In case you haven’t hears, the Baby Stars (aka the Texas Stars) have made it to the Calder Cup finals in the AHL.
Which is pretty awesome for a brand-new team. Just sayin’.
They will play the best-of-7 series against the Capitals’ farm team, the Hershey Bears, who also happen to be the defending champs.
And look, call me a pessimist, but I don’t think the Baby Stars stand much of a chance. The Bears are good. Really good. I mean, a Capitals team of mostly AHL players beat the Blackhawks in the preseason. Basically, they’re like their NHL counterparts but they know how to win in the postseason. The Stars aren’t in a favorable position coming in to this series.
But who cares? It’s quite an accomplishment that they got this far. They took down Atlanta and Montreal’s farm teams in consecutive seven-game series just to get here. I’m living through the Baby Stars since the Big Stars had a less-than-stellar season. I’m proud of the kids for getting this far.
How about Jamie Benn, eh? He leads the AHL in playoff goals with fourteen and in points with 24 through 18 games. That’s not to mention he’s a rookie. Even in the AHL that’s special. Just think what the kid could do in the NHL with our Stars…
The future’s looking bright for our kids.
Go Baby Stars!