Texas Stars

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Texas Stars
Texas Stars Logo.svg
City Cedar Park, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 1999
Operated 2009–present
Home arena Cedar Park Center

Green, Gold, White, Black

Owner(s) Tom Gaglardi
General manager Scott White
Head coach Derek Laxdal[1]
Affiliates Dallas Stars (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Franchise history
1999-2001 Louisville Panthers
2005-2008 Iowa Stars
2008-2009 Iowa Chops
2009-2010 Suspended operations
2010-present Texas Stars
Regular season titles 1 (2013–14)
Division Championships 2 (2012–13, 2013–14)
Conference Championships 2 (2009–10, 2013-14)
Calder Cups 1 (2013–14)

The Texas Stars are an American Hockey League team. They play in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin.[2][3] They are owned by the NHL's Dallas Stars, and are that team's top affiliate. They are the current Calder Cup Champions.


In April 2008, the Iowa Stars announced that they would no longer affiliate with the Dallas Stars, and changed the team's name to Chops for the 2008–09 season.[4] For the 2008-09 season, Dallas made agreements to send their AHL prospects to four other teams, while a few remained with the Chops.[5] AHL teams which the Dallas Stars sent prospects to were the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, and Grand Rapids Griffins.[6]

On April 28, 2009, the AHL granted a provisional AHL Austin-area franchise to Tom Hicks, owner of the NHL stars, with the stipulation that Hicks purchase an existing AHL franchise within one year.[7][8] That condition was met on May 4, 2010, when the AHL approved the Texas Stars' ownership group's purchase of the Iowa Chops franchise, which had been suspended for the 2009–10 season.[9]

The team's inaugural season was a successful one. After finishing second in the West Division, the Stars swept Rockford in the first round of the playoffs, then claimed their first division championship by defeating Chicago four games to three. The Stars then won their first Robert W. Clarke Trophy by defeating Hamilton in another seven game series to become the Western Conference champions. The Stars eventually fell to Hershey in game six of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals.

The Stars won the Calder Cup in 2014, defeating the St. John's IceCaps in the finals. After the season head coach Willie Desjardins resigned to accept the head coaching position with the Vancouver Canucks.[10] In July 2014 he was succeeded by Derek Laxdal, who won a Kelly Cup championship with the Stars' ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, in 2007.[1] Also during 2014 the Stars were purchased by Tom Gaglardi's ownership group, thus having the AHL affiliate under control of the parent club.

Texas Stars games are only broadcast online on AHL Live, and are no longer broadcast on public radio in Austin. Owen Newkirk will provide the play-by-play in 2013–14.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 29, 2015.[11][12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
36 Sweden Bystrom, LudwigLudwig Bystrom D L 20 2015 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Dallas
1 United States Campbell, JackJack Campbell G L 23 2012 Port Huron, Michigan Dallas
10 Canada Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling C L 24 2013 Cochrane, Alberta Dallas
29 Czech Republic Faksa, RadekRadek Faksa C L 21 2014 Opava, Czech Republic Dallas
18 Canada Fortunus, MaximeMaxime Fortunus (C) D R 31 2009 La Prairie, Quebec Dallas
24 Canada Gaunce, CameronCameron Gaunce D L 25 2013 Markham, Ontario Dallas
15 Canada Glennie, ScottScott Glennie C R 24 2011 Winnipeg, Manitoba Dallas
8 Canada Henderson, KevinKevin Henderson LW L 28 2014 Toronto, Ontario Texas
7 Finland Honka, JuliusJulius Honka D R 19 2014 Jyväskylä, Finland Dallas
39 Canada Hulak, DerekDerek Hulak LW L 25 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Texas
32 Finland Kiviaho, HenriHenri Kiviaho G L 21 2015 Lappeenranta, Finland Dallas
26 United States Mangene, MattMatt Mangene D R 26 2014 Manorville, New York Texas
9 Canada Meech, DerekDerek Meech (A) D L 30 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba Texas
23 United States Morin, TravisTravis Morin (A) C L 31 2009 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Dallas
6 Canada Oleksiak, JamieJamie Oleksiak D L 22 2012 Toronto, Ontario Dallas
27 United States Rallo, GregGreg Rallo RW R 33 2014 Gurnee, Illinois Texas
19 Canada Ranford, BrendanBrendan Ranford LW L 22 2013 Minneapolis, Minnesota Dallas
40 Finland Rynnas, JussiJussi Rynnas G L 27 2014 Pori, Fnland Dallas
25 Canada Peters, TaylorTaylor Peters C L 23 2013 Delta, British Columbia Dallas
34 Canada Shore, DevinDevin Shore (ATO) C L 20 2015 Ajax, Ontario Texas
14 Canada Smith, GemelGemel Smith C L 20 2014 Toronto, Ontario Dallas
28 Czech Republic Stransky, MatejMatej Stransky RW R 21 2013 Ostrava, Czech Republic Dallas
11 Canada Troock, BrandenBranden Troock RW R 21 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Dallas
22 Canada Valentine, ScottScott Valentine D L 23 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Texas

Head coaches[edit]

Glen Gulutzan (2009–2011)
Jeff Pyle (2011–2012)
Willie Desjardins (2012–2014)
Derek Laxdal (2014–present)[1]

Team captain[edit]

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Matt Fraser, 37 (2011–12)
Assists: Travis Morin, 56 (2013–14)
Points: Travis Morin, 88 (2013–14)
Penalty Minutes: Luke Gazdic, 155 (2009–10)
GAA: Richard Bachman, 2.20 (2010–11)
SV%: Richard Bachman, .927 (2010–11)
Wins: Richard Bachman, 28 (2010–11)
Shutouts: Richard Bachman, 6 (2010–11)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender


Career Goals: Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour, 99
Career Assists: Travis Morin, 196
Career Points: Travis Morin, 295
Career Penalty Minutes: Luke Gazdic, 447
Career Goaltending Wins: Richard Bachman, 44
Career Shutouts: Richard Bachman, 9
Career Games: Colton Sceviour, 348


  1. ^ a b c Heika, Mike. "Stars name Derek Laxdal as head coach of Texas Stars", The Dallas Morning News, July 3, 2014. (accessed 8 July 2014)
  2. ^ Lorenz, Andrea (February 21, 2008). "Events center deal will bring Dallas Stars affiliate to Cedar Park". Austin American-Statesman. p. B03. 
  3. ^ Watson, Gregg (February 20, 2008). "Cedar Park leaders praise planned events center". KEYE-TV. Retrieved February 21, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Iowa Stars and Dallas End Affiliation Agreement". OurSportsCentral.com. April 25, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ Krieser, John (July 29, 2008). "Stars have high hopes for kids". DallasStars.com. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  6. ^ Stetson, Mike (October 6, 2008). "Steelheads' lost affiliate creates new situation". Idaho Press-Tribune. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  7. ^ Barnes, Dan (April 28, 2009). "Austin, Abbotsford, Glens Falls joining AHL in 2009-10". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved April 29, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Heika, Mike (April 29, 2009). "Texas Stars to play in Cedar Park next season". The Dallas Morning News. 
  9. ^ "AHL approves franchise sale to Hicks Cedar Park". TheAHL.com. May 4, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Willie Desjardins named Canucks head coach", National Hockey League, June 23, 2014. (accessed 8 July 2014)
  11. ^ "Texas Stars - Team Roster". Texas Stars. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  12. ^ "Texas Stars Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 

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