Ralph Strangis is basically synonymous with Dallas Stars hockey. Before I started watching the Stars on TV, I think I had been to one Tulsa Oilers game. I knew nothing about the sport, but I had Ralph to tell me about the game. I don't think I could have asked for a better teacher.
So, here are a few of my favorite things about Ralph:
- He didn't just call the game. He explained it.
- You could always sense his passion for the game, the Dallas Stars as a team, and the players.
- He felt what we felt. He shared in our joy during the exciting moments and our sadness when things weren't going well.
- Giggling at Razor. Something about a giggle was so much better than a laugh.
- This, which is about RIch Peverley's collapse, but it's really about so much more.
- He didn't make you feel awkward about approaching him for an autograph...and would grab Razor for you too, without even having to tell him it was your birthday.
- He's the type of guy who took the time to read and favorite hundreds of Tweets of from fans upon announcing his departure.
There were people around this team a lot longer than I have been, with Ralph lending his voice through their ups and the downs. There are people who will have more poignant things to share and put their feelings better than I can, I'm sure. I just wanted to express that I'm thankful that I had Ralph to introduce me to not just the Dallas Stars, but to hockey in general. I hope that he continues his success into his next adventure.
As for me and Dallas Stars hockey, I'll keep watching and loving this team. But the score...well, without Ralph...there is no score.