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Irving's Joey Picca named Stars' 7th Man

Tuesday, 03.30.2004 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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Irving\'s Joey Picca named Stars\' 7th Man



March 31, 2004

The Dallas Stars today named Joey Picca from Irving, Tex., as their 7th Man. Picca, 18, was selected from more than 200 entries by the Stars. As the Dallas Stars Fan of the Year, he receives a Stars jersey, the opportunity to attend a team morning skate at American Airlines Center and to meet a player following that practice. Picca will be honored during the second intermission of this Sunday's home regular season finale vs. Chicago. In addition, Picca will be entered into the League-wide contest to determine the NHL Fan of the Year from the 30 team winners.

The League and its 30 Member Clubs introduced the NHL 7th Man Award last year in celebration of its fans' dedication, passion and loyalty and to honor its fan of the year.

The grand-prize winner of the 7th Man Award will receive a trip to New York to become "Commissioner for a Day" and will participate in a ceremonial opening face-off at Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Fans entered on NHL.com or dallasstars.com by submitting an essay of up to 250 words describing their qualifications as the 7th Man for the Stars. Picca's essay best exemplified dedication, passion and loyalty to the NHL and to the Dallas Stars and was named the local winner.

Picca's winning entry detailed his dedication to the Stars, including the fact that he owns a Jeep that is painted in Stars green and gold. His loyal following of every Stars game was chronicled, including staying until the very end of the five overtime game against Anaheim last April and still making it to school on time early the next morning. Picca even held his own personal banner raising ceremony in his room after the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999.

The NHL 7th Man will be chosen from among the 30 local winners by an expert panel that includes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; actress/entertainer Whoopi Goldberg; ABC and CBC hockey analyst John Davidson; ESPN announcer Linda Cohn; TSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire; actor/comedian/hockey enthusiast Denis Leary; and last year's winner, Roger Farina, a New York Islanders fan and U.S. Army helicopter pilot who was given leave while serving in Iraq to accept the inaugural honor.

Additional information on the 7th Man Contest, including the official rules, can be found on NHL.com.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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