Texas Stars

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Texas Stars
2018–19 AHL season
Texas Stars logo.svg
City Cedar Park, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 1999
Operated 2009–present
Home arena H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Colors Victory green, silver, black, white
Owner(s) Tom Gaglardi
General manager Scott White
Head coach Derek Laxdal[1]
Media KBVO (TV) (channel 14)
Affiliates Dallas Stars (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Franchise history
1999–2001 Louisville Panthers
2005–2008 Iowa Stars
2008–2009 Iowa Chops
2009–present Texas Stars
Regular season titles 1 (2013–14)
Division Championships 2 (2012–13, 2013–14)
Conference Championships 3 (2010, 2014, 2018)
Calder Cups 1 (2014)

The Texas Stars are an American Hockey League team. They play in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin.[2][3] They are owned by the NHL's Dallas Stars, and are that team's top affiliate.


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 that received Dallas Stars prospects were the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, and Grand Rapids Griffins.[6]

On April 28, 2009, the AHL granted a provisional Austin-area franchise to Tom Hicks, owner of the NHL Stars, with the stipulation that Hicks purchase 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] 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 broadcast on local television station KBVO and are no longer broadcast on radio in Austin. Brien Rea provided the play-by-play in 2015–16.

On June 11, 2015, the Stars unveiled their new logo, color scheme, and jerseys to more closely match the parent club's identity.[11]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader


Current roster[edit]

Updated August 20, 2018.[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Gavin Bayreuther D L 24 2017 Concord, New Hampshire Dallas
35 Canada Landon Bow G L 23 2016 St. Albert, Alberta Dallas
14 Canada Nick Caamano LW L 20 2017 Ancaster, Ontario Dallas
17 United States Tony Calderone RW R 23 2018 Trenton, Michigan Dallas
30 Canada Philippe DesRosiers G L 23 2015 St. Hyacinthe, Québec Dallas
11 Canada Jason Dickinson C L 23 2015 Georgetown, Ontario Dallas
10 Canada Justin Dowling C L 27 2013 Cochrane, Alberta Dallas
United States Nolan Gluchowski D R 24 2018 Wixom, Michigan Texas
25 Russia Denis Gurianov LW L 21 2016 Togliatti, Russia Dallas
22 Canada Shane Hanna D L 24 2017 New Westminster, British Columbia Texas
33 Sweden Niklas Hansson D R 23 2017 Jonstorp, Sweden Dallas
United States Colton Hargrove LW L 26 2018 Rockwall, Texas Texas
3 Canada Dillon Heatherington D L 23 2017 Calgary, Alberta Dallas
20 Finland Roope Hintz LW L 21 2017 Tampere, Finland Dallas
34 United States Joel L'Esperance C R 23 2018 Brighton, Michigan Dallas
39 Canada Samuel Laberge LW L 21 2017 Chateauguay, Quebec Texas
12 United States Colin Markison RW R 26 2017 Princeton, New Jersey Texas
8 United States Chris Martenet D L 21 2017 Indianapolis, Indiana Dallas
Canada Brad McClure RW R 25 2018 Stratford, Ontario Texas
23 United States Travis Morin (A) C L 34 2009 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Texas
United States Spencer Naas F L 23 2018 St. Louis Park, Minnesota Texas
36 Sweden John Nyberg D L 22 2017 Goteborg, Sweden Dallas
13 United States Robbie Payne C R 25 2018 Gaylord, Michigan Texas
24 Canada Reece Scarlett D R 25 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Dallas

Head coaches[edit]

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 Goals: Travis Morin, 157
Career Assists: Travis Morin, 310
Career Points: Travis Morin, 467
Career Penalty Minutes: Luke Gazdic, 447
Career Goaltending Wins: Jack Campbell, 66
Career Shutouts: Richard Bachman, Jack Campbell, 9
Career Games: Travis Morin, 543


  1. ^ a b c Heika, Mike. "Stars name Derek Laxdal as head coach of Texas Stars" Archived 2014-07-08 at the Wayback Machine., 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. Archived from the original on August 24, 2008. 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. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  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 Unveil New Logos and Colors". Texas Stars. June 11, 2015. Archived from the original on June 13, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Texas Stars - Team Roster". Texas Stars. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  13. ^ "Texas Stars Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 

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