Lincoln Stars

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For the 1910s Negro League team, see Lincoln Stars (baseball).


Lincoln Stars
Lincoln Stars Logo.svg
City Lincoln, Nebraska
League USHL
Conference West
Founded 1996
Home arena Ice Box

Blue, Black, White

Owner(s) Ryan Schiff
General manager Jon Hull
Head coach Chris Hartsburg
Franchise history
1996–present Lincoln Stars

The Lincoln Stars are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the West Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

The Stars' home ice is the Ice Box, on the Nebraska State Fair grounds and adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Stars came to Lincoln in the fall of 1996 and became an overnight sensation in Nebraska's capital city. Led by fiery Derek Reynolds and future Ottawa Senator and San Jose Shark Josh Langfeld, the Stars posted a 40-13-1 regular season record, the best expansion season in USHL history. The Stars continued their domination through the playoffs, losing just two playoff games en route to winning the Clark Cup. More impressive, however, was the teams' performance off the ice. Every game was sold out at the 4,231-seat Ice Box, and it was common for people to camp out overnight for tickets.

The success continued through the following seasons; the Stars sold out every home game until early 2002. In 1998, the Ice Box was expanded to 5,010 seats in preparation for the USA Hockey National Championships (Junior A). The capacity was later reduced to 4,610, as some bleacher seats were converted to club seating.

The Stars have made the playoffs nine of their first ten seasons, and won their second Clark Cup in 2003. Led by players such as Danny Irmen, the Stars capped off a magical season by defeating the rival Omaha Lancers in the Clark Cup finals.

Notable Stars alumni includes Brandon Bochenski (Tampa Bay Lightning), Andy Schneider (Pittsburgh Penguins organization), David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Josh Langfeld (San Jose Sharks), Jared Boll (Columbus Blue Jackets), Evan Rankin (Syracuse Crunch), Erik Condra (Ottawa Senators) and Brandon Bollig (Chicago Blackhawks - NHL Stanley Cup Champions).

Lincoln players have also made names for themselves in the NCAA Championship Game. Three former Stars have scored championship-winning overtime goals: Josh Langfeld (University of Michigan—1998 vs. Boston College), Grant Potulny (University of Minnesota—2002 vs. University of Maine) and Colby Cohen (Boston University—2009 vs. Miami University).

Lincoln enjoys some of the best junior hockey support in the United States, as the team plays to greater than 90% capacity at the Ice Box.


As of October 12, 2012.[1]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
3 Minnesota Donlin, CharlieCharlie Donlin D 6' 3" 205 lb 1993-06-27 Shorewood, Minnesota Colorado Rampage U18 (Midget AAA) None
4 New York Willett, DanielDaniel Willett D 5' 6" 150 lb 1996-02-23 Bayville, New York Northeastern
5 New York Muto, VinnyVinny Muto D 5' 10" 150 lb 1993-03-13 Niagara Falls, New York Cowichan Valley (BCHL) None
6 North Dakota LaDue, PaulPaul LaDue D 6' 2" 185 lb 1992-09-06 Grand Forks, North Dakota Alexandria (NAHL) North Dakota
7 Michigan Pittman, ZackZack Pittman D 6' 2" 194 lb 1995-07-17 Macomb, Michigan Honeybaked U16 (Midget AAA) None
8 Minnesota Schutt, TommyTommy Schutt F 6' 0" 185 lb 1993-04-28 Chanhassen, Minnesota Minnetonka (USHS–MN) None
9 Minnesota Lettieri, VinniVinni Lettieri F 5' 9" 150 lb 1995-02-06 Minnetonka, Minnesota Minnetonka (USHS–MN) Minnesota
10 Nebraska Suter, WillWill Suter F 5' 10" 174 lb 1992-01-22 Omaha, Nebraska Wichita Falls (NAHL) Bentley
11 New York Aston-Reese, ZachZach Aston-Reese F 6' 1" 185 lb 1994-08-10 Staten Island, New York New Jersey (AJHL) Northeastern
12 North Carolina Bunn, MichaelMichael Bunn F 6' 0" 174 lb 1994-07-19 Raleigh, North Carolina Culver U18 (Midget AAA) None
13 Massachusetts Olsson, RossRoss Olsson F 6' 4" 192 lb 1994-11-22 North Billerica, Massachusetts Williston (USHS–MA) Northeastern
14 Michigan Parrottino, DavidDavid Parrottino F 5' 10" 154 lb 1994-02-22 West Bloomfield, Michigan Honeybaked U18 (Midget AAA) None
15 Manitoba Wold, BrentBrent Wold F 5' 10" 174 lb 1993-02-10 Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba Portage (MJHL) None
16 Michigan Shine, DominikDominik Shine F 5' 11" 165 lb 1993-04-18 Pinckney, Michigan Compuware U16 (Midget AAA) Northern Michigan
17 Minnesota Coatta, MaxMax Coatta F 5' 9" 165 lb 1994-04-22 Minnetonka, Minnesota Minnetonka (USHS–MN) None
18 Michigan Humitz, MaxMax Humitz F 5' 8" 155 lb 1995-07-08 Livonia, Michigan None
19 Colorado Hawkinson, BradBrad Hawkinson F 5' 11" 194 lb 1994-04-04 Aurora, Colorado Colorado Thunderbirds U18 (Midget AAA) Denver
20 Illinois Devito, JimmyJimmy Devito F 5' 11" 170 lb 1994-04-02 Bloomingdale, Illinois RPI
21 Washington (state) Frye, ZachZach Frye D 6' 1" 194 lb 1994-03-25 Spokane, Washington Wenatchee (NAHL) None
23 Ontario McKee, MikeMike McKee D 6' 4" 229 lb 1993-08-17 Newmarket, Ontario Kent (USHS–CT) Western Michigan
25 Alaska Woods, JustinJustin Woods D 5' 11" 181 lb 1994-02-12 Fairbanks, Alaska Fairbanks (NAHL) Alaska
26 Ontario Wood, JakeJake Wood F 5' 8" 165 lb 1993-08-06 Georgetown, Ontario The Gunnery (USHS–CT) RPI
27 North Dakota Johnson, LukeLuke Johnson F 5' 11" 165 lb 1994-09-19 Grand Forks, North Dakota Grand Forks Central (USHS–ND) North Dakota
33 Minnesota Bitzer, MichaelMichael Bitzer G 5' 11" 194 lb 1993-10-23 Moorhead, Minnesota Alexandria (NAHL) Bemidji State
35 Ontario Teichrob, JacksonJackson Teichrob G 5' 10" 181 lb 1992-10-05 London, Ontario Dubuque (USHL) None
39 Minnesota Scheid, EricEric Scheid F 5' 9" 161 lb 1992-05-05 Blaine, Minnesota Alaska Anchorage (WCHA) None
North Dakota Brossart, GarrettGarrett Brossart F 5' 10" 160 lb Fargo, North Dakota None


  1. ^ "Team Roster for Lincoln Stars". Lincoln Stars Junior Hockey Club. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

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