For Dallas Stars fans, December 31st is a night to party.

OK, yes, that’s true for the entire rest of the world, too. But adding ice hockey into the mix of sparklers and champagne has become a tradition in North Texas sports.

Since moving to Dallas, the Stars have played games on New Year’s Eve 19 times, all but one of them at home. They’ve won a dozen of those, so this bit of holiday scheduling has more often than not made for a happy new year.

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Marty Turco was the winning goaltender in four of these matchups (and drew another). In this video interview, he explains why he liked the annual affair and reminds us of a couple of the more memorable contests.



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Rush Olson has spent two decades directing creative efforts for sports teams and broadcasters. When not writing his Sports Rush blog for the Weekly, he creates television programs, ad campaigns, content marketing, and related creative projects for sports entities and more through Rush Olson Creative & Sports, Mint Farm Films, and FourNine Productions.