When you first enter the American Airlines center a wave of cool air brushes your face. If your a first time visitor it is just cold air. If you are from Dallas, it is the feeling of home. Home is also located in your seat. You sit down and stare up at our new giant LCD TV screens and wait for the warm ups. The best part of warm ups is watching the players react to the signs and children at the game. They hand out pucks to small children and occasionally that screaming girl with the black hair who is always there.
My first hockey game was Dallas Stars Vs. Minnesota Wild. It was fan night, and we were close to getting into the playoffs. I kept asking the normal first game questions. What are the blue lines for? What are the Red Lines? By the end I still didn’t grasp hockey, but I knew one thing. I loved hockey. I kept coming to the games, and suddenly the plays offs where here. By the end of the playoffs I knew everyone’s name and was extremely devout in my pre-game rituals. Everyone around me seemed just as crazy so it all worked out. People around me were still helpful and nice with my silly questions, what do you mean it’s a delay of game?
Now onto the best part of being a Stars fan: The Team. We have some classic players, Mike Modano, Jere Lethinen, Marty Turco, and more. Of course everyone loves to watch the Greatest American Scorer of All Time play but we also love to watch the underrated players break through the radar. Example in point? Stephane Robidas. The beginning of the season even our own journalist said we didn’t have an all-star defensemen. (Obviously they’ve already forgotten the All-Star Game last year). Robidas showed against the Devils that he is a force to be reckoned with. I could list many facts about the underrated players including my favorite, Toby Petersen, but we would be here all day.
So if you are in Dallas, and you want to come see what it’s like just remember three things: You can’t miss the warm ups, We’re always patient with new hockey fans, and we have a team that may not always have points, but we have heart.
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