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Dallas Stars earn highest score in J.D. Power 2017 Fan Experience Study

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars earned the highest score among sports franchises in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in J.D. Power 2017 Fan Experience Study which was released today by J.D. Power.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by J.D. Power for providing one of the best fan experiences in professional sports," Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites said. "For the last 25 years, we've tirelessly worked to build the best fan experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We are continually striving to find more opportunities to make the Dallas Stars game day experience even better while providing our loyal fan base a quality product on and off the ice."

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Remembering Bryan Murray

by Scott Burnside @OvertimeScottB /

Let us not talk about wins or successful drafts, but of promises made and kept and of confidence given and courage shown. Because those are the qualities that we remember today when we remember Bryan Murray.

Of course, Murray, who passed away Saturday after a three-year battle with colon cancer, was a shrewd judge of hockey talent and a passionate, well-respected coach - you don't get to hang around the National Hockey League for 35 straight years, coach 1,239 games, and win a Jack Adams Award without having the game in your DNA - but that the memories being celebrated today are more often of his wit and humanity is the truer mark of the man.

Dallas Stars netminder Ben Bishop spent a relatively short period of time with Murray's Ottawa Senators, parts of two seasons, yet Murray may well have been one of the most influential people in Bishop's career.

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Dallas Stars Statement Regarding Proposed Texas Bathroom Legislation

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars President and CEO James R. Lites issued the following statement regarding the proposed bathroom legislation:

"When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993 we were fortunate to encounter success early on, and we've cultivated what we consider to be the best fan base in the National Hockey League. Dallas was warm and welcoming when we came to this great city 25 years ago, and it remains so today. The Dallas Stars stand strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation. We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all.

We're thrilled that Dallas will host the NHL Draft next year, and we're grateful that the NHL sees the true Dallas that we know and love, a Dallas that is friendly and vibrant. Dallas will be a wonderful host city and we're grateful for the NHL's business. We are proud of our home and want every visitor to feel at home here, too, and that' s why we oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation."

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Stars prospects at the World Junior Summer Showcase

Oettinger, Tufte, Karlstrom, and Robertson get a look as process begins for picking rosters for World Junior Championship

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Some of the top prospects of the Dallas Stars were on the ice over the past week, taking part in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan.

Players from the USA, Canada, Sweden, and Finland were at the camp, which begins the process of selecting rosters for the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York.

Dallas prospects Jake Oettinger (USA), Riley Tufte (USA), Jason Robertson (USA), and Fredrik Karlstrom (Sweden) were among the top under-20 players taking part.

It is the summer, so you shouldn't read too much into the camp, but it was still an opportunity to see how players stacked up against other players from their own age group.

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Dallas Stars sign defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year, $964,688 contract.

Oleksiak, 24, registered seven points (5-2=7) in 41 regular-season games for Dallas in 2016-17. His five goals marked a career-high and were third amongst Stars defensemen. He has appeared in 119 regular-season contests over the past five years, all with Dallas, and has 19 career points (6-13=19).

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Dallas Stars announce nationally televised games for 2017-18

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars announced today that two games during the 2017-18 regular season will be televised nationally. Below is a list of games and where they will be televised:

Sun., March 11 at Pittsburgh, 6:30pm CT, NBCSN

Thu., March 29 at Minnesota, 7:00pm CT, NBCSN

The Stars regional slate of games to be carried on FOX Sports Southwest will be announced at a later date.

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Dallas lands 2018 NHL Draft

The draft coming to American Airlines Center next June is a testament to the success of the Stars

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Southlake's Jace Foskey has been a Dallas Stars fan since he can remember, attending games with his family at American Airlines Center. Next June, the 17-year-old Foskey hopes to be at American Airlines Center again. This time as a draft eligible defenseman when the 2018 NHL Draft comes to Dallas.

"Having the draft here is going to be great for Dallas, getting the exposure and hopefully to increase hockey in Texas," said Foskey. "And having the possibility of being drafted in the hometown is unimaginable."

Foskey plays for Tri-City in the USHL and has committed to play college hockey at Harvard. He and forward Ryan O'Reilly, who is also from Southlake and will be draft eligible next summer, were on hand Saturday night at Reunion Arena Park when the NHL, City of Dallas, and Stars announced the draft coming to Dallas next June 22-23. Both young players, who grew up playing hockey in the DFW area, are proof of how much hockey has grown since the Stars arrived in Dallas in 1993.

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Dallas Stars to Host 2018 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas, TX - The Dallas Stars™ will host the 2018 NHL Draft™ at American Airlines Center, the National Hockey League, Stars and City of Dallas announced today. The 2018 event will mark the first time the Stars and the City of Dallas will host the NHL Draft. The Dallas Stars franchise will celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary during the upcoming 2017-18 season, and will host special events throughout the year to commemorate the Club's milestone.

The 2018 NHL Draft™ will be held over two days - Friday, June 22 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 23 (Rounds 2-7). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

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Net gain

2017 draft pick Jake Oettinger a major boost to goaltending pipeline for Stars

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars solidified their present goaltending picture by acquiring Ben Bishop this offseason and then signing him to a six-year contract. The team's goaltending future is looking bright as well, especially with the addition of Jake Oettinger, whom the Stars took with their second pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

The Stars were high enough on Oettinger that they traded up in the draft, moving from the 29th overall pick to 26th to grab the 18-year-old netminder out of Boston University.

"He was one of the top goalies in the draft," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "And he's a guy we wanted bad."

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The road to opportunity

Long trips to practice in an RV helped begin Jason Robertson's journey to becoming a Dallas Stars draft pick

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Jason Robertson's path to becoming a Dallas Stars draft pick began in Southern California, on the roads of Los Angeles. In an RV.

With a long drive to the rink and the Robertson brothers practicing at different times, that RV became a home away from home for part of the day.

"The rink in Los Angeles, with traffic, is probably an hour-and-a-half away," Robertson said. "My older and younger brothers played hockey and their practices would be at three and mine would be at six. We just couldn't have one go and then another guy comes. We go at three and wait until my practice."

Robertson would do typical kid stuff in the RV while waiting for his turn to hit the ice.

"I'd do my school work, watch TV and have dinner," he said. "You were back home at nine, so you had to do your school work at some time.

And it just became part of the routine when he was eight to ten years old.

"It was a lot of trips," Robertson added. "A lot of miles."

And there have been a lot of miles since for Robertson, who got hooked on hockey because his dad and grandfather were Los Angeles Kings fans and would take him to games. That put his hockey career into motion.

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