Dallas Stars apologize to Golden Knights, NHL for ‘actions’ of some of team’s fans during Game 3

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 7:12 AM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The Dallas Stars on Wednesday morning issued an apology statement to the Golden Knights and the National Hockey League in response to the behavior of some of the team’s fans during Game 3.

Towards the end of the second period of Tuesday night’s Game 3, some spectators at the American Airlines Center opted to voice their frustration with the Dallas Stars by throwing items down onto the ice.

In a statement Wednesday, Stars president and CEO Brad Alberts called the actions “unacceptable” and said they “put the safety of players and fans at risk.”

In addition to the antics of some of the team’s fans, NHL Player Safety announced that Stars captain Jamie Benn would have a hearing Wednesday for cross-checking against Golden Knights’ Mark Stone.

Benn was ejected because of his hit on Mark Stone less than two minutes into Game 3, according to AP.

On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that Benn would be suspended for two games as a result of the incident. Meaning, the Stars will be without their captain for Game 4 and Game 5 (if necessary).

Speaking to media Wednesday, Benn called the incident with Stone an “unfortunate play.” “Just an unfortunate play. I just need to be more responsible with my body and my stick,” Benn said.

The NHL also announced that Dallas’ Max Domi was fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for slashing against Stone.

The Golden Knights went on to shut out the Stars 4-0, taking a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final and are now just one more win away from making it to another Stanley Cup Final.