Dallas From 1997-2000, the Dallas Stars were the hottest ticket in DFW sports as Reunion Arena and more specifically the Stars Club was the 'place to see and be seen.' Granted, that run included a Stanley Cup title and another trip to the finals. When the NHL schedule came out, there were several games to be circled that would undoubtedly be the best scenes of the year, among them the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers.
After moving to American Airlines Center in 2001, the Stars were still a big draw and games against the Rangers still drew the large crowds of fringe fans who would come to see high-priced big name stars like Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Pavel Bure and future Stars players Eric Lindross and Jaromir Jagr. When the Rangers were in town, there was no place in DFW with better people watching than the Platinum Club at the AAC.
The Rangers made their only trip of the season to DFW on Thursday evening, bringing big names like Rick Nash and former Stars center Brad Richards. For Richards, it was his first time back at the AAC since leaving the Stars in 2011 to sign a nine-year, $60 million deal with New York and it would be a successful homecoming as the Rangers won 3-2.
The game was a case of the better team not winning, but the better goaltender. Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 41 saves to practically will New York to the victory over Dallas, who out shot the Rangers 23-6 in the first period only to find themselves trailing 1-0 going to the intermission. Two early third period goals by the Rangers put the game out of reach as Dallas fell to 11-9-2 for 24 points on the season.
While roaming around the concourse, we did run into several members of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls, who were welcoming people to the game and taking pictures with fans. The Ice Girls recently released their 2014 calendar with a party at the Hard Rock Cafe.
As for the crowd, it was far from a sellout (announced attendance was just over 15,000), but the beautiful people of Dallas were on hand as the Audi Club on the Platinum level was a hot spot, even during the action on the ice. Most fans at a game will actually go to their seats while the game is going on, however we came across many patrons who were apparently at the AAC to hang out.
The Stars appear to be heading in the right direction on the ice behind new owner Tom Gaglardi, new GM Jim Nill, new head coach Lindy Ruff and young players like Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. It also appears that the attractive ladies are making their way back to the AAC for the hockey games, meaning it's only a matter of time before the Stars will be a hot ticket again.
Upcoming home games for the Stars include the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 26 and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 29. For information on tickets, visit here.
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