Dundee Stars

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Dundee Stars
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CityScotland Dundee, Scotland
LeagueElite Ice Hockey League
Founded2001
Home arenaDundee Ice Arena
ColoursNavy Blue, Red, White
General managerOmar Pacha, Stephen Ward, and Michael Ward
Head coachCanada Omar Pacha
CaptainSweden Johan Andersson
AffiliatesScotland Dundee Comets
Website[1]
Franchise history
2001–2008Dundee ‘Texol’ Stars
2008–2017Dundee ‘CCS’ Stars
2018-PresentDundee ‘Kitmart’ Stars
Championships
British National League Champions2001–02
British National League Playoff Champions2001–02, 2004–05
Gardiner Conference Champions2013–14

The Dundee Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in the Scottish city of Dundee. They were formed in 2001 and play their home games at the Dundee Ice Arena, situated off the city's main Kingsway dual carriageway.

The team currently play in the UK-wide Elite Ice Hockey League and have previously played in others including: The British National League, Scottish National League and The Northern League. In joining the Elite League, they are one of three Scottish teams playing in the competition, alongside Glasgow Clan and Fife Flyers.

History[edit]

BNL years[edit]

Founded in 2001, the Dundee Stars won the Findus British National League (FBNL) and the Playoffs in their first season (2001–02) and then ranked 2nd in the FBNL, top their playoff group and reached the semi-finals of the challenge cup the following season. Stars' third season was a disappointment compared to the previous two, with a low league position and a place in the final of the Capital Cup.

Season 2004–05 was disappointing for all three Scottish teams in the BNL. The National Cup, the Keyline Cup and the Challenge Cup were no better. However, the Stars won the Playoffs and also fared well in the Caledonia Cup.

Post BNL years: SNL[edit]

In 2005 Edinburgh Capitals and Newcastle Vipers decided to resign from the BNL in order to join the premier Elite League. As this would leave the BNL with only five teams; and thus with little option but to fold, the Capitals and Vipers temporarily withdrew their applications so as to allow the remaining BNL teams to apply for EIHL status. However, terms could not be agreed between the EIHL and the remaining five BNL teams; leading the Capitals and Vipers to resubmit their original applications and join the EIHL; which ultimately resulted in the closure of the BNL. This led the Stars, along with fellow former BNL team Fife Flyers, to move to the Scottish National League. The Stars refusal of the EIHL's terms was due to their local rival, Fife Flyers, being unable to join the EIHL due to their arena not meeting the EIHL's standards. It was decided that Stars' would not join the EIHL at that time unless the Flyers were allowed to join with them. In joining the SNL the Stars had to release all of their imported players in order to meet SNL rules.

During the first season, Fife won the SNL with Stars three points behind in 2nd. Flyers also won the Autumn Cup, the Northern League and the SNL Playoffs. Season 2006–07 introduced the NHL style Zero Tolerance rules and the one import rule with the intent of making the SNL a more skillful league. The Stars have relied heavily on their junior development with many under-19s and some under-16s "playing up" as well as managing to secure the services of two of the "old" favourites, Jeff Marshall (Canada) and Patric Lochi (Italy).

EIHL years[edit]

In late April 2010, the Dundee Stars confirmed that they had been accepted into the EIHL,[1] as the leagues 2nd expansion team for the 2010–11 season.

Elite Ice Hockey League record[edit]

Season League Conference Playoff Challenge Cup
2010–11 EIHL 8th QF Group
2011–12 EIHL 8th QF Group
2012–13 EIHL 9th Gardiner 3rd QF
2013–14 EIHL 3rd Gardiner 1st QF QF
2014–15 EIHL 10th Gardiner 5th QF
2015–16 EIHL 7th Gardiner 3rd QF QF
2016–17 EIHL 7th Gardiner 2nd SF QF
2017–18 EIHL 10th Gardiner 3rd QF

Club roster 2018–19[edit]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place Of Birth Joined From
31 Scotland Craig Holland L 2014 Buckhaven, Scotland Edinburgh Capitals, EIHL
87 Sweden Pontus Sjögren L 2018 Stockholm, Sweden HC Vita Hästen, HockeyAllsvenskan
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Place Of Birth Acquired Joined From
11 Scotland Kris Inglis L Dundee, Scotland 2016 Dundee Comets, SNL
2 Canada Omar Pacha L Boucherville, Quebec, Canada 2017 Manchester Storm, EIHL
6 Canada Drydn Dow L Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2018 University of Calgary, U Sports
3 Canada Connor Cox L Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 2018 University of Saskatchewan, U Sports
4 CanadaItaly Mike Sullivan L Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2018 Asiago Hockey 1935, AlpsHL
27 Canada Shawn Boutin R Val-d'Or, Quebec, Canada 2018 Dresdner Eislöwen, DEL2
24 Czech Republic Petr Chaloupka L Choceň, Czech Republic 2018 KS Cracovia, Polska Hokej Liga
Forwards
Number Player Position Place Of Birth Acquired Joined From
24 Scotland Ben Edmonds C Dundee, Scotland 2015 Dundee Comets, SNL
14 Scotland Jordan Cownie C Dundee, Scotland 2017 Milton Keynes Lightning, EIHL
23 Sweden Johan Andersson C Nynäshamn, Sweden 2017 Dijon, Ligue Magnus
88 United States Brian Hart RW/LW Cumberland, Maine, USA 2017 Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL
10 Denmark Lukas Lundvald Nielsen LW/RW Odense, Denmark 2018 Gentofte Stars, Metal Ligaen
15 Scotland Craig Garrigan FW Dundee, Scotland 2018 Skylands Kings, North American 3 Eastern Hockey League
89 United States Charles Corcoran C New Canaan, Connecticut, USA 2018 Brown University, NCAA
43 Canada Fabrizio Ricci LW Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2018 Cergy, FFHG Division 2
37 Canada Matt Marquardt LW North Bay, Ontario, Canada 2018 Sheffield Steelers, EIHL
73 Canada Matt Bissonnette FW Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada 2018 Gamyo d'Épinal, Ligue Magnus
22 Canada François Bouchard RW Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 2018 Boxers de Bordeaux, Ligue Magnus
12 England Jordan Kelsall FW Nottingham, England 2018 Nottingham Panthers, EIHL (on loan for season 2018/19)

Honours[edit]

British National League

Scottish National League

Elite Ice Hockey League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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