The Dallas Stars have been committed to youth hockey since the team came to North Texas in 1993. And the Stars players have always been a big part of it.
Stars winger Loui Eriksson
gave a local youth hockey team a surprise visit on Thursday night. The Mite REP team of the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch – Team Sweden - held their final practice of the season on Thursday. Eriksson has gotten to know the coaches of the team over the last few years and he decided it might be a fun idea to swing by a practice and surprise the kids. He decided to wait until the Stars season was finished before he would come visit.
“I was happy to do it,” he said. “I remember when I was their age. If a star player would have come by our practice, that would have been a huge deal. The kids were great and it was even more of a thrill for me because they are Team Sweden. It was fun.”
Eriksson spent over an hour out at the practice, posing for pictures and signing autographs. He also brought with him a special stick that was designed specifically for the 2010 Olympics. Eriksson wanted one of the kids to win the stick, so the coach put together a shootout contest at the end of practice to determine the winner. A girl named Hannah - one of two girls on the team - was the lucky winner.
Sweden is the number one seed in the playoffs. They will play the winner of Canada-USA this coming Saturday at the Plano Dr Pepper StarCenter.
There are seven Dr Pepper StarCenters in the Metroplex (Farmers Branch, Frisco, Euless, McKinney, two in Plano, and Valley Ranch). Parents that are interested in having their kids try out hockey should check out the Stars’ Kids First program – a 100% free five-week program that includes equipment and learning how to skate. More information can be found by clicking here