All-Star nod for Ducks’ Troy Terry includes bonus surprise for his father

ANAHEIM — You might say that Father’s Day came a few months early for the Terry family.

When Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman surprised Ducks forward Troy Terry with a video reveal that Terry was named to the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, it deeply resonated with his father Chuck Terry.

Chuck’s love of all things Dallas Cowboys extended to naming his oldest son after Aikman. And Chuck, who grew up in Dallas, also happens to have an Aikman jersey in his home office. The video was shot late last month – props to the Ducks players for keeping the secret under wraps – and Terry sent his father a link to the video.

From one Troy to another

Thanks for the assist, @TroyAikman, in letting @troyterry1997 know he’s an #NHLAllStar!#FlyTogether | @ESPN

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 6, 2023

“Just to be recognized by someone that my dad idolized,” Terry said on Friday morning. “Obviously I idolized (him) too. My age … grew up more with the Tony Romo age. Troy Aikman, his career and who he is as a person, is a pretty big deal to me. For my dad, it was a pretty special moment for him to have his son recognized.”

Aikman, now an ESPN analyst, broke some news too, congratulating Terry and his wife Dani, who are going to be parents and are expecting a boy. Ducks icon and Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne, a father of four, promptly tweeted his congratulations to Terry on the professional and personal news.

“Troy Aikman mentioned my wife by name,” Terry said. “That was pretty cool for her. Teemu means a lot to me and this organization. It shows you the magnitude of being a father, which makes me excited. The due date is in May. I kind of had to get over the nervous part at first. I’m sure that will come again when it gets really close.”

Terry has built upon last season’s breakthrough performance with a strong first half despite the Ducks’ struggles. Heading into Friday night’s game against San Jose, he has 32 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 39 games.

“Troy’s breakthrough came last year,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “They all come at different times for different players. He’s been our best player this year. He’s our best skater on a nightly basis. There’s no question about that. That is all on him. He knows what he means to the team. He sees what he wants to be as a player and he’s not going to stop striving to get that.”

That was the messaging from Terry, too.

“I felt this was the player I always thought I could be,” he said. “I’ve seen through my whole career – you see that they could be really good players – and whatever the case is, they can’t quite figure it out or make it work. To be able to know I was able to find that level of play that I had and then to bring it into this year, means a lot to me, just mentally.

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“But also I feel that I have another level to get to. I definitely don’t think I’m at the full potential of what I can be.”


The Ducks were without defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. Taking his spot on the third pair was Colton White. Eakins said Shattenkirk was sick and “not doing real well.”

“We’ll keep him away from the rink,” Eakins said. “No. 1 – I’m sure (he) would be more than willing to try to play. We don’t want to put him in that kind of spot. Nor do we want to bring whatever he has into the dressing room.” …

Goaltender Lukas Dostal, meanwhile, hasn’t allowed a goal in back-to-back starts since he returned to AHL San Diego on Sunday. On Friday, Dostal made 40 saves in the Gulls’ 5-0 win at Milwaukee.

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