BBG&CS Dog Days of Summer: Tributes, Stars & Thunder, Sugar Land & OKC Eats

| The Warrior — Brandon Davidson:

 “Something that I will always remember is my first game back after having surgery and going through chemotherapy,” Davidson said, remembering that night. “Stepping back on the ice and waving my stick in the air and having everybody stand up and cheer. It was definitely an emotional night and it was definitely something that I’ll never forget and something that definitely sticks out in my mind.” — via

Tribute to Kristians Pelss. Thank you Derek. 

“We can’t do much but remember, but one way The Copper & Blue can help to keep Kristians Pelss’ memory alive is to rename our semi-annual Top 25 Under 25 Longshot in honor of Kristians. So moving forward, it will be the Top 25 Under 25 Kristians Pelss Longshot award. It’s not much, but it will be a reminder of the young man we miss so much.” – via  Derek Zona at Copper & Blue

| Bryan Helmer heads into coaching after epic playing career:

“Maybe I’m a little crazy by playing this long in the AHL,” said Helmer, who also won a Calder Cup in 1994-95 with the Albany River Rats and was voted the recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey) in 2010-11 as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons. “I enjoyed going to the rink every single day and I enjoyed what I did and enjoyed being around the young guys, teaching them and giving them my experience of what I went through. It’s fun for myself to look at the guys that I played with that are in the NHL now.” — via

| The Dallas Stars — Dynamic Pricing and Ticket Plans:

“During the jersey reveal event, which was put on for around 3,000 STH, it was made clear that there would be a renewed importance and value placed on those that become full or partial season ticket holders. Coupled with the product on the ice, this new focus on the STH base of fans has almost certainly had the desired effect for the Stars; we don’t have the actual numbers, but we’ve heard that season ticket sales are doing extremely well and a bit better than expected at this point.” – via Defending Big D

| New NA3HL III junior developmental team coming to Houston area — the Sugar Land Imperials:

“The junior NA3HL ice hockey team that is coming to Sugar Land in the fall has a name and a coach. The Sugar Land Imperials will be coached by former Aero fan favorite Jarod Palmer.” — via Houston Chronicle.

“Every dollar matters to the Oklahoma City Thunder”

“Every dollar matters to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Which is why they’ve been in the news over the last 10 days for money-related tidbits that barely registered with casual fans — especially with the Lakers prepping for a 2014 free agent spending spree, and the Nets on course for a potential repeater tax payment the league hoped it would never see. The two little cap-related revelations barely amount to $3.2 million annually, the equivalent of Mirza Teletovic’s salary, but they say a lot about the state of the Thunder — where they are, where they’ve been, and what must happen for them to reassert their ownership of a Western Conference in which seemingly everyone but Oklahoma City has gotten better.” – via Grantland

Top 10 Sports Agents:

“When it comes to successful sports agents, no one can say “show me the money” louder than mega agent Scott Boras. Representing over a hundred of  Major League Baseball’s  top players in a salary cap free system, Boras has negotiated over $1.6 billion in current contracts with estimated earnable commissions over $83 million.” — via Forbes

| Hockey & Downtown event fans take note! Two new restaurants coming to Myriad Gardens:

“Longtime local restaurateur Peter Holloway will open two restaurants in the Myriad Botanical Gardens by the end of 2013. […] Holloway will partner with Justin Nicholas, owner/cook of the enormously popular Nic’s Grill, to open The Ice House, a burger stand that will operate between March and November every year.  Holloway will also take over the restaurant space … to open the Park House.” Via

| And …. speaking of new OKC Restaurants … meet Waffle Champion in Midtown:

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