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Dallas’ Jason Robertson Named This Week’s NHL Star

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Dallas Stars forward Jason Robertson | Image by NHL

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The Stars announced on Monday that forward Jason Robertson was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending on November 6.

Right behind him were the Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and the San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, both named the Second and Third Stars of the Week respectively.

Robertson, 23, extended his goal streak to a career-high five games (since October 27: 6-5-11) and helped the first-place Stars (8-3-1, 17 points) finish the week undefeated, the team stated.

In a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on November 1, Robertson had 1-2-3, including the game-winning goal.

He then scored twice in a 7-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on November 3. In a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on November 5, Robertson finished the week with 1-2-3, including his 17th career game-winning goal and third of the season.

Robertson finished second in Calder Memorial Trophy voting in 2020-21 and has appeared in 12 games this season, ranking among the League leaders in game-winning goals, total goals, and points.

Robertson is the Stars’ second league-wide honoree this season, as goaltender Jake Oettinger was named the Third Star of the Week in the first week of the season ending on October 16.

This week, Robertson told NHL.com that much of the team’s — and his personal — on-ice success this year has been a collaborative effort and that he relies on the team captain, Jamie Benn, this season, as he has his entire career.

“You have one of the arguably best American hockey players to play the game on your line, so it is definitely an advantage,” Robertson said of Benn. “We have a great leadership group.”

In September, Robertson agreed to terms with the Stars on a four-year $31 million contract worth an average of $7.75 million per year.

Robertson is of Filipino origin through his mother, Mercedes, born in Manila, and Scottish ancestry through his father, Hugh. Nicholas Robertson, his younger brother, was a second-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2019 draft. The two have played each other recently in Toronto, with baby brother getting the better of Jason as he had the game-winning goal in overtime.

“It’s awesome,” the big brother said. “He had a spectacular night, and unfortunately, we got the loss. If we’re going to lose the game in overtime, I’d rather my brother wins it instead of someone else. So, it was great. It was a great moment for him, unfortunately. He’s got the last laugh so far, but hopefully, we will have many matches to come, and you know, I’ll be on the other end of it.”

The Winnipeg Jets (7-3-1) will play Dallas (7 p.m. CDT) at the Canada Life Centre on Tuesday, November 9.

That same day, Winnipeg will celebrate Filipino Heritage Day. The Filipino Jets logo was unveiled, which aims to combine Filipino culture with hockey heritage, Hockey Writers reports.

Robertson is possibly the most visible Filipino player in the League. Alongside Robertson’s brother Nick, who plays for Toronto, Matt Dumba of Minnesota is also of Filipino descent, according to Asian Americans in Hockey’s database.

Before the game, Robertson will take part in the ceremonial puck drop. During warmups, the Jets will serve Filipino food on the concourse and have the Filipino Choir Musica sing the national anthems.

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