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Hey Heika: What will Stars' Winter Classic jerseys look like? senior staff writer Mike Heika answers Twitter questions from fans in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It has been a while since we conversed under the Twitter format of #HeyHeika, so let's do so today. Lots of good questions as the Stars pass the midway point and start thinking about a strong finish and a possible trade.

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Rinky Dinking Podcast: Who should be Stars' opponent in Winter Classic?

Razor and Heika talk uniforms for the Winter Classic, some names to watch at the trade deadline and more

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika / Rinky Dinking Podcast

On the road in St. Louis, Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh and Mike Heika discuss the NHL Winter Classic coming to Dallas in 2020. The guys debate who the Stars' opponent should be and what their uniforms could look like for the big game.

Also, breaking down the rise of Finnish hockey players, Alex Ovechkin's decision to skip All-Star Weekend in San Jose and who the Stars might be interested in acquiring come trade deadline time.

'Rinky Dinking' is available now for download on iTunes, Spotify and

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NHL aims to highlight best of Stars, Dallas at Winter Classic

The league hopes to produce a spectacle that makes the 2020 event at Cotton Bowl Stadium more than just a game

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Winter Classic is a combined effort between the league, an NHL team, and the host city, and Steve Mayer has a big job in bringing together all of those elements.

The Chief Content Officer for the NHL is busy juggling Winter Classics and All-Star Games and Stadium Series events, so he's got a lot of chainsaws flipping through the air. But in doing so, he says his first goal is to make every one of these events unique.

That's one reason the NHL decided to hold the 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Mayer said.

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Benn says Winter Classic 'a long time coming' for Dallas

The Stars hope the league's signature outdoor game will be 'memorable for all involved' next year

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars players got word that the 2020 Winter Classic was coming to Dallas well in advance of Tuesday's announcement by the NHL. On Wednesday, players got to share their thoughts on the Stars taking on a still to be determined opponent at the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day next year.

"It's awesome. It's been a long time coming," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "Some people in this organization obviously did a great job getting that game here. (Stars president) Brad Alberts was probably a big part of it. It's going to be great to bring hockey to the outdoors of the state of Texas."

During his youth, playing outdoors for Benn meant street hockey because there wasn't a lot of snow or frozen ponds in Victoria, British Columbia, so he is relishing an opportunity to play an outdoor game on ice.

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Winter Classic gives Stars, fans chance to say, 'Why Dallas? Why not?'

On one of the NHL's grandest stages, the city can show off its buzz for hockey in Texas and the Great Southwest

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Outdoor hockey in Dallas?

The spotlight of the NHL on Dallas?

Haven't the Stars missed the playoffs in eight of the past 10 years?

Dude, what is happening here?

I get it. Tuesday's announcement that the 2020 Winter Classic will be held at Cotton Bowl Stadium might take a few of you by surprise. I know the fans in Minnesota are confused. They "only" got a Stadium Series game. Same with Denver. This is the big one. This is the time where all of hockey is staring at you.

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'A bucket-list item': Winter Classic makes Stars part of hockey history

The organization aims to showcase the 2020 event at Cotton Bowl Stadium as 'a celebration of hockey in Dallas'

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

At the heart of the NHL's Winter Classic is a feeling that you will return to a simpler time when kids played hockey on outdoor rinks and felt the cold biting at their face.

It's tough to get the cold and memories of outdoor hockey in Dallas, but with the announcement that the Stars will play host to a Winter Classic Game on Jan. 1, 2020, they certainly will have the memories of a simpler time.

In choosing Cotton Bowl Stadium as the venue, the NHL and the Stars will invite fans to a building that will be almost 90 years old, a building that embraces history, a building that embraces Texas. It is an unexpected curveball that probably helped get one of the league's biggest events to Dallas.

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Stars to host 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium

The game, set for Jan. 1, will set the record for the southern-most location for any signature NHL outdoor contest

by Press Release @DallasStars /

FRISCO, Texas -- The National Hockey League and the Dallas Stars announced today that the club will host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Cotton Bowl Stadium® in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 1, 2020.

The contest will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Stars. The game continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year, with the 2020 edition marking the 12-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic® in Buffalo. Dallas' opponent for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced at a future date.

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