They say the best way to start a story is from the beginning, so here’s mine.
I’ve been a hockey fan for as long as I can remember, and recall attending a Fort Worth Fire game with my dad way back in the day. To this day I still have the souvenir puck he bought me.
I attended my first Dallas Stars hockey game during the 1998 preseason and never would’ve imagined what that year would bring. I can’t remember who the Stars played that night, but I know we sat 10 rows from the ice and all I could do was watch in awe as Derian Hatcher imposed his will on anyone who thought they could get in front of the net. I was hooked. I spent plenty of late nights watching playoff games and crammed my head with hockey knowledge. And what a great year it was to get hooked on the Stars!
Three years later, the only thing I wanted for my birthday was a Derian Hatcher home jersey, and getting exactly that made the “Sweet 16″ even sweeter.
Since then, I’ve fallen in and out of love with Stars players, coaches and owners, managed to get the love of my life to fall in love with the Stars, and even helped him find his favorite player in Steve Ott.
We attended our first game together on our one-year anniversary when he was home on leave from a 15-month deployment in Iraq. A year later, when he was discharged from the Army, we decided to move back to my hometown: back to Dallas. We lived in Irving for our first six months post-Army, and became very familiar with taking the TRE to the AAC. Two years ago, in an attempt to top any and all future anniversary gifts, he sent my good ol’ 10-year-old jersey to Derian up in New Jersey with a letter expressing my admiration for him when he was a Star, and asking for an autograph. My signed jersey hangs in a place of honor in my closet, and only comes out on very, very special occasions.
In 2010, I decided to go back to school and chose to pursue a degree in journalism. I was hired as a senior staff writer by the North Texas Daily in the spring of 2012 and spent my days writing about almost every sport under the sun; basketball, softball, lacrosse and more. Nothing ignited my passion like writing for hockey though, and I hope to make it my career one day very soon.
My Hockey Faves:
Favorite Teams : Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers
Favorite Players: Derian Hatcher, Eric Nystrom