|City||Cedar Park, Texas|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Cedar Park Center|
Green, Gold, White, Black
|General manager||Scott White|
|Head coach||Derek Laxdal|
|Affiliates||Dallas Stars (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
|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. 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. For the 2008-09 season, Dallas made agreements to send their AHL prospects to four other teams, while a few remained with the Chops. AHL teams which the Dallas Stars sent prospects to were the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, and Grand Rapids Griffins.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
|Calder Cup Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||League Leader|
|2009–10||80||46||27||3||4||99||.619||238||198||2nd, West||2010||W, 4–0, RCK||W, 4–3, CHI||W, 4–3, HAM||L, 2–4, HER|
|2010–11||80||41||29||4||6||92||.575||213||210||4th, West||2011||L, 2–4, MIL||—||—||—|
|2011–12||76||31||40||3||2||67||.441||224||251||5th, West||2012||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||76||43||22||5||6||97||.638||235||201||1st, South||2013||W, 3–1, MIL||L, 1–4, OKC||—||—|
|2013–14||76||48||18||3||7||106||.697||274||197||1st, West||2014||W, 3–0, OKC||W, 4–2, GR||W, 4–3, TOR||W, 4–1, STJ|
- 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
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- American Hockey League