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Get To Know Alex Auld

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars caught up with new goalie Alex Auld after one of his workouts this week in Frisco to find out more about his playing style, his growing relationship with Marty Turco, and playing for Marc Crawford again.

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My playing style: “I’m a big butterfly goalie. I like to keep things as simple as possible and try to be as efficient as possible. I’m definitely not as aggressive as Turco, I don’t have the same puck skills that he has. I feel I’m good at it, just not to his level. There’s always areas to improve on and this is something I feel I could get better at. Getting to watch one of the best on a nightly basis and being able to talk to him about it will make me better.”

My strength is: “Fundamentals. I’ve always had a really good technical base to go back to. I work at that every day and it gets you through tough times. I’ve always done well working on my technique. Once you get that, everything else comes with it.”

When I was traded to Dallas: “I was extremely excited, I’ve heard such great things about the organization for as long as I can remember. I always loved coming to Dallas as a road city. The changes the organization is making, with my former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk being the GM and my former coach Marc Crawford joining the team, seem to really line up. Even before it happened I was thinking, ‘That would be a nice place to go,’ and it worked out.”

My relationship with Turco: “We’ve talked about everything, just getting to know each other. It’s an important dynamic, and it’s a unique one in sport. He was one of the first phone calls after the trade and told me how excited he was about it and about working together and being a team. That’s what you really want to hear, you want to be welcomed. I want to push and motivate him and the right way. Together, I think we can do really great things here.”

On playing for Marc Crawford again: “I think he’s an excellent coach and an excellent motivator. He’s demanding, but I really appreciate how hard he pushed me very early on in my career. He’s a great communicator and gets his point across. I think he’s going to be a really great fit. Any time there is a familiarity it definitely helps. I knew a couple of the guys before coming here. I joked that I knew as many guys in coaching and management as I did on the team.”

On being able to refocus quickly after goals-against: “It’s being able to refocus and realize it’s the past and you can’t do anything about it. You’ve got to learn from it, but in the middle of the game, you can’t dwell on that. Sometimes it’s the next save that’s more important than the goal that just went in. After the game, you can go back and look what you did wrong or find the little mistake and see what you could have done to fix that. During the game, you got to refocus, settle in and keep going forward. As a goaltender, that’s an important trait to have.”

Recalling my first career start (at Dallas on Jan. 23, 2002): “It was great. I think everyone remembers their first game. It was my second time being called up. It was a dream come true. I sat on the bench for two games, but to get to actually play is incredible. Obviously you’re nervous. I remember being out on the ice and something happened where they had to bring the Zamboni back out, so it took an extra 10 minutes. I got the win against Ed Belfour. To win against a legend like that in your first start is special. It’s a neat thing to come back to a place where you’ve had some success.”

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