The Dallas Stars season is over. The exit interviews are over and the off-season has effectively begun. Fans all over are showing their gratitude to the players for a successful season.
The wounds are still fresh and the questions going into next year are ever present. But for now, it is a time to be appreciative of what this season brought us. As with everything in life, there are those who do not get the credit they are due for their stupendous work throughout the season and playoffs. Miro Heiskanen and Roope Hintz were not the only standout rookies for the Dallas Stars this season. Josh Bogorad and Brien Rea also were effectively rookies for the Dallas Stars this season and both did a fantastic job.
Josh Bogorad stepping into the booth to join Daryl “Razor” Reaugh this season was an interesting move that some were certainly skeptical of to be sure. Josh did bring some play-by-play experience from calling games in both the ECHL and CHL, respectively. Josh grew throughout the year and when the games were the most dramatic, he was certainly there to match the intensity.
Two of the most notable examples would be Anton Khudobin’s 49 save shutout of the Nashville Predators and Jason Dickinson’s overtime winner against the Washington Capitals. Dallas has found some consistency on the bench with their coach of the future and now they have some consistency in the booth with the tandem of Josh and Razor.
Brien Rea was presented with a different challenge. Bob Sturm, Brent Sevryn, and Josh Bogorad had good chemistry together and everyone fit their role to a T. Going from a 3 man team down to 2 would mean not only would Brien need to fill the role of setting up questions and teasing for segments after the commercial break, he would need to have that sort of brotherly chemistry Sturm and Sevy had going in order to keep the pre-games, post-games, and intermissions entertaining. Brien was certainly ready for the challenge and did spectacularly. Both you could tell from the first game of the season through the playoffs enjoyed poking fun at each other and their chemistry is off the charts. Their fun extends outside of the studio as well for each will continue it on Twitter. Much like the team on the ice, these guys are having fun.
Enjoying a game on television goes beyond just the quality of play from the teams on the ice. The quality of the crew calling, analyzing, producing, and directing the game is just as important. The Stars have that in spades. Brien Rea, Josh Bogorad, Razor, and Sevy are just the four names who we know the best, but there are others who are behind the scenes as well.
Every single person who works on allowing the fans to watch the game on whatever device you so choose did a spectacular job last season and is ever deserving of the gratitude of the fans for their work this season.
Thank you to all of those people who helped make this season special.
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