Texas Stars

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Texas Stars
2016–17 AHL season
Texas Stars logo.svg
City Cedar Park, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Pacific
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 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 April 13, 2017.[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27 United States Bayreuther, GavinGavin Bayreuther D L 22 2017 Canaan, New Hampshire Dallas
2 Canada Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk (A) D L 28 2016 Drumheller, Alberta Dallas
17 Sweden Bystrom, LudwigLudwig Bystrom D L 22 2015 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Dallas
16 Canada Caamano, NickNick Caamano LW L 18 2017 Ancaster, Ontario Dallas
24 Canada DeFazio, BrandonBrandon DeFazio LW L 28 2016 Oakville, Ontario Texas
30 Canada DesRosiers, PhilippePhilippe DesRosiers G L 21 2015 St. Hyacinthe, Québec Dallas
38 Canada Dickinson, JasonJason Dickinson C L 21 2015 Georgetown, Ontario Dallas
4 Canada Dietz, DarrenDarren Dietz D R 23 2017 Medicine Hat, Alberta Capitals
10 Canada Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling (A) C L 26 2013 Cochrane, Alberta Dallas
22 United States Ebert, NickNick Ebert D R 22 2016 Livingston, New Jersey Dallas
9 Canada Elie, RemiRemi Elie LW L 22 2015 Green Valley, Ontario Dallas
15 Canada Fyten, AustinAustin Fyten LW L 25 2016 Sundre, Alberta Texas
25 Russia Guryanov, DenisDenis Guryanov LW L 19 2016 Togliatti, Russia Dallas
3 Canada Heatherington, DillonDillon Heatherington D L 21 2017 Calgary, Alberta Dallas
40 United States Herbert, CalebCaleb Herbert RW R 25 2016 Bloomington, Minnesota Texas
4 Finland Karjalainen, MiroMiro Karjalainen D R 20 2016 Nummela, Finland Texas
33 Canada Lagace, MaximeMaxime Lagace G L 24 2014 Saint Augustin, Quebec Dallas
8 United States Martenet, ChrisChris Martenet D L 20 2017 Indianapolis, Indiana Dallas
36 Canada McNeill, MarkMark McNeill C/RW R 24 2017 Edmonton, Alberta Dallas
23 United States Morin, TravisTravis Morin (C) C L 33 2009 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Dallas
32 Canada Peters, JustinJustin Peters G L 30 2017 Blyth, Ontario Dallas
14 Canada Smith, GemelGemel Smith C L 23 2014 Toronto, Ontario Dallas
39 Canada Stevenson, DustinDustin Stevenson D L 27 2016 Gull Lake, Saskatchewan Dallas
28 Czech Republic Stransky, MatejMatej Stransky RW R 23 2013 Ostrava, Czech Republic Dallas
37 United States Sturos, ReidReid Sturos C R 24 2017 South Lyon, Michigan Texas
21 Canada Ully, ColeCole Ully LW R 22 2015 Calgary, Alberta Dallas
34 Czech Republic Vala, OndrejOndrej Vala D L 19 2017 Pardubice, Czech Republic Dallas
20 Canada Werek, EthanEthan Werek C L 25 2016 Markham, Ontario Texas

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, 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", 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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