^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4
| Sports |

Ssssh, All-Star Game Sleeping

With Bill Parcells in limbo, the Bears and Colts in the Super Bowl and the Dallas Mavericks in first place, does anyone care that the NHL All-Star Game is in town?

Under the cover of wintry mix, the showpiece of America's No. 4 sport sneaked into Dallas and will this week try to re-boot old fans and cultivate new ones with a three-day extravaganza. The culmination will be Wednesday night's All-Star Game at the American Airlines Center, but the coolest part of the festivities will be today at 4:30 p.m., when the Stars' 1999 Stanley Cup champions hold a little reunion in Victory Park. Eleven members of the team are scheduled to re-assemble, including current players Mike Modano, Darryl Sydor and Sergei Zubov and past heroes such as Brett Hull, Joe Nieuwendyk and Pat Verbeek.

The group will escort the Stanley Cup into the free party, which will include Stars broadcaster Ralph Strangis, Mayor Laura Miller, NHL Vice President Ken Yaffe and Stars President Jim Lites.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Also on tap Monday will be All-Star team practices, an appearance by Cuba Gooding Jr. and a plethora of famed faces from hockey's past. If you can't ditch work to attend the ol' gang getting back together, you can catch the highlights on Fox Sports Net Southwest at 6 p.m.

Tuesday's event at AAC features the Young Stars Game, which will include the Stars' Jussi Jokinen, followed by the All-Stars showing off their skating, puck-handling and shooting in a SuperSkills competition. Think Slam Dunk Contest, on skates. Stars Marty Turco and Philippe Boucher will play in Wednesday's game. Sadly, an injury will prevent Mike Modano -- long the face of Dallas hockey -- from playing in the game. But he will drop the ceremonial first puck.

Which begs the question: If a puck drops in an afterthought sport, will anyone notice? --Richie Whitt

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.