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The U18 Worlds are not just another work assignment for Stars scouts. Plus, the Stars’ Pride Night benefit, top fantasy forward lines, and more.

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If the Dallas Stars aren’t bringing enough drama for you, don’t forget that there’s a new thrill in town.

The IIHF U18 Men’s World Championships have come to Frisco and Plano. Ten international teams have shown up for the fight, which begins today and continues through the gold-medal game on May 6.

And while the public is welcome in Frisco’s Comerica Center, the Plano games will be open to scouts only. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika devoted his latest article to why this return to in-person events is such a big deal, for both players and professionals:

This will be the last best chance for teams to assess talent before the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23 and 24, and it will be a reflection of just how much the industry has been affected by the pandemic. Some leagues have played, some leagues started and stopped, some haven’t played at all....

“It’s been a challenge for everyone,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “It’s just a lot to deal with for the players and for the scouts. It will be nice to have a little normalcy here, just seeing guys again for the first time in a year or so, so that does help just make us all feel better.”

Are there potential NHL regulars among this class of players, stalled and potentially set back as they have been by the COVID-19 pandemic? It will be their challenge to show it, and the scouts’ challenge to spot it, and the fans’ challenge to recognize those big moments for themselves. The excitement level is palpable for everyone:

...Not only do the scouts get to be back in the building with players, they get to be back with fellow scouts. Scouts from other countries might still have to jump through hoops to get to Texas, but once they do, the experience should be electric.

“The skill level is unbelievable at this age,” said Lucas Reid, director of amateur hockey and partnership development for the Stars, and the man who helped bring the tournament to Texas. “It really is going to be a treat for fans, because these players are the best of the best.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]

For supplemental reading, check out Stephen Whyno’s piece for the Associated Press on what will be “the center of the hockey universe” for the next couple of weeks.

And here’s Steven Ellis with the players to watch.


Stars Stuff

It’s always time for a rewind when it comes to Beast Mode Benn. Here’s Jamie putting the team on his back Saturday night, as a captain does.

Meanwhile, it’s Pride Night in the AAC, and here’s how we tune in.

Want a more lasting souvenir? Every purchase of these commemorative tickets will benefit Dallas Hope Charities.

If you’ve ever wanted a visual representation of just how injured Dallas has played this season...well, to quote our own Taylor, “Lol the Stars broke the axis.”

Around The Leagues

#Disco Jazz

The Jason Robertson-Roope Hintz-Joe Pavelski line is getting plenty of attention from the fantasy leagues – and now, so is the Jason Dickinson-Jamie Benn-Denis Gurianov corps.

Now that he’s caught his breath, Patrick Marleau has lots of words for everyone who helped, cheered, or congratulated him on his record-setting 1,768th NHL game.

Elsewhere, Andrew Shaw, at age 29, is calling it a career due to his history of brain injuries.

Make the extreme mainstream: Engineer Leonard Lye designed a custom glove so an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy can play hockey.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars don’t play again until Thursday, but at least the Twitter feed is staying busy.

Finally

It was as if someone enabled a cheat for Jonathan Bernier, wasn’t it? It’s finally over. Enjoy.