The Texas Stars is an American Hockey League team from Cedar Park, Texas. They play their home games at the H-E-B Center and are owned by the NHL’s Dallas Stars. The team is a part of the western conference, and it was founded in 1999. It is currently owned by Tom Gaglardi, and it is led by Neil Graham. In this article, we are going to know more about the Texas Stars and their home court, the H-E-B Center.
History of the Texas Stars
in 2008, the Iowa Stars said that they are no longer an affiliate of the Dallas Stars. That is why they changed their name to Chops just in time for the 2008-09 season. During that same season, Dallas agreed to send their AHL prospects to four other teams while a few stayed with the Chops. The AHL teams that had Dallas prospects were the Peoria Rivermen, Hamilton Bulldogs, Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Manitoba Moose.
In April 2009, the AHL gave Tom Hicks, the owner of the NHL Stars, a provisional Austin-area franchise on a condition that Hicks will buy an existing AHL franchise within one year. Tom Hicks did not disappoint, and he met the condition in May 2010. The AHL permitted the Texas Star’s ownership group’s acquisition of the Iowa Chop’s franchise.
The Texas Star’s first season was a successful one. After the team finished in second in the West Division, the Texas Stars won against Rockford during the first round of the playoffs. Then they got their first division championship when they defeated Chicago in four games to three. The Texas Stars earned their first Robert W. Clarke Trophy when they defeated Hamilton in another seven-game series. The Texas Stars eventually lost to Hershey in the game six of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals.
In 2014, the Texas Stars won the Calder Cup after they defeated the St. John’s IceCaps during the finals. After that season, the Star’s head coach, Willie Desjardins, decided to leave the team and accepted the position of head coach for the Vancouver Canucks. Desjardins was replaced by Derek Laxdal, who led the Stars in winning a Kelly Cup championship. That same year, the Texas Stars was purchased by Tom Gaglardi’s ownership group. That is why they have the AHL affiliate under control of the parent club.
In 2015, the stars announced their new color scheme, logo, as well as jerseys, which matched the parent club’s identity.
In 2018, the Texas Stars made it once again to the Calder Cup finals. However, they lost to the Toronto Marlies in seven games. In the 2019-20 season, Laxdal was promoted to be Dallas Stars’ as an assistant head coach, and the Texas Stars decided to upgrade Neil Graham to be their head coach.
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
The H-E-B Center is an indoor arena that is located in Cedar Park, Texas. It is originally known as the Cedar Park Center, where the Texas Stars play their home games. This arena can accommodate up to 8,700 people, and it is owned by the City of Cedar Park. Ever since its foundation that took place in September 2009, the H-E-B Center has hosted several concerts, sporting events, as well as high school graduations.
The construction of this arena began in 2008, and it costs about $55 million. In 2016, the management of the hall announced that H-E-B, a privately held supermarket, had purchased the naming rights for the Cedar Park Center. That is why the arena was later renamed as the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.