Texas Stars
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City: Cedar Park, Texas
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Pacific Division
Founded: 1999
Home Arena: Cedar Park Center
Colors: Victory Green, Black, White, Silver
Owner(s): Tom Gaglardi
General Manager: Scott White
Head Coach: Derek Laxdal
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 the suburban Austin town of Cedar Park, Texas [1][2]

The team is the top affiliate of the NHL Dallas Stars. 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.[3] For the 2008-09 season, Dallas made agreements to send their AHL prospects to four other teams, while a few remained with the Chops.[4] AHL teams which the Dallas Stars sent prospects to were the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, and Grand Rapids Griffins.[5]

On April 28, 2009, the AHL granted the Texas Stars limited membership into the league, conditioned on the completed purchase of an existing AHL franchise within one year.[6][7] 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.[8]

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 the 2010 Calder Cup Finals.

logo 2009-2015

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.[9] 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. 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. Owen Newkirk will provide the play-by-play in 2013–14.

On June 11, 2015, the Stars unveiled their new logo and color scheme to more closely match the parent club's identity.[10]

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

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Head coaches[edit | edit source]

Glen Gulutzan (2009–2011)
Jeff Pyle (2011–2012)
Willie Desjardins (2012–2014)
Derek Laxdal (2014–present)[11]

Team captain[edit | edit source]

Team records[edit | edit source]

Single season[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lorenz, Andrea. "Events center deal will bring Dallas Stars affiliate to Cedar Park", Austin American-Statesman, February 21, 2008, p. B03. Retrieved on February 21, 2008. 
  2. Watson, Gregg. "Cedar Park leaders praise planned events center", KEYE-TV, February 20, 2008. Retrieved on February 21, 2008. 
  3. Iowa Stars and Dallas End Affiliation Agreement. OurSportsCentral.com (April 25, 2008). Retrieved on May 9, 2008.
  4. Krieser, John. "Stars have high hopes for kids", DallasStars.com, July 29, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008. 
  5. Stetson, Mike. "Steelheads' lost affiliate creates new situation", Idaho Press-Tribune, October 6, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008. 
  6. Barnes, Dan. "Austin, Abbotsford, Glens Falls joining AHL in 2009-10", Edmonton Journal, April 28, 2009. Retrieved on April 29, 2009. 
  7. Heika, Mike. "Texas Stars to play in Cedar Park next season", The Dallas Morning News, April 29, 2009. 
  8. "AHL approves franchise sale to Hicks Cedar Park", TheAHL.com, May 4, 2009. Retrieved on May 4, 2009. 
  9. "Willie Desjardins named Canucks head coach", National Hockey League, June 23, 2014. (accessed 8 July 2014)
  10. Texas Stars Unveil New Logos and Colors. Texas Stars (June 11, 2015). Retrieved on June 11, 2015.
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named laxdalcoach

External links[edit | edit source]

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