Dallas Stars Daily Links: Spezza’s Return to Dallas

Hear what the ex-Star had to say about his return to Dallas after five years with the franchise. Plus, David Poile sets an NHL record, the Sharks lose Thomas Hertl for the season, and more.

Last Wednesday’s match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs was more than your typical, run-of-the-mill cross-conference game for the Dallas Stars. It was the first time former Star Jason Spezza had returned to Dallas since parting ways with the franchise this past offseason.

Spezza spent five years wearing Victory Green, and the Stars played a tribute video for him during the first period, much to his excitement:

“It doesn’t hurt to see yourself scoring a few goals when you’re playing a game,” Spezza said before the game. “I really enjoyed it here in Dallas. I liked it. My family liked it. The ownership was great. Jim Nill’s one of the people I respect probably the most in hockey just for the way he does business and how honest he is. Just a great person. Coming back here, I’m just happy to see people.”

Ultimately, Spezza failed to win his elusive first Stanley Cup during his time in Dallas. But he has plenty of other fond memories to take its place:

“Winning playoff rounds bonds you more than anything,” Spezza said. “We had a year when we led the Western Conference in wins and we were scoring lots of goals and that was a really fun year to play. Seeing Benny win the scoring race was pretty cool... Lots of good memories and I enjoyed it here.”

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