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Dallas Stars Daily Links: New Book Tells The Story Of The Texas Stars

When the Texas Stars first set up operations in what was then Cedar Park Center, they posted the words they wanted to live by in the team dressing room. Through years and Calder Cup runs, through the advent of Jamie Benn and even the H-E-B Center name change, that slogan has remained. So it’s no wonder that a couple of old hands at covering the T-Stars have chosen it for the title of a book.

We Win Here: The Definitive Essays You Need About The Texas Stars is a new collaboration between Stephen Meserve and Sean Shapiro – two writers who share more than two decades of covering the Stars’ AHL franchise. They need no introduction to Stars fans, so here’s Stephen introducing their work:

…It is a collection of 12 essays with topics including the original Calder Cup run in 2010, the Matt Fraser trade, the #FreeHonka movement, the Ben Bishop game, a remembrance of San Antonio, the (overwhelming) case to retire No. 18, the business side of the AHL and an entire essay on emptying our collective notebooks with all the stuff we couldn’t tell you at the time it happened.

There’s so much organizational history (secret and otherwise) packed into this volume that even the price is in Stars code:

It’s priced at an intentionally specific number. Digital copies are $14. Physical copies are $18.23. If you know why, this book is definitely for you. If you don’t, read the book and you will.

The book is a love letter to the AHL, the Texas Stars and their fans. Hopefully the feeling is mutual.

DBD’s own Mark Zimmerman is writing his own review and will post it here within the next several days. In the meantime, you can get your own copy in the format of your choice at

Stars Stuff

Pretty good win last night. You ever hear of that Milo Heskala guy?

But there’s a fight still to be won, and here’s how it could play out tonight.

Around The Leagues

It’s the end of an era for the Chicago Blackhawks as Jonathan Toews prepares for his final game.

A door closes, and a window opens.

Greg Wyshynski is really going to be That Guy, isn’t he?

Meanwhile, Neal Pionk may have forgotten that it’s not yet the postseason, and the refs are still calling penalties.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park, And Beautiful Boise

The Texas Stars want a regular-season division title of their own – and they, too, took another step toward that goal last night.

The Idaho Steelheads wrapped it up what seems like ages ago, and yet they still continue to collect.


Insert your own “The More You Know” GIF here. (Either that, or the SHADE time-lapse of your choice.) Enjoy.

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