|City:||Cedar Park, Texas|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Cedar Park Center|
|Colors:||Green, Light Green, Gold, Black
|Owner(s):||Hicks Cedar Park LLC|
|General Manager:||Scott White|
|Head Coach:||Willie Desjardins|
|Affiliates:||Dallas Stars (NHL)|
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Allen Americans (CHL)
|Division Championships:||1 (2009–10)|
|Conference Championships:||1 (2009–10)|
The Texas Stars are an American Hockey League team. They play in Cedar Park, Texas.
Official Texas Stars Website: http://www.texasstarshockey.com/
History[edit | edit source]
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. For the 2008-09 season, Dallas made agreements to send their AHL prospects to four other teams, while a few remained with the Chops. AHL teams which the Dallas Stars sent prospects to were the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, and Grand Rapids Griffins.
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. 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.
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.
Texas Stars games are heard on 104.9 The Horn and KZNX 1530 AM, two of ESPN's radio stations in Austin. Owen Newkirk will provide the play-by-play in 2012-2013 .
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|Season||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|2009–10||W, 4–0, Rockford||W, 4–3, Chicago||W, 4–3, Hamilton||L, 4–2, Hershey|
|2010–11||L, 2-4, Milwaukee||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Out of playoffs|