Archive for the ‘Favorite Things 2007-08’ Category

Favorite Things: On The Ice With….

September 5, 2008

This season, the Stars did quite possibly the most awesome thing ever: they miced up players during practice.  Brenden Morrow, Jeff Halpern, Matt Niskanen, Mattias Norstrom and Steve Ott to be exact.

Brenden Morrow’s still remains my favorite, as it’s coined many phrases I used during the season.  Such as “aw halpie…boo” and “someone’s gonna tear an MCL on that loogie you just spit” and Fridge’s “WORKIN TODAY EH OTTER?”

Otter’s is another that is flat out amusing.  Teasing Stu, annoying Halpie, it’s just fun.

Favorite Things: Jeff Halpern

September 2, 2008

Oh Halpie….he was a favorite here at The Shootout.  And I mean, a huge favorite.  He was one of those players that had a huge impact on the game, whether he was scoring, assisting on goals or helping to defend his own net.  And did I mention he’s Jewish?  Because he is.

He was a solid player and such a great guy to play on a team with.  He knew when to be serious and when to kid around with teammates.  (This can be seen in the On The Ice videos as well as an older video of him pieing Ovechkin during an interview.)

Sadly, we lost Halpie when we traded for Brad Richards.  After he left us, he was named captain of the Men’s National Hockey Team.  Sadly, Halpern sustained a knee injury while playing in May and will be out a few months still. :(

Favorite Things: Open Practices

August 25, 2008

How could we have a list of the favorite things of last season and not include open practices?  Since they are the greatest things in all of the land.  

Open practices began the year after the lockout, to try to get fans back into hockey.  Pretty much anytime they were home and didn’t have a game, they had an open practice at the Frisco StarCenter.  Where fans could go and watch them drill, joke and do serious business practice.  Last season, practices became even downright exciting, seeing certain players who had been out months suited up for practice, meaning they were close to returning.  (Of course I’m talking about the joy I specifically felt seeing Boucher and Zubov practicing at various times during the season.)

Then came the bestest part, after practice and showering and all that jazz, the players would come out to sign autographs and take pictures with pretty much anyone who stayed.  This is just downright awesome.  Granted, there were always a few who decided to sneak out a back way (Russian: this means you). 

They also spread the love a bit around the metroplex, having ‘practice parties’ at other StarCenter’s such as Duncanville and Euless.

I really hope this is a new tradition that the Stars keep for a long while.

Favorite Things: Stéphane Robidas

August 8, 2008

Most of us have known how important Robi is to our team for a while, but this was the year everyone found out.  When Zubov and Boucher were out injured, Robi had to take the role as the lone veteran defenseman.  And boy did he wear that title well.

He put up record numbers this season, including taking part in some pretty damn important goals (IE: assisted on the 4OT game winner to end the Stars/Sharks series.)  Not only is he fantastic on the ice, but he is solid as solid can be.  I mean, really.  We all know guys are usually big babies when it comes to being sick or hurt.  But this warrior broke his nose (again) and managed to return during the same game.  That takes guts and heart, and Robi has more than any person I’ve ever met in my life.

He is also frankly one of the nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.  He is always so polite, taking as much time as needed to make sure anyone who wants an autograph or picture gets it.  And the fans love him.  I will never forget one of the practices I went to, as soon as Robi came out this child starts screaming “STTTTEEEEPPPHHHHANNNN ROOBBBIIIIDAAASS” at the top of his lungs.  It was adorable. 

Robi was definitely one of our MVP’s this season, and I’m sure will remain one during his time with the Stars.

Favorite Things: Mo is Awesomest US Born Player Evar

July 28, 2008

It was only a matter of time before that record would be broken by Mikey Mo, and on November 7, 2008 when the Stars were playing the Sharks, it happened. Mike Modano scored 2 goals to make him the highest scoring U.S. born hockey player, overtaking Phil Housley’s record.

Then, on November 21, 2008, the Stars held Mike Modano tribute night; honoring his accomplishment. It was seriously magical and I still get chills watching the video.

edit: I forgot to mention, I’m proud he’s American.

Favorite Things: Mike Modano

July 27, 2008

What is there to say about Mikey Mo that probably hasn’t already been said a thousand times?  I mean, come on, he is the greatest American born hockey player ever!

Not only is he a fantastic player, but he is a classy player as well.  You won’t find any cheap shots from him!  He is also a classy person and such a nice person.  He even has his own foundation!

And let’s not forget the fact that he can skate at warp speed.  I’m definitely going to miss that flapping number 9 jersey when he decides to finally retire.

Favorite Things: Playoffs Intro

July 24, 2008

The Stars team managed to come up with some great intros this season, definitely the best yet.  But when it came to the playoffs, they completely outdid themselves, including smoke and fire as part of the experience.

This is a plain video of what the playoff video looked like:

And this is a video a fan took, so you can get the whole idea of just how amazing it was:

Favorite Things: Mark Fistric

July 23, 2008

Oh Fishsticks, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to put him on this list.  His first game with the Stars (and in the NHL ever) was December 23rd against the Canadiens, and even then he impressed me.  He continued to impress through the playoffs.  He is a tough defensemen, and despite being rookie was able to keep up with our veterens, especially in the playoffs. 

Not only is he a fantastic player, but such an awesome guy period.  Good ole Shrek.

Favorite Things: Ribbons shoulder dance

July 14, 2008

I can’t not post about the Ribbons shoulder dancing for a favorite thing.

Does everyone remember this?  At a game when we were winning (I don’t remember who we were playing), and Ribeiro looked straight into the camera and started dancing.  Funniest thing ever.  Sadly, however, video of this seems to have disappeared!  Not on youtube (OF ALL THE THINGS TO NOT BE ON YOUTUBE) and was deleted from my DVR.

So if anyone comes across a video of this, please let me know. Bless you DallasStars.com!  You can see the lovely dancing at about 2:30 into this video.

Though now that I think about it, I think it might be on the Stars website, but I am far too lazy to go through all the videos to attempt to find it.  Maybe tonight. (Totally went through all my entries, and it occured when the Stars played the Kings in mid-December.  At least that will help)

Favorite Things: Mike Ribeiro

July 8, 2008

It’s been a while, but here is the next favorite thing in the series: Mike “Lil’ Ribbons” Ribeiro. Quite possibly the best pimp-walkin’, gangsta hockey player in the league!

He really gels with the Morrownator, especially this season.  He was also the only star to play in the NHL All-Star game (where he presented all of hockeyland with his pimp-skate).  He lead the team in points, which in mid-season, got him a 5 year contract extension.  We gonna have Lil Ribbons for a long time!

Here’s to you Lil Ribbons! *tilts hat*