Faceoff Luncheon a hit yet again
October 1, 2003
By J. Douglas Foster
Every year, it's the same thing at the Dallas Stars Faceoff Luncheon.
Players gather at their respective tables with their adoring fans, waiting on their player introduction and wondering just how badly Stars color commentator Daryl Reaugh is going to make fun of each of them individually in front of the overflow crowd.
They know it's inevitable, just as it was at this year's event, held Wednesday at the Wyndham Anatole in Dallas.
They just come prepared for it.
"I already know what he's going to say about me," said Stars goaltender Marty Turco before the event. "So I'll just take it an like it."
One might begin to wonder if players -- hoping to avoid such public embarrassment -- might even offer Razor a little bribe if he would overlook the interesting facts he knows about them.
But Stars left wing Brenden Morrow said that is even a lost cause.
"Razor is not very trustworthy," Morrow said. "He would probably take the money and still take shots at us anyway. He's not one of the best guys to bribe, so we just keep our money in our pockets."
When Reaugh wasn't taking shots at this year's members of the Dallas Stars, the team was enjoying their 11th such faceoff luncheon -- held every year since the Stars came to Dallas -- with the more than 700 fans in attendance.
Prizes were awarded, such as a Mike Modano-autographed stick and a team-autographed jersey, and players appeared for a "meet and greet" with several of the fans in attendance in a reception prior to the lunch.
It was the second time this week the Stars had given their fans a chance at some serious face time, coming just days after the season ticket holder party Sunday at Frisco.
While the events are great for the fans, the Stars said they enjoy the opportunity to find out who is cheering for them as well.
"It's a fun experience, because without the fans we wouldn't be in this lucky position that we realize we are in," Turco said. "We're fans of the game too, just like they are, or we wouldn't be playing. And we have great fans in the Metroplex.
"We're lucky we get to hang out with them before the season so they can't boo us yet."
Stars head coach Dave Tippett said he plans on having the roster down to the NHL limit of 23 on Sunday. "I think our goal is, by Sunday, to get down to 23 if we can," he said. "Then we'll work from there."
There is still a chance, Tippett said, that Turco will play both of the remaining preseason games. "Marty will start tomorrow, and if he feels good then 60 minutes is not out of the question for him," Tippett said. "We'll monitor as the game goes on. He has felt very good in practice the last two days, so I don't see why he wouldn't play."
The Stars have used Jason Arnott at right wing the last two days of practice, pairing him up with young Finns Niko Kapanen (center) and Antti Miettinen (left wing). "We'll try that line and see how it goes," Tippett said. "They are similar kind of players Arnott had in New Jersey. They are both skill players who will hold the puck and allow Arnott to get his big body into positions where he can shoot in front of the net."