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This morning, Dallas Stars President, Jim Lites, Captain, Brenden Morrow, former goaltender, Marty Turco and color analyst, Darryl “Razor” Reaugh, made the rounds on DFW radio airwaves promoting the return of Dallas Stars hockey after the owners and players association were able to come to a tentative agreement in regards to a new collective bargaining agreement. Yesterday, the 30-member Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the CBA. The players are expected to begin their process of ratifying the deal tomorrow and expected to wrap up on Saturday, opening the doors to training camp on Sunday.
President, Jim Lites indicated that early site hits on www.dallasstars.com reflect an interest among fans and casual observers. Mr. Lites also stated he’s “giddy” over being able to see future Hall of Famer, Jaromir Jagr in a Stars uniform. In fact, he pulled the curtain back during the courting of Jagr and he stated he was “excited to play with Brendan Morrow.”
The greatest news that Jim provided is that in the month of January and February, fans ages 12 and under will be free in the upper level. He stated it was with the purchase of a ticket as “12 year olds shouldn’t be at the AAC without an adult anyways,” as he chuckled. There is no doubt that Jim Lites is beyond excited about the return of hockey and that he is the best man to have at the helm of bringing people back.
Brenden Morrow stated that Ray Whitney, being a veteran of several work stoppages was instrumental in “leading us during this time off” and keeping guys motivated in staying in shape, though it’s impossible to stay in game shape when players are not allowed to have organized practices.
Morrow said that players will start voting today and tomorrow and when asked about the CBA specifically, “I don’t know what all is in it, I just know it means we get to go back to work.”
A new, old face to join the media push is former goaltender, Marty Turco. Having just recently moved back to the area with his family, Marty has joined on with the Stars in a promotional capacity. “I’ll be helping out on the tv side with pre and post game shows,” Turco said. “I also talked to Joe (general manager, Joe Nieuwendyk) and coach (Glen Gulutzan) and I might have to be out on the ice helping out with practices. There just isn’t a whole lot of time for these guys.”
Make no doubt about it, the Dallas Stars (both the front office and the players) NEED you, the fans. Last year, former Star, Steve Ott said there is nothing like playing in a packed house. Last year after the sale was finalized to Tom Gaglardi, his first item of business was to come in and lower ticket prices across the board and that brought fans back. Then, the team started to win and win a lot. Unfortunately, the goal was just narrowly missed, but with the off-season acquisitions of Whitney and Jagr, the power play, which was the Achilles for this team, instantly improved. This team WILL be better. This team WILL make the playoffs. The Stars are excited…you should be too.