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Dallas Stars Celebrate 25 Years in Texas

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Dallas Stars Captain, Jamie Benn during warmups at a recent Stars game

Dallas Stars Captain, Jamie Benn during warmups at a recent Stars game

Brock Mills

Brock Mills

Dallas Stars Captain, Jamie Benn during warmups at a recent Stars game

Brock Mills, Contributor

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To many people, a sport like hockey in a state like Texas seems unusual. However, those same people won’t believe how successful the sport has become in the Lone Star State over the years.

In 1993,  the Minnesota North Stars announced that they would be moving to Dallas, and many people were puzzled as to why an ice hockey team would be moving to a city where you rarely saw ice.

In October of 1993, the city of Dallas was introduced to the Dallas Stars. That year, the Dallas Stars would win their inaugural game against the Detroit Red Wings and would finish the season with an impressive record, considering they didn’t make the playoffs in the previous season. The Stars had a successful first few years in Dallas, winning several division titles and eventually their first-ever Stanley Cup on June 19, 1999. 

The winning of the Stanley Cup was huge for hockey in Texas. The Stars fan-base grew bigger and bigger.

The Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final again in 2000 but unfortunately fell to the New Jersey Devils in game seven. Although they failed to capture a second-consecutive title, their support was still growing bigger, leading to more and more people wanting to learn how to play hockey in Texas. 

2005 FHS Yearbook Photo of Ben Bishop

The success of the Stars led to youth hockey taking off in the metroplex. Kids of all ages wanted to know how to play the sport. People from all over Dallas wanted to try something new, leading to the opening of eight Dallas Stars-owned skating rinks across the DFW area. Youth hockey is still growing in the area, and more and more NHL players are being drafted from the Dallas area. Current NHL players such as Tyler Myers, Seth Jones, Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, and Nicolas Kerdiles, are all from Texas.

Ben Bishop, the Dallas Stars starting goaltender, graduated from Frisco High School after playing for a former minor league based in Frisco.  

The Dallas Stars are celebrating 25 years in Texas, and with hockey’s success, great things will be happening in the next 25 years.  

 

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