Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars ( IPA: [ dæləs stɑɹs ] ) is an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Dallas, Texas. It was founded on February 9, 1966 under the name Minnesota North Stars and took the start of the 1967/68 season on the game mode. Before the season 1993/94 the franchise of Minneapolis moved to Dallas and changed its name to the current name. The team colors are green, gold, black and white.

The Stars play their home games at American Airlines Center and is the only Headquartered in the U.S. state of Texas franchise in the league. After the team after moving initially had problems way around, it became the end of the 1990s to the title contenders. During this time the franchise won the prestigious Stanley Cup twice and the Presidents' Trophy once. Other major achievements were made ​​since then.

  • 4.1 Sporting achievements
  • 4.2 NHL awards and All-Star Team nominations
  • 4.3 season statistics
  • 4.4 Franchise Records 4.4.1 career
  • 4.4.2 season
  • 4.5.1 career
  • 4.5.2 season
  • 7.1 Current squad of 2013/14 season
  • 7.2 team captains
  • 7.3 Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 7.4 Locked jersey numbers
  • 7.5 First-round voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft
  • 7.6 top points scorer
  • 7.7 Known former players


Hockey in Minnesota ( 1967-1993 )

  • Main article: Minnesota North Stars

After the NHL decided to expand the league of the so-called " Original Six " on twelve teams, a team in Bloomington was settled in the U.S. state of Minnesota, which played from the 1967/68 season as the Minnesota North Stars at the Metropolitan Sports Center. After initial successes, the franchise got the mid-1970s economic problems and became the 1978/79 season of George and Gordon Gund took over as owners of the Cleveland Barons. Both teams came together and existed as a Minnesota North Stars continued. In the season 1980/81, the newly formed team reached the Stanley Cup Finals, where they, however, against the New York Islanders lost for the first time. In the early 1990s, the franchise was considering a move to the San Francisco Bay Area, which was however rejected by the NHL due to falling viewing figures and the lack of a modern venue. Instead, the league awarded the license for the San Jose Sharks at the newly founded Gund brothers. The North Stars were, however, sold to a group of investors.

After the team had again reached the Stanley Cup final in the 1990/91 season, the franchise was relocated due to the ongoing problems in 1993 to Dallas, Texas. The team played in the Reunion Arena, the admixture Stars was retained in the team name and added to the new location information. The NHL promised, however, the fans of the North Stars to try to settle a franchise in the region again in the future, which was finally realized in 2000 with the Minnesota Wild.

On the way to the top team ( 1993-2001 )

Already in the first season in their new home reached the stars under coach Bob Gainey, who had previously been active in Minnesota the play-offs and played simultaneously with 97 round main points of the hitherto successful premiere season of a team of the 1990 expansion. Only in the Conference semi-finals failed the franchise in five games later in the Stanley Cup finalist Vancouver Canucks. In the following season to owner Norman Green separated from the team, however, and sold it in December 1995 to the media mogul Tom Hicks. Once again reached the stars the play-offs, but failed in the quarter- finals. As in the 1995/96 season loomed the initial miss the finals, the franchise committed in January 1996, the then successful junior coach Ken Hitchcock, under whose leadership, the turnaround should succeed.

Although missed the stars in the season the play-offs, but improved in the season 1996/97 by 38 meter to 104 points, which meant the victory in the Central Division. In the play-offs but the team lost in the quarter- final against the Edmonton Oilers. At the end of the game year 1997/98 the team won with 109 points, the Presidents' Trophy and failed in the play- offs after beating San Jose and Edmonton until the Conference Finals in the late Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

The 1998/99 season was the most successful in the history of the Dallas Stars, which by a reform leagues in the Pacific Division changed and lined up with 114 points in the regular season a new franchise record. Overall, the team reached 51 wins and won again the Presidents' Trophy. In the play-offs, the stars become the first and only time could win the Stanley Cup. Brett Hull scored the decisive goal in the sixth game of the final series against the Buffalo Sabres after the team had won in the Conference Finals in seven games against the rival Colorado Avalanche. As reigning champion Dallas reached in the following season after wins over Edmonton, San Jose and Colorado once again the Stanley Cup final, but lost there, however, with 2:4 games against the New Jersey Devils.

Also in the 2000/ 01 season reached the franchise the play-offs, but failed in the Conference semi-final with 0:4 games to the St. Louis Blues.

Break and return to the play-offs (2002 to 2008)

For the 2001/02 season, the franchise moved from the modern requirements no longer sufficient to Reunion Arena in the newly constructed, 18,500 -seat American Airlines Center. There, the team first was the growing success due to the claims do not meet and missed the spring of 2002 with the worst score since 1996, the first time in the play-offs. Back in February, coach Ken Hitchcock was fired and replaced until the end of the season by his former assistant Rick Wilson. Bob Gainey was deprived also of his duties as General Manager. His successor was Doug Armstrong.

The post of head coach was handed over after the season with Dave Tippett to a young, ambitious man. The former management team's players like Brett Hull and Ed Belfour left the team. In the following years did not make the stars in spite of well-known players like Bill Guerin, Jason Arnott, Pierre Turgeon or Scott Young to build on the successes of previous years. In the first three seasons under Dave Tippett, the stars without interruption qualified for the play- offs, but won only one series - in the season 2002/ 03 against the Edmonton Oilers. After the disappointing elimination in the play- offs 2006 against the Colorado Avalanche owner Tom Hicks announced that the stars of Jason Arnott and Bill Guerin would leave the club. On the rest of the squad, which still contained the Stanley Cup winner Sergei Zubov as, Jere Lehtinen and Mike Modano, as coach Dave Tippett was arrested. The team reached the play-offs, subject, however, already in Conference quarter-final in seven games to the Vancouver Canucks, despite Dallas ' Marty Turco goalkeeper was able to record three shutouts.

In the summer before the 2007/ 08 season, Eric Lindros and Matthew Barnaby ended due to injuries sustained her career, also left the regulars Ladislav Nagy and Darryl Sydor, the franchise, which then amplifies put on young players from the farm team. After a moderate start to the season with a record of seven wins and seven defeats General Manager Doug Armstrong was fired in November 2007 and replaced by the duo Les Jackson and Brett Hull. The Stars finished the regular season with 97 points in the third place in the Pacific Division and fifth in the Western Conference. After victories over the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, who could be defeated in a five- hour-long sixth game, pulled the team for the first time since 2000 in the Conference finals, which was, however, lost to the Detroit Red Wings.

Slump at the end of the decade (since 2008)

Early on at the start of the following season, captain Brenden Morrow was seriously injured, while newcomer Sean Avery was suspended due to derogatory, public remarks for the rest of the season and later released. There were more failures, so the Stars missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002. This meant that a new General Manager has been committed with the former player Joe Nieuwendyk. In addition, Marc Crawford, Dave Tippett took over from a coach.

In another disappointing season without playoffs was announced that owner Tom Hicks will offer due to financial problems the team as well for sale, as well as the baseball team the Texas Rangers. Due to the financially precarious situation was waived during the 2009/10 season and in the summer of 2010 to further investment in the squad and the salary cap of the team is well below the limit of the league -wide salary cap. In June 2010 General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced that the Dallas Stars will provide players Mike Modano and Marty Turco no new contracts. It went with Modano after 21 seasons, the figure of identification of the franchise to the Detroit Red Wings. Since November 21, 2011 Tom Gaglardi is the third owner of the Dallas Stars, after a " Bankruptcy Court " had Gaglardis accepts $ 240 million offer.


The Stars play their home games since 2001 at the American Airlines Center, a 18,584 -seat multi-purpose arena, from. Already in 1999, American Airlines secured the naming rights to the arena and gave it its current name. The naming rights for the arena holds the company until 2031, and pays for the entire duration of 30 years, 195 million U.S. dollars.

From 1993 to 2001, the club played in the Reunion Arena opened in 1980, at the hockey events a capacity of 16,923 seats has. The Reunion Arena is located in the city center of Dallas. Even before the move of the stars, the arena was the home of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. 1998 intended the stars together with the Mavericks to build a new hall.

Farm team

Like all NHL teams entertain the Dallas Stars farm teams in lower leagues. After moving from Minnesota focused in management in Dallas on the International Hockey League. Here were the Kalamazoo Wings, who later played as Michigan K- Wings, the first address. The Utah Grizzlies, which from 2000 was a collaboration that changed after the dissolution of IHL in the AHL.

In the AHL, the closed cooperation, however, were usually of short duration. From the summer of 2008, when the cooperation with the Iowa Stars has ended, the stars had no direct cooperation of a team of the American Hockey League, which is declared as a Minor League Class AAA and thus the highest possible level below the NHL. The talents of the stars were housed in various AHL teams, including the Manitoba Moose, Grand Rapids Griffins, Hamilton Bulldogs, Peoria Rivermen, Iowa Chops and Houston Aeros. Since the launch of gaming operations of the Texas Stars for the season 2009/10 but this has changed and the Dallas Stars have a solid farm team in Austin, Texas. Another talent of the stars in Boise located in the U.S. state of Idaho, where the Idaho Steelheads play in the ECHL.

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The first big success celebrated the Dallas Stars in the 1997/98 season with first place after the end of the regular season and the associated winning the Presidents' Trophy. With 49 wins in 82 games this season, the Stars led the league and occupied the top position with two points ahead of the New Jersey Devils. In the following season 1998/99 the stars the most successful team of the regular season were again. This time she had with 51 wins nine points ahead of New Jersey. The good performance of the regular season could be continued in the playoffs and then won the Stars 1999 first time the Stanley Cup. In the final, they sat down with 4-2 against the Buffalo Sabres.

As best team in the Western Conference Dallas was in the 1999 /00 again in the finals, but it lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-2.

Seven times ended the stars the regular season as the best team in their division.

NHL Awards and All-Star Team nominations

Since the establishment of franchises succeeded six players from the Dallas Stars to win an individual NHL Awards. In addition, three players made ​​it into one of the all-star team and to be elected to the All- Rookie team another.

Season statistics

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, SOL = Shootout Losses by, Pts = Points, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty minutes

Franchise Records

The following players selected records of the franchise will be listed on both the entire career as well as on individual seasons.



Team Records

The listed records only include benefits that have been achieved since the move and the name change to Dallas Stars in 1993.




Abbreviations: GC = Matches, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Losses after Overtime, Pts = Points, Win % win rate =

* Change during the current season

A large Constance records the stars from their coach. Bob Gainey was previously in Minnesota coach and general manager in one. In the middle of the 1995/96 season Gainey brought to his support Ken Hitchcock, to focus from now on exclusively on his role as general manager. Hitchcock led the Stars twice in the final series and won with the team the 1999 Stanley Cup. After a weak start to the 2001/02 season and inconsistencies between players and management, the stars from their manager parted. Bob Gainey also had to go at this time. The longtime assistant coach Rick Wilson coached the team until the end of the season and moved after the season back into second place. For the following season 2002/ 03 a new coach was hired Dave Tippett with. Tippett was previously an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings and remained until the summer of 2009, in office. He was replaced by Marc Crawford, who was released after two-time missing the playoffs in April 2011 from his post in June 2009. He was succeeded two months later, Glen Gulutzan, who had previously trained for ten years, various teams from the Minor Leagues. Gulutzan was fired after two seasons without play-off participation at the end of the 2012/13 season and replaced by Lindy Ruff.

General Manager

* Change during the current season Co - General Manager **


Current squad of 2013/14 season

As of November 2, 2013

Team captains

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Locked jersey numbers

In its franchise history, the Dallas Stars have been a jersey number officially closed and taken over two more stars from the previous franchise Minnesota North. In addition, another is no longer officially awarded.

So far, the Dallas Stars detained only the number 7 by Neal breads, which, however, was already previously gone for the Minnesota North Stars on the ice. The blocked numbers by Bill Masterton and Bill Goldsworthy come complete from the time the North Stars. On March 8, 2014 also will wear the number 9 will be blocked by Mike Modano.

The jersey number 99 has been generally blocked in the NHL in honor of Wayne Gretzky.

First-round voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Top points scorer

The ten best points scorer in the history of the Dallas Stars to the end of the season 2012/13.

Abbreviations: Pos = Position, GP = Games, B = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points P / G = Points per game

Regular Season


Well-known former players