Originally named North Stars for the Minnesota State motto, the name was shortened to Stars upon moving to Dallas.
Lindy Ruff 2013/14-
American Airlines Center 2001/02-
1993/94: After 26 mediocre years in Minnesota the North Stars moved to Dallas becoming the Stars after flirtering with the notion of the name Lone Stars. On October 5th the State of Texas finally had a NHL team of its own, after years of Minor League Hockey and the WHA's Houston Aeros, as the Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings at Reunion Arena 6-4. The Stars would go on to have a solid first season in Dallas as Mike Modano scored 50 goals with the Stars finishing in third place in the Central Division with a solid 42-29-13. In the playoffs the Stars got off to a fast start sweeping the St. Louis Blues in four straight games. However, in the second round they would be upset by the Vancouver Canucks in five games.
1994/95: The Stars second season in Dallas would be delayed by a four month lockout that wiped out half the season. When the season did start the Stars struggled posting a record of 17-23-8, while sneaking into the 8th and final playoff spot. Along the way longtime Stars hero Neal Broten is traded to the New Jersey Devils. In the playoffs the Stars would find themselves in a quick hole dropping the first three games to the Detroit Red Wings before falling in five games.
1995/96: The Stars struggle all season as Bob Gainey resigns as Coach to concentrate full on his duties as General Manager. Under his replacement Ken Hitchcock the Stars would go on to finish in last place with a disappointing record of 26-42-14.
1996/97: With the acquisition of Pat Verbeek and Sergei Zubov the Stars were improved in all facets of the game going from last to first while posting a solid record of 48-26-8, eclipsing 100 points for the first time in franchise history. Down the stretch the Stars would reacquire Neal Broten who was winding down a stellar 17-year career. However, in the playoffs the Stars struggled as they were beaten by the Edmonton Oilers in seven games losing three games, including the finale in overtime.
1997/98: With the acquisition of goalie Eddie Belfour the Stars are even stronger capturing the President's Trophy for the best record in the NHL at 49-22-11. In the playoffs the Stars would jump out to a 2-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks. However, after losing the next 2 games in San Jose memories of last year's failures began to crop up. The Stars would recover to win Game 5 by a score of 3-2, and would go on to take the series in six games on Mike Keane's overtime goal. Facing the Edmonton Oilers in the second round the Stars dropped Game 2 at home and went to Edmonton tied at a game apiece. Game 3 would go into overtime scoreless when Benoit Houge scored 13:47 in to give the Stars Game 3 and momentum in the series, as they went on to win in five games. In the Conference Finals against the Detroit Red Wings the Stars would find themselves in a hole dropping three of the first four games. Facing elimination in Game 5 Jamie Langenbrunner would score 46 seconds into overtime. However, the Wings would shut out the Stars 2-0 in Game 6 and would go on to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
1998/99: After falling short in the Conference Finals the Stars add another weapon by signing Brett Hull who finishes second on the team in scoring despite missing 22 games as the Stars are moved to the Pacific Division and repeat as President's Trophy Champions with a 51-19-12 record. Entering the playoffs with a Stanley Cup or bust mind set the Stars sweep the Edmonton Oilers in four straight games. However, it was not as easy as it appeared as all four games were decided by one goal including the finale on Joe Nieuwendyk's goal in a third overtime. In the second round the Stars would take the first 2 games at home against the St. Louis Blues but found themselves in a must win situation in Game 5 as the Blues won the next two games in St. Louis in overtime. Eddie Belfour would come up big in Game 5 as the Stars won 3-1. They would go on to take Game 6 in overtime on a goal by Mike Modano. In the Conference Finals for the second straight year the Stars were matched up against the Colorado Avalanche. Both teams yielded nothing as ten series was tied 2-2 after four games. However, in Game 5 in Dallas the Stars found themselves facing elimination as the Avalanche erupted for seven goals. Needing a big road win the Stars forced a seventh game with a dominating 4-1 victory in Game 6. Back home for Game 7 the Stars but away the Avalanche with another 4-1 victory. In the Stanley Cup Finals the Stars and Buffalo Sabres would battle evenly through four games before Eddie Belfour put forth his best effort in the postseason to take Game 5 at home 2-0. With the cup one win away the Stars and Sabres battled deep into overtime tied 1-1, in Buffalo before Brett Hull scored a disputed goal with five minuets left in the third Overtime to deliver the Stars their first Stanley Cup. With a NHL record six game winning goals Joe Nieuwendyk was awarded the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP.
1999/00: Looking to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions the Stars remained one of the top teams in the West posting a solid 43-29-10-6 record for their fourth straight division title. In the playoffs the Stars would roll through the first two rounds needing just five games in each series to knock of the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks to reach the Western Conference Finals. In a rematch with the Colorado Avalanche the Stars found themselves in another Game 7, which they won 3-2 surviving a late flurry by the Avalanche. In the Stanley Cup Finals the Stars would get off to a rocky start as they were blown out by the Devils in New Jersey 7-3. After taking Game 2 on a late third period goal by Brett Hull the Stars were unable to do anything at home scoring just two goals the Devils grabbed a 3-1 series lead. Facing elimination in Game 5 the Stars continued to struggle, as they were unable to get the puck past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. However, Eddie Belfour was able to blank the Devils and the game went into a third overtime where Mike Modano broke the scoreless deadloock to give the Stars some hope. Back home for Game 6 the Stars and Devils continued to play tight defensive hockey as they game went into overtime tied 1-1. However, midway through the second overtime Jason Arnott of the Devils beat Belfour on a one timer to end the Stars Stanley Cup reign.
2000/01: Hoping to win back the Stanley Cup the Stars again captured their division posting a solid 48-24-8-2 record. Facing a failure foe the Stars and Edmonton Oilers battled back and forth through the first four games; with each team each game being decided by one goal including three in overtime. Game 5 would also go to overtime as the Stars took a 3-2 series lead on a goal by Kurt Muller. In Game 6 in Edmonton the stars would not need overtime as they advanced to the second round with a 3-1 win. However, in the secpnd round the Stars would suddenly run out of gas as they were swept by the St. Louis Blues in four straight games.
2001/02: Moving into the brand new American Airlines Center the Stars got off to a slow start as goalie Eddie Belfour struggled through one of his worst season facing the prospect of Free Agency. To shake thing up Coach Ken Hitchcock was fired, and replaced by Rick Wilson. However, the Stars continued to play catch up. With the prospect of missing the playoffs the Stars traded 1999 Conn Smythe winner Joe Nieuwendyk, and Jamie Langenbrunner to the New Jersey Devils for Rand McKay and Jason Arnott who scored the heartbreaking game winning goal in the 2000 Cup Finals. The Stars would go on to post a respectable record of 35-28-13-5. However, it would not be enough for the playoffs as they fell four points short of the final playoff spot. Following the season Rick Wilson would go back to being an assistant coach as the Stars brought in Dave Tippett.
2002/03: With the departure of Goalie Eddie Belfour the Stars gave the job to Marty Turco who had one of the best seasons for a goalie in NHL history posting the lowest GAA since 1940 at 1.76. However missing 18 games late in the season likely cost him a shot at the Vezina. Nonetheless the Stars posted the best record in the Western Conference at 46-17-15-4, along the way two-way star Jere Lehtinen won his third Selke Trophy. In the playoffs the Stars met a familiar foe in the Edmonton Oilers Once again the Oilers would prove pesky winning two of the first three games. However, the Stars would prove the better team again by winning the next three games to take the series in six games. The Stars second round series against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim got off to an unbelievable start as the game went deep into overtime tied 3-3. However, Ducks Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 60 shots as the Ducks scored early in the fifth Overtime. Game 2 would be more of the same as the Ducks stunned the Stars in overtime. Desperately needing a win the Stars bounced back to take Game 3 in Anaheim. However, the Ducks would take a 3-1 series lead by breaking a scoreless tie late in the 3rd period of Game 4. In Game 5 the Stars finally solved Giguere by scoring four goals to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, the Stars dreams of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals would end in heartbreak fashion as the Ducks broke a 3-3 tie with 1:06 left in Game 6, on a goal by Sandi Ozolinsh.
2003/04: Coming off their disappointing playoff loss the Stars would get off to a shaky start as they played mediocre hockey through the first three months of the season with a losing record. As the calendar turned to 2004 the Stars began to find their game as they posted a 9-4-3 record in January. As the season wore on the Stars would get stronger climbing up the playoff ladder and eventually into second place in the Pacific Division where they finished with a solid 41-26-13-2 record, as Goalie Marty Turco had another outstanding season with a 1.98 GAA. However the Stars could not carry their momentum into the playoffs as they were beaten by the Colorado Avalanche in five games.
2004/05: Season Cancelled Due to Lock Out
2005/06: Coming out of the Lock Out the Stars remained one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference as they won four of their first five games on the way to a solid October, November would be even better for Dallas as they won 10 of 13 games an took over first place in the Pacific Division, a position they would hold most of the season, as they went on to finish with a terrific record of 53-23-6. One reason for the Stars success was their strong play in shoot outs as Jussi Jokinen was almost automatic when 1-on-1 with the goalie and the game on the line making 10-of-13 shot attempts successful with a dazzling wrister that seemed to have all the NHL's top goalies bewildered. Also performing strong in shoot outs was Sergei Zubov who used a slow but steady backhand to go 7-for-12, as the Stars won 12 of 13 games that went to a shoot out. However, in the playoffs the Stars would stumble right from the start losing Game 1, by a score of 5-2 as the Avalanche scored five unanswered goals as the Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Game 2 would see the Stars suffer another setback at home as the Stars lost in overtime 5-4 on a goal by Joe Sakic. On the road in Game 3 the Stars appeared to be on the road to getting back in the series leading 3-2 in the final minute when the Avalanche forced overtime on a goal by Andrew Brunette, while Alex Tanguay won the game just 69 seconds into Overtime to put the Stars in a 0-3 hole. The Stars would avoid the sweep with 4-1 win in Game 4, but overtime would doom them again in Game 5 as Brunette scored the series winner at 6:05 ending the Stars playoffs after just five games.
2006/07: There was a buzz in Dallas when the season began as the Stars were to host the first NHL All-Star Game in three years, while on and off the ice there were changes on the ice as Jason Arnott, Willie Mitchell, and goaltender Johan Hedberg to leave as free agents, while Eric Lindros, Jeff Halpern, Matthew Barnaby and Darryl Sydor were signed. In addition Mike Modano was bumped out as captain for Brendan Morrow. Modano the last remaining player from the team's days in Minnesota took the move in stride as the Stars got off to a strong start winning 11 of their first 13 games. Overall it would be a good year for the Dallas Stars as they posted a strong record of 50-25-7. However, in one of the best division in the NHL the Stars would have to settle for third place. While the Stars were making their playoff drive Mike Modano was making history first becoming the second American Born player to score 500 goals, and then breaking Joe Mullen's record of 502 goals scored by an American Born player. In the playoff the Stars faced the Vancouver Canucks, in what was billed a battle of great goalies. However, Game 1 in Vancouver was a shoot out as the Stars took 76 shots at Roberto Luongo, losing in overtime 5-4. Game 2 was a little more like the experts predicted as Mart Turco stopped 35 shots as the Stars evened the series with a 2-0 win. The goalies were the story again in Game 3 as the series shifted to Dallas with the Canucks winning again in overtime 2-1. After another 2-1 loss in Game 4, the Stars found themselves facing elimination in Vancouver down 3 games to 1. After a scoreless regulation 60 minutes the game went to overtime, where the Stars kept their hopes alive on a power play goal by Brendan Morrow. Turco would blank the Canucks again in Game 6 as the Stars finally won a playoff game on home ice 2-0. However, back in Vancouver for Game 7 the Stars would be overwhelmed by a 3rd period barrage as the Canucks won the series with three third period goals; turning an early 1-0 Stars lead into a 4-1 win for the Canucks.
2007/08: Brett Hull the future Hall of Famer, who scored the Stars cup clinching goal in 1999 returned to the organization in the General Manager's office. After a mediocre start in which the Stars held a 7-7-4 record through mid-November, the Stars caught fire winning six in a row as they entered the New Year with a record of 23-13-4. The Stars would hit a bump in the road in January, but once again caught fire in February, winning 12-of-14 games. Despite their strong February the Stars felt they needed to improve for the post-season and made a blockbuster deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline, landing Center Brad Richards and Goalie Johan Holmqvist for Goalie Mike Smith, Forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a draft pick. At first the Stars struggled to adjust as they only won one of their next nine games. The March struggles dropped the Stars to third in the Pacific Division where they posted a 45-30-7 record for the fifth seed in the playoffs. After recent playoff disappointments the Stars found themselves facing an uphill challenge as they were matched up against the defending champion Anaheim Ducks. However led by a 4-0 win in Game 1 on the road the Stars were out to show that things were going to be different as they took the first two games in Anaheim. After a 4-2 setback in Game 4, the Stars took a commanding 3-1 lead with a 3-1 win. After dropping Game 5 on the road the Stars reached the second round for the first time in five years as they eliminated the Ducks with a 4-1 win in Game 6, scoring four goals in the third period. Facing another Pacific Division foe in the second round the Stars once again ruled on the road, taking the first two games against the Division Champion San Jose Sharks. However, with a chance to sweep the series the Stars dropped Game 4 at home 2-1 in a tight defensive battle. Game 5 would bring more frustration for the Stars as the Sharks overcame a 2-0 lead to win in overtime. Things would get even tighter in Game 6, as the game went deep into overtime tied 1-1. Brendan Morrow midway through the fourth overtime scored the game winner sending the Stars to the Western Conference Finals. The Stars would dig a deep hole in the Conference Finals losing the first three games to the Detroit Red Wings. However, as the Sharks fought back against them, the Stars would go down quietly winning the next two games, as the entered Game 6 at home hoping to get the series to a seventh game. However, the Red Wings machine was too tough to overcome as the Wings eliminated the Stars with a 4-1 win on the way to winning the Stanley Cup.
2008/09: With the signing of Sean Avery the Stars hoped to take the next step as they entered the season with the slogan "Our Time, Our Team." However, the Avery signing would turn into a disaster, as he was gone after just two ineffective months after making crude statements about a former girlfriend. Avery never seemed to mesh with the Stars who struggled through the first two months with a record of 8-11-4. The Stars also took a big blow when Captain Brendan Morrow is lost for the season after playing just 18 games after suffering a torn ACL. After ridding themselves of Avery, who would return to the New York Ranges, the Stars showed some signs of improvement, and went into the New Year with a 16-15-5 record. The Stars would continue the momentum in January, as they lost just three games in regulation and got back into the playoff picture. However, in February the Stars would begin to fall, as they lost five straight games at home. The struggles would continue in March, as the Stars posted a terrible 5-8-3 record and slipped out of the postseason, finishing with a disappointing 36-35-11 record.
2009/10: With new Coach Marc Crawford, the Stars found themselves in a year of transition, as they struggled early in the year, with just six wins in their first 15 games. The Stars would come close to winning most of these games, but lost six games early in overtime or on the shootout. These struggles in overtime continued as they entered the New Year with a record of 18-11-11. As January began the Stars slump intensified as they won just one of their first seven games to start 2010. Off the ice things were not any better as Owner Tom Hicks' financial troubles prevented the team from spending more than $45 million on payroll, which prevented them from making any important deals that could get the Stars back in playoff contention. However, they would land Goalie Kari Lehtonen in a deal with the Atlanta Thrashers as Marty Turco was benched. The Starts would go into the Olympic Break with a record of 28-21-12, but when play resumed they won just two of their first ten games in March as they went on to finish in last place in the Pacific Division with a record of 37-31-14. As the season came to an end, so did the Stars Career of Mike Modano who wore an old Minnesota North Stars Jersey as he was given a standing ovation after the final game of the season, won by the Stars on the road against the Minnesota Wild. Modano would attempt to extend his career and win another title by signing with the Detroit Red Wings. It would be a different story for another longtime star as Jere Lehtinen retired after a 15 year career spent entirely with the Dallas Stars.
2010/11: Change was in the air in Dallas as longtime Stars Jere Lehtinen, Mike Modano along with Goalie Marty Turco were all let go as the Stars, began to rebuild. With the departure of Turco, Kari Lehtonen took over the goaltending duties as the Stars opened the season with a 4-3 overtime win on the road against the New Jersey Devils, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit. The Stars would get off to a strong start winning their first four games, including a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings and Mike Modano in their home opener. The Stars would shine at home in November, as they posted a 5-0-1 record at the American Airlines Center, during a solid eight win month. They would match the eight wins in December, as they ended up heading into the New Year with a solid 22-13-4 record. The Stars continued to play well in December, winning seven of their first eight games, as they re-acquired Jamie Langenbrunner from the New Jersey Devils for a third round draft pick. The Stars, who many predicted would be at the bottom of the Pacific Division, were riding high at the All-Star Break, holding a first place 30-15-6 record. After the break the Stars would go into a sudden tail spin, posting an awful 3-8-1 record in February. Hoping to get a jump start the Stars dealt James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Defenseman Alex Goligoski. However, the slide would continue in March, as the Stars slid out of the playoffs with eight losses in nine games. After leading the division in the first half the Stars needed to win their last five games to make the playoffs. The Stars would win four straight, but in their season finale they suffered a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild, to finish the season with a record of 42-29-11, missing the playoffs by a tantalizing two points. With 95 points, the Stars tied a record set by the 2006-07 Colorado Avalanche for the team with the highest point total in a season that failed to make the playoffs. Despite the 95 points, Coach Marc Crawford was fired at the end of the season, as the Stars hired Glen Gulutzan to replace him. At the same time it would be revealed the team was in bankruptcy and being managed by the league do to Tom Hicks continued financial troubles.
2011/12: The Stars began the season with a new Coach in Glen Gulutzan and a new Owner Tom Gaglardi, as they emerged from the bankruptcy of previous Owner Tom Hicks. The Stars started the season strong, winning six of their first seven games, including a 2-1 home win over the Chicago Blackhawks in their season opener. Despite the solid start, the Stars only managed to thread mater over most of the first half as they entered the New Year with a record of 21-15-1. January would be problematic for the Stars, as they won just four games and found themselves sitting the rest of the season on the playoff bubble. The Stars would make a mini-run at the end of February as they went 11 straight games, recording at least one point, posting a record of 10-0-1. The streak would put the Stars in a mad four team Pacific Division for three playoff spots, the winner would take the division title, while second and third would each get playoff spots as a consolation. Sadly the Stars would win just three of their final dozen games, ending up on the outside looking in as the season came to an end with a record of 42-35-5. The slump would drop them all the way to tenth place as they missed the playoffs by six points.
2012/13: Looking to get back into playoff contention the Stars signed Jaromir Jagr for some veteran presence and goal scoring. The 40-year old Jagr would lead the Stars in goals with 14, but the team still struggled to win games. The season did not start until January 19th due to a lock out, although they edged the Phoenix Coyotes in their first game 4-3, the Stars finished January at 2-4-1. Though they managed to stay near .500 through February and March the Stars decided to hold a fire sale at the trade deadline, sending Michael Ryder to the Montreal Canadiens for Erik Cole, they also would deal Captain Brendan Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Jaromir Jagr was sent to the Boston Bruins and Derek Roy was sent to the Vancouver Canucks. The Stars would stay in playoff contention despite the fire sale, winning six of eight games to start April. However, they would go winless in their last five games and finished in last place in the Pacific Division with a record of 22-22-4. Following the season changes continued in Dallas, as General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk was fired and replaced by Jim Nill. Nill would make a blockbuster trade sending Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow to the Bruins in a trade for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Ryan Button. The Stars would also name Lindy Ruff as their new head coach, while undergoing a complete makeover with a new logo and new uniforms.
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Bob Gainey 1993/94-1995/96
Ken Hitchcock 1995/96-2001/02
Rick Wilson 2001/02
Dave Tippet 2002/03-2008/09
Marc Crawford 2009/10-2010/11
Glen Gulutzan 2011/12-2012/13
Lindy Ruff 2013/14-Present
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Stanley Cup Champions: (1)
Stanley Cup Finals: (2)
Conference Finals: (4)
1998, 1999, 2000, 2008
President's Trophy: (2)
Division Champions: (7)
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006
Playoff Appearences: (12)
1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
Hall of Famers: (3)
Ed Belfour G 1997-2002
Brett Hull RW 1998-2001
Joe Nieuwendyk C 1995-2002
Jack Adams Award (Top Coach):
Calder Trophy (Top Rookie):
Masterton Trophy (Dedication):
Lady Byng (Gentlemanly Play):
Selke Trophy (Defensive Fwd): (3)
1998 Jere Lehtinen LW
1999 Jere Lehtinen LW
2003 Jere Lehtinen LW
Norris Trophy (Defenseman):
Vezina Trophy (Top Goalie):
Hart Trophy (NHL MVP):
Retired Numbers: (5)
7 Neal Broten C 1981-1995, 1996/97
8 Bill Goldsworthy RW 1967-1977
9 Mike Modano C 1989/90-2009/10
19 Bill Masterson C 1967/68
99 Wayne Gretzky (Retired by NHL)
Mark Tinordi 1993/94
Neal Broten 1994/95
Derian Hatcher 1994/95-2002/03
Mike Modano 2003/04-2005/06
Brenden Morrow 2006/07-2012/13
Jamie Benn 2013/14-Present
All-Star Games Hosted: (1)
All-Star Game MVP:
Conn Smythe (Playoff MVP): (1)
1999 Joe Nieuwendyk C
1998/99 (51-19-12; 114 pts)
1995/96 (26-42-14; 66 pts)
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