Long before there was a ski slope in Dubai, there was an ice palace in Dallas. The first professional ice hockey games in Texas were played at the Gardner Ice Palace in Oak Cliff in the 1920s. (Continued)

THE BACKGROUND STORY

Hockey Royalty: Look at this Dallas hockey player who was the only girl and the best player on her team in 1981. That girl is Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, now a women’s hockey legend. Two of his sons were top NHL draft picks and a third is highly sought after. (After)

oak cliff was home to all the modern marvels of recreation, including Lake Cliff Park, which was founded as an amusement park 106 years ago. (After)

DEEP ELLUM BLUES

Blue Eyed Blues Guitar: Mike Rhyner’s podcast, “Square One,” from The Athletic, features an interview with a veteran helicopter pilot who investigated the crash that killed Dallas native Stevie Ray Vaughan. What Colin P. Cahoon found differs from the original report. (Square one)

Rhyner, who knew Vaughan when they were students at Kimball High School, describes the blues guitarist as “the greatest thing to ever come out of Dallas.” Vaughan died on August 27, 1990. (More)