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Founded as an NHL franchise during the expansion of 1967, the Stars were originally known as the Minnesota North Stars. Playing for a quarter century in Minnesota, the team moved to their current location in Dallas, Texas for the 1993-1994 season.
Fifty years of Stars hockey has produced a single champion. The 1999 Dallas Stars were able to reach the summit of hockey’s highest mountain, overcoming a Buffalo Sabres team led by Hall of Fame netminder Dominik Hasek. The dramatic six game series ended with a controversial triple overtime goal scored by the great Brett Hull to lift the Stars to champion status. This great team was loaded with talent including Joe Nieuwendyk, Darian Hatcher, Craig Ludwig, Sergei Zubov, Ed Belfour, and the all-time leading goal scorer and points leader among American players, Mike Modano.
The Dallas Stars would repeat in 2000 as Western Conference Champions, but would fall short in their quest to become back to back Stanley Cup Champions. Facing off against another opponent with a Hall of Fame goaltender, the New Jersey Devils with Martin Brodeur, the Stars lost the hard fought series in six games. Never ones to give up easy, the Stars won game five by a score of 1-0 to push the series in to a sixth game. It would take double overtime to decide game six, where the Devils ultimately prevailed with a 2-1 victory.
The goal of each successive Stars team has been to make it back to the Finals. While several Dallas Stars squads played well enough to make the playoffs, several even winning their division, none have been able to play into June and make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Following a first place finish in the Western Conference at the end of the 2015-2016 season, the Stars went to battle in the playoffs, eliminating the Minnesota Wild in six games before being bounced by the St. Louis Blues in seven games.
A major regression occurred in 2016-2017, with the Stars dropping from their 50 wins a season prior to just 34 wins last year, good enough for 11th in the conference and not qualifying for the postseason. The resulting shakeup included the Stars not renewing the contract of their head coach Lindy Ruff.
Hired in April of 2017, Ken Hitchcock began his second stint as bench boss for the Stars. Stars management were hoping that lightning would strike twice, as Hitchcock was behind the bench for the Stars when they hoisted their only Stanley Cup. His first season with the team netted a 42-32-8 record which, while a strong improvement from the previous season, was not enough to crack into the playoff tournament. Hitchcock and his Stars will need to continue to put in the work if they hope to take the next step as a hockey team.
Aside from coaching, a major transition is taking place with the Stars roster. Losing Ales Hemsky and Patrick Sharp, the Stars locked up Alexander Radulov (from Montreal) and Martin Hanzal (from Arizona). Additionally, Dallas landed Ben Bishop in a trade and signed him to a six year extension that will have him come in as the starter over Kari Lehtonen.
However, the Stars were able to retain much of their talent as well. Captain Jamie Benn is ready to put his best foot forward this season leading the group. Young superstar Tyler Seguin hopes to repeat as points leader for Dallas. Jason Spezza and John Klingberg will also be back to give the lineup a boost both on and off the ice.
Preparing for a resurgence, the Dallas Stars hope to channel past greatness to bring new life to their team. Among the best to have ever played for this great franchise are Mike Modano, Jamie Benn, Ed Belfour, Brett Hull, Marty Turco, Sergei Zubov, Neal Broten, and Joe Nieuwendyk, Additional information pertaining to the history of the Dallas Stars can be found by clicking here.