Sheldon Souray: My Vote for All-Star and Comeback Player of the Year
by Dan M | Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2011
BY RICHARD S POLLAK,THE HOCKEY ATTITUDE
Dallas Stars GM Joe Niewendyk was challenged by the hockey world for taking the risk of signing veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray. Last season, everyone in the NHL passed on the opportunity to claim the former NHL All-Star off waivers from Edmonton forcing the 35 year old to toil in Hershey of the AHL for most of the season after multi-differences with Oilers’ management. For my first article, writing for the Dallas Sportspage Weekly,I wanted to make a bold prediction and was going to make the prediction that Souray is named an NHL All-Star, again and Comeback Player of the Year,as well! I am not skating with my head down with the puck on predicting Souray’s success in 2011 with the Stars. The NHL Brass has already put his name on this year’s Ballot for the All-Star Classic in Ottawa with only 20 games played into the season.
Souray leads the Stars defensemen with goals,assists,shots and points even before admirably stepping in on the power play replacing the injured Alex Goligoski. Defensively number #44 was suppose to be the 5th or 6th defenseman, at best, but he is playing as a top two defenseman, leading the team in checks,block shots,penalty minutes and is the only rearguardsman, I see, who stands infront of the net and clears out the opposition. Souray deserves to be an All-Star and his performance on ice dictates his Top Two and Power Play status.
Not so amazing,Souray leads the Stars in power play goals. Armed with one of the hardest shots in hockey. I was fortunate to see him play in Montreal at the All-Star game in 2009 as part of the Canadians 100th year anniversary Celebration. Souray was one of the finalist in the slapshot competition.
Souray’s first taste of being a Dallas Stars came in Frisco at the Dallas Star’s Season Ticket Holders Exclusive First Ever Stars Alumni game. When asked by Dallas Stars Radio play by play man Ralph Strangis,at the bench, about how he feels being a Dallas Star, Souray exclaimed,” I’m probably older than most of the Stars Alum playing in the game,I know I’m older than Modano and can’t skate as fast as Mike.” Souray hasn’t been a slouch on defense, his veteran experience and savvy makes up for any lack of speed and I challenge his complaining about lack of speed skating. He’s just a wiry veteran hoping the opposition reads his quotes. Souray has his superstitions,he’s always the last player on to the ice during warm ups and at the start of the period. His top two defensive mate, Stephane Robidas says,” he’s great to play with, his defensive skill allows me to skate with the puck forward on offense.”
Now when asked by Dallas Stars Color Commentator Darryl Reaugh during the 5 game losing slide, about the Stars tumble, Souray humoristly quotes the famed Charlottetown Chiefs Player- Coach, Reggie Dunlop, by saying,”WE’RE WORKING ON IT.” This season, the swift Dallas Stars Media Staff has added a new statistic to their player profiles with their Twitter Accounts.If you’d like to follow Sheldon’s Tweets go to: @SSOURAY. I am excited to be back,once again, on the local beat,able to be covering the Dallas Stars on a weekly basis with the best local sports print outlet in North Texas.In addition to my International correspondent responsibilites with the Fishler Report ,out of New York. It is my honor and challenge to be able to share with my local hockey followers in Dallas, my insite and opinions on the Hockey we love! ,
GREAT GOALIES RECEIVE REWARDS:
Dallas Stars Netminder Kari Lehtonen was named 2nd Star for the entire NHL for the first month of play.In Allen, both CHL American’s goalies, Marco Cousineau and Brian Mahoney-Wilson have won the Goaltender of the week awards.
Dallas Stars newcomer, LW Eric Nystrom leads the Dallas Stars players in generating donations for the “Movember” International Fund-Raiser to help the fight against prostate cancer. NHL players are wearing mustacles to bring awareness to the fight.You can see the hilarious promos of the Dallas Stars players that are participating on the Jumpbotron at the Stars home games..You can make a donation by accessing Defenseman Mark Fistric ,who has lead the cause for the past two seasons, athttp://us.movember.com/mospace/808736