Dallas Stars
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 1967
History Minnesota North Stars
1967 - 1993
Dallas Stars
1993 - present
Arena American Airlines Center
City Dallas, Texas
Team Colors Victory Green, Black, White, Silver
Media Bally Sports Southwest
The Ticket (1310 AM, 96.7 FM)
Owner(s) Flag of Canada Tom Gaglardi
General Manager Flag of Canada Jim Nill
Head Coach Flag of Canada Rick Bowness
Captain Flag of Canada Jamie Benn
Minor League affiliates Texas Stars (AHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 1 (1998–99)
Presidents' Trophies 2 (1997–98, 1998–98)
Conferences 3 (1998-99, 1999-00, 2019-20)
Divisions 8 (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2015-16)
Official Website stars.nhl.com
Dallas Stars Home Uniform.png Dallas Stars Road Uniform.png
Home ice
Dallas Stars ice rink logo.gif

The Dallas Stars are a National Hockey League team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to 1993, the team was known as the Minnesota North Stars.

Franchise history[edit | edit source]

1967-1993: Minnesota Years[edit | edit source]

See also: Minnesota North Stars

The Minnesota North Stars began play in 1967 as part of the NHL's six-team expansion. Home games were played at the newly-constructed Metropolitan Sports Center (the "Met Center") in Bloomington, Minnesota. Initially successful both on the ice and at the gate, the North Stars fell victim to financial problems after several poor seasons in the mid-1970s.

In 1978, the North Stars were purchased by the owners of the Cleveland Barons (formerly the California Golden Seals), the Gund brothers, George III and Gordon, and the NHL permitted the two failing franchises to merge. The merged team retained the name Minnesota North Stars, but assumed the Barons’ place in the Adams Division. The merger brought with it a number of talented players, and the North Stars were revived, making the Stanley Cup Finals in 1981, where they lost in five games to the New York Islanders. However, by the early 1990s, declining attendance and the inability to secure a new downtown revenue-generating arena led ownership to request permission to move the team to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1990. The NHL rejected the request, and instead agreed to award an expansion franchise, the San Jose Sharks, to the Gund brothers. The North Stars were sold to a group of investors that were originally looking to place a team in San Jose, although one of the group's members, Norman Green, would eventually gain control of the team.[1] In the following season, Minnesota made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1993: Relocation to Dallas[edit | edit source]

original logo as Dallas Stars

In 1993, amid further attendance woes and bitter personal controversy, Green obtained permission to move the team to the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, where they were renamed the Stars. The NHL, to quell the controversy, promised the fans of Minnesota a return in the future with a new franchise; that promise was fulfilled in 2000 when Minnesota was awarded the Minnesota Wild as an expansion franchise.

In the 1994 playoffs the Stars lost to the cinderella-story Vancouver Canucks. Green would later sell the team to Tom Hicks.

In 1999 the Stars under Ed Belfour won the franchise's first Stanley Cup, versus the Buffalo Sabres in six games. Dallas returned to the Cup Finals in 2000, but would lose to the New Jersey Devils. For 2001-02, the team moved to a new arena, the American Airlines Center.

Alternate logo (1999-present).

Despite initial reservations about the move to Texas, the Stars have enjoyed success both on and off the ice. On top of their 1999 Cup, they have won two Presidents' Trophies as the team with the best overall regular-season record. Dallas has also won seven division titles and two Western Conference titles in the past ten seasons. In the last ten years the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, and New Jersey Devils have had the most points.

2006 - current season[edit | edit source]

The Stars made a number of changes during summer 2006. Former Stars goalkeeper Andy Moog was promoted to Assistant General Manager for Player Development (he kept his job as goaltending coach), and former player Ulf Dahlen was hired as an assistant coach.

The Stars allowed center Jason Arnott, defenseman Willie Mitchell and goaltender Johan Hedberg to leave as free agents. Forward Niko Kapanen was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers and the remaining two years on right-winger Bill Guerin's contract were bought out.

The Stars received Patrik Stefan and Jaroslav Modry in the Atlanta trade, and signed Eric Lindros, Jeff Halpern, Matthew Barnaby and Darryl Sydor as free agents. Young goaltender Mike Smith was promoted to the NHL to serve as Marty Turco's backup.

On September 29, 2006, Brenden Morrow was announced as new team captain, taking the "C" from Mike Modano, who had served in the role since 2003. Modano is the last major Minnesota North Star still with the club.

During the season, center Mike Ribeiro, winger Ladislav Nagy and defenseman Mattias Norstrom were added through three separate trades. Young players Joel Lundqvist, Krys Barch, Nicklas Grossman, Chris Conner all saw significant ice time while other players were out of the lineup with injuries.

On January 24, 2007, the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at the American Airlines Center. Defenceman Philippe Boucher and goaltender Marty Turco would represent the Stars as part of the Western Conference All-Star roster.

On March 13, 2007, Mike Modano scored his 500th career NHL goal, making him only the 39th player and 2nd American to ever reach 500 goals. On March 17, 2007, Modano scored his 502nd and 503rd NHL goals, breaking the record for an American-born player previously held by Joe Mullen.

The Stars qualified for the playoffs as the #6 seed in the Western conference and squared off against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. Goalkeeper Marty Turco pitched three shutout wins -- in games 2, 5 and 6 -- but the Stars' offense failed to capitalize and they lost the series 4-3.

The Stars finished #5 during the 07-08 season. On April 25, 2008, in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Stars eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks, in six games. On May 4, 2008, the Stars finished off the San Jose Sharks in six games, to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual champions Detroit Red Wings 4-2.

Team information[edit | edit source]

Jerseys[edit | edit source]

The team since its inception has used the Stars logo jersey on both home and away jerseys. Dallas Stars home jersey is white, and the road jersey is green.

Arena[edit | edit source]

The Stars played in 17,001 capacity Reunion Arena from their relocation in 1994, until the club moved to the 18,500 capacity American Airlines Center in 2001. It has become tradition that the fans in attendance shout "stars" during the phrasing of the word as the National Anthem is sung. At games, as part of the entertainment, a Kahlenberg KDT-123 fog horn sounds after every goal. The "Dallas Stars Fight Song", recorded by Fort Worth natives Pantera, is played when the Stars hit the ice after every intermission.

Broadcasters[edit | edit source]

All Dallas Stars games are broadcast on radio on KTCK under a five-year deal announced in January 2009.[44] KTCK replaced WBAP, which had broadcast games since the beginning of the 1994 season after KLIF has broadcast the first season in Dallas in 1993. Television coverage occurs primarily on Fox Sports Southwest (FSN), with KTXA (Channel 21) or FSSW+ broadcasting games when FSSW has a conflict.

The Stars, along with the Buffalo Sabres, are 1 of only 2 NHL teams to simulcast the entirety of their games on TV and radio, which the team has done since their 1993 arrival in Dallas. The original broadcast team from 1993 to 1996 was Mike Fornes (play-by-play) and Ralph Strangis (color). Fornes left the broadcast team after the 1995–96 season; Strangis moved to the play-by-play role and color commentator Dave Strader was added. Although both the DFW-area's large media market and the team's fan base could theoretically support separate television and radio broadcast teams, the Stars have continued simulcasting due to the popularity of "Ralph and Razor" (as they are known) among local listeners and viewers. Like other NHL teams, the Stars now have a live radio broadcast transmitted inside American Airlines Center on 97.5 FM. This is done because AM radio signals often cannot penetrate concrete and steel building exteriors.

Strangis retired from the booth after the 2014–15 season and was replaced by Dave Strader. In June 2016, Strader was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer of the bile duct. To begin the 2016–17 season, Reaugh assumed play-by-play duties while Strader underwent treatment. Studio analyst and former Stars defenseman, Craig Ludwig, took over as color commentator. During a break in Strader's treatment, he returned to the broadcast booth on February 18, 2017, a 4-3 overtime home win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the game, the Stars saluted Strader at center ice. Tragically, on October 1, 2017, Dave Strader passed away, succumbing to the cancer at the age of 62. The 2017-18 season saw Daryl Reaugh and Craig Ludwig promoted permanently. In the 2018-19 season, the Stars brought Josh Bogorad as the play-by-play announcer and Reaugh returned to color commentator. Bogorad was an analyst for the Stars during the pregame, intermissions, and post game. He has also done play-by-play for Dallas' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars

Dave Strader TV and radio play-by-play
Daryl Reaugh TV and radio color commentator

Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]

Stanley Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff berth President's Trophy

Note: GP = Games played, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season Team League Conference Finish Division Finish GP Wins Losses Ties OTL Points GF GA Playoff Results
Relocated from Minnesota
1993–94 1993–94 NHL Western 4th Central 3rd 84 42 29 13 97 286 265 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Blues) 4–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Canucks) 1–4
1994–951 1994–95 NHL Western 8th Central 5th 48 17 23 8 42 136 135 Lost Conference Quarterfinals (Red Wings) 1–4
1995–96 1995–96 NHL Western 11th Central 6th 82 26 42 14 66 227 280 Did not qualify
1996–97 1996–97 NHL Western 2nd Central 1st 82 48 26 8 104 252 198 Lost Conference Quarterfinals (Oilers) 3–4
1997–98 1997–98 NHL Western 1st Central 1st 82 49 22 11 109 242 167 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Sharks) 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Oilers) 4–1
Lost Conference Finals (Red Wings) 2–4
1998–99 1998–99 NHL Western 1st Pacific 1st 82 51 19 12 114 236 168 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Oilers) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Blues) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Avalanche) 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals (Sabres) 4–2
1999–00 1999–00 NHL Western 2nd Pacific 1st 82 43 23 10 6 102 211 184 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Oilers) 4–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Sharks) 4–1
Won Conference Finals (Avalanche) 4–3
Lost Stanley Cup Finals (Devils) 2–4
2000–01 2000–01 NHL Western 3rd Pacific 1st 82 48 24 8 2 106 241 187 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Oilers) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Blues) 0–4
2001–02 2001–02 NHL Western 10th Pacific 4th 82 36 28 13 5 90 215 213 Did not qualify
2002–03 2002–03 NHL Western 1st Pacific 1st 82 46 17 15 4 111 245 169 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Oilers) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Mighty Ducks) 2–4
2003–04 2003–04 NHL Western 5th Pacific 2nd 82 41 26 13 2 97 194 175 Lost Conference Quarterfinals (Avalanche) 1–4
2004–052 2004–05 Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL Lockout
2005–06³ 2005–06 NHL Western 2nd Pacific 1st 82 53 23 6 112 265 218 Lost Conference Quarterfinals (Avalanche) 1–4
2006–07 2006–07 NHL Western 6th Pacific 3rd 82 50 25 7 107 226 197 Lost Conference Quarterfinals (Canucks) 3–4
2007–08 2007–08 NHL Western 5th Pacific 3rd 82 45 30 7 97 242 207 Won Conference Quarterfinals (Ducks) 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Sharks) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (Red Wings) 2–4
2008–09 2008–09 NHL Western 12th Pacific 3rd 82 36 35 11 83 230 257 Did not qualify
2009–10 2009–10 NHL Western 12th Pacific 5th 82 37 31 14 88 237 254 Did not qualify
2010–11 2010–11 NHL Western 9th Pacific 5th 82 42 29 11 95 227 233 Did not qualify
2011–12 2011–12 NHL Western 10th Pacific 4th 82 42 35 5 89 211 222 Did not qualify
2012–134 2012–13 NHL Western 11th Pacific 5th 48 22 22 4 48 130 142 Did not qualify
2013–14 2013–14 NHL Western 8th Central 5th 82 40 31 11 91 234 226 Lost First Round (Ducks) 2–4
2014–15 2014–15 NHL Western 10th Central 6th 82 41 31 10 92 261 260 Did not qualify
2015–16 2015–16 NHL Western 1st Central 1st 82 50 23 9 109 267 230 Won First Round (Wild) 4–2
Lost Second Round (Blues) 3–4
2016–17 2016–17 NHL Western 11th Central 6th 82 34 37 11 79 223 262 Did not qualify
2017–18 2017–18 NHL Western 10th Central 6th 82 42 32 8 92 235 225 Did not qualify
2018–19 2018–19 NHL Western 6th Central 4th 82 43 32 7 93 210 202 Lost First Round 2-4 (Predators)
Second Round Blues
Regular Season Record 1,984 1,024 695 125 140 2,313 5,684 5,278
Postseason Record 160 83 77 Postseason Series Record: 15–13
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
2 Season was cancelled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
3 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games tied after overtime will be decided in a shootout; SOL (Shootout losses) will be recorded as OTL in the standings.
4 Season was shortened due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout.

Notable players[edit | edit source]

Current roster[edit | edit source]

Updated July 1, 2018[2][3]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
14 Flag of Canada Benn, JamieJamie Benn


C/LW L 31 2007 Victoria, British Columbia
30 Flag of the United States Bishop, BenBen Bishop

G L 34 2017 Denver, Colorado
Flag of Canada Comeau, BlakeBlake Comeau

RW R 35 2018 Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
40 Flag of Canada Elie, RemiRemi Elie

LW L 26 2013 Green Valley, Ontario
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Faksa, RadekRadek Faksa

C L 27 2012 Vítkov, Czech Republic
10 Flag of the Czech Republic Hanzal, MartinMartin Hanzal

C L 34 2017 Pisek, Czechoslovakia
6 Flag of Finland Honka, JuliusJulius Honka

D R 25 2014 Jyväskylä, Finland
13 Flag of Sweden Janmark, MattiasMattias Janmark

C L 28 2015 Danderyd, Sweden
28 Flag of the United States Johns, StephenStephen Johns

D R 29 2015 Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Flag of Russia Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin

G L 35 2018 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
3 Flag of Sweden Klingberg, JohnJohn Klingberg


D R 28 2010 Lerum, Sweden
23 Flag of Finland Lindell, EsaEsa Lindell

D L 27 2012 Helsinki, Finland
33 Flag of Canada Methot, MarcMarc Methot

D L 35 2017 Ottawa, Ontario
Flag of Russia Nichushkin, ValeriValeri Nichushkin

RW L 26 2013 Chelyabinsk
18 Flag of the United States Pitlick, TylerTyler Pitlick

RW R 29 2017 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Flag of the Czech Republic Polak, RomanRoman Polak

D R 35 2018 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
47 Flag of Russia Radulov, AlexanderAlexander Radulov


RW L 34 2017 Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union
25 Flag of Canada Ritchie, BrettBrett Ritchie

RW R 27 2011 Orangeville, Ontario
91 Flag of Canada Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin


RW/C R 29 2013 Brampton, Ontario
17 Flag of Canada Shore, DevinDevin Shore

C L 26 2012 Ajax, Ontario
46 Flag of Canada Smith, GemelGemel Smith


C L 27 2012 Toronto, Ontario
90 Flag of Canada Spezza, JasonJason Spezza


C R 38 2014 Mississauga, Ontario

Team captains[edit | edit source]

Note: This list does not include former captains of the Minnesota North Stars and Oakland Seals

Hall of Famers[edit | edit source]

Please see the Hall of Fame section for the Minnesota North Stars for a list of franchise Hockey Hall of Fame members. No one who has played for the team in Dallas has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame yet.

Retired numbers[edit | edit source]

  • 7 Neal Broten, C, 1981-95, including 1993-95 in Dallas & 1997, number retired February 7, 1998
  • 8 Bill Goldsworthy, RW, 1967-77, number retired February 15, 1992
  • 19 Bill Masterton, C, 1967-68, number retired January 17, 1987
  • 9 Mike Modano, C, 1989-2010, number retiring March 8, 2014
  • 26 Jere Lehtinen, RW, 1990-2010, number retired January 24, 2017

Note: Goldsworthy and Masterton played for the Minnesota North Stars.

First-round draft picks[edit | edit source]

Note: This list does not include selections of the Minnesota North Stars.

Franchise scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise (Minnesota & Dallas) history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Stars player

Points Goals Assists
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Mike Modano* C 1320 528 755 1283 .97
Neal Broten C 867 274 593 867 1.00
Brian Bellows LW 753 342 380 722 .96
Dino Ciccarelli RW 602 332 319 651 1.08
Bobby Smith C 572 185 369 554 .97
Sergei Zubov * D 829 111 434 545 .66
Dave Gagner C 609 247 287 534 .88
Bill Goldsworthy RW 670 267 239 506 .76
Tim Young C 564 178 316 494 .88
Jere Lehtinen* RW 769 231 242 473 .61
Player Pos G
Mike Modano* C 528
Brian Bellows LW 342
Dino Ciccarelli RW 332
Neal Broten C 274
Bill Goldsworthy RW 267
Dave Gagner C 247
Jere Lehtinen* LW 231
Steve Payne LW 228
Bobby Smith C 185
Joe Nieuwendyk C 178
Player Pos A
Mike Modano* C 755
Neal Broten C 593
Sergei Zubov* D 434
Brian Bellows LW 380
Bobby Smith C 369
Dino Ciccarelli RW 319
Tim Young C 316
Craig Hartsburg D 315
Dave Gagner C 287
Darryl Sydor D 254

NHL awards and trophies[edit | edit source]

Franchise individual records[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co., 29-38. 
  2. Dallas Stars Roster. Retrieved on October 3, 2017.
  3. Dallas Stars Hockey Transactions. Retrieved on October 3, 2017.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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