When it became official in 1993 that the Minnesota North Stars would be invading football country, the players viewed the move south with some apprehension.
Original Stars Neal Broten
and Shane Churla
were hopeful that hockey would succeed in Dallas, but nobody involved with the relocation was certain the sport would be embraced in the Deep South.
Minnesota-born Broten had personal reasons for reservations about leaving his home state. His teammate, Churla, was also comfortable in Minneapolis-St. Paul, having played his first five sea sons there with the North Stars.
But after a short time in their new city, Broten and Churla had already become two of the best salesmen for the NHL in Big D.
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