48 Facts About Dallas Stars


Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas.

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The Dallas Stars played out of Reunion Arena from their relocation until 2001, when the team moved less than 1.

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In 2009, Brett Hull became the first Dallas Stars player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, followed by Ed Belfour and Joe Nieuwendyk in 2011 and Mike Modano in 2014; Modano is the highest-scoring player in franchise history.

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Minnesota North Dallas Stars began play in 1967 as part of the league's six-team expansion.

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In 1978, the North Dallas Stars merged with the Cleveland Barons, owned by George III and Gordon Gund.

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However, the Gunds were the merged team's principal owners, and the North Dallas Stars assumed the Barons' place in the Adams Division in order to balance out the divisions.

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The merger brought with it a number of talented players, and the North Dallas Stars were revived—they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1981, where they lost in five games to the New York Islanders.

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The North Dallas 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, former Calgary Flames part-owner Norman Green, would eventually gain control of the team.

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At that time, the Dallas Stars would be one of the three southernmost teams in the league, along with the newly created Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, as the league's first real ventures into southern non-traditional hockey markets.

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The Dallas Stars set franchise bests in wins and points in their first season in Texas, qualifying for the 1994 playoffs.

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The Dallas Stars further shocked the hockey world by sweeping the St Louis Blues in the first round, but lost to the eventual Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks in the second round.

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Almost immediate success of the Dallas Stars was helped by the long legacy of minor-league hockey in the area.

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The Dallas Stars traded captain Mark Tinordi along with Rick Mrozik to the Washington Capitals before the season began for Kevin Hatcher.

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The Dallas Stars soon hired Michigan K-Wings head coach Ken Hitchcock to replace him; it would be his first NHL head coaching position.

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The Dallas Stars then traded for Benoit Hogue from the Toronto Maple Leafs late in the season, but ultimately finished in sixth place in the Central Division, missing the playoffs for the first time since moving to Texas.

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The Dallas Stars bested their 1994 totals, posting 48 wins and reaching the 100-point mark for the first time in franchise history.

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Dallas Stars acquired Mike Keane at the deadline from the New York Rangers.

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The Dallas Stars won the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy as the league's best regular-season team, as well as the Central Division title for the second season in a row.

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The Dallas Stars were the first overall seed for the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs and defeated the eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks in six games in the first round.

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However, without Nieuwendyk, the Dallas Stars lacked the firepower to overcome the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals and lost in six games.

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The Dallas Stars swept the Oilers in four close games, winning Game 4 in the third overtime on a goal by Joe Nieuwendyk.

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The Dallas Stars then won the next two games to beat the Blues in six games.

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The Dallas Stars ultimately won the Pacific Division for the second year in a row, and were seeded second in the Western Conference.

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The Dallas Stars lost all three games at the Reunion Arena in the Finals, and lost the series in Game 6 on a double-overtime goal by New Jersey forward Jason Arnott.

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However, the Dallas Stars would prove the better team again by winning the next three games to take the series in six games.

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In Game 5, the Dallas Stars finally solved Giguere by scoring four goals to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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One reason for the Dallas Stars' success was their strong play in shootouts, as forward Jussi Jokinen was nearly automatic, making 10-of-13 shot attempts.

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Also performing strongly in shootouts was Sergei Zubov, who used a slow-but-steady backhand to go 7-for-12, as the Dallas Stars ultimately won 12 of 13 games that were settled by a shootout.

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The Dallas Stars were favorited to win the Western Conference, and some even predicted them to win the Stanley Cup.

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The Dallas Stars allowed center Jason Arnott, defenseman Willie Mitchell and goaltender Johan Hedberg to leave as free agents.

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The Dallas 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.

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Dallas Stars was replaced by an unusual "co-general manager" arrangement of former assistant GM Les Jackson and former Stars player Brett Hull.

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Hull and Jackson remained with the Dallas Stars, but were reassigned to new roles within the organization.

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In that same game in the home opener against the Red Wings, the Dallas Stars crowd gave Modano a standing ovation as he was shown on the American Airlines Center jumbotron during a timeout in the game.

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However, after the All-Star Break the Dallas Stars went into a slump, going on numerous losing streaks which included one-goal losses and blowing late leads in numerous games.

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The next day, the Dallas Stars traded fan-favorite Steve Ott and Adam Pardy to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for center Derek Roy.

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However, the Dallas Stars' remaining young players pulled together to win six of their next eight games, thus propelling the Dallas Stars back into the 2013 playoff race.

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The Dallas Stars soon became the new Cinderella team and were getting better as their newfound success went on.

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However, the Dallas Stars dropped their final five games, losing all of them and gaining only one point in their final five games, which eliminated them from playoff contention.

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The Dallas Stars had now missed the playoffs for five straight seasons, continuing to set the all-time record in the franchise for most consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance.

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The next day, the Dallas Stars introduced their 11th all-time general manager, Jim Nill, the former assistant general manager of the Red Wings.

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The Dallas Stars had long lobbied for this, as they were unhappy with the large number of games they had to play on the road in the Pacific Time Zone since 1998.

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The AAC and the Dallas Stars have won several local and NHL awards for the "Best Fan Experience".

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All Dallas Stars games are broadcast on radio on KTCK under a five-year deal announced in January 2009.

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Dallas Stars are presently affiliated with two minor league teams.

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Dallas Stars presently acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Hall of Fame inductees acknowledged by the Dallas Stars include 13 former players and three builders of the sport.

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The tenure of five player inductees, and the three builders acknowledged by the Dallas Stars occurred when the franchise was based in Minnesota .

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