Texas Stars Schedule
Since forming in 1999 the Texas Stars have been one of the most popular and successful minor
league hockey teams in North America. They are the top affiliates of the Dallas Stars and regularly have their best players
brought up to play in the NHL. Since joining the American Hockey League for the 2009-2010 season the Stars have only missed
the playoffs one time. This season the Texas Stars are once again playoff bound and are looking to close out the season in
the same way in which they have played throughout the year, a dominant fashion. Be sure to get out to show your support of
the team which could well be headed on their way to capturing the Calder Cup which has so far proven elusive.
Stars have four home games remaining on their schedule and closing out the season with a winning streak would be the perfect
way to head into the playoffs. On April 4th and 6th the Lake Erie Monsters come to Cedar Park Center in Austin looking to
prove that they can play with the best in the league, but the Stars have other plans. April 4th is also Mike Modano night
and fans in attendance will receive a Mike Modano rally towel in honor of the former Dallas Stars legend. On April 11th, in
state rivals the San Antonio Rampage come to town. The Rampage are currently last in the South Division but always put up
a good fight against the Stars. The home season comes to a close on April 19th when the Abbotsford Heat come to town for a
home schedule ending match between the top two teams in the South Division. As the playoffs get underway be sure to check
back here on StubHub to get tickets to see the Stars make their run to the Calder Cup.
About the Team
Texas Stars have been on a tear during the 2013-2014 season and are currently sitting comfortably atop the South Division
of the American Hockey League with a 14 point lead over the Abbotsford Heat who are in second place. Travis Morin has been
setting the pace for the Stars this season, leading the team with an astounding 80 points on 31 goals and 49 assists. Of course,
the Stars have plenty of other players who are more than capable of stepping up and helping to carry the offense during the
rest of the season and into the playoffs. Goalie Christopher Nilstorp anchors a stalwartt defense that has proven to be one
of the best in the AHL and will make it exceedingly difficult for opposing teams to score against. This is shaping up to be
a banner year for the Texas Stars and they could well be on their way to finally capturing their first Calder Cup and bringing
it home to the loyal fans in Austin.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate
sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding minor league hockey and Texas Stars fans are some
of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire AHL. On game day at Cedar Park Center, the fans file in and take their
seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd
works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling
hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following
three periods of world class minor league hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms
are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
American Hockey League, or the AHL, is the premiere minor league hockey league in the United States and Canada and since the
2011 season each team has an affiliation with an NHL team assuring the fans that some of the best minor league players in
the country all looking to stand out from the crowd to move up to the pro ranks. The AHL has a strong tradition that dates
all the way back to the 1930′s with the Hershey Bears standing as the most decorated franchise as far as Calder Cups
are concerned. The league has its own hall of fame and features outdoor games and all star games each season along with its
playoffs and championship.
The Texas Stars franchise first came into existence in 1999 as the Louisville
Panthers, after two years the franchise moved to Iowa and became the Stars before changing their name again in the 2008-2009
season when they were known as the Iowa Chops. The reason for the name change was because the team decided to sever ties with
the Dallas Stars. Following the 2008-2009 season the team moved to Austin, becoming the Texas Stars and re-establishing their
affiliation with the Dallas Stars.