NHL team Dallas Stars honor slain Dallas officers

Family members of two of the slain officers participated in the pregame ceremonial puck drop, and players wore wearing decals of the badges on their helmets


Associated Press

DALLAS — The Stars honored five officers slain in downtown Dallas this summer by wearing decals of their badges on their helmets during the season opener Thursday night.

Family members of two of the slain officers, Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson, participated in the pregame ceremonial puck drop.

Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns (28) wears a Dallas Police sticker on his helmet during the second period of an NHL hockey game against Anaheim Ducks, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Dallas. The Stars wore police badge stickers in honor of the law enforcement officers killed in Dallas this past summer.
Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns (28) wears a Dallas Police sticker on his helmet during the second period of an NHL hockey game against Anaheim Ducks, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Dallas. The Stars wore police badge stickers in honor of the law enforcement officers killed in Dallas this past summer. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The captains for both teams, Jamie Benn of the Stars and Ryan Getzlaf of the visiting Anaheim Ducks, joined them at center ice.

When introduced, the families got a long and loud ovation in the arena only a few blocks from where the five officers were killed by a sniper on July 7.

The other officers killed were Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens and Dallas police officers Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarripa.

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