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Dinner with the 'Stars'

Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 11:08 AM

By Jamie Oleksiak - Special to NHL.com / Jamie Oleksiak Traverse City Tournament blog

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Dinner with the 'Stars'
Hi again. We didn't play on Monday so it was a good day to relax and kick back and get to know the guys a little bit better; get to know the team.

We had a dinner with Stars management and some of the guys on the team and Joe Nieuwendyk, Stu Barnes and many others were there with us. It was a great opportunity to meet the whole organization and get to know everyone, get a feel for the Dallas Stars and bring that unity together. I didn't skate in the morning, but just warmed up with a few of the guys on Monday.

We did a little mini-putting on Monday night and I did pretty well. I know (Jack) Campbell and (Stephen) Schultz were playing each other. I was out there for the first time, so I was playing for fun and just wanted to get the feel for it. I think Campbell won against Schultzy, so he's waiting to collect. Maybe I'll have to be the big body to step in and collect for him.

We had our usual practice on Tuesday and are getting ready for St. Louis. I'm feeling good and ready to go now.

Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares