The Dallas Stars have officially announced the team’s intent to purchase the Texas Stars of the AHL. Northland Properties, the parent company of the NHL team, has announced that it intends to purchase the AHL club and operations of their arena, which is currently owned by the city of Cedar Park.
— AHL (@TheAHL) August 7, 2014
Northland Properites announced that it intends to purchase the AHL club, including the operations of the Cedar Park Center, a multi-use entertainment facility that sees more than 130 events through its doors each year, including the Stars, many concerts and the Austin Toros (basketball).
Northland Properties, the company that owns the Dallas Stars, have announced their intentions to buy the Texas Stars of the AHL. #GoStars
— Blackout Dallas (@BlackoutDallas) August 7, 2014
If Northland Properties does purchase the AHL club, this would make the Dallas Stars organization the 14th NHL club to own their AHL affiliate.
The others are Buffalo (Rochester), Calgary (Adirondack), Edmonton (Oklahoma City), Los Angeles (Manchester), Minnesota (Iowa), New Jersey (Albany), New York Islanders (Bridgeport), New York Rangers (Hartford), Pittsburgh (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), San Jose (Worcester), Toronto (Toronto), Vancouver (Utica) and Winnipeg (St. John’s).
The Texas Stars have only been in existence for five seasons but have seen a lot of success in that short frame of time. They most recently won the Calder Cup in 2014, beating out Oklahoma City (3-0), Grand Rapids (4-2), Toronto (4-3) and St. John’s (4-1) to capture the league championship. Texas has made the playoffs in four of the five seasons, missing the mark only in 2012, and they also went to the Calder Cup Finals in 2010.
This coming season, the Texas Stars will be under a new coaching regime, as Derek Laxdal was named the new head coach in early July. Laxdal is a former head coach of the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings and won the Memorial Cup this past May with the club. He replaces former Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins, who was named head coach of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks in late June.
The Texas Stars will also have to deal with the loss of one of their netminders, as Cristopher Nilstorp signed to play overseas next season. This means that Jack Campbell will have to step up and make a presence in that top goaltending spot in Texas in the coming season.
The AHL season grows closer, with the league schedule to be released later this month, and things are certainly getting interesting in Texas