|2009–10 Dallas Stars season|
|History||Minnesota North Stars
1967 – 1993
1993 – present
|Home arena||American Airlines Center|
|Colors||Black, green, gold, white
KDFI (My 27)
KTCK (1310 AM)
|General manager||Joe Nieuwendyk|
|Head coach||Marc Crawford|
|Minor league affiliates||Texas Stars (AHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Allen Americans (CHL)
|Conference championships||1998–99, 1999–00|
|Division championships||1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06|
The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded in 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars, based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The franchise transferred to Dallas for the 1993–94 NHL season. The Stars played out of Reunion Arena from their relocation until 2001, when the team moved into the American Airlines Center.
The Stars have won seven division titles in Dallas, two President's Trophies as the top regular season team in the NHL, the Western Conference championship twice, and in 1998–99, the Stanley Cup. Joe Nieuwendyk won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs that year. Brett Hull became the first Dallas Stars' player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
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 ("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. With both on the verge of folding, the NHL permitted the two failing franchises to merge. The merged team continued as the 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—they reached 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. In the following season, Minnesota made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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 took the shortened "Stars" name. 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 swept the St. Louis Blues, but lost to the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. Green would later sell the team to Tom Hicks. From 1994 to 1999, the Stars only missed the playoffs once.
In 1999 the Stars had the best record in the NHL, and therefore winning the Presidents' Trophy. In the first round of the playoffs, they faced their arch-rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, to go on to sweep them in four games. They then faced the St. Louis Blues. After taking a 2 game lead, the Blues stormed back to tie the series, 2-2. The Stars then won the next two games to beat the Blues in six games, 4-2. In the Conference Finals, they faced the Colorado Avalanche for the first time in Stars history. This would start many playoff meetings between the Stars and Avalanche until the mid-00's. The Stars won in Game 7 in front of a sell-out crowd at Reunion Arena to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Stars won the franchise's first Stanley Cup, versus the Buffalo Sabres in six games. The cup winning goal of game six in the third overtime sparked controversy, as Brett Hull scored with his skate in the crease, but the referee judged that since the initial shot came from outside the crease and since Brett Hull was not fully in the crease himself, the goal counted. Dallas returned to the Cup Finals in 2000, but would lose to the New Jersey Devils, losing the final game at home in overtime. The Stars in 1999 were the only NHL team other than the Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and Detroit Red Wings to win a Stanley Cup between 1995 and 2003. For 2001–02, the team moved to a new arena, the American Airlines Center.
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.
Following the previous season's disappointing first round playoff upset at the hands of the seventh seeded Colorado Avalanche, 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 also 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. Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen are the last Minnesota North Stars still with the franchise, although Lehtinen never wore a Minnesota North Stars jersey; he was drafted by the club while it was still in Minnesota.
During the season, key future pieces, center Mike Ribeiro, and defenseman Mattias Norstrom were added through 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 sixth seed in the Western conference and squared off against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. Goaltender Marty Turco delivered three shutout wins—in games 2, 5 and 6—but the Stars' offense failed to capitalize and they lost the series in seven games. This was the third season in a row that the Stars lost in the first round.
After starting a lackluster 7-7-3 in the 2007–08 season season, General Manager Doug Armstrong was fired by the team. He was replaced by an unusual "Co-General Manager" arrangement of former assistant GM Les Jackson and former Stars player Brett Hull. On November 8, 2007, Mike Modano became the number one all-time American born point scorer finishing off a shorthanded breakaway opportunity on San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
On February 26, 2008 just hours before the trade deadline, the Stars traded for All-Star center Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning for backup netminder Mike Smith, and forwards Jussi Jokinen, and Jeff Halpern. The Stars rallied to a final record of 45-30-7 and qualified for the playoffs as the fifth seed matching up with the defending champion Anaheim Ducks in the first round. After a rough end to the season, only winning two games in March of that year, the Stars shocked everyone by winning the first two games of the series in Anaheim, and then would go on to finish off the Ducks in six games, their first playoff series win since 2003. In the second round, the Stars matched up with the Pacific division champion San Jose Sharks. Once again the Stars surprised everyone by winning the first two games of the series on the road. In game two, center Brad Richards tied an NHL record by recording 4 points in the third period. The Stars would then take a 3-0 lead after a Mattias Norstrom overtime goal in game 3. Captain Brenden Morrow finished the Sharks off in game 6 with a powerplay goal nearly half way into the fourth overtime. The win sent the Stars to their first Conference Finals since 2000, and met the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings. After falling behind three games to none, the Stars made a series of it before finally being ousted by the Red Wings in six games.
The 2008–09 season saw the early loss for the season of Captain Brenden Morrow to an ACL tear. Off-season free agent acquisition Sean Avery caused a media uproar over comments he made to a Canadian reporter about ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert and her then-current relationship with Flames' defenseman Dion Phaneuf before a game in Calgary. The incident caused the team to suspend Avery for the season; he was later waived by the Stars and picked up by the New York Rangers. That incident, plus injuries to the lineup including top-flight center Brad Richards and Sergei Zubov caused the talented Stars to tailspin to a 12th place finish, and the first missed playoffs for Dallas since 2002.
In the wake of the failed 08-09 season, the Stars hired a new general manager—former player and captain Joe Nieuwendyk. Hull and Jackson remained with the Stars and were re-assigned to new roles within the organization. Nieuwendyk acted quickly, firing head coach Dave Tippett less than a week after his hiring on June 10 and replaced by Marc Crawford the next day. Other off-season moves included the addition of Charlie Huddy as assistant coach in charge of defense and the promotions of Stu Barnes and Andy Moog to assistant coach positions.
Features the player's number on the chest. The color of the home jersey has also changed from green to black. The alternate logo remains on the shoulders of the away jerseys. On November 18, 2008 the Stars unveiled a third jersey similar to their current home jersey, white, similar to the road jersey but with all the features of the home. 'Dallas' on the chest, and Stars logos on the shoulders.
The Stars played in 17,001-seat Reunion Arena from their relocation in 1993, until the club moved to the 18,500-seat American Airlines Center in 2001. It has become tradition that the fans in attendance shout "Star!" and "Stars!" during the phrasing of the words as the National Anthem is sung. At games, as part of the entertainment, a Kahlenberg KDT-123 fog horn sounds after every Stars goal, followed by "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" (which was ironically first used anywhere at the games of the CHL's Fort Worth Texans); and a song called "The Darkness Music" plays after nearly every away goal. The "Dallas Stars Fight Song", recorded by Pantego natives Pantera, is played when the Stars hit the ice after every intermission.
All Dallas Stars games are broadcast on radio on KTCK under a five-year deal announced in January 2009. KTCK replaced WBAP, which had broadcast games since the team's relocation from Minnesota in 1993. Television coverage occurs primarily on Fox Sports Southwest (FSN), with KDFI (Channel 27) broadcasting games when FSSW has a conflict.
The Stars are one of only three 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 broadcast team features the popular duo of "Ralph and Razor" -- play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis and color commentator Daryl "Razor" Reaugh. 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 Strangis and Reaugh's popularity among local listeners and viewers. Like other NHL teams, the Stars now have a live radio broadcast of the duo transmitted inside American Airlines Center on 97.5 FM. This is done because AM radio signals often cannot penetrate concrete and steel building exteriors.
The Texas Stars affiliate of the Dallas Stars, who after becoming unaffiliated with the Iowa Stars of the AHL, did not have an AHL affiliate i(AHL the 2008-09 season. The Texas Stars will begin playing their first season in the AHL in the 2009-10 season. They are located in Cedar Park, Texas (Outside of Austin).
The Allen Americans are an announced ice hockey team and Central Hockey League (CHL) affiliate of the Dallas Stars, set to begin play in the 2009–10 season. They will play home games at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Stars. For the full season-by-season history, see Dallas Stars seasons
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|2004–05||Season cancelled due to 2004–05 NHL lockout|
|2005–061||82||53||23||6||112||265||218||1168||1st, Pacific||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Avalanche)|
|2006–07||82||50||25||7||107||226||197||1111||3rd, Pacific||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Canucks)|
|2007–08||82||45||30||7||97||242||207||1162||3rd, Pacific||Lost in Conference Finals, 2-4 (Red Wings)|
|2008–09||82||36||35||11||83||230||257||1134||3rd, Pacific||Did not qualify|
Updated March 12, 2010.
|13||Krys Barch||LW||L||29||2007||Guelph, Ontario|
|14||Jamie Benn||RW||L||20||2007||Victoria, British Columbia|
|96||Fabian Brunnstrom||RW||L||25||2008||Helsingborg, Sweden|
|6||Trevor Daley||D||L||26||2002||Toronto, Ontario|
|21||Loui Eriksson||RW||L||24||2003||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|28||Mark Fistric||D||L||23||2004||Edmonton, Alberta|
|2||Nicklas Grossman||D||L||25||2004||Stockholm, Sweden|
|26||Jere Lehtinen (A)||RW||R||36||1992||Espoo, Finland|
|32||Kari Lehtonen||G||L||26||2010||Helsinki, Finland|
|9||Mike Modano (A)||C||L||39||1988||Livonia, Michigan|
|10||Brenden Morrow (C)||LW||L||31||1997||Carlyle, Saskatchewan|
|18||James Neal||LW||L||22||2005||Whitby, Ontario|
|5||Matt Niskanen||D||R||23||2005||Virginia, Minnesota|
|29||Steve Ott (A)||LW||L||27||2000||Summerside, Prince Edward Island|
|17||Toby Petersen||C||L||31||2007||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|63||Mike Ribeiro||C||L||30||2006||Montreal, Quebec|
|91||Brad Richards (A)||C||L||29||2008||Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island|
|3||Stephane Robidas (A)||D||R||33||2005||Sherbrooke, Quebec|
|24||Brandon Segal||RW||R||26||2010||Richmond, British Columbia|
|37||Karlis Skrastins||D||L||35||2009||Riga, Soviet Union|
|20||Brian Sutherby||LW||L||28||2008||Edmonton, Alberta|
|35||Marty Turco||G||L||34||1994||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario|
|23||Tom Wandell||C||L||23||2005||Södertälje, Sweden|
|44||Jeff Woywitka||D||L||26||2009||Vermilion, Alberta|
Note: Goldsworthy and Masterton played exclusively for the Minnesota North Stars, while Broten's NHL career started with the North Stars and concluded with the Stars.
Note: This list does not include selections of the Minnesota North Stars.
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
Template:2009–10 NHL Pacific Division standings
GP - Games Played W - Wins L - Losses OTL - OT/Shootout Losses GF - Goals For GA - Goals Against PTS - Points
* - Division Leader x - Clinched Playoff spot y - Clinched Division z - Clinched Conference p - Clinched Presidents' Trophy e - Eliminated from Playoff Contention