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The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallasmarker, Texasmarker. 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, Minnesotamarker. The franchise transferred to Dallas for the 1993–94 NHL season. The Stars played out of Reunion Arenamarker from their relocation until 2001, when the team moved into the American Airlines Centermarker.

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 will become the first Dallas Stars' player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Famemarker in 2009.

Franchise history

1967-1993: Minnesota Years

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 Centermarker") in Bloomington, Minnesotamarker. 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 Areamarker 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, Minnesotamarker made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1993: Relocation to Dallas

In 1993, amid further attendance woes and bitter personal controversy, Green obtained permission to move the team to the Reunion Arenamarker in Dallas, Texasmarker, 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 lost to the Cinderella-story Vancouver Canucks. Green would later sell the team to Tom Hicks. From 1994 to 1999, the Stars only missed the playoffs once.

1999: Stanley Cup Champions - 2005

Alternate logo (1999–present).
In 1999 the Stars 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, 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 Centermarker.

Despite initial reservations about the move to Texasmarker, 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

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. 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, 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. 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, 4 games to 3. This was the third season in a row that the Stars lost in the first round.

Due to little improvement in the off-season and a bad start to the season, General Manager Doug Armstrong was fired. He was replaced by an unusual "Co-General Manager" arrangement of former assistant GM Les Jackson and former Stars player Brett Hull. The Stars finished #5 during the 2007–08 season. On April 25, 2008, in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Stars eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion 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 four games to two.

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 manage -- 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.

Team information


The team since its inception has used the Stars logo jersey on both home and away jerseys. For 2007, as part of the league-wide changeover to the Rbk Edge jerseys, the Stars changed their jerseys. The home jersey simply states 'Dallas' on the chest, with the primary logo relocated to the shoulders and the player 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 Arenamarker from their relocation in 1993, until the club moved to the 18,500-seat American Airlines Centermarker 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 KTCKmarker under a five-year deal announced in January 2009. KTCK replaced WBAPmarker, which had broadcast games since the team's relocation from Minnesota in 1993. Television coverage occurs primarily on Fox Sports Southwest (FSN), with KDFImarker (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.

Affiliated Teams

Texas Stars

The Texas Stars are the new American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Dallas Stars, who after becoming unaffiliated with the Iowa Stars of the AHL, did not have an AHL affiliate in 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, Texasmarker (Outside of Austinmarker).

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads are the Stars' ECHL affiliate. Based in Boisemarker, the Steelheads have played home games in Qwest Arenamarker since 2003.

Allen Americans

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 Centermarker in Allen, Texasmarker.

Season-by-season record

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, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of May 11, 2007.

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
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

1 As of the 2005–06 NHL season, all games tied after regulation will be decided in a shootout; SOL (Shootout losses) will be recorded as OTL in the standings.

Notable players

Current roster

Team captains

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

Hall of Famersmarker

Please see the Hall of Fame section for the Minnesota North Stars for a list of franchise Hockey Hall of Famemarker members.

Retired numbers

  • 7 Neal Broten, C, 1981–95 and 1997 (1993–95 and 1997 in Dallas), 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

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.

First-round draft picks

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

Franchise scoring leaders

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 1400 543 786 1329 .95
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 839 111 442 553 .66
Dave Gagner C 609 247 287 534 .88
Bill Goldsworthy RW 670 267 239 506 .76
Jere Lehtinen* RW 817 239 258 497 .60
Tim Young C 564 178 316 494 .88
Player Pos G
Mike Modano* C 543
Brian Bellows LW 342
Dino Ciccarelli RW 332
Neal Broten C 274
Bill Goldsworthy RW 267
Dave Gagner C 247
Jere Lehtinen* LW 239
Steve Payne LW 228
Bobby Smith C 185
Joe Nieuwendyk C 178
Player Pos A
Mike Modano* C 786
Neal Broten C 593
Sergei Zubov D 442
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 265

NHL awards and trophies

Franchise individual records


  2., Dallas Stars season statistics and records

See also

External links

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