Kitmart Dundee Stars local heroes, Craig Garrigan, Craig Moore and Kris Inglis are all delighted to see the club reaching the playoffs once again and believe this team has what it takes to keep the Stars progressing both on and off the ice.

By Kris Smith

The Scottish trio have each played key roles this season in helping the team achieve their seventh-place finish and qualify for the playoffs, where they hope to make their mark in Stars history.

 

Craig Moore, Dundee Stars,

Defenseman, Moore returned to the club this summer after last playing in Dundee during the 2016-2017 campaign, when that Stars team reached the Elite League Playoff Semi-Finals for the first time in the club’s history.

Comparing similarities between the 2016-2017 side and the current squad, Moore said: If I think back, we had a great room that year with some standout talent, and I believe we have that again this year.

We have a great mix of guys, who all bring something to the table each night, and if we all just play our game, step it up that little bit, we are in a great spot going into playoffs.

 

Craig Garrigan, Dundee Stars,

 

Discussing what the team must do to make their mark this year and possibly go beyond the Semi-Finals, Craig added: I think we just have to take it one game at a time, not worry about the following game(s), and just focus on the challenge that lies directly ahead of us in Sheffield.

They are a team we have played well against all season long, both home and away.

We know these will be fast paced, high intensity games, but we know what it takes as a group to come out on top of these tight games with the win.

 

Kris Inglis, Dundee Stars,

 

Meanwhile, Dundonian blueliner, Inglis has been left astounded by the club’s growth in recent year, saying; The growth of the club has been extraordinary in my time here.

From watching the stars as a young boy, to see how big the club is now is amazing.

A long with the growing crowds, the on ice product has been better year on year and this is the most talented squad I have been a part of.

I think this is reflected in our success through out the season having beaten every team and making the playoffs.

Although we have been unlucky in previous seasons, we have full deserved making the playoffs this year and we are confident we will have a good run this postseason.”

 

 

The 23-year-old then described what a successful playoff run will do for the club and the city.

Kris added: To make the final four as the club did a few years back would be huge not just for the organisation but for the city too.

I think we have proved ourselves to be one of the biggest sports clubs in the city and for outsiders to see the club make this prestigious weekend it can only grow the buzz for the team around this city.

Qualifying to play in Nottingham really gives any of the four teams a real chance of winning as it is only two games and as we have proven, we are capable of beating anyone.

We will give it our all this weekend first of all.”

 

 

Finally, Dundee-born forward, Garrigan shared his view of how his three years with the club have led to this moment.

He said: “I have been here for three seasons now and even from watching the Stars when I was younger, you can see the progression both on and off the ice.

The attendances have grown and that is great to see, even after the COVID break and how the club has bounced back in great fashion.

Then to reach the playoffs is a great feeling but the job is not done, we are not content with just being in the playoffs, we are feeling confident of achieving something great.

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