Top 30 Prospects – Q3 2018

Pre-season rankings of the top prospects in the Dallas Stars organization starting with the organization’s top ten prospects.

The Dallas Stars will begin their season next Thursday at the American Airlines Center, but a majority of the players in this organization have already started playing in various leagues all over the world.

The Roe Report will provide regular updates on the individual prospects production and health status throughout the season.  Players will be considered prospects until they have played 30 NHL games or advance past the age of 25.  So, for example, since Stars forward Jason Dickinson has now played 38 games at the NHL level he is no longer considered a prospect.

Expect this to be a regular series with updated prospect rankings being released at notable times throughout the year.  With that said, here is part-one of our Top 30 prospects series.


1) Miro Heiskanen

  • Age: 19
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • League: NHL – Dallas Stars
  • Acquired: 2017 1st round draft choice (Round 1, Pick 3)
  • Summary: Enjoy seeing Heiskanen on this list because it’s the only time he will ever appear.  The 19-year-old will skip the AHL level and jump straight into the Dallas Stars lineup this season.  As a top-3 draft choice in 2017 and an international sensation, Heiskanen is arguably the most heralded prospect to come through the Stars system since Mike Modano.  Expect Heiskanen to begin the season paired with Stephen Johns and to be in the running for the Calder Trophy.


2) Jason Robertson

  • Age: 19
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • League: OHL – Kingston Frontenacs
  • Acquired: 2017 2nd round draft choice (Round 2, Pick 39)
  • Summary: Robertson is ready for the AHL after back-to-back 40-goal seasons in juniors, but due to his age (not yet 20), he will have to play another season in the OHL.  Robertson is one of the few prospects in the Stars system who is an elite goal-scorer and could be NHL-ready in next fall if he can take the next step in his conditioning.


3) Roope Hintz

  • Age: 21
  • Position: Center
  • Shoots: Left
  • League: NHL – Dallas Stars / AHL – Texas Stars
  • Acquired: 2015 2nd round draft choice (Round 2, Pick 49)
  • Summary: Roope Hintz has made quite the impression during the pre-season doing a little bit of everything including scoring goals.  He also scored 20 goals last season in his first season with the Texas Stars.  It appears he made the NHL club with a strong pre-season, but will be the first call-up if he gets sent down and could be first in line to replace Jason Spezza in 2019-20.


4) Colton Point

  • Age: 20
  • Position: Goaltender
  • Catches: Left
  • League: AHL – Texas Stars
  • Acquired: 2016 5th round draft choice (Round 5, Pick 128)
  • Summary: The Stars fifth round magic continues in the form of 6-4, 220-pound goaltender Colton Point.  Point signed this summer after an incredible season at Colgate where he posted a 1.74 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in 33 games.  Point will start the season with the Texas Stars where he is expected to split time with Landon Bow.


5) Riley Tufte

  • Age: 20
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • League: NCAA – University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Acquired: 2016 1st round draft choice (Round 1, Pick 25)
  • Summary: Tufte is entering his junior season at the University of Minneosta-Duluth after a successful sophomore campaign.  He scored 16 goals in 42 games after scoring nine goals his freshman year.  The Stars would like to sign Tufte after the NCAA season ends and have him continue his development in the AHL.


6) Ty Dellandrea

  • Age: 18
  • Position: Center
  • Shoots: Right
  • League: OHL – Flint Firebirds
  • Acquired: 2018 1st round draft choice (Round 1, Pick 13)
  • Summary: Dellandrea is a solid prospect and it’s not his fault that the Stars drafted him an entire round too early.  The 18-year-old reportedly knows how to work an interview room but has yet to show any type of dominant trait on the ice.  In his defense, he was diagnosed with Celiac disease last season and saw positive results after altering his diet.  Jim Nill projects that Dellandrea will be NHL ready by 2020 so this is an important season for the young center.  Dellandrea has all the intangibles; now he needs to show he can dominate at the junior level by becoming a point-per-game guy in the OHL this season.


7) Jake Oettinger

  • Age: 19
  • Position: Goaltender
  • Catches: Left
  • League: NCAA – Boston University
  • Acquired: 2017 1st round draft choice (Round 1, Pick 26)
  • Summary: Oettinger is another big, college goalie (6-4, 212).  This is a good position to have depth in, but my guess is the Stars would have used this pick on another forward – perhaps Morgan Frost, Eeli Tolvanen, or Shane Bowers, who were three of the four picks after Dallas took Oettinger – if they knew what kind of season Colton Point was about to have.  Oettinger struggled early last season but bounced back finishing with a 2.45 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.



8) Joseph Cecconi

  • Age: 21
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Right
  • League: NCAA – University of Michigan
  • Acquired: 2015 5th round draft choice (Round 5, Pick 133)
  • Summary: Cecconi saw a major uptick in offensive production scoring 27 points in 40 games last season.  Yes, part of that can be attributed to his defensive partner, Quinn Hughes, but Cecconi deserves credit for his development.  One issue with Cecconi is this is his senior year and the Stars only retain his rights until August 2019.  It’s very possible he opts for free agency after college instead of signing with Dallas next summer.


9) Albin Eriksson

  • Age: 18
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • League: Skelleftea AIK (Sweden)
  • Acquired: 2018 2nd round draft choice (Round 2, Pick 44)
  • Summary: Man-child Albin Eriksson goes from the 2018 draft floor to top-10 in the Stars system.  Eriksson, 6-4 and 205 pounds, is a good skater with a great shot.  The development curve could take a little longer, but Dallas does have a history of success with second rounders named Eriksson.


10) Denis Gurianov

  • Age: 21
  • Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • League: AHL – Texas Stars
  • Acquired: 2015 1st round draft choice (Round 1, Pick 12)
  • Summary: Gurianov is a tough prospect to evaluate.  Up until this year’s training camp, most would consider him a bust.  The Stars are mostly to blame for this status because – much like Dellandrea – Gurianov was a second round prospect taken in the top-15 of his draft.  It’s not Gurianov’s fault that he’s not Mathew Barzal, Kyle Connor, or Brock Boeser (three players Dallas passed on even though they were ranked significantly higher than Gurianov in the 2015 draft class).  On the plus-side, Gurianov had a good training camp and pre-season.  He may have a chance to make his NHL debut later this season if he produces with the Texas Stars.



Brian Roe is the founder and head writer of The Roe Report.  He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars  and has been a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, NHL Intel, and more.  Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.



Stars Saturday in Songs

Come and sing-a-long each Saturday as we check in on the Stars news of the day.

Meet Me in St. Louis 

The Stars lost their first pre-season game in regulation Friday night falling to the St. Louis Blues 3-1.  Newcomer Blake Comeau scored the club’s lone goal and presumed No. 3 goaltender Landon Bow stopped 23 of 25 shots in the loss.  Dallas will close out the pre-season on Sunday with a home game against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Dock of the Bay

Winger Val Nichushkin and defenseman Stephen Johns were the only projected regulars missing from Friday night’s lineup.  Nichushkin is expected to be ready for Opening Night and may even play in Sunday’s pre-season finale.  Johns seems unlikely to be ready for the regular season opener at this point.  It appears that rookie defenseman Gavin Bayreuther, not veteran Roman Polak, will have the opportunity to play on the third pairing Thursday night against Arizona if Johns is unable to go.  Bayreuther has been impressive this pre-season and seems to fit Jim Montgomery’s system quite well.

Man of Constant Sorrow

Remember when Ken Hitchcock came back to Dallas and coached the Stars for one more year?  Defenseman Dillon Heatherington certainly does.  Much like Bayreuther fitting into Monty’s system, Heatherington was a much better fit in the Hitch style of hockey.  Heatherington was placed on league waivers this week – he cleared – and has been assigned to Texas of the AHL.  It would appear he is, at best, ninth on the blueline depth chart going into the season.


Brian Roe is the founder and lead writer at The Roe Report.  He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and was a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, and NHL Intel.  Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.








The Roe Report – September 28, 2018

The Roe Report returns for the first time in almost ten years as we look at Jim Montgomery’s process, how first year coaches have fared since 2005, Brett Ritchie trade possibilities, and the Stars simulcast issue.

Season 25, Report 1 

Stars coach Jim Montgomery preached “The Process” when he was the head coach at the University of Denver.  His process was made up of seven individual goals the coach wanted his team to focus on accomplishing during the game.  If the team won at least four of the seven then they typically won the game.  Montgomery is bringing five of the seven process goals with him to the NHL level.  They are as follows:

  1. Win 56% of faceoffs
  2. Win the special teams battle
  3. Win the net-front battle
  4. Zero undisciplined penalties
  5. Three or fewer odd-man rushes


My guess is Montgomery believes accomplishing at least three of these five goals will lead to wins.  I am looking forward to tracking this and seeing how it translates at the NHL level.

First Time Caller, Long Time Listener

Speaking of the first year head coach, Montgomery is days away from making his debut as an NHL head coach.  Thirty-one men have coached their first NHL game at the start of a regular season since 2005.  The odds are actually better than I expected, but 58% of the first year head coaches failed to make the playoffs in Year 1.  Take a look:


  • Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 2005-06 (98 points)
  • Jim Playfair, Calgary Flames, 2006-07 (96 points)
  • Joe Sacco, Colorado Avalanche, 2009-10 (95 points)
  • Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche, 2013-14 (112 points)
  • Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings, 2015-16 (93 points)
  • Kevin Dineen, Florida Panthers, 2011-12 (94 points)
  • Brent Sutter, New Jersey Devils, 2007-08 (99 points)
  • Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators, 2011-12 (92 points)
  • Guy Boucher, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2010-11 (103 points)
  • Dave Hakstol, Philadelphia Flyers, 2015-16 (96 points)
  • Mike Johnston, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2014-15 (98 points)
  • Todd McLellan, Edmonton Oilers, 2008-09 (117 points)
  • Willie Desjardins, Vancouver Canucks, 2014-15 (101 points)



  • John Anderson, Atlanta Thrashers, 2008-09 (76 points)
  • Phil Housley, Buffalo Sabres, 2017-18 (62 points)
  • Bill Peters, Carolina Hurricanes, 2014-15 (71 points)
  • Trent Yawney, Chicago Blackhawks, 2005-06 (65 points)
  • Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche, 2016-17 (48 points)
  • Scott Arniel, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2010-11 (81 points)
  • Glen Gulutzan. Dallas Stars, 2011-12 (89 points)
  • Dallas Eakins, Edmonton Oilers, 2013-14 (67 points)
  • Peter DeBoer, Florida Panthers, 2008-09 (93 points)
  • Bob Boughner, Florida Panthers, 2017-18 (96 points)
  • Todd Richards, Minnesota Wild, 2009-10 (84 points)
  • Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild, 2011-12 (81 points)
  • Guy Carbonneau, Montreal Canadiens, 2006-07 (90 points)
  • John Hynes, New Jersey Devils, 2015-16 (84 points)
  • Scott Gordon, New York Islanders, 2008-09 (61 points)
  • Jack Capuano, New York Islanders, 2010-11 (62 points)
  • Wayne Gretzky, Phoenix Coyotes, 2005-06 (81 points)
  • Travis Green, Vancouver Canucks, 2017-18 (73 points)


Ritchie Trade Scenarios

After struggling to score last season and not separating himself in this year’s training camp and pre-season, Stars forward Brett Ritchie may find himself on the trade block.  He certainly appears to have lost his fourth line spot.  The Stars could keep Ritchie and use him as a depth forward, but it may be time to move on from the former second round draft pick.

Two teams that could be interested are the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes as both teams had forwards go down with injuries this week.  Anaheim’s Corey Perry is expected to miss five months after having knee surgery and Arizona’s Alex Galchenyuk is expected to miss multiple weeks with the always mysterious lower body injury.

Anaheim is the most logical fit with Brett’s brother, Nick Ritchie, already on their roster.

Did You Know

… when 19-year-old rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen makes his NHL debut next Thursday night he will be the youngest blueliner on a Dallas Stars opening night roster since 2007 when 21-year-old Matt Niskanen debuted for the Stars.  Niskanen was a success early in his career after being paired with Sergei Zubov.  Niskanen has had an impressive career after being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011 averaging over 20 minutes of ice time and more than 30 points per season.  He also won his first Stanley Cup last season as a member of the Washington Capitals.

Last Word

The last word this week goes out to Sports Radio 1310 (and 96.7 FM) The Ticket as it was announced yesterday that the Stars and The Ticket have agreed on a five-year broadcast rights extension.  The new agreement will run through the 2023-24 season.  The Ticket has a limited number of segments dedicated to the Dallas Stars, but does a good job of delivering the biggest names to its audience.  During the hockey season, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh appears weekly  on the Dunham and Miller morning show, Tyler Seguin appears weekly on BaD Radio, and The Hardline has had a regular segment with both Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock over the last few years.  The five-year extension is  good news for Stars fans, but it’s time for a dedicated radio broadcast.  The simulcast makes no sense in 2018 as a TV broadcast rarely translates into radio gold.  Bonus Did You Know … the Stars are the only team in the NHL without a dedicated radio broadcast team.  The team has gotten away with this arrangement because of the popularity of Reaugh, but it’s time end the simulcast.


Brian Roe is the founder and head writer of The Roe Report.  He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars  and has been a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, NHL Intel, and more.  Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.

WEEKLY OTT – September 27, 2018

In our first Off Topic Thursday, we discuss the third managerial search in the last 12 years for Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers.

Off Topic Thursday

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels will hire his third manager in 12 years after cutting ties with Jeff Bannister last week.  Barring something unexpected, this will likely be the final time Daniels hires a manager for the ballclub.

Daniels hired a baseball lifer in his 50s who was a first-time manager each of the first two times around in Ron Washington and Bannister.  Both candidates seemingly came out of no where during their respective interview processes.  Will history repeat itself or will Texas opt for a younger candidate who is a little closer to the players in age?

Here are my top five candidates for the job.

1) Mark DeRosa

DeRosa is my top choice to take over as manager for the Rangers.  The primary reason is he’s the closest thing to Michael Young you are going to get.  Most Ranger fans seem to want Young to be the next manager, but he is not interested in the job.  Young is, however, expected to be part of the decision-making process much like he was in 2014 when the Rangers hired Bannister.  It seems likely that Young would endore DeRosa.  DeRosa, 43, is only five years removed from playing the game, is intelligent and Ivy League educated, is widely respected throughout baseball, and is a former Ranger.  He has no managerial experience, but the recent trend has seen teams bring in guys who fit a certain profile over years of experience.  DeRosa stays connected to the game through his work at MLB Network and he was a finalist a year ago for the New York Mets manager job.

2) Omar Vizquel

Vizquel is a very close second on my top five list.  He is a hero in Venezuela and managed his country in last year’s World Baseball Classic.  The communication issues that Bannister faced may not be an issue with Vizquel as he is bilingual and highly respected by players and coaches alike.  Vizquel, 51, is another former Ranger player, who played alongside Elvis Andrus in 2009.  Vizquel has worked as an infield instructor and first base coach with the Detroit Tigers and currently manages an A-ball team in the Chicago White Sox organization.

3) Don Wakamatsu

Would the Rangers have won the World Series in 2011 if Wakamatsu was the manager instead of Ron Washington?  Second guessing is a waste of time, but Wakamatsu was the runner-up when the Rangers hired Wash in the fall of 2006.  The 55-year-old served as a bench coach for the Rangers from 2003-2006 under Buck Showalter, he worked on Wash’s coaching staff in 2007 as the third base coach, and finally got his opportunity to manage his own team in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners.  Wakamatsu is not the most exciting candidate for this job, but his style and demeanor are the complete opposite of Bannister.  He is also highly thought of by the Rangers front office, especially Daniels.

4) Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Another candidate and another former Ranger.  The 52-year-old played for the Rangers in 2005 and has been an Indians coach since 2009.  He has no managerial experience outside of a six-game interim stint in 2012 leading Cleveland to a 3-3 record.  Interestingly, Alomar, Jr. has appeared on lists like this one for eight years now.  He’s interviewed with the Indians, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox.  The Rangers front office seems to make it’s managerial decisions based on the wow-factor (Wash: wow, how is this guy not a manager? Banny: wow, this guy has an incredible story).  Alomar, Jr. does not have a wow factor but he has learned under one of the best in the game in Terry Francona and would seemingly be a great fit on a rebuilding team like Texas.

5) Joe Girardi

I don’t think Girardi will even get an interview – especially since he was dismissed from New York because of “communication issues” just like Bannister – but he should.  Girardi has won a World Series as a player and a manager.  His experience speaks for itself as he’s won 988 regular season games and 52 playoff games even though he’s only 53 years old.  Girardi’s daughter reportedly goes to TCU so it is thought that the Rangers job could be of interest to him.  I am not convinced that the Rangers will have mutual interest though.

Honorable Mention: Ramon Vazquez, Bill Haselman, Chris Woodward

Brian Roe is the founder and lead writer at The Roe Report.  He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and was a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, and NHL Intel.  Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.

Text Me Tuesday – September 26, 2018

In the debut of Text Me Tuesday, we discuss rookies Miro Heiskanen and Roope Hintz, potential line combinations, and more.

In the confusing debut of Text Me Tuesday on a Wednesday, Brian and friends discuss Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, line combinations, and popular NBC shows.

Please note these are actual text exchanges between Brian and someone in his phone.  If you would like to be featured in a future Text Me Tuesday, please text, tweet, or e-mail Brian with the hashtag #TextMeTuesday.  Contact information is listed below.

Without further ado, the first edition of Text Me Tuesday.


Falcon and Brian on naming Text Me Tuesday and on rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen 

Brian: Hey man.  Working on a new idea for the site.  Kind of a different take on the weekly mailbag bit.  Instead of random questions from random people I want to share text conversations I have about the Stars. Would you like to participate?

Falcon: I’m in.

Brian: Awesome.  Thinking of calling it Texts with Friends or Who Dis Wednesday.

Falcon: How about “You guys ready for Wednesday? … I am.”

Brian: Only four people would get it but it’s brilliant!  What about Text Me Tuesday?

Falcon: I love it.

Brian: Might have a winner. Alright, back to hockey.

Falcon: Your thoughts on Heiskanen’s play?

Brian: I am impressed.  More with his defensive game.  We all knew that he has a ton of skill or he wouldn’t be drafted so high.  His skating is great, positioning good, active stick, and really smooth with the puck.  No panic in his game.  What do you think?

Falcon: Agree.  You are right on when you say he is smooth with the puck.  Three or four times he used his reach defending in the slot and just steered the puck and player away.

Brian: The only negative I noticed is I want him to do a better job avoiding the big hit.  He got caught in a vulnerable spot a time or two.  I remember Klingberg having to learn the same thing his rookie year.


Calvin and Brian on Roope Hintz and line combinations 

Calvin: Is Roope gonna make this team?  What about Miro?

Brian: Miro, yes.  He’s a lock to make the team and likely starts out on the second pairing with Stephen Johns.  I think Hintz deserves to make the team and would be an awesome bottom-6 guy for the Stars this season.  But we can send him to the AHL without exposing him to waivers.  Smith, Elie, and Ritchie would all have to go through waivers.  So I am guessing he might get sent to the AHL and be the first call-up later in the season.

Calvin: I like it.  Who are your line pairings?

Brian: Probably start the season this way:

Benn – Seguin – Radulov

Janmark – Spezza – Nichushkin

Comeau – Faksa – Pitlick

Three of Dickinson, Shore, Smith, Ritchie, Elie, Hintz

Lindell – Klingberg

Heiskanen – Johns

Methot – Honka


Mom and Brian on The Roe Report 

Brian: Attached is a link to my latest writing project.

Mom: That’s awesome!  So will you send the articles directly to me or do I have to go and look for them?  Haha.

Brian: Ha, I will send them to you.

Mom: I would appreciate that!  That was a lot of info!  How do you have time for all this research and writing?

Brian: Most of the heavy lifting was done over the weekend, but people say I have a sleeping problem so I write a lot at night.

Mom: Perfect!  Don’t forget This Is Us starts again tonight.

Brian: (Insert GIF of a house on fire)

Mom: Whatever.


If you would like to discuss Dallas Stars hockey with Brian – or NBC programming like his mother – please send him a text (214-205-8160), a tweet (@brianproe), or an e-mail ( with the hashtag #TextMeTuesday. 

Brian Roe is the founder and lead writer at The Roe Report.  He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and was a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, and NHL Intel.  Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.

How Roope Hintz is Changing the Final Roster Cuts for the Stars

A strong training camp and pre-season has young Stars forward Roope Hintz on the verge of making the Opening Night roster.

With a majority of its roster set, the only real competition for the Dallas Stars this pre-season features seven players looking to fill the final five forward spots.

Devin Shore, Brett Ritchie, Jason Dickinson, Gemel Smith, Remi Elie, Roope Hintz, and Denis Gurianov are the lucky seven fighting for a spot in the Stars lineup.  Three of those players will occupy the fourth line and two would be the Stars healthy scratches heading into the season.

Shore and Ritchie looked to be locks given their NHL experience and higher-dollar contracts.  Dickinson also appeared to have an inside track on one of the five spots.  That left Smith, Elie, Hintz, and Gurianov fighting for two spots.

Barring injury, conventional thinking suggested the Stars would send Hintz and Gurianov to the club’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, to start the season because they are both exempt from league waivers.  If any of Smith, Elie, Shore, Ritchie, or Dickinson were sent down to the AHL they would have to clear waivers (meaning any other NHL could claim them and acquire them at no cost).

Remember the waivers process impacted the Stars just before last season when the Colorado Avalanche claimed defenseman Patrick Nemeth off waivers.  After spending years developing the former second round pick, Dallas got nothing in return for losing Nemeth while Colorado got a player who scored 15 points and posted a plus-27 in 68 games on a team who finished ahead of the Stars in the standings.

It may be a good problem to have, but right now Roope Hintz is outplaying everyone else in this group.  You could argue Gurianov is ahead of the others too.  I think Gurianov is a lock to return to the AHL, but it certainly appears Hintz is ready to play in the NHL right now.

Hintz looked like he belonged in last night’s pre-season game centering the top line alongside Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov.  The 21-year-old scored a goal, set up another with an impressive no-look drop pass, and won nine of 14 faceoffs.

Having prospects develop into legitimate NHL players is never a problem.  The problem is this: whose spot does Hintz take and what does Dallas do with said player?

You could try to send one of Ritchie, Elie, or Smith to the AHL and hope no one claims them on league waivers.  But you risk losing a young player for nothing and negatively affecting the club’s forward depth.  You could also look to trade one of the three, but it’s unlikely you get much in return this time of the year.

The Stars have three more pre-season games to evaluate the roster and make a decision, but it certainly seems Roope Hintz is forcing a change in the Stars original roster plans heading into Opening Night next week.


Brian Roe is the founder and lead writer at The Roe Report.  He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and was a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, and NHL Intel.  Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.

Why I Decided To Start Publishing The Roe Report

Former Dallas Stars employee, Brian Roe, discusses why this website exists.

Two months shy of my 22nd birthday, I received one of the most important phone calls of my career.

“Are you available to come in and meet with Augie Manfredo,” the voice on the other end of the phone asked.  I did not know who/what an Augie was, but I would certainly make sure I was available.

After all, it’s not every day the Dallas Stars come calling.

Following a failed attempt at landing a public relations job with the Stars, I was fortunate enough to get an interview with the club’s business operations team.  The aforementioned Augie interviewed me and later hired me to work for him.

A few weeks earlier I was still living in my college town of Abilene, Texas, waiting tables and writing freelance for the Abilene Reporter-News to make ends meet.  And now, not only did I have a full-time job, my job was with the hockey team I grew up cheering for.

I will never forget how it felt walking out of the Stars office building that day knowing I would be working for a professional sports team.

I worked in various roles during my years with the Stars and I am proud of the work that was completed and the relationships that were created.  I loved working in the sports world, but I missed writing about sports.

So, during one off-season, I began writing again and started a small newsletter that I called “The Roe Report.” I wrote about all of the local Dallas/Fort Worth sports teams and the newsletter was distributed via e-mail, primarily to co-workers.  It was a fun project but it faded away after I left the Stars.

That brings us to today.  I am in my mid-30s now and – much like years ago with the Stars – I recently realized how much I miss writing.  The tipping point for me was attending a Dallas Stars employee reunion last spring.  Seeing so many familiar faces and hearing old stories again helped me realize what I wanted to write about.

I have decided to revive my old newsletter, rebrand it around the Dallas Stars, and publish the stories here.  We will discuss other Dallas/Fort Worth sports teams on occasion, but the primary focus of this site will be the Stars.

The Roe Report will have a handful of recurring pieces, including a weekly report presented in a similar style that I used years ago.  This site will also offer coverage of current storylines at the NHL level, regular reports on the club’s top prospects, coverage of the NHL draft, and other various commentary on the Dallas Stars as the season moves along.

There has never been a better time to follow the Dallas Stars.  Mike Heika and Mark Stepneski at, Sean Shapiro at The Athletic, Taylor Baird and her team at Defending Big D, and the new faces at the Dallas Morning News are currently providing the best, most extensive coverage Stars fans have ever seen.

My goal with The Roe Report is to simply add another layer to their outstanding work by sharing some of my unique perspectives and leveraging the relationships I have from my time working for the hockey club.

I am working on a handful of stories that will be released between now and Opening Night next Thursday.  For example, I attended Stars training camp in Boise, Idaho, this year and will have a report from camp on what I saw from some of the younger players in the organization.  I will also have a Top 30 Prospects report out next week.

You obviously found your way here so you already know the name and location of The Roe Report.  I’ve also revived my Twitter account and will begin posting updates there as we get closer to Opening Night.  You can follow along on Twitter @brianproe.

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to once again serving the Dallas Stars hockey community.