Hoctober is almost here. At the Cedar Park Center, the ice is pristine and ready. The players are starting to trickle in. The anticipation of live hockey is almost too much. Hoctober is almost here. Although the hockey faithful face the doom of an NHL lockout, all hope is not lost. There is still plenty of live hockey to enjoy if you are lucky enough to live in a city that has an AHL team, ECHL team, CHL team, etc. Cedar Park has the honor of being the host city for the Dallas Stars’ minor league affiliate.
On October 14th, the Texas Stars are ready to take the ice in the season opener against the Charlotte Checkers. This time they will be led by a new coach, Willie Desjardins. Many veterans will be returning such as Wathier, Sceviour, and Fortunus. The prediction is that Wathier will be wearing the C this season. The faces that we began to know at the end of last season will hopefully be back as well, pending camp and the roster release. Fans who fell in love with the likes of Campbell and Smith hope for their return. Some players are gone and have moved on as is the usual par for course in minor league hockey.
Wishful thinking to those hoping to catch a glimpse for NHL superstars at the CPC as only the players with two way contracts would be eligible. Garbutt, Larsen and Bachman all signed one way contracts with the Dallas Stars so we will not see them this year with Texas.
In less than 19 days Hoctober will officially arrive at the Cedar Park Center. Stay tuned for a winning season! This time the road to the Calder Cup will not end in defeat.