Dallas Stars Daily Links: Behind the Music at the AAC

Music Director Michael Gruber shares his secrets to getting the crowd in the game. Plus, what went wrong last season, and the league's best bromances.

Music plays an essential part in the in-arena experience, and Sports Illustrated took a look at the man behind the curtain at the AAC: Music Director Michael Gruber.

Grubes provided insight about what goes on behind the scenes, including whether players have much of an input on the playlist.

The players, they make pretty minimal requests. So far I've only really gotten a list of about 10 songs before the start of each of the last two seasons they want to hear during warm-ups. Otherwise they can't hear the music too well once the game is going on, so I've never heard much opinion on it other than [they want it] louder. I figure as long as I play music that helps to accentuate the moment, the players will hear the crowd going nuts and feed off that so the fans' opinion matters more to me.

He also talked about what genres and songs go over well in Dallas.

Well, heavy metal plays pretty well in any arena and Dallas is definitely no exception so there's a pretty strong dose of that. And while I don't listen to much of it at home, I've also found techno/EDM sounds really good through the AAC speakers. Lots of bass!

Sounds like an interesting read, am I right? I'll see myself out. [SI]


From a slow start to a struggling defense, Tyler Seguin shares his take on what went wrong last season. He also describes Jamie Benn's attitude toward winning the Art Ross:

Then once we were out of [the post-season] and games were winding down, he's like, ‘Yeah, I might as well do it. It's a prestigious trophy.'

Because why not, right? It's not like leading the league in scoring is hard or anything. [Sportsnet]

Denis Gurianov, the Stars' newest first-round draft pick, will be heading to North America with Russia's national junior team to face his peers from Canada and the Czech Republic. [Stars]

Stars captain Jamie Benn took the time this weekend to help at the Little Rookies' graduation.

While making the radio rounds on the Ticket, GM Jim Nill expanded on the goalie situation and whether any younger players might crack the lineup. [DMN]

Bleacher Report named one player from each team in need of a rebound season in 2015. Kari Lehtonen earns the dubious honor for Dallas, and the slideshow also features special guest appearances from former Stars Loui Eriksson and Trevor Daley. [BR]

Giving new meaning to the term "All-Star," Sports Illustrated put together its All-Movie team. Personally, I'm shocked by the glaring omissions of Charlie Conway and Gordon Bombay. [SI]

The NHL is full of bromances, including the one between Tyler Seguin and Michael Del Zotto. Check out a few of the league's dynamic duos and enjoy what is quite possibly the best GIF of Jamie Benn ever. [Sportsnet]

The Hockey Writers' Tabatha Patterson named Antoine Roussel one of five French players to make an impact on the NHL. [THW]

In contract news, the Toronto Maple Leafs sorted things out with Jonathan Bernier.

The NHL has been ordered to turn over injury and concussion data. [TSN]

Ron Wilson talks about the upcoming World Junior Championship and what he's seeing in prospects so far. [NHL]

Fast forward to 2022, when the Winter Olympics are underway in Beijing. Will NHL players still be making an appearance? [CBS Sports]

It's been quiet on the Mike Richards front since the Kings terminated his contract, but here's a look at what might happen next. [Forbes]

Using Shea Weber as an example, Puck Daddy explores the decline of aging stars around the league and when teams should trade players who are fast approaching their 30th birthday. [Puck Daddy]

And finally, everyone should start preparing themselves for the impending one-on-one battle between Hilary Knight and Tyler Seguin.