Stars Host Military Appreciation Weekend

Mar 24, 2015

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today the details of their Military Appreciation Weekend presented by Round Rock Auto Group this weekend at Cedar Park Center.


As part of the organization’s ongoing support of the current and former members of our armed forces, the Stars have teamed up with their fans and corporate partners to purchase more than 1,500 tickets for the games this Friday and Saturday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.  That group includes: 


•  Round Rock Auto Group
•  Upstage
•  ABC Home & Commercial Services
•  Action Propane
•  Texas Lottery Commission
•  Ed Pollard
•  Ramos Family
•  William Holder
•  Re-Bath of Austin
•  Schwanke Family
•  The Compton Family
•  Veteran Outdoors
•  Becker Family
•  Rick & Helen Sharfman
•  Samsung Austin Semiconductor
•  Brenton & Christine Burney
•  Justin Jones & Marianne LiMandri
•  Aidan McGarry
•  Mike Abbaticchio
•  Tom Steinhagen
•  Lumenate
•  Laurie Canepa
•  Bloom & Leaf Event Florist
•  Cary Designs
•  Mike & Kathy Johanns
•  NextCare Urgent Care


The tickets purchased will be given to local service members, veterans and their families to show appreciation for the all sacrifices these brave men and women have made for our country.  The Texas Lottery will also be issuing 125 gift bags each night to military guests which include two Veterans scratch-off tickets, a camouflage hat, t-shirt and small cooler bag.


The Stars’ players will wear special camouflage jerseys for the weekend and will auction off the game-worn jerseys to benefit the Texas Stars Foundation. The silent auction runs from the beginning of Friday’s game through the end of the second intermission on Saturday night. The winner of each jersey auction will be escorted by team officials backstage where they will have their newly purchased game-worn jersey delivered by that Stars player and autographed.  Fans can also purchase military themed Mystery Pucks at the Foundation table during both games.  For a $20 donation, fans receive a puck signed by one or more Texas Stars players.


The festivities begin on Friday night as the Stars welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at Cedar Park Center. Friday is also a Fun Food Friday featuring $3 beer, soda, hot dogs, and Pizza Hut slices, plus $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine.  Also on Friday, the Texas Lottery Commission will hand out thundersticks from the Texas Lottery kiosk on the concourse.  Prior to the game, retired U.S. Navy Veteran and Cedar Park resident Troy Cole, who served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, will be on hand for the ceremonial puck drop.


Saturday night will be a camouflage hat giveaway, courtesy of Round Rock Auto Group, as the Stars and Griffins face off again at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is also a Coke Zero Family Four Pack Night and a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night. Jay Styles of Mix 94.7 will drop the puck before the game to promote his Courage Walk fundraising efforts for the Austin Dog Alliance’s Hounds for Heroes program, which provides service dogs for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


The Texas Stars entered the 2014-15 season as the AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions.  Single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2014-15 season are on sale now, and fans can now place season ticket package deposits for the 2015-16 campaign.  For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit

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