Texas Stars begin quest to win Calder Cup

After what seems like a very long wait between series, the Texas Stars and Hershey Bears will play each other in the best-of-7 Calder Cup Finals starting tonight. Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) will be in Austin next week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

We'll be following their progress here on the blog. But a few things of note to get you ready for tonight's game:

* Our buddy Mark Stepneski over at Andrew's Stars Blog has a preview up today on the series. Stepneski notes that while the Stars have overcome two deficits in two different Game 7s, they'll face another difficult test in the Bears, the AHL's top team.

* Mike Hieka at the DMN has a story up about Jamie Benn leading the Stars into the finals.

* Speaking of Benn, we talked to him here at ESPNDallas.com earlier in the week. Here's that conversation as he discussed his season and the experience he's gained from a playoff run with the Texas Stars.