“On defense, you have to be thinking.”

It used to be that Maxime Fortunus was my only favorite player for the Texas Stars.

Texas Stars: Maxime Fortunus

While he’s still my favorite, there are two new players that I’ve been paying much more attention to recently.

Philip Larsen–who looks like my brother did at that age… all scrawny, yet surprisingly strong–is a 20 year-old player from Denmark.

Texas Stars: Philip Larsen

I made the mistake of saying that Larsen was “going to be very good one day” in front of my husband who interrupted me to say “He’s ALREADY good!” And he is. What I meant to say is that I’m looking forward to seeing how far he goes.

Dan Spang is another player I’m watching.

Texas Stars: Dan Spang

He’s already has six assists this year, three of which were all from the same game on 11/16/10 against the Chicago Wolves (best game of the season so far with six goals in the second period, and also the first night I really paid attention to Spang).

It was looking up Spang’s stats that made me realize most of my favorite hockey players are defensemen.

That may explain why I was so fascinated with Chris Chelios last year.  That, or it was because Chelios was a great player.  Even after all the Texas Stars fans boo’d him during the games, they wanted to meet him afterwards (the photos below are all from 10/31/09).

Texas Stars vs Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars vs Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars vs Chicago Wolves

Part of me wishes he hadn’t retired this year.

”It takes brains. It’s not like a forward, where you can get away with scoring and not play defense. On defense, you have to be thinking.” – Chris Chelios