STARS MAILBAG: Hockey in Houston? Lineups? And is it time to panic?

Reports surfaced this week that Houston could be a future destination for an NHL franchise. Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has recently met with the NHL to discuss bringing a second team to Texas, and after the former owner — Les Alexander — essentially killed off hockey in Houston, there is hope amongst hockey fans […]

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Roope Hintz surpassing early expectations during rookie season with Texas Stars

CEDAR PARK, Texas — Roope Hintz could have struggled in the AHL this season and it would have been understandable. The 20-year-old is playing his first full professional season in North America. The prospect tournament in Traverse City were his first games on a smaller ice surface since 2013, and there was a real curiosity […]

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AHL Notes: Bow on on a roll, Honka trying too much, and Gurianov continues to disappear

CEDAR PARK, Texas — Landon Bow has started to find a groove for the Texas Stars. After sitting behind Mike McKenna early in the season, Bow has played in four straight games and five of the last six for Texas. During that stretch Bow has a .925 save percentage and has stopped 100 of 108 […]

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ECHL Report: Patience a virtue with Martenet, Desrosiers feeling confident with Steelheads

ALLEN, Texas — When it comes to prospects it’s important to practice patience and manage expectations. That’s especially true in the case of Chris Martenet. First, Martenet fits the mold of the the old — and often true — adage that big defenders take longer to develop. On top of that, the 6-foot-7 defender missed […]

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STARS MAILBAG: Splitting Benn and Seguin, central struggles, and smoke screens

I don’t have a good anecdotal story to lead the mailbag this week, so let’s just dive into the questions…. Comment from discussion Mailbag time, a call for questions. Readers ask questions, I try my best to give insightful answers. Nill's pedigree is from Detroit, where great teams were built by finding talent deep in […]

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Difficult 17-game stretch turned into career launch pad for Stars prospect Riley Tufte

Riley Tufte is always going to remember a 17-game stretch that kicked off his collegiate career. He was an 18-year-old recovering from a broken wrist while playing against players four and five years his senior. The injury limited his ability to lift, so he couldn’t put on the desired muscle, and at the same time […]

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Stars Daily October 31: Tufte off to fast start and should Bickel been suspended longer?

I had a phone conversation with Dallas Stars prospect and Minnesota-Duluth forward Riley Tufte on Monday about his nice start to the NCAA season. Tufte has seven points in eight games, including goals in back-to-back games this weekend. “It’s been really good, as far as like as the injuries go last year and not having […]

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