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Stars working to grow game of hockey beyond Texas

The organization recently helped put on a six-week 'Learn to Play' program for children in Mexico City

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

After 25 years in Texas, the Stars have learned a few things about spreading the good word of hockey.

And now, they're passing that knowledge onto others.

The Mexico Ice Hockey Federation in March completed its first six-week "Learn to Play" class for a group of 33 youngsters aged 6-10 in Mexico City. The equipment was provided by the Stars and the NHL, and the infrastructure was set up by the Stars.

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'Determined to win,' Stars make statement with impressive victory

In a tough building against one of the league's best, Dallas was simply the better team in Winnipeg

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- They ran a graphic on the big board at Bell MTS Place on Monday that exclaimed the Jets have the second-most wins in the NHL since the start of last season.

They also reported that Winnipeg has the second-best home record in that span.

It shouldn't really be a surprise -- the Jets are that good. They headed into Monday's meeting with Dallas on a 5-1-0 run and are on their way to their first Central Division championship.

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Nill: Tough lineup decisions aimed at securing Stars postseason berth

The general manager says the team is trying to push every button it can to get the results it needs

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- As the Stars make a push for the postseason, they are also trying to push every button they can.

That was never more apparent than when the team called up minor-league veteran Justin Dowling, 28, Saturday and inserted him into the lineup.

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Turning page on 'missed opportunity,' important trip looms for Stars

After earning just three points on its homestand, Dallas hits the road with little room for error in its playoff chase

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

There are times, it seems, the Stars want to send Tina Turner out onto the ice at American Airlines Center to do her Proud Mary routine and growl at the crowd, saying, "We never, ever do anything nice and easy…"

They seem that defiant with this playoff stuff, that married to the drama of chasing a postseason spot down the stretch.

So, here were go again.

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Avoiding 'the wall': Heiskanen not slowing down in first full season

The rookie, who doesn't turn 20 until July, has played the 18th-most minutes in the NHL this season

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It's a common concern - when will your 19-year-old rookie hit the wall in an 82-game season?

Every young player has to make an adjustment to the NHL. He has to get used to bigger players, he has to get used to heavy travel, he has to get used to "the mental grind." It's part of the process, part of growing up, and so the conversation revolves around managing a young player in his first marathon campaign.

Well, usually.

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Tough loss just one more step in Stars' quest to make postseason

After a hiccup against Colorado, all Dallas can do now is trudge forward and ready itself for the next one

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

There are times when the NHL season simply trudges forward.

Thursday was one of those nights for the Stars.

Dallas did a lot of good things -- outshooting Colorado 45-32, and setting a season-best mark for high-danger scoring chances at 25, according to But it lost a 3-1 game, thanks to a bad line change and a questionable goal against.

The result was the Avalanche received a huge victory and bolstered their playoff chances, 33-29-12 (78 points), while the Stars, 38-30-6 (82 points) slipped four points behind St. Louis in the battle for third place in the Central Division.

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Anticipation high, Winter Classic beginning to take shape for Stars

Dallas gets its first chance to truly imagine what outdoor hockey will look like at Cotton Bowl Stadium

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Gary Bettman joked when he was asked Wednesday if he ever imagined the Winter Classic coming to the Cotton Bowl.

"Oh sure," the NHL Commissioner quipped, "I knew it all along."

The uniqueness of playing an outdoor hockey game in a 90-year-old football stadium in Dallas, Texas was at the center of the discussion when the league held its official press conference to announce that ticket sales to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic would begin on April 23.

The fact that the 12th NHL Winter Classic will be held in a southern venue with two teams who have never before played an outdoor game -- Dallas and Nashville -- is one of the reasons the game is happening.

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Big third period from big line gives Stars much-needed win

When Dallas sought an answer for Florida, Benn, Seguin and Radulov came through in an inspiring way

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Dallas Stars wanted a win Tuesday night.

That's nothing new, really, they want a win every night.

But they have put themselves in a situation where they sort of need wins now. In the middle of a five-game homestand, they started out with two losses. With a tough four-game road trip through Western Canada looming, they didn't need another defeat.

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Stars adding skill, depth with recent signings through organization

As Dallas stocks young scorers in its pipeline, the results could be seen quickly at the AHL level

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Slowly, but surely, the Stars are adding young scorers to their lineup -- and the results could be seen fairly quickly at the AHL level.

Dallas on Tuesday announced the signings of college players Rhett Gardner, Joseph Cecconi and Josh Melnick, and also the assignment for 2018 first-round draft pick Ty Dellandrea to the Texas Stars. All four could be in the lineup within the next two or three games.

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Rinky Dinking Podcast: Is home ice still important in today's NHL?

Razor and Heika reunite to discuss whether it's still an advantage to play at home, morning skates and more

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika / Rinky Dinking Podcast

Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh and Mike Heika reunite to talk about the recent flip-flop in the Stars' fortunes at American Airlines Center and whether home ice is still important in today's NHL.

Also, why are morning skates the bane of Razor's existence, and what cool thing is happening with his beloved Kamloops Blazers?

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

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