The NHL wanted to invoke a wild, wild West feel at the Winter Classic, and they certainly got it – and not just in the Dallas Stars’ roller-coaster comeback win.
From the home team’s pregame parade of Western wear to the more groan-inducing touches like the mechanical bull, the emphasis was on having a good time, Texas style. Embracing the Lone Star aesthetic included dressing the part, and the team went after the challenge with gusto, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika reports:
Roman Polak went full “bad guy” with an ominous black outfit compete with a robber-style bandana. John Klingberg said he wanted to keep a European edge to his style, and added that he was impressed with the choices of all of his teammates.
Denis Gurianov and Anton Khudobin were more farmhand style, while Jamie Oleksiak, Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen leaned toward a gentleman look.
”I thought everyone looked real good,” Klingberg said. “It was a lot of fun seeing guys actually really trying to look cool. Everyone was on board.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Tyler Seguin came out of Twitter hibernation to post this glorious team photo, and a brief message of hope and good cheer.
The Stars interwebz team collected even more memories for your viewing pleasure.
Sean Shapiro and colleagues knocked themselves out with great Winter Classic content over at The Athletic. It’s all behind the paywall, or available for a free trial.
The @TheAthleticNHL coverage of the Winter Classic. @SaadYousuf126 on Comeau saving the day https://t.co/WH4euMHk26 @AdamVingan on Predators in peril https://t.co/R0a3P4FlGW— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 2, 2020
And my offering from the tailgate https://t.co/J98wZOh60c and the game itself https://t.co/S6awE9ZeZm
Isn’t it fun to see the NHL positively giddy over Southern hockey?
Because we can’t have all the nice things, here’s the latest on Corey Perry’s status with the Department of Player Safety.
Stars forward Corey Perry will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for elbowing Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis in the first period of the Winter Classic. https://t.co/ymIHqDKsHO— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) January 2, 2020
Perry himself has expressed his regrets for the lapse.
Around The League(s)
Why yes, the Stars really are the center of the universe, and that’s why no one else dared to play yesterday. But the Dirty Central will be back in near-complete cut-throat action tonight:
- Winnipeg Jets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. CT
- Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues, 8:30 p.m. CT
- Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks, 9 p.m. CT
Have you seen the Carolina Hurricanes’ New Year’s Eve Storm Surge? Look at it again.
Short answer: yes. Long answer: hells yes.
The players have spoken, the fans have spoken — it’s time to make NHL Olympic participation happen. My column on where that process currently stands: https://t.co/uMRtaiVypv— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 2, 2020
You’ll never guess what Jared Clinton suggests for Miro Heiskanen (spoiler: you probably already have).
The collector came for John Tortorella, basically because he said what NHL fans have been saying for the last ever.
The league also put Tortorella on notice that he was being assessed a conditional $25,000 fine.— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) January 2, 2020
If he has another act of "similar inappropriate behaviour" through Dec. 29, 2020, the NHL will collect the money https://t.co/NNkGpGatcY
Meanwhile, Columbus Blue Jackets fans are rallying to his defense in the manner to which we have become accustomed.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars will kick off 2020 tonight on the road against the Chicago Wolves. Puck drop is 7 p.m. CT.
Ryan Pennington has posted a 100 Degree preview.
Because everyone is talking about Anton Khudobin sliding into the team photo but nobody has had the DECENCY to post video (yet)...here he is doing one of the things he does best, which is making kids happy. Enjoy.