|The captain lifts the Cup.|
(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
It was a well-deserved celebration of the moment that will be indelibly etched in every fan, player, coach, staff and member of the Texas Stars organization.
Speech of the night was a tough competition. In the noted absence of Coach Willie Desjardins, Doug Lidster was the appointed coaching representative. Desjardins was reportedly in Pittsburgh today interviewing for the head coaching job with the Penguins. Lidster thanked family and fans but really took the cake when he decided he had to be a point-for-point stand-in for Desjardins. He pulled out the whiteboard and tried to match Coach Desjardins signature pose, writing on the board. Later he even noted that he 'forgot the rock' and started swaying back and forth in Desjardins' signature manner.
After emcee Owen Newkirk opened the mic for players to speak freely as they were called to hoist the cup, the night went from good to great. Kevin Henderson took the early lead for best speech, frankly stating that he was not having a good year in Milwaukee and jokingly thanking Chris Mueller for single-handedly getting him traded to the Stars.
|Goalies, man. (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
Cameron Gaunce went politician and thanked the fans for being so polite and nice to their visiting family and friends. Mike Hedden didn't speak, but revealed a hidden beer, poured it into the Cup and drank it.
|Ranford's real talk moment (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
The night closed out with a highlight reel of the playoff run, capped with Patrik Nemeth's series winner. "The boys", as they were referred to so many times by all the players in their speeches, erupted at the goal.
Texas will do exit interviews tomorrow morning into the afternoon. Players will then start heading back to their various hometowns.