CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) – There was thunderous excitement that nearly brought down the roof of the Cedar Park Center after the Texas Stars hockey team scored a goal. It happened during Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Marlies, a 3-1 victory.
Robert Pelley sent in the ReportIt video of the crowd going wild. He says he understands hockey has a smaller fan base throughout the Austin area, but adds that the fans are nonetheless passionate, and loyal. Wednesday night’s game is a testament to that, the Texas Stars as a sold-out crowd of more than 6,600 fans watched.
“The AHL can be very addictive,” said Pelley.
Housed right here in Austin’s backyard, the Texas Stars are an American Hockey League team. The current Calder Cup Champions, the Texas Stars are the top affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars.
“Their roster is filled with promising young athletes making their way up to the NHL,” said Pelley. “In addition, fans are provided the opportunity to see some of their favorite NHL athletes as well when they are reassigned to the Texas Stars during periods of injury or other trades among leagues.”
While the eyes of Texas, admittedly, are avidly fixed on football, KXAN News strives to highlight the sports that are important to our viewers – and that includes hockey, albeit in an ever-hot state. And that’s why we’ve made it a point to share with you Texas Stars fans out there this boisterous gem. By the way, the Texas Stars’ next home game is Nov. 21.
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