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Dallas Stars
File:Dallas Stars logo.svg
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1967
History Minnesota North Stars
1967 - 1993
Dallas Stars
1993 - present
Home Arena American Airlines Center
City Dallas, Texas
Colors Green, Gold and Black
Media FSN Southwest
KDFI (My 27)
WBAP (820 AM)
Owner(s) Flag of the United States Tom Hicks
General Manager Flag of the United States Brett Hull
Flag of Canada Les Jackson
Head Coach Flag of Canada Dave Tippett
Captain Flag of Canada Brenden Morrow
Minor League Affiliates TBD (AHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 1998-99
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 National Hockey League team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Prior to 1993, the team was known as the Minnesota North Stars.


Franchise history


1967-1993: Minnesota Years

See also: Minnesota North Stars

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 (the "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, and the NHL permitted the two failing franchises to merge. The merged team retained the name 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, making 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.[1] In the following season, Minnesota 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 Arena in Dallas, Texas, where they were renamed the Stars. 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.

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. For 2001-02, the team moved to a new arena, the American Airlines Center.

Alternate logo (1999-present).
Alternate logo (2004-2006), nicknamed the "Mooterus"[2]

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.

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. Modano is the last major Minnesota North Star still with the club.

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. Goalkeeper Marty Turco pitched 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.

The Stars finished #5 during the 07-08 season. On April 25, 2008, in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Stars eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champions, the 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.

Team information

Current Dallas Stars jersey


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.


The Stars played in 17,001 capacity Reunion Arena from their relocation in 1994, until the club moved to the 18,500 capacity American Airlines Center in 2001. It has become tradition that the fans in attendance shout "stars" during the phrasing of the word as the National Anthem is sung. At games, as part of the entertainment, a Kahlenberg KDT-123 fog horn sounds after every goal. The "Dallas Stars Fight Song", recorded by Fort Worth natives Pantera, is played when the Stars hit the ice after every intermission.


Ralph Strangis play-by-play
Daryl Reaugh color analyst

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. [3]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2003-04 82 41 26 13 2 97 194 175 1143 2nd, Pacific Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Avalanche)
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 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)
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

Template:Dallas Stars roster

Team captains

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

Hall of Famers

Please see the Hall of Fame section for the Minnesota North Stars for a list of franchise Hockey Hall of Fame members. No one who has played for the team in Dallas has been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame yet.

Retired numbers

  • 7 Neal Broten, C, 1981-95, including 1993-95 in Dallas & 1997, 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 for the Minnesota North 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 1320 528 755 1283 .97
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 829 111 434 545 .66
Dave Gagner C 609 247 287 534 .88
Bill Goldsworthy RW 670 267 239 506 .76
Tim Young C 564 178 316 494 .88
Jere Lehtinen* RW 769 231 242 473 .61
Player Pos G
Mike Modano* C 528
Brian Bellows LW 342
Dino Ciccarelli RW 332
Neal Broten C 274
Bill Goldsworthy RW 267
Dave Gagner C 247
Jere Lehtinen* LW 231
Steve Payne LW 228
Bobby Smith C 185
Joe Nieuwendyk C 178
Player Pos A
Mike Modano* C 755
Neal Broten C 593
Sergei Zubov* D 434
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 254

NHL awards and trophies

Franchise individual records


  1. Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co., 29-38. 
  2. Say goodbye to the 'Mooterus'. Retrieved on 2007-07-10.
  3., Dallas Stars season statistics and records

See also

External links


  • Official website of the Dallas Stars
  • DallasStarsHockey - Stars Statistical Site
  • Dallas Stars Podcast - Weekly Podcast on the NHL and Stars
  • Hockey Pacific: Fan site for Dallas Stars and the NHL's Pacific Division

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