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
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 (St. Louis Blues), 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 April 10, 2016.[1]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
3 Wisconsin Peters, CollinCollin Peters F 6' 0" 172 lb 1997-02-05 Sheboygan, Wisconsin Sioux Falls (USHL) Northern Michigan
4 Minnesota Woolf, DylanDylan Woolf (A) D 6' 2" 204 lb 1996-05-03 Victoria, Minnesota Holy Family Catholic High School (USHS–MN) St. Lawrence
5 Illinois Green, AlexAlex Green D 6' 1" 175 lb 1998-06-18 Chicago, Illinois Muskegon (USHL) Cornell
6 Minnesota Jaycox, LukeLuke Jaycox D 6' 2" 200 lb 1997-08-19 Warroad, Minnesota Warroad High School (USHS–MN) Northern Michigan
7 Russia Rasseikin, MaximMaxim Rasseikin F 6' 1" 174 lb 1998-04-26 Yekaterinburg, Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) None
8 Massachusetts Wyse, AnthonyAnthony Wyse D 6' 4" 225 lb 1996-03-29 Newton, Massachusetts Boston Advantage U18 (Midget AAA) New Hampshire
9 Massachusetts D'Orsi, WillWill D'Orsi F 5' 11" 180 lb 1997-02-05 Sudbury, Massachusetts Saint Sebastian's School (USHS–MA) Yale
10 Illinois Laczynski, TannerTanner Laczynski F 6' 1" 197 lb 1997-06-01 Shorewood, Illinois Chicago (USHL) Ohio State
11 Norway Weberg, JoachimJoachim Weberg F 5' 9" 162 lb 1996-06-21 Oslo, Norway Shattuck-Saint Mary's (USHS–MN) Denver
12 Minnesota Bowlby, HenryHenry Bowlby F 6' 2" 190 lb 1997-02-26 Edina, Minnesota Edina High School (USHS–MN) St. Lawrence
14 Michigan Hamilton, TrevorTrevor Hamilton D 6' 0" 187 lb 1995-03-17 Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Chicago (USHL) Penn State
15 Iowa Evers, ChristianChristian Evers D 6' 2" 210 lb 1997-05-25 Waukee, Iowa USNTDP (USHL) North Dakota
16 Illinois Kauppila, SamSam Kauppila F 6' 1" 180 lb 1996-05-12 Gurnee, Illinois Green Bay (USHL) St. Lawrence
17 Norway Hoff, LudvigLudvig Hoff (A) F 5' 11" 188 lb 1996-10-16 Oslo, Norway Vålerenga Ishockey U20 (Norway U20) North Dakota
18 New York (state) Gillespie, MikeMike Gillespie F 5' 9" 165 lb 1996-04-23 New City, New York Ohio State (B1G) None
20 Minnesota Ausmus, TyeTye Ausmus D 5' 9" 170 lb 1997-07-11 East Grand Forks, Minnesota East Grand Forks Senior High School (USHS–MN) None
21 Connecticut Badini, JackJack Badini F 6' 1" 197 lb 1998-01-19 Old Greenwich, Connecticut North Jersey Avalanche 18U (Midget AAA) Harvard
22 Indiana Jones, RyanRyan Jones D 6' 3" 187 lb 1996-05-26 Crown Point, Indiana Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) Nebraska–Omaha
24 Minnesota Poehling, RyanRyan Poehling F 6' 2" 174 lb 1999-01-03 Lakeville, Minnesota Lakeville North High School (USHS–MN) St. Cloud State
25 New Jersey Jozefek, GrantGrant Jozefek F 5' 10" 185 lb 1997-10-25 Chester, New Jersey Muskegon (USHL) Northeastern
26 Illinois Lerario, BiagioBiagio Lerario (C) F 5' 10" 173 lb 1995-09-22 Addison, Illinois Chicago (USHL) Northeastern
28 Illinois Mersch, DominickDominick Mersch F 6' 0" 185 lb 1998-12-16 Park Ridge, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
33 Pennsylvania Jones, PeytonPeyton Jones G 6' 4" 210 lb 1996-02-14 Langhorne, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Junior Flyers U18 (Midget AAA) Penn State
35 Finland Virtanen, PatrikPatrik Virtanen G 6' 3" 184 lb 1995-05-29 Vantaa, Finland HIFK U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga) None
39 Nebraska Frank, EthenEthen Frank F 5' 10" 175 lb 1998-02-05 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha AAA 16U (Midget AAA) Western Michigan


  1. ^ "Team Roster". Lincoln Stars. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 

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