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Holderness Alum Experiences NHL Playoff Bubble

Gavin Bayreuther ’12 is making the most of these strange times. The defenseman for the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars was called up to skate for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars in the Western Conference finals against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Bayreuther’s AHL season was cut short when COVID-19 began surging in March; however, leadership at the affiliated Dallas Stars made it clear that Bayreuther should have his gear ready if the NHL resumed play. And that’s just where Bayreuther found himself in late June when he got the call at his home in Port Elizabeth, Maine. 

His bags packed, Bayreuther and his father drove from Maine to Edmonton, Canada, where he entered the NHL’s bubble -- a protective ecosystem of sorts meant to keep players safe and healthy during the pandemic. 

With the Stars, Bayreuther happily plays the role of Black Ace, a strong skater called up to support the team throughout the playoffs as a reserve player. 

A standout athlete at Holderness School, Bayreuther went on to play at St. Lawrence University, where he was named first-team All-ECAC and second team NCAA East All-American. Remarkably, he twice led the Saints in scoring, the first defenseman to do so. 

As a free agent, Bayreuther signed with the Dallas Stars in 2017 and began skating with the AHL affiliate Texas Stars. In his three years of professional play, he has seen several appearances with the Stars, even notching a few goals in competition. 

The Dallas Stars face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals. 

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