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
Championships 2 (1996, 2003)
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.

With prompting of Lincoln Realtor Mark Claydon, who spear-headed an effort to build the city's first and only indoor ice arena, 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 (Boston Bruins), 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 January 31, 2017.[1]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
2 Virginia Long, CarterCarter Long D 6' 4" 209 lb 1998-02-13 Yorktown, Virginia Selects Hockey Academy U18 (Midget AAA) Vermont
3 Wisconsin Peters, CollinCollin Peters F 6' 0" 165 lb 1997-02-05 Sheboygan, Wisconsin Northern Michigan (WCHA) None
4 Minnesota Woolf, DylanDylan Woolf D 6' 2" 203 lb 1996-05-03 Victoria, Minnesota Holy Family (USHS–MN) St. Lawrence
5 Illinois Green, AlexAlex Green D 6' 1" 165 lb 1998-06-18 Chicago, Illinois Muskegon (USHL) Cornell
6 Minnesota Jaycox, LucasLucas Jaycox D 6' 1" 185 lb 1997-08-19 Warroad, Minnesota Warroad (USHS–MN) Northern Michigan
7 Michigan Krygier, ChristianChristian Krygier D 6' 0" 161 lb 2000-05-05 Novi, Michigan Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
8 Michigan Krygier, ColeCole Krygier D 6' 1" 165 lb 2000-05-05 Novi, Michigan Little Caesars U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
9 Finland Teräväinen, EeroEero Teräväinen D 5' 10" 159 lb 1999-03-08 Helsinki, Finland Jokerit U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja) Denver
11 New Jersey Primeau, ChayseChayse Primeau F 6' 3" 170 lb 1997-09-15 Voorhees, New Jersey Philadelphia Revolution (EHL) Canisius
12 Minnesota Bowlby, HenryHenry Bowlby F 6' 1" 181 lb 1997-02-26 Edina, Minnesota Edina (USHS–MN) Harvard
15 Iowa Evers, ChristianChristian Evers D 6' 2" 205 lb 1997-05-25 Waukee, Iowa USNTDP (USHL) North Dakota
16 New York (state) Gillespie, MichaelMichael Gillespie F 5' 9" 165 lb 1996-04-23 New City, New York Ohio State (Big Ten) Western Michigan
17 Tennessee Kawamura, KyleKyle Kawamura F 5' 7" 161 lb 1999-05-27 Franklin, Tennessee Omaha AAA Lancers U16 (Midget AAA) Maine
18 Minnesota Dornbach, CaseyCasey Dornbach F 5' 11" 181 lb 1997-07-07 Edina, Minnesota Edina (USHS–MN) Omaha
19 Ohio Richards, JustinJustin Richards F 5' 11" 165 lb 1998-03-17 Columbus, Ohio Ohio Blue Jackets U18 (Midget AAA) Minnesota–Duluth
20 New York (state) Sternschein, SamSam Sternschein F 6' 2" 194 lb 1998-04-27 Syosset, New York Cedar Rapids (USHL) Penn State
21 Florida Schultz, BrandonBrandon Schultz F 5' 7" 141 lb 1996-06-15 Estero, Florida Waterloo (USHL) None
22 Wisconsin Reichenbacher, GrantGrant Reichenbacher F 5' 10" 161 lb 1998-09-10 Madison, Wisconsin Madison Edgewood (USHS–WI) None
23 Sweden Westlund, GustafGustaf Westlund F 6' 0" 170 lb 1997-12-12 Stockholm, Sweden The Gunnery (USHS–CT) Michigan
24 Wisconsin Kendall, JustinJustin Kendall F 5' 11" 170 lb 1998-05-07 Holmen, Wisconsin Coulee Region (NAHL) None
25 Slovenia Maver, LukaLuka Maver F 6' 3" 187 lb 1997-10-25 Ljubljana, Slovenia Topeka (NAHL) None
27 Wisconsin Nielsen, JakeJake Nielsen F 6' 0" 179 lb 1998-02-21 New Berlin, Wisconsin Chicago (USHL) St. Lawrence
28 Illinois Mersch, DominickDominick Mersch F 6' 1" 183 lb 1998-12-16 Park Ridge, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) None
29 New Jersey Primeau, CaydenCayden Primeau G 6' 2" 179 lb 1999-08-11 Voorhees, New Jersey Philadelphia Revolution (EHL) Northeastern
30 Czech Republic Korenar, JosefJosef Korenar G 6' 1" 172 lb 1998-01-31 Vystrkov, Czech Republic HC Dukla Jihlava U20 (Czech U20) None
39 Nebraska Frank, EthenEthen Frank F 5' 11" 183 lb 1998-02-05 Papillion, Nebraska Omaha AAA Lancers U16 (Midget AAA) Western Michigan


  1. ^ "Team Roster". Lincoln Stars. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 

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