Our third #AHLFanFridays winners are Mark Harrill and Erinn Hughes, two of the most dedicated Texas Stars fans in the team’s fanbase who travel all over the country to cheer on their team, win or lose.
We are possibly the biggest Texas Stars fans. We were two of five Texas/Dallas Stars fans that made the trip to St. John’s for the Calder Cup Finals in 2014. We bought our tickets on Friday night for a flight on Sunday morning so we could make games 4 and 5. We were lucky enough to be there to see Nemeth’s Cup-winning goal and celebrate with our team. We used the picture of us behind the bench as our Christmas card this past holiday season!
Before Houston moved to Des Moines, we had seen our Stars play at every arena in the AHL’s Western Conference. We’ve now traveled from Cedar Park to Abbotsford, B.C., St. John’s, N.L., Charlotte, and San Antonio, and many points in between to see our Stars play. Not only do we hold season tickets at the Cedar Park Center, we buy a package in San Antonio every season and have seen nearly every game played between the Stars and Rampage in the last five seasons. We participate in many of the Texas Stars Foundation charity events and have been privileged to have the opportunity to get to know the players, their wives, girlfriends and children and even in a couple of cases their parents and siblings. We meet family of the players every time we are lucky enough to make it to Canada for a Stars game. When we are hanging out with our friends, we are always asked for our latest stories of our hockey adventures and what we have done lately with the team.
For this upcoming season, we are excited to visit new places that the realignment has opened up. We are (im)patiently waiting the release of the AHL schedule so we can plan our trip to see the Stars play in California. Also, we are hoping we can add a trip to Winnipeg to our schedule to catch a double dip for Stars vs. the Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Jets. We also want to see the Stars improve on last year’s performance and make another deep Calder Cup run. One Championship banner is nice, but two would be even better! Go Stars.