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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Dallas Stars

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)

    People weren’t sure what to expect from the Dallas Stars last season, and they ended up surprising many.

    The organization’s future in Dallas was no longer in doubt. New ownership did some house keeping, which meant saying good-bye to Joe Nieuwendyk and Glen Gulutzan, and hello to Jim Nill (GM) and Lindy Ruff (head coach).

    The team also welcomed in gifted scorer (and common sense lacker), Tyler Seguin, in the hopes the change of scenery would re-focus the youngster, and it worked. Seguin paired with captain Jamie Benn became one the NHL's top dynamic duos; they led the Stars in scoring with 84-points and 79-points, respectively.

    Towards the end of the season, Rich Peverley suffered a cardiac event during a game against Columbus leading to the game being rescheduled at a later date. Dallas rallied around their fallen commrade as they made a mad dash for the playoffs.

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  • How Staples Center ice found its way to LA Kings' three road Game 7s

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago

    Everyone knows the story of the 2002 Olympics and the “lucky loonie”. 

    Trent Evans, an icemaker who used to work for the Edmonton Oilers, was hired to work the Games in Salt Lake City. In order to mark the center spot in the E Center, he used a loonie; and when the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams went on to win gold, the legend of the “lucky loonie” was born.

    So, if a Canadian dollar can have special powers, can some melted rink ice do the same trick? It worked for Nathan Horton in 2011. On Monday, we learned it also worked for the Los Angeles Kings.

    Joe Loughlin is the Event Crew Supervisor at Staples Center. Before each of the Kings' three Game 7s against the Sharks, Ducks and Blackhawks, he made sure, with a bit of anonymous help, that melted ice from LA's home rink was sprayed onto the surfaces of SAP Center, Honda Center and United Center.

    While he was able to pull off the move by himself while traveling with the team to San Jose and Anaheim, he almost was unable to complete the trifecta for the do-or-die game in Chicago.

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