Texas Stars

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Texas Stars
2017–18 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 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

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader


Current roster

Updated November 24, 2017.[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Bayreuther, GavinGavin Bayreuther D L 23 2017 Concord, New Hampshire Dallas
2 Canada Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk (A) D L 29 2016 Drumheller, Alberta Dallas
35 Canada Bow, LandonLandon Bow G L 22 2016 St. Albert, Alberta Dallas
30 Canada DesRosiers, PhilippePhilippe DesRosiers G L 22 2015 St. Hyacinthe, Québec Dallas
11 Canada Dickinson, JasonJason Dickinson C L 22 2015 Georgetown, Ontario Dallas
10 Canada Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling C L 27 2013 Cochrane, Alberta Dallas
18 United States Dries, SheldonSheldon Dries C L 23 2017 Macomb Township, Michigan Texas
32 United States Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn C R 29 2017 Lynnfield, Massachusetts Dallas
26 Canada French, MaxMax French RW R 25 2017 West Kelowna, British Columbia Texas
15 Canada Fyten, AustinAustin Fyten LW L 26 2016 Sundre, Alberta Texas
25 Russia Gurianov, DenisDenis Gurianov LW L 20 2016 Togliatti, Russia Dallas
33 Sweden Hansson, NiklasNiklas Hansson D R 22 2017 Jonstorp, Sweden Dallas
3 Canada Heatherington, DillonDillon Heatherington D L 22 2017 Calgary, Alberta Dallas
20 Finland Hintz, RoopeRoope Hintz LW L 21 2017 Tampere, Finland Dallas
39 Canada Laberge, SamuelSamuel Laberge LW L 20 2017 Chateauguay, Quebec Texas
4 United States Mangene, MattMatt Mangene D R 28 2014 Manorville, New York Texas
12 United States Markison, ColinColin Markison RW R 25 2017 Princeton, New Jersey Texas
29 United States McKenna, MikeMike McKenna G R 34 2017 St. Louis, Missouri Dallas
16 Canada McKenzie, CurtisCurtis McKenzie (C) LW L 26 2013 Golden, British Columbia Dallas
36 Canada McNeill, MarkMark McNeill C/RW R 24 2017 Edmonton, Alberta Dallas
23 United States Morin, TravisTravis Morin (A) C L 33 2009 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Texas
27 United States Rallo, GregGreg Rallo C R 36 2017 Gurnee, Illinois Texas
28 Canada Regner, BrentBrent Regner (A) D R 28 2017 Westlock, Alberta Dallas
24 Canada Scarlett, ReeceReece Scarlett D R 24 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Dallas
21 Canada Ully, ColeCole Ully LW R 22 2015 Calgary, Alberta Dallas

Head coaches

Glen Gulutzan (2009–2011)
Jeff Pyle (2011–2012)
Willie Desjardins (2012–2014)
Derek Laxdal (2014–present)[1]

Team captain

Team records

Single season

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. 

External links

  • Texas Stars official website
  • Texas Stars FAQ at DallasStars.com
  • Cedar Park Center website
  • American Hockey League
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