a last-minute 5-4 win against the Anaheim Ducks. [St. Louis Game Time]
The Vegas Golden Knights beat the conference-leading Calgary Flames 2-1, and Marc-Andre Fleury and David Rittich nearly fought about it.
Goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and David Rittich in a staredown after a big scrum pic.twitter.com/NmZggdr5Zt— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 7, 2019
Is this a Toronto Maple Leafs version of the Daryl Reaugh Shutout? Dan Murphy is in the doghouse after mentioning the Leafs’ previously perfect record after two periods.
Not saying, just saying... https://t.co/kSzo6Ol0bc— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) March 7, 2019
The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best stats, but the Western Conference has the best Stanley Cup odds, according to people who study odds for a living.
The Lightning are the top team in the NHL, but the best betting value to hoist the Stanley Cup resides in the Western Conferencehttps://t.co/WhaLW1vrzC— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) March 6, 2019
Ready for some championship action now? Twitter is streaming all (NWHL) or many (CWHL) of the Isobel Cup and Clarkson Cup games online.
How to Watch: NWHL, CWHL playoffs https://t.co/5Mi6tuZjEM— Michelle Jay (@michelle_jay3) March 6, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars are fighting for a playoff spot, and last night’s loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins didn’t help.
Texas Loses Ground in Playoff Race, Dropping 5-2 Contest in Grand Rapids https://t.co/3KZVjWDfeu #txstars pic.twitter.com/wKJLQLsBpJ— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) March 7, 2019
These player intros...are incredible. Enjoy.
Some Minnesota River guys really got the intros pic.twitter.com/Gg8yz4ZWGG— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 6, 2019