BY RICHARD S POLLAK, THE HOCKEY ATTITUDE
WOW! The Dallas Stars are currently leading the Pacific Division and third overall in the Western Conference with only 3 weeks left in the season. Normally, I would be jumping for joy BUT it’s a false sense of security. Theoretically, I would much rather be in 7th spot knowing exactly how many points I need to make the playoffs. After a 10 game winning streak at the “TOP OF THE PACIFIC DIVISON”, the Stars are tumbing with loses and are fluxuating from 2-4 points from watching the Playoffs. once again, on television.
The Stars are the only team in the NHL to wear Green on St. Pat’s Night. Actually, they always wear a little Green since their days in Minnesota and in honor of original Minnesota North Stars Owner Norm Green’s wife Kelly. The Kelly green is gone but the Stars will wore Reebok practice jerseys for pre-game warm-ups which will feature Gallic fonts for both the numbers and name plates. All of the players were asked to take their name or nickname, and make it Irish-themed, in honor of the holiday. Each jersey will also include a shamrock on the right lapel.The list of surnames to be used includes the team captain, Brenden Morrow, also known asBrenden O’Morrow. Try to figure out their Irish Names
McChubbs ,O’Legend , FitzPetie , Guinness , McCrush’em , O’Daddy ,Goose, O’Hammer and McRibs
The NCAA announced today that two Dallas Stars prospects, Austin Smith (Colgate) and Reilly Smith (Miami OH) are two of 10 student-athletes that have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey.Austin Smith, 23, leads the nation with 36 goals and is tied for second in overall scoring with 59 points. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2007 with the 128th overall pick and was the first Texas-native drafted by the Stars’ organization.Reilly Smith, 20, ranks second in the nation in goal scoring with 27 goals this season with Miami (Ohio). Smith was a unanimous First-Team All-CCHA selection in 2012, one of two players to accomplish that feat. He was selected by Dallas as the 69th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is scheduled to play Friday night in the CCHA Championship Semifinal at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.A 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (atwww.hobeybakeraward.com from March 16-25) will determine this year’s winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.