The origins of the Dallas Stars
can be raced all the way back to the year 1967 when the NHL expansion created the team Minnesota North Stars
. They played their home games at the Met Center
in Minnesota where they registered their first ever win against the California Seals
by the score of 3-1. The team finished their first season in fourth spot in their division which earned them a spot in the playoffs. They best the LA Kings
to go all the way to the Western Division finals to square off against the St.Louis Blues
. The stars narrowly missed out on an appearance in the Stanley Cup final by losing the series in the final game. The next decade or so wasn’t too kind on the team but all that changed during the 1980’s with the team being led by the newly recruited Dino Ciccarelli
and Neal Broten
. The Stars recorded five consecutive winning campaigns and made two appearances in the showpiece for the Stanley Cup but came up short on both occasions. 1982 brought their way the franchise’s first division crown. The team made a few playoffs in subsequent years but due to lack of success they decided to move to Dallas in 1993.
The franchise was duly re-named the Dallas Stars
and they beat the Detroit Red Wings
in their debut game in the new city. The natives of the city started to buy Dallas Stars tickets
and took the team to their hearts. The first season was a historic one for the team as it ended with forty two wins and ninety seven points, both being highest tallies in the team’s history. The record was good enough to land them a playoff spot against the much more established St.Louis Blues which they duly beat. Encouraged by first season’s success the management started to make plans to take the side to the next level. First stage of the plan was to continuously bring in new faces, new stars to take the team forward.
Those shrewd moves paid off spectacularly in 1996 when the Dallas Stars
bettered their 1994 record to post forty eight wins and went over hundred points for the very first time. On top of that they won the Central Division to conclude a very successful season. The team was now on a roll and improved their record even more in the next season by winning forty nine games and registering one hundred and nine points on the board. The record brought their way a first President’s Trophy
for being the side with the best record in the league and a second straight division title. Bret Hull
was signed to compliment the already star studded line-up in 1998. The Dallas Stars
excelled during this season by winning over fifty games and registering one hundred and fourteen points along the way. Another President’s Trophy came their way and they made their way to face their nemesis Edmonton Oilers
in the playoffs. The Dallas Stars
went past Edmonton to beat St.Louis Blues in the next stage. Colorado Avalanche
were beaten in the conference finals and the franchise made its way to the Stanley Cup finals to take on the Buffalo Sabres
. Bret Hull was the biggest star of the series which resulted in Dallas winning their first ever Stanley Cup to cap off a historic season. Another conference title followed in the next season along with a division championship. They were crowned division champions thrice between 2001 and 2006 to complete a memorable era for the side.
The Dallas Stars
have started to make their way to the top again after a few barren years. They have now introduced young players to compliment some of the more seasoned pros to create a perfect blend of experience and youth. With stars like Michael Rider, Mike Ribeiro, Karl Lehtonen
and Jim Benn
the team’s future sure looks bright and if their supporters play their part by buying Dallas Stars tickets
to support their side then there is no stopping them.
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