Texas Stars

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Texas Stars
City Cedar Park, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1999
Operated 2009–present
Home arena Cedar Park Center
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 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 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 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 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 only broadcast on a local television station, which is KBVO, and are no longer broadcast on public radio in Austin. Brien Rea will provide 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 November 1, 2015.[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
5 Sweden Backman, MattiasMattias Backman D L 23 2015 Linköping, Sweden Dallas
12 Canada Blacker, JesseJesse Blacker D R 24 2015 Toronto, Ontario Texas
17 Sweden Bystrom, LudwigLudwig Bystrom D L 21 2015 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Dallas
1 United States Campbell, JackJack Campbell G L 24 2012 Port Huron, Michigan Dallas
38 Canada Dickinson, JasonJason Dickinson C L 20 2015 Georgetown, Ontario Dallas
10 Canada Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling C L 25 2013 Cochrane, Alberta Dallas
9 Canada Elie, RemiRemi Elie LW L 20 2015 Green Valley, Ontario Dallas
22 Canada Evans, BrennanBrennan Evans (A) D L 34 2015 North Battleford, Saskatchewan Texas
7 Finland Honka, JuliusJulius Honka D R 20 2014 Jyväskylä, Finland Dallas
24 Canada Hulak, DerekDerek Hulak LW L 26 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Texas
4 United States Johns, StephenStephen Johns D R 23 2015 Wampum, Pennsylvania Dallas
8 United States Kane, CoryCory Kane C L 25 2015 Irvine, California Texas
33 Canada Lagace, MaximeMaxime Lagace G L 23 2014 Saint Augustin, Quebec Dallas
3 Finland Lindell, EsaEsa Lindell D L 21 2015 Helsinki, Finland Dallas
26 United States Mangene, MattMatt Mangene D R 26 2014 Manorville, New York Texas
23 United States Morin, TravisTravis Morin (C) C L 32 2009 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Dallas
40 United States Muse, JohnJohn Muse G L 27 2015 East Falmouth, Massachusetts Texas
27 United States Rallo, GregGreg Rallo (A) RW R 34 2014 Gurnee, Illinois Texas
19 Canada Ranford, BrendanBrendan Ranford LW L 23 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Dallas
14 Canada Smith, GemelGemel Smith C L 21 2014 Toronto, Ontario Dallas
28 Czech Republic Stransky, MatejMatej Stransky RW R 22 2013 Ostrava, Czech Republic Dallas
11 Canada Troock, BrandenBranden Troock RW R 21 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Dallas
21 Canada Ully, ColeCole Ully LW R 20 2015 Calgary, Alberta 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 Goals: Travis Morin, 121
Career Assists: Travis Morin, 237
Career Points: Travis Morin, 358
Career Penalty Minutes: Luke Gazdic, 447
Career Goaltending Wins: Jack Campbell, 49
Career Shutouts: Richard Bachman, Jack Campbell, 9
Career Games: Travis Morin, 408


  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 Unveil New Logos and Colors". Texas Stars. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Texas Stars - Team Roster". Texas Stars. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  13. ^ "Texas Stars Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 

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