DALLAS – Before he was formally introduced at a press conference Monday afternoon, new Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi introduced himself to the team prior to its morning skate at the American Airlines Center.
The players had heard the name, and Monday morning they got to meet the man in person.
“You get to put a face to the name,” said Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman. “You wonder how he’s going to be and then he walks in there and he’s a nice guy with a passion for the game. It was good, positive. We’re excited to have him.”
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Gaglardi’s arrival is a big positive for the Stars, who have needed a definitive authority at the top of the organizational chart.
“It’s very positive. We’ve had Joe (Nieuwendyk) that’s led us, but Joe’s had a lot of questions he can’t answer. Now we have somebody that can actually answer every question that the organization may have,” Gulutzan said. “And you listen to Tom and Jim (Lites) speak to players before we came out on the ice and the air was nice and clear. I think it picked everybody up a little bit and now as you move forward you feel like a complete group.
"I know lots of people who know Tom from back in the Western Hockey League and they speak volumes of him. He’s a great guy, a hockey guy that likes to win. I think it’s going to be real good that we have a face to our franchise.”