’s Coverage of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls

Sports Illustrated turned their attention to the NHL with their coverage of the Dallas Stars Ice Girls.  To view their gallery, click on the image below.


I never knew that shoveling ice was a spectator sport!

WWE Hires Former Dolphins Cheerleader As Ring Announcer

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By Jim Varsallone
Miami Herald
May 4, 2016

South Florida’s own Andrea D’Marco is a new ring announcer for WWE’s NXT.

For those who attended the NXT shows in March in Miami and West Palm Beach, you may recall Andrea working alongside NXT ring announcer Dasha Fuentes.

Andrea D’Marco is Andrea Ocampo, the former Florida Panthers In-Arena Host at the BB&T Center in (South Florida) Sunrise. A fan favorite, she also wore a few other hats while working with the NHL’s Panthers, including their Latin Market Manager and Reporter. Her work with the Panthers set the foundation for this WWE NXT opportunity.

“It wasn’t a one-stop shop situation,” Andrea said. “Jonny Greco, a producer for NXT, actually put the feelers out there to my old boss [Pete Soto] from the the Florida Panthers, the game presentation director, asking if he knew somebody — a Latina who could host — and see if he had any recommendations.”

Andrea OcampoSoto sure did

“He put my name into the hat,” she continued, “and that’s when everything started. Jonny Greco got a hold of me, and I put a video audition together and submitted that. Jonny called me, but unfortunately at the time I couldn’t make it to the [Performance Center in Orlando], because the Florida Panthers season was in full force.

“So I wasn’t able to do an in-person audition. Everything fell flat. Nothing happened. Then a couple of months later, I reached out to Jonny. We were speaking back-n-forth, and then I was told they were looking for the same position, and that’s when I definitely made it to the audition.”

While NXT made a South Florida trek in March, the Panthers competed on the road. So Andrea got her feet wet by working along side Fuentes at The Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.

“Thank goodness that I was a part of the NXT shows in South Florida,” she said, “and I was lucky that I got that opportunity to get a feel of the actual shows. The fact that it was in my hometown definitely made me feel a lot more comfortable, especially that I saw a lot of familiar faces in the audience.”

South Florida NXT fans — many also sports fans — welcomed her to this different genre of sport.

“It definitely wasn’t hockey,” she chuckled. “I knew I had so much to learn, but at the same time I knew I made the perfect decision. It was so much fun.”

Prior to joining WWE, the confident, lovely and inspiring talent discussed and showed (first-hand) her Panthers’ job duties which were aplenty. She noted Producer Alek Graupera, Samantha Lisowski, Viktor E and Stanley C. Panther were some who helped her elevate the fans’ in-arena experience throughout each Panthers’ home game.

Andrea was a Dolphins Cheerleader for three seasons (2001-2004).

Andrea was a Dolphins Cheerleader for three seasons (2001-2004).

A former NFL Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Andrea is a graduate of Western High School in (South Florida) Davie, where she was a Wildcats’ cheerleader.

“I grew up dancing and in the performance arts,” she said, “and then after high school, I auditioned for the Miami Dolphins [cheerleaders]. So cheerleading and dancing were always a huge, huge part of my life.”

Andrea attended Florida International University in Miami and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is a professional salsa dancer and offers The Media Gypsy Blog. She also worked as the In-Stadium Host for NCAA Division I Florida Atlantic University football in Boca Raton and spent time as a travel host for Walt Disney World.

She loves fashion as evident by her elaborate wardrobe, and her favorite color is blue, which she will sometimes wear during events, when applicable. Fans see that, and now many more eyes will be on her and her attire in her new employment.

NXT, which grooms staff and talent for the WWE main roster, continues to develop, growing into its own hot pro wrestling brand, which is seen weekly — globally — on WWE Network. So it’s a very good time to be working for NXT.

“I want to be a better professional, and I want to be the best ring announcer that I can be,” she said. “I see that it’s a very dynamic opportunity with NXT, and I want to be an extension of the [NXT] team professionally and personally.”

Panthers loss, WWE’s gain

When the Florida Panthers were eliminated by the New York Islanders in a heartbreaker in overtime in Game 6 of the first round of the NHL Playoffs on Sunday, April 24, it didn’t take long for her to join her new team. She made her way to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando on Monday, April 25.

The Florida Panthers, her colleagues and fans said good-bye and thanked her via her Twitter, following that game. Some even noted they were WWE fans — sad she left the Panthers but happy she became a member of WWE, where they said they will continue to interact with her via social media.

And social media is something Andrea enjoys, especially when it involved interacting with fans before, during and after Panthers’ games.

She’ll enjoy it even more with a very active and expansive WWE social media following, making for a nice tag team with her and the WWE Universe.

Social media

Her Twitter handle: Andrea D’Marco – TV Host, Model, Actress

Her Twitter description (TV Host by day Ninja by night! WWE/NXT Host, Disney Travel Host, Public Speaker, Digital Content Creator, Media-Gypsy!)

For her Twitter click @AndreaDMarcoWWE

Empowering women

Andrea also speaks to young women, discussing business acumen, life challenges and goal setting.

“I have a love for teaching,” she said, “and it’s important to give back, which is why I like mentoring young girls.”

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Do you have Stars quality? Prep classes and auditions for the Dallas Stars’ Ice Girls in July

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These days, there is only a millisecond of off-season for the cheer directors of the NHL and NBA teams that are still in the playoffs. For instance, tonight, the Dallas Stars play in game six of their series against the Blues. But even with the Stars still playing, Christina Swanson, Ice Girls Director, is also in the midst of planning prep classes and auditions for next season’s skaters and dancers. Christina let’s us know the schedule for July, and kindly sends along some excellent photos take by Jerome Miron.

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Prep Classes will start on July 6th at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney (6993 Stars Ave, McKinney, Texas 75070). There will be four total classes before auditions and all of these classes will fall on either a Monday or a Wednesday (dates are below). Registration will begin 20 minutes before each class. Cost per individual prep class is $35. Ladies may also pay in advance which reserves their spot in the class. Walk-ups are welcome until the class is full. All prep classes are non-refundable.

What to expect:
1 ½ hours of dance instruction (includes stylized combination similar to audition routine)
1 hour of ice skating (includes drills, tool work, proper on-ice technique)
Different dance routines and skating drills will be taught each class.

Top: Half Top
Bottoms: Pants (dance or yoga) and shorts (with tights)
Dance Shoes: dances sneakers or jazz shoes
Hockey Skates: if you own them if you do not have hockey skates we will provide them for you.
Be sure to bring a jacket, tall socks, and water

Prep Class Dates:
Wednesday, July 6th 7:30-10PM
Monday, July 11th 7:30-10PM
Wednesday July 13th 7:30-10PM
Monday, July 20th 6:30-9:45PM

Click here for the Prep Class Application and the Prep Class Waiver.

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Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held on Sunday, July 24th at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX (2601 Avenue of the Stars) from 9:30AM – 8PM. Interested applicants should complete the application and waiver and return them to the Dallas Stars office in person or via mail. They must include their application fee ($35 cash or check) and a recent photograph. Professional head-shot style photos are preferred, but not necessary. These photographs will be used for identification purposes and will not be returned. Applications must be received by 5:30PM on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. Auditions are closed to the public. Ladies that tryout can be a skater OR a dancer but do not have to do both.

Preliminary round:
Upon arrival ladies will check in and receive and audition number and will be divided into three groups: Skaters, Dancers, and Both. During the preliminary round of auditions the ladies that are registered as skaters will show the judges a freestyle skate and basic drills. The ladies that are registered as dancers will show a freestyle dance with a short tag that is compiled of a few eight counts. After all the ladies have gone thru the first round the judges will deliberate and come back with the ladies who will progress to the semifinals.

Semifinal round:
This round the selected rookie candidates will be joined by the veteran candidates. During this round the ladies who are registered as skaters will show executive skating drills, freestyle lap, along with doing a mock run thru of how we clean the ice at Dallas Stars Home Games. The ladies that are registered as dancers will learn a dance combination and perform in small groups. After all the ladies have completed the semifinal round the judges will deliberate and come back with the ladies who will be advancing to finals.

Finals will be held at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney, TX July 25-29, 6:30-10:30PM, August 1-5, 6:30-10:30PM and August 6th 9am-2pm. Final squad will be announced Saturday, August 6th, 2016.

Attire for Auditions:
Top: Half Top
Skating Bottoms: Pants (dance or Yoga)
Dancing Bottoms: Shorts (with tights)
Dance Shoes: Sneakers or Jazz Shoes
Hockey Skates if you own them, if not we will provide a pair for you
Be sure to bring a jacket, tall socks, water and snacks.

– Must be 18 years of age on or before July 24, 2016
– Must have previous skating OR dance experience
– Have a High School diploma or GED
– If selected, must reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
– Have reliable means of transportation to practices, game, and appearances
– Hold a job or be enrolled in college
– Must commit to the Dallas Stars Ice Girls Schedule, which includes but is not limited to attendance at all practice and home games, for one full year (August 2016 – July 2017)

For more information regarding prep classes or auditions, please visit

Click here for an Audition Application and Audition Waiver

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Tampa Bay Lightning Girls of the NHL

NHL hockey is one sport that needs to be seen live to obtain the full magnitude of the speed. TV coverage does not do it justice. The replays on the arena screen are great. Also another problem with TV is that they don’t cover the Lightning Girls but, I do so enjoy the album of photos from the last month of games.





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Erin and Taylor








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Lightning Girls in Winter Whites

[Lightning Girls Gallery]

[Tampa Bay Lightning Girls]

Photo of the Day – November 29


A Dallas Stars Ice Girl

Tampa Bay Lightning Ice Girls

Well I guess technically not Ice Girls since they are deemed too hot to be allowed on the Ice during games!!

Saw a great game the other night as the Lightning scored in the last 60 seconds to beat the Blue Shirts from Madison Square Garden.

Added a batch of photos to the back of Lightning Girls album—enjoy:

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Kelly and Taylor













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Erin and Liz


Erica Taelor Alyssa Cady Kori Erin Amy Elena


Isabella and Alyssa

Click the photo above for the Lightning Girls Flickr Gallery.

[Tampa Bay Lightning Girls]

Lightning Start Quest For Stanley Cup With Opening Victories

The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the season last Thursday with an exciting overtime victory versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Props to the NHL for implementing the new 3 on 3 format in overtime. Helter-Skelter action goal to goal.

The Lightning Girls loss some impressive talent to retirement but added some great rookie keepers. Hooray!!!


Kori, Erica, Elena, Cady, Alyssa (captain), Taelor, Taylor, Liz, Amy, Erin.


Fan favorite alum captain Crystal returns to be coach and mentor to the squad.

3 Rachael

Rachael starts the season on the injury list.


Rookie Taylor, Miami Dolphin Cheer alum, joins the squad after relocating to Tampa.

5 Erica and Taelor

Veterans Erica and Taelor

6 Kori and Elena

Kori and rookie Elena

7 Anna and Erin

Rookies Anna and Erin


Kori, inattentive Kelly, Alyssa and Erica

[Lightning Girls Gallery]

[Tampa Bay Lighting Girls]

Photo of the Day – October 6


A Dallas Stars Ice Girl

Photo of the Day – September 25

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Isabella and Alyssa, Captains of the Lightning Girls 2015-16 season Farewell to the Islanders Ice Girls The New York Islanders will cart plenty of tradition along with them as they make their move from the Nassau Coliseum to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the 2015-16 season. But one longstanding tradition will be very noticeable by its absence: the Islanders Ice Girls. In their place will be a co-ed ice crew charged with “helping create the best ice possible as mandated by the NHL.” Back in 2001, the Isles were the first NHL club to create a cheerleader-style Ice Girls squad that, along with performing various promotional duties, was charged with shoveling loose snow off the ice at stoppages.

[Click here to view the gallery]

Goodbye Islanders

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Photo of the Day – August 14


A Dallas Stars Ice Girl

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