Dallas Stars Daily Links: What Happens on the Team Plane

Sean Shapiro talks to the Stars’ players and coaches about how they kill time on plane rides. Plus, the Stars (somehow) beat Tampa Bay last night, Ty Dellandrea makes Team Canada, and more.

One of the biggest components of professional sports is the travel. And given they’re the only team in Texas and any bordering state, the Dallas Stars spend a lot of the time in the air.

The Stars’ don’t have WiFi on their team plane, but that doesn’t bother most of the players. Ben Bishop is one of a few players who prefers it this way:

“I love it,” Ben Bishop said. “I’ve always been a card player and when guys are looking on their phones while we are trying to play cards, I kind of get upset. So I like it; I think it’s also really good for the team to be able to disconnect from that.”

Several of Bishop’s teammates join him in card games, while others download Netflix movies. Meanwhile for Kelly Forbes and Matt Rodell, the Stars’ video coaches, time on the plane is less about relaxing and more about working:

“I joke, but it’s true: My most efficient time is when players and coaches are on the ice or when we’re on the plane,” Forbes said. “Because that’s when I buckle down and get all the work done. I don’t sleep on the plane. It’s a time to work.”

You can read more from Sean Shapiro here.

Stars News

ICYMI, Anton Khudobin became Florida’s Most Wanted after last night. Here’s what Rick Bowness had to say about the Stars’ 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Somehow, Anton Khudobin wasn’t chosen as any of the three stars for the game. But don’t tell that to Tyler Seguin:

And of course, here’s the man of the hour (and three minutes) himself:

While we’re talking about the Lightning, the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners pushed hard to get Joe Pavelski this offseason:

Thomas Harley may have missed the cut, but Ty Dellandrea will be representing Team Canada at the World Juniors:

Central Census

‘Twas a busy Thursday for the Central, with most of the division taking the ice:

  • The Nashville Predators overcame a 4-1 deficit against the Ottawa Senators, but ultimately fell short 5-4 in overtime. [Silver Seven Sens]
  • Elsewhere, the Chicago Blackhawks helped the Stars take 3rd in the Central by beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. [Second City Hockey]
  • Meanwhile the Colorado Avalanche failed to score multiple goals for the first time since they lost to Dallas a month and a half ago, losing 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes: [Canes Country]
  • Finally, in a showdown between offensive juggernauts, the, uhh, Minnesota Wild defeated the, umm, Arizona Coyotes 8-5. [NHL]/

Speaking of scoring eight goals, Barry Trotz is not happy with Peter Laviolette:

Oh wow, the Edmonton Oilers are struggling because they can’t exclusively rely on two superstars and no one else. Big shocker:

The fact that Jack Eichel’s point streak “ends” because he’s hurt is absolute horse manure:

Three Dallas Stars made this list, so don’t get too upset with Greg Wyshynski on this one:

Finally, here’s a unique look into the life of NHL referee Tim Peel as he looks to recover from injury: