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Memories of Best Christmas Gifts Ever Remain Vivid for Stars Players

Sunday, 12.25.2011 / 12:00 PM / News
By Steve Hunt
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Memories of Best Christmas Gifts Ever Remain Vivid for Stars Players
 

Like everyone, the Dallas Stars players have plenty of Christmas memories. So when they were asked to recollect the greatest gift they ever received, it wasn’t a huge shock to hear many of them name a piece of hockey equipment or something similar as their greatest gift ever. One current Star, however, chose to name the worst thing he’d ever received on Christmas morning and that’s a funny story in itself. So, here they are:

Rookie goaltender Richard Bachman
“I think I got a drum set when I was eight-years-old and I was pretty pumped about that because I had wanted one for a while. I don’t know why my parents let me get it but that was pretty awesome. When I was little, any time I got goalie pads that was awesome too. You grow up, see all the stuff on TV and you really want it. I’d say those two things are the ones that probably stick out most in my mind.”

Forward Adam Burish
“When I was a freshman in college, I got my first guitar. My mom bought me a guitar. Now I play every day. That was a pretty cool gift, a guitar. This year was my second best, I got myself a gift, an electronic drum set. I can put headphones on at home and play it, so nobody can hear it. When I was kid, the cool one I got was a pet chameleon. I think I was in fourth grade and my mom and dad got me a chameleon with a little cage. I got a big sack of grasshoppers because that’s what you feed it. I got that and thought it was the coolest thing ever.”

All-Star forward Loui Eriksson
“Probably something to do with hockey when I was a little, probably a stick or skates. It was fun to get that stuff when I was younger. I know I had the same stick as Forsberg. Every time you would get a new stick, it was exciting.”

Rookie defenseman Philip Larsen
“I always wanted a cell phone and stuff like that. It was cool to have a new phone at that time. When you’re younger, you look forward to Christmas and stuff. Now it’s all about spending time with your family. That’s an important thing for me now.”

Captain Brenden Morrow
“I know growing up with an older brother, my hockey gear was always hand-me-downs. One Christmas, getting a new pair of skates [was huge]. I got these white Graf skates for Christmas and that was a pretty big deal for me. Instead of having hand-me-downs and having something of my own, that was something that I was pretty happy with.”

Forward Eric Nystrom
“A Kelly Hrudey signed goalie stick when I was like five. Kelly Hrudey, he was my favorite player growing up on the Isle. I got a Kelly Hrudey signed goalie stick. I thought it was the best thing ever. He [my dad] pulled some strings there. No [I don’t still have it], I think I cut it up and made it into a gun or something like that when I was a kid, sawed it up.”

Forward Steve Ott
“Probably a Wayne Gretzky hockey stick back when I was a kid. I’ve still got it hanging up in my garage. It was a Christmas gift from my parents. I scored a lot of goals with that bad boy when I was young. I had a lot of great times with it. I always loved Wayne Gretzky, so to be able to have a common stick like that was pretty cool.”

Defenseman Adam Pardy
“I remember one year I got a GT Snow Racer sled. I was probably the most excited kid. I couldn’t wait. I was asking for one for a couple of years and finally got one. It had the bright neon skis and a purple seat. It was a pretty exciting day. I came down and saw it all wrapped up, it was easy to tell what it was. It was a good Christmas. I took it out right way. I broke a few skis but the old man could fix it pretty good. I was probably around six or seven.”

Center Toby Petersen
“I remember a pair of white hockey gloves when I was 10, 11-years-old. It was always cool to get hockey equipment. It was nice to see Santa thinking of our hockey needs during the middle of the winter. So that was a big one-white hockey gloves because they were a little bit flashy and when you’re young, that’s not such a bad thing. Besides that, I remember when I was really young getting a sled. That was really cool. I got my sled to go down the hills in hilly Minnesota.”

Defenseman Sheldon Souray
“I certainly remember what my worst gift was. Getting gifts is always nice but I remember when I was five-years-old and I wanted a pair of Cooperalls for Christmas. So, I asked Santa for some Cooper-Alls. I got there in the morning and my sister’s two years older than me and we had the same boxes sitting there. She opened hers and there was a Cabbage Patch Kid. I opened mine up and they bought me a girl Cabbage Patch Kid. I don’t know what they did, probably last-minute shopping with nothing left on the shelves. I don’t think I talked to my parents for a month after that.”

Forward Tom Wandell
“I think it’s a guitar. I got it a couple of years ago from a girlfriend. She got me a guitar. I’ve still got it. I try to [play it] as often as I can and when I have energy for it. It’s a lot of fun. I learned from Nick Grossman. He’s really good and I tried to learn from him. It’s just a little hobby to have outside the ice.”




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