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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Another Successful Hosting Event

The 2021 IIHF Men’s Under-18 Hockey Championship has drawn to a close, with Canada taking the Gold Medal over Russia. The tournament was a success in every regard, with zero COVID-19 cases reported, thanks in large part due to the Dallas Stars’ hosting efforts:

“It’s been a ton of challenges, but to be successful, we have to have great teammates,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director for USA Hockey. “…Starting from January when we decided to move here, the Stars as our hosts on the ground have done an amazing job in the run-up. And during the event, they’ve been rock stars.”

This marks the third major hockey event the Stars have hosted in as many years, in addition to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and the 2020 Winter Classic. For a non-traditional market always looking to grow the game locally, the World Championship was another big opportunity for the club:

“We have to be big here, we do,” [CEO Brad] Alberts said. “If we’re going to accomplish the things we want here, we have to be big… Ultimately, that’s what will reap rewards. We can’t just blend into the fabric of the Southwest or blend into the NHL or blend into the City of Dallas. We’ll get lost that way, and we can’t do that.”

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Stars Stories

Stars Color Analyst Daryl ‘Razor’ Reaugh talks about his catchphrase, career in hockey, and more in a reader Q&A:

Dallas has their final matchup against Tampa Bay tonight in a (more or less) must-win scenario:

Around the League

As pretty much everyone expected, the NHL laid down a hefty fine on the New York Rangers for their comments about Tom Wilson and Department of Player Safety head George Parros:

Perhaps more surprising, the Rangers’ comments seem to have actually sparked support for Parros inside the NHL:

With all the extra eyes on the DoPS these days, DownGoesBrown breaks down the various fan reactions you typically see:

Back to the Rangers briefly, Chris Drury was introduced as the team’s new President and CEO:

Auston Matthews has hit the 40 goal mark, cementing himself in NHL history:

Speaking of crazy stats, Dom Luszczyszyn talks about McDavid’s quest for 100 points as well as how much value the Stars have lost to injury this season in his 16 Stats: