Behind the Screens with the Dallas Stars: Calling the Shots

 

Some of the most important members in the Dallas Stars organization do not see a game in-person the entire season. Such is the case with Video Director Terri McCormack. Her chair is just around the corner from the ice, but since 2006 she has been executing each home game’s content plan from the control room.

McCormack’s days with the Stars date back to the early 1990s when she was a freelance replay operator. When the opportunity to take on a larger role presented itself, she jumped at the chance and has been there ever since.

Her positive attitude carries into the director’s chair even amidst the pressure of live entertainment.

Even if her back is to the play on the ice during the games, she does not miss a minute of the action. She intently monitors a number of cameras and is responsible for those in the arena seeing every replay, angle, and shot possible to make a game memorable.

“A lot of things can happen really quick there [the control room], so we have to communicate really well together,” she said.

McCormack and the rest of the crew operate behind the scenes, but her work is seen and felt in the spirit of the arena.

“My role is to bring it to life,” she said.

Fatigue might be expected from someone who has been in the same business since she was 14 years old, but this integral part of the Stars organization does not give off any inkling that she will be stepping away soon.

“I drive in excited because I love what I do. If I didn’t love it, I probably wouldn’t be doing it. Maybe I would garden? I don’t know what else I would do,” McCormack said with a laugh.

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