You probably noticed that Joel Hanley wore a new number for the Dallas Stars this year. But you may not have known why he switched from 39 to 44, or how much it means to him.
The number 44 originally belonged to a different Hanley – Joel’s brother, Jordon. Joel lost his sibling when he was a 19-year-old student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts, and the loss is something he carries with him to this day. The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks devoted his latest piece to the story of how the Stars are helping Joel honor Jordon:
“I never thought I’d be able to wear, especially for an NHL team in Dallas, never thought I’d have the chance to wear 44, so it was just really special,” Joel said. “When I walked in, I was like ‘Wow!’ kind of reflecting on what it’s taken to get there and just thinking about my brother and just knowing that he would be so proud of me.
“He never got to see me play a pro game, so he was definitely looking down and really happy and proud of what’s happened so far.”
Jordon took his own life in 2010, a tragic outcome of his bipolar disorder. Joel has since taken college classes in psychology to understand more about what his brother was going through:
“Jordon was always so upbeat and high energy all the time, so I guess with bipolar disorder, you get super high and super low,” Joel said. “During the highs, it was his personality to begin with. And then the lows, maybe we could have done a better job of seeing the lows. But when things like this happen, you don’t really want to put blame on yourself, it was the lows that we didn’t really see.”...
“In the last 30 years, we’ve learned a lot about the mental side of the brain, and there’s so many things we haven’t learned, either,” Joel said. “There’s still a long way to go as far as understanding the brain and understanding mental health and how it affects [us].”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson are still killing it at the #IIHFWorlds.
Robo scored another goal— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) May 31, 2021
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And now Ryan Shea is getting in on the action.
Around The Leagues
Stanley Cup Roundup
- From the #Disco: The Tampa Bay Lightning drew first blood – but just barely – in Round 2 with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. [Raw Charge]
- The Colorado Avalanche hit the ground running with goals from five different players and a 7-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. [Mile High Hockey]
- Casey Cizikas was the overtime hero as the New York Islanders got the 4-3 win to tie the series with the Boston Bruins. [Lighthouse Hockey]
- And the Toronto Maple Leafs lost Game 7 to Playoffs Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens 3-1, after giving up a 3-1 series lead. [Eyes On The Prize]
Vegas’ Ryan Reaves has been suspended for two games for Roughing/ Unsportsmanlike Conduct on Colorado’s Ryan Graves. https://t.co/26pAMLIJW5— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 31, 2021
He has three Stanley Cups and an Olympic gold medal – and now, Marc-Andre Fleury is a Vezina Trophy finalist for the first time.
Marc-Andre Fleury (@GoldenKnights), Philipp Grubauer (@Avalanche) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (@TBLightning) are the three finalists for the 2020-21 Vezina Trophy. https://t.co/kbe35DGGtR #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/166QYfMrFA— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 1, 2021
Elsewhere, Seth Jones is planning to hit the market – but has his down year with the Columbus Blue Jackets affected his value?
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Attention, Austin Metro fans: The Texas Stars’ summer merch sale takes place this Saturday.
REMINDER: The End of Season sale is in ONE week! Stop by from 12-4 pm on June 5th to stock up on your Stars merch as well as some equipment! pic.twitter.com/RAt9RZPYIn— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) May 29, 2021
Need a hero? Get a Robo. This sort of thing never gets old. Enjoy.