Dallas Stars: Ed Belfour

Mike Modano is now a minority owner of the Allen Americans. The CHL team announced today that Modano, along with former Dallas Stars Ed Belfour, Richard Matvichuk and Craig Ludwig are also joining the team as minority owners.

Here's the release from the Allen Americans:
The Allen Americans Professional Hockey Team announces additions to its ownership and management. These changes are effective immediately.

Mike Modano, considered the greatest American-born hockey player, along with former Dallas Stars, Stanley Cup winning teammates Ed Belfour, Richard Matvichuk, and Craig Ludwig have all been added to the Allen Americans organization. Modano, Belfour and Ludwig have partnered as minority owners with current majority owner Doug Miller, owner Steve Duchesne, and minority partner and Team President, Matt Canavan. Richard Matvichuk will join the Americans in a hockey operations role.

In addition, the Allen Americans announced today that Head Coach & GM Dwight Mullins along with Associate Coach Bill McDonald will not be retained for the 2012-2013 season.

“This was a tough decision but one we feel was necessary,” said Allen Americans Owner Doug Miller. “I would like to thank Dwight Mullins and Bill McDonald for their hard work and efforts over the past three seasons. They were instrumental in helping launch and establish our franchise. On behalf of the Allen Americans organization, I would like to thank them and wish them the best.”

“Looking ahead to the new season, I am excited to have such a great group of former NHLers joining our staff. They will help take us to the next level in all aspects of the organization including hockey and business operations,” said Doug Miller. “The group will begin immediately and one of their first tasks will be to identify and hire a coaching staff to build a championship team for the 2012-2013 season.”

The group retains the experience of team owner Steve Duchesne. Duchesne was instrumental in building the franchise and brings a winning attitude and leadership to this already successful franchise. Duchesne played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League that included stops in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Quebec, St Louis, Ottawa, and Detroit. He won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2002.

Craig Ludwig’s experience includes 17 NHL seasons, two collegiate National Championships and two Stanley Cups (Montreal and Dallas). Craig is very familiar with the Americans organization as his sons, Tyler and Trevor, played during 2011-2012 season.

Former Dallas Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk played the majority of his 14 NHL seasons in Dallas. Richard was most recently an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars Midget AAA team. He was also a member of the 1999 Stanley Cup winning Stars. Matvichuk joins the team as Assistant General Manager and Defensive Coach.

Former Dallas Stars goalie, Ed Belfour, played 18 seasons in the NHL acquiring 484 wins between the pipes, third all-time in the NHL. Belfour won the Vezina Trophy and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Dallas Stars in 1999.

Finally, the Americans are honored to have Mike Modano as a member of the Allen Americans organization. Modano was the face of the Dallas Stars franchise from the time the team relocated to DFW in the early 90’s until he left the organization in 2010. Modano was selected first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL entry draft. Mike is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader among American born players in the NHL. Modano won the Stanley Cup in 1999 as a member of the Dallas Stars.

“We are excited to bolster our lineup with the addition of these NHL Superstars. Their experience and relationships will bring a wealth of talent to the Allen Americans.” said owner Doug Miller.

“This is a great day for the City of Allen and the game of hockey in our community,” said City of Allen Mayor, Stephen Terrell. “On behalf of the citizens of this community, I would like to welcome Mike Modano, Ed Belfour, Richard Matvichuk and Craig Ludwig to our great city.”

The Allen Americans will begin their fourth season in the Central Hockey League this October. The Americans achieved success early on with the franchise by making a trip to the President’s Cup Finals in 2009-2010. The team owned the best regular season record in the 2010-2011 season winning the Governor’s Cup Trophy. This past season, Allen finished tied for the second most points in the league with 87 and earned a playoff berth.

Stars-Wild photos

February, 5, 2012
Here's a link to some photos from last night's Dallas Stars-Minnesota Wild game. You can see all the photos by Shannon Byrne here or by clicking below on the image of Ed Belfour, who was honored prior to the game for his induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Eddie Belfour, Mike Modano, Jere LehtinenDallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild, February 4, 2012.

DALLAS -- Prior to Saturday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, the Dallas Stars honored former goaltender Ed Belfour for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame

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Glenn James/NHLI/Getty ImagesFormer goalie Ed Belfour, who won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999, was honored in a pregame ceremony for his Hall of Fame induction.
Former Dallas teammates Joe Nieuwendyk, Jere Lehtinen, Mike Modano and Brett Hull were part of the ceremony, listing Belfour’s career accomplishments which included a Stanley Cup, two Vezina Trophies and 484 career wins, which ranks third all-time in the NHL.

As Belfour walked onto the ice fans greeted him with a chant of “Eddie! Eddie!”

The Stars presented Belfour with a Breitling watch and a plaque that will be displayed in the Stars’ Walk of Legends.

During the ceremony, Belfour was asked about his favorite memory of his stay in Dallas.

“Winning the Stanley Cup in 1999,” Belfour said. “It was a dream come true.”

Prior to the ceremony, Belfour was asked about those “Eddie! Eddie!” chants.

“Oh for sure [I could hear them],” Belfour said. “Yeah, that’s definitely one of those adrenaline builders. It always makes you want to play that much better.”

Belfour, who is building a house north of Dallas, said he has been taking it easy and could get back into hockey someday.

“Just pretty much taking it easy, enjoying my time -- a little bit of fishing, camping, outdoor stuff and hunting, enjoying my family and friends,” he said. “Maybe someday (I’ll get get back into hockey), been building a house the last year and a half has kept me real busy. Now that that’s done, maybe I can look at something like that.”

Belfour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November along with Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe.

“That was awesome. It was a great weekend, first class, treated us right from the time we got there,” Belfour said. “My mom and dad and all my friends were there. It was just overall a great weekend and something I’ll never forget.”

Saturday is Ed Belfour night

February, 3, 2012
Prior to Saturday night’s game against Minnesota at American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars will recognize former goaltender Ed Belfour for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Saturday’s ceremony starts at 7 p.m. sharp and fans are encouraged to get there early. Four of Belfour's former Dallas teammates - Joe Nieuwendyk, Mike Modano, Brett Hull and Jere Lehtinen - will participate in the ceremony. Stars broadcasters Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh will be the emcees.

Belfour, who helped lead the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup, was inducted into the Hall along with Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe in November.

TV notes: Wednesday's game on FSSW Plus

January, 31, 2012
Here are a few notes on upcoming television coverage for the Dallas Stars. Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks is on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. Here's where you can find the game in the Dallas Fort Worth Area, according to FSSW.

AT&T U-Verse - Ch. 692 (1692 HD)
Charter Cable - Ch. 300
DirecTV - Ch. 680 (680-1 HD)
Dish Network - Ch. 448 (9518 HD)
Time Warner Cable - Ch. 960 (requires digital cable box)
Verizon FIOS - Ch. 77 (577 HD)

For people outside Dallas/Fort Worth, click here to find out where to find the game in your area.

Also, this Saturday’s game vs. Minnesota (Feb. 4), which was originally scheduled on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, has been moved to TXA 21. Saturday’s game begins with the Ed Belfour Hall of Fame Recognition Ceremony at 7:00 pm.

And the April 7 home game vs. St. Louis has been moved from TXA 21 to FOX Sports Southwest Plus.

Ed Belfour inducted into Hockey HOF

November, 14, 2011

Listen to former Dallas Stars goalie Ed Belfour give his Hockey Hall of Fame induction speech.

Monday morning tidbits

November, 14, 2011
Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Toronto. You can watch the induction ceremony on the NHL Network. The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m. (CST).

Voting in underway for the NHL All-Star Game. Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Kari Lehtonen, Mike Ribeiro and Sheldon Souray are the Dallas Stars are on the ballot. There's a write-in option as well. Cast your vote at vote.nhl.com.

Ed Belfour's manic dedication

November, 13, 2011
ESPN.com's Scott Burnside takes a look at the career of former Dallas Stars goaltender Ed Belfour, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday.

Here's an excerpt of Burnside's story.
"Eddie was a unique teammate. Socially, he probably wasn't real tight with anybody, but we all admired the seriousness he took at this position. He prepared himself. He was the first guy there and the last guy to leave," Joe Nieuwendyk, his former teammate in Dallas and Toronto, told ESPN.com. "There were a lot of things that went with that. Eddie needed his certain type of groceries; he needed a skate sharpener and all that kind of stuff. But we accepted it because we knew the type of goalie that we had. We knew the competitor he was. He was maybe the best biggest-game goaltender I ever played with.

"You think of the goalies he beat in '99 when we won the Cup [with Dallas]. He beat Grant Fuhr, Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek in the last three rounds. That's unreal. And he was better than all those guys."

Ask those who played alongside or observed Belfour on the long arc of his career, a career that yielded 484 NHL victories and 88 playoff wins, and the bookend themes are consistent: focus and preparation.

"The bigger the game, the narrower the focus," current St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock recently told ESPN.com. "The bigger the stage the better he played all the time."

The complete story is here.

Friday morning tidbits

August, 12, 2011
A couple of notes for your Friday morning:

*The Dallas Stars Icebreaker is scheduled for Saturday September 10 at Galleria Dallas. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature players signing autographs. More details will be available from the Stars as the event draws closer.

*The Stars are expected to honor Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour on separate nights this season. As you know, both Nieuwendyk and Belfour will be formally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. The Stars are still in the planning stages of the Nieuwendyk and Belfour events, but expect them to be held in the fall.

FRISCO, Texas -- Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour won a Stanley Cup together with the Dallas Stars and now they’ll head into the Hockey Hall of Fame together.

Nieuwendyk and Belfour were two of four players elected to the Hall on Tuesday. Doug Gilmour and Mark Howe were the others.

Nieuwendyk, who was in his second year of eligibility, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP when the Stars won the Cup.

“I’m thrilled. I really am,” Nieuwendyk said at the Stars practice facility in Frisco. “It’s been a busy time with the draft and the work we have to do to get ready for free agency and this is a welcomed diversion, no question. I know how important it is in the history of the game and the select class of players that have gone into the Hall. I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Nieuwendyk also won Stanley Cups with Calgary (1989) and New Jersey (2003). He won the Calder Trophy in 1988 as the NHL’s top rookie. He scored 564 goals in 1,257 NHL games.

“When you go through the course of your career you don’t think that you’re playing because you want to be a Hall of Famer. You play because you love the game and you love to compete and that’s what I tried to do over the course of my career,” he said. “I was fortunate to have success with a group of guys. To me that is what it is all about – the relationships and the teams that you have throughout your career. I was very fortunate in that regard.”

Belfour, who was in goal for the Stars when they won the Stanley Cup in 1999, made it into the Hall the first year he was eligible.

“It’s a great honor,” said Belfour. “I want to thank all my teammates that I played with over the years. Obviously, without them I couldn’t have had success. I want to thank all the great coaches I had over the years, my mom and dad, all my friends that backed me and that made me a better player and a better person on and off the ice. It kind of surprised me. There are a lot of mixed emotions because you always have it in your heart that you want to continue to play, but there is a point when it has to come to an end.”

Belfour was among the best goaltenders of his time, and his career numbers stack up among the best of all-time.

He’s third all-time in wins with 484, trailing only Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy. He’s tied for fourth all-time in games played with 963. He had 76 career shutouts, which is tied for ninth in NHL history. He won the Vezina Trophy twice, the Jennings Trophy four times and he won a Calder Trophy as well.

“I played with a lot of good goaltenders over my career and there was something ultra-unique about Eddie,” said Nieuwendyk. “I wouldn’t say he was socially with us all the time, but we knew he was preparing himself to play nets on any given night. He took his job very seriously. He competed at a high level and we knew Eddie was going to be there for us. If I had to go into a one game showdown, Eddie Belfour is the goalie that I would want in the net.”

Three players from that 1999 team are now in the Hall of Fame. Brett Hull is the other. Mike Modano is probably not far behind. Nieuwendyk thinks Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen will get consideration as well.

“It’s a reminder of the special time that we shared here from the mid-to-late 1990’s and the players we were associated with. It really was a terrific time for all of us and for the fans of Dallas. You appreciate those things when you go through your career and you don’t have those opportunities very often. We all came together for a common goal and it was very rewarding.”

Ed Belfour deserves Hall nod Tuesday

June, 28, 2011
Ed Belfour is going into the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s a not a matter of if, only when. The former Dallas Stars netminder is in first year of eligibility for the HHOF and we’ll find out Tuesday if he gets in the first time around.

He should. The record speaks for itself. He was one of the best goalies of his time, along with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy.

He won the Vezina Trophy twice, the Jennings Trophy four times. He won the Calder Trophy. He won a Stanley Cup.

When you add up the career numbers, he stacks up impressively. He’s third all-time in wins with 484, trailing only Brodeur and Roy. He’s tied for fourth all-time in games played with 963. He had 76 career shutouts, which is tied for ninth in NHL history.

There are the 88 playoff victories, tied for fifth in NHL history. He’s third all-time in playoff games played with 161. His 14 career playoff shutouts are tied for fifth. That 2.17 playoff goals against average and .920 save percentage aren’t too shabby either.

Here’s a breakdown of the accomplishments.

*Stanley Cup (Dallas, 1999)

*Vezina Trophy – Best Goaltender (1991, 1993)

*Calder Trophy – Rookie of the Year (1991)

*Jennings Trophy –Fewest goals allowed (1991, 1993, 1995, 1999)

*NHL First All-Star Team (1991, 1993)

*NHL Second All-Star Team (1995)

*Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award – Best Save Percentage (2000)

Belfour was also selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game six times. He was a member of Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2002 Olympics.

The Eagle’s record speaks for itself: the numbers, the accomplishments, and the length of the career. It all adds up to a tremendous career, a Hall of Fame career.

Monday morning notes: Development camp

June, 27, 2011
Some Monday morning notes:

*The Stars will hold a development camp for prospects starting Friday (July 1) at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in McKinney, and will run one week. It's being held in McKinney because of a scheduling conflict with the rinks in Frisco. Stars 2011 first round draft pick Jamieson Oleksiak is scheduled to attend along with several other of the team's top prospects. A roster and schedule of the on-ice sessions should come in a day or two.

*Former Stars player Ed Belfour heads the class of first-year eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who missed in his first year of eligibility last year, is a strong candidate again this year. The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will be announced Tuesday afternoon. The list of candidates, which includes some other former Stars, is here.

*The NHL's plan for realignment in 2012-13 could entail more than just shuffling a few teams around. Some reports indicate it could involve changing from the current six divisions to four. That would be a major overhaul. Some details on that are here.