Playing their games right in the middle of America’s heartland, the Dallas Stars have proudly brought ice hockey to the warm state of Texas and have been able to put on a real show. Winning a Stanley Cup championship in 1999, the Stars have also proven to be capable of playing great hockey! But long before their days in Texas, the franchise played in the harsh winters up north as the Minnesota North Stars.
The North Stars played from 1967 until 1993, but never really fielded a great team of players. During that entire period they only reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice, losing on both occasions. Fortunes would change for the better when they moved south to Dallas and became just the Stars. As one of the earlier NHL franchises to arrive in the American South, the Stars were a bit of an experiment, but fortunately the move proved successful!
The opening 1993-1994 season was wonderful for the Dallas Stars, who won a first round NHL playoff matchup against the St. Louis Blues behind stellar play from Mike Modano and Neal Broten. Modano would become a key member for the team for 16 tremendous seasons.
In the next few years, the Stars assembled a wonderful squad capable of contending for the Stanley Cup. Such key players that were brought in included Derian Hatcher, Ed Belfour, Sergei Zubov, Joe Nieuwendyk, Jere Lehtinen, and Guy Carbonneau. A deep playoff run in 1998 boded well for the team but the collapsed following an injury to Nieuwendyk during that run. However, the team returned the following season full of belief and confidence in their ability to win a title! That offseason the team brought in Brett Hull and with him came a new hope. The Stars earned a franchise-record 114 points that season and claimed the top playoff seed. They powered through all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they met the Buffalo Sabres. The Stars would win in 6 exciting games, capped off by a triple overtime clincher from Hull, a goal that lives in infamy as one of the Stanley Cup’s most controversial.
But the Dallas Stars had won the Stanley Cup, and proved that hockey could thrive in the south in the process! The following season the Stars again reached the Stanley Cup Finals, but they would lose out to the New Jersey Devils. In the new millennium, the team found a pristine new home at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and continued to be one of the NHL’s most competitive teams. But although the Stars routinely made the playoffs in the next decade, they failed to find another championship success.
In 2009, the team’s great run stalled, and the Stars entered a period of disappointment, missing the playoffs for the next 5 years as their former leaders aged and retired. However, in the 2013-2014 season the Dallas Stars were able to get back to the playoffs following great play by Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Kari Lehtonen. With the pieces beginning to reassemble, it seems like we won’t be waiting long for the Dallas Stars to return to their winning ways!
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