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
Home arena Cedar Park Center
Colors

Green, Gold, White, Black

                   
Owner(s) Tom Gaglardi
General manager Scott White
Head coach Derek Laxdal[1]
Affiliates Dallas Stars (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Allen Americans (CHL)
Franchise history
1999–2001 Louisville Panthers
2005–2008 Iowa Stars
2008–2009 Iowa Chops
2009–2010 (operations suspended)
2010-present Texas Stars
Championships
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 the top affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars, and are the current Calder Cup Champions.

History[edit]

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 the Texas Stars limited membership into the league, conditioned on the completed purchase of 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]

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]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 19, 2014.[11][12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
1 United States Campbell, JackJack Campbell G L 22 2012 Port Huron, Michigan Dallas
10 Canada Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling C L 23 2013 Cochrane, Alberta Dallas
18 Canada Fortunus, MaximeMaxime Fortunus (C) D R 31 2009 La Prairie, Quebec Dallas
24 Canada Gaunce, CameronCameron Gaunce D L 24 2013 Markham, Ontario Dallas
15 Canada Glennie, ScottScott Glennie C R 23 2011 Winnipeg, Manitoba Dallas
40 Canada Hulak, DerekDerek Hulak LW L 24 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Texas
3 Finland Jokipakka, JyrkiJyrki Jokipakka D L 23 2014 Tampere, Finland Dallas
16 Canada McKenzie, CurtisCurtis McKenzie LW L 23 2009 Golden, British Columbia Dallas
9 Canada Meech, DerekDerek Meech D L 30 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba Texas
23 United States Morin, TravisTravis Morin (A) C L 30 2009 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Dallas
12 Sweden Nemeth, PatrikPatrik Nemeth D L 22 2012 Stockholm, Sweden Dallas
27 United States Rallo, GregGreg Rallo RW R 32 2014 Gurnee, Illinois Texas
39 Canada Ranford, BrendanBrendan Ranford LW L 22 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Dallas
20 Canada Ritchie, BrettBrett Ritchie RW R 21 2011 Orangeville, Ontario Dallas
25 Canada Peters, TaylorTaylor Peters C L 22 2013 Delta, British Columbia Dallas
7 Canada Sceviour, ColtonColton Sceviour RW R 25 2009 Red Deer, Alberta Dallas
28 Czech Republic Stransky, MatejMatej Stransky RW R 21 2011 Ostrava, Czech Republic Dallas
38 Canada Wathier, FrancisFrancis Wathier (A) C L 29 2009 St. Isidore, Ontario Dallas
2 United States Wrenn, WilliamWilliam Wrenn D R 23 2013 Anchorage, AK Dallas

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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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 2012-10-16. 
  12. ^ "Texas Stars Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 

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