Texas Stars

The Texas Stars are an American Hockey League team in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin[1][2] with home games at the H-E-B Center. They are owned by the NHL's Dallas Stars, and are that team's top affiliate.

Texas Stars
2019–20 AHL season
CityCedar Park, Texas
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Home arenaH-E-B Center at Cedar Park
ColorsVictory green, silver, black, white
Owner(s)Tom Gaglardi
General managerScott White
Head coachNeil Graham
MediaKBVO (TV) (channel 14)
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesDallas Stars (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Franchise history
1999–2001Louisville Panthers
2005–2008Iowa Stars
2008–2009Iowa Chops
2009–presentTexas Stars
Regular season titles1 (2013–14)
Division Championships2 (2012–13, 2013–14)
Conference Championships3 (2010, 2014, 2018)
Calder Cups1 (2014)


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.[3] For the 2008-09 season, Dallas made agreements to send their AHL prospects to four other teams, while a few remained with the Chops.[4] AHL teams that received Dallas Stars prospects were the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, and Grand Rapids Griffins.[5]

On April 28, 2009, the AHL granted a provisional Austin-area franchise to Tom Hicks, owner of the NHL Stars, with the stipulation that Hicks purchase an existing AHL franchise within one year.[6][7] 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.[8]

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.

The Stars won the Calder Cup in 2014, defeating the St. John's IceCaps in the finals. After the season, head coach Willie Desjardins resigned to accept the head coaching position with the Vancouver Canucks.[9] In July 2014 he was succeeded by Derek Laxdal, who won a Kelly Cup championship with the Stars' ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, in 2007.[10] Also during 2014, the Stars were purchased by Tom Gaglardi's ownership group, thus having the AHL affiliate under control of the parent club.

On June 11, 2015, the Stars unveiled their new logo, color scheme, and jerseys to more closely match the parent club's identity.[11]

In 2018, the Stars once again made it to the Calder Cup finals, but lost to the Toronto Marlies in seven games.[12] During the 201920 season, head coach Laxdal was promoted to the Dallas Stars as an assistant and the Texas Stars promoted Neil Graham to head coaching position.

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader
Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsPCTGFGAStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
2009–108046273499.6192381982nd, West2010W, 4–0, RFDW, 4–3, CHIW, 4–3, HAML, 2–4, HER
2010–118041294692.5752132104th, West2011L, 2–4, MIL
2011–127631403267.4412242515th, West2012Did not qualify
2012–137643225697.6382352011st, South2013W, 3–1, MILL, 1–4, OKC
2013–1476481837106.6972741971st, West2014W, 3–0, OKCW, 4–2, GRW, 4–3, TORW, 4–1, STJ
2014–1576402213194.6182422162nd, West2015L, 0–3, RFD
2015–167640258391.5992772463rd, Pacific2016L, 1–3, SD
2016–177634371473.4802242657th, Pacific2017Did not qualify
2017–187638248690.5922232312nd, Pacific2018W, 3–1, ONTW, 4–1, TUCW, 4–2, RFDL, 3–4, TOR
2018–197637314482.5392382316th, Central2019Did not qualify


Current roster

Updated December 12, 2019.[13][14]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 Gavin Bayreuther D L 25 2017 Concord, New Hampshire Dallas
35 Landon Bow G L 24 2016 St. Albert, Alberta Dallas
16 Nick Caamano LW L 21 2017 Ancaster, Ontario Dallas
33 Joseph Cecconi D R 22 2019 Youngstown, New York Dallas
28 Diego Cuglietta LW L 24 2019 Kamloops, British Columbia Texas
5 Emil Djuse D L 26 2019 Östersund, Sweden Dallas
22 Rhett Gardner C L 23 2019 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Dallas
6 Ben Gleason D L 21 2018 Ortonville, Michigan Dallas
4 Joel Hanley D L 28 2018 Keswick, Ontario Dallas
3 Dillon Heatherington (C) D L 24 2017 Calgary, Alberta Dallas
20 Tanner Kero (A) C L 27 2019 Hancock, Michigan Dallas
14 Joel Kiviranta LW L 23 2019 Vantaa, Finland Dallas
11 Joel L'Esperance C R 24 2018 Brighton, Michigan Dallas
9 Anthony Louis C L 24 2019 Winfield, Illinois Texas
39 Parker MacKay RW R 25 2019 Irma, Alberta Texas
13 Adam Mascherin LW L 21 2018 Maple, Ontario Dallas
19 Brad McClure RW R 26 2018 Stratford, Ontario Texas
37 Josh Melnick RW R 24 2019 Annandale, New Jersey Dallas
27 Michael Mersch (A) LW L 27 2018 Park Ridge, Illinois Dallas
8 John Nyberg D L 23 2017 Goteborg, Sweden Dallas
29 Jake Oettinger G L 20 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota Dallas
18 Jason Robertson LW L 20 2019 Arcadia, California Dallas
24 Reece Scarlett D R 26 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Dallas
21 Riley Tufte LW L 21 2019 Coon Rapids, Minnesota Dallas
40 Ondrej Vala D L 21 2017 Pardubice, Czech Republic Dallas

Team captains

Retired numbers

Texas Stars retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
23Travis MorinC2009–2019October 19, 2019[16]

Head coaches

Team records

Single season

Goals: Matt Fraser, 37 (2011–12)
Assists: Travis Morin, 56 (2013–14)
Points: Travis Morin, 88 (2013–14)
Penalty Minutes: Luke Gazdic, 155 (2009–10)
GAA: Richard Bachman, 2.20 (2010–11)
SV%: Richard Bachman, .927 (2010–11)
Wins: Richard Bachman, 28 (2010–11)
Shutouts: Richard Bachman, 6 (2010–11)
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender


Career Goals: Travis Morin, 175
Career Assists: Travis Morin, 385
Career Points: Travis Morin, 560
Career Penalty Minutes: Luke Gazdic, 447
Career Goaltending Wins: Jack Campbell, 66
Career Shutouts: Richard Bachman, Jack Campbell, 9
Career Games: Travis Morin, 686


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