Monday, August 22, 2016

Texas Stars, AHL Announce 2016-17 Schedule

(Credit: Christina Shapiro)
The long summer is over. The Texas Stars have delivered their 2016-17 schedule along with the rest of the American Hockey League. The club has a 76-game slate, playing in the Pacific Division once again. They will have a new division rival, the Tucson Roadrunners, this year. The Roadrunners won't come to the HEB Center until February 19th, however.

The AHL schedule takes more time than the NHL schedule because several teams are the secondary tenant in their buildings. That creates a waterfall effect for the AHL schedule with dependencies on the NBA schedule.

You can view the full schedule on TheAHL.com or TexasStars.com.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, announced Monday their full 76-game schedule for the 2016-17 regular season. The team will kick off their eighth season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. against the Charlotte Checkers.

Single-game tickets go on sale Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. for all 38 home games. The full 76-game schedule and more information are available online at http://www.texasstars.com. The Stars also play a home preseason game against their in-state rival, the San Antonio Rampage, on Oct. 8, at 3 p.m.

The 2016-17 campaign will conclude on Saturday, April 15, against San Antonio on Fan Appreciation Night.

Coke Zero Family Four Packs are returning this season for all Saturday home games. Fans can enjoy four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and parking starting at just $16 a person. Texas Lottery Lucky Row Nights also return on Saturdays, where the first Stars player to score a goal will win scratch-off tickets for one lucky row of seats.

The Stars will continue to compete in the AHL's Pacific Division against the Rampage, Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls, San Jose Barracuda, Stockton Heat and the newest member of the league, the Tucson Roadrunners. The Stars first home games against their divisional opponents are Oct. 25 against the Rampage, Oct. 28 against Ontario, Nov. 11 against San Jose, Dec. 29 against San Diego, Jan. 27 against Bakersfield, Feb. 10 against Tucson and March 24 against Stockton.

H-E-B Nights return for all Monday-Thursday home games where fans can donate any H-E-B branded, non-perishable food item at the box office for $5 off their ticket purchase.

A full promotional schedule for home games this season will be announced at a later date.

Other notable dates include a New Year's Eve matchup with San Diego for the second straight season, and on Jan. 6 and 7, the defending Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters come to town. All weeknight home games (Monday-Friday) will continue to start at 7:30 p.m. and all Saturday night puck drops are at 7 p.m.

In total, the Stars play 27 of their 38 home games on Friday or Saturday. 15 different teams will visit H-E-B Center this season. The team's most common opponent is San Antonio with 14 total meetings between the two rivals. Texas will play 44 of their 76 total games within the Pacific Division. The other 32 will be played against the eight teams of the AHL's Central Division.

The beginning and ending portion of the Stars' schedule involves a lot of time away from home. Texas will play 11 of its first 19 games, and nine of the final 16 games, on the road this season. March will be the busiest month for the team with 15 scheduled games. The longest road trip of the season is a six-game, 12-day stretch on the West Coast in late February. The Stars will enjoy a pair of five-game homestands for their longest of the season, one in December and the other in February.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dallas Stars Hold Training Camp in Cedar Park for Second Season

Note: Vacation delayed this post, which was initially announced on Monday afternoon

In what should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention, the Dallas Stars will be hosting their 2016 training camp in Cedar Park once again. Last year's offering was a smash success. The importance of this season's training camp cannot be overstated. After last year's promise, Dallas needs to deliver on everything it showed it was capable of last season. Training camp is where that all starts. In six weeks, you can watch that unfold in the HEB Center.

Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars and H-E-B Center at Cedar Park have announced details for the team's 2016-17 training camp, which includes open practice sessions and the Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage.

The Dallas Stars will hold training camp at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, Texas from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. The practices on Friday and Saturday are open to the public. Fans wishing to attend the sessions can enter through the east entrance of the building.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Stars will host the Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Split into two teams, the Stars will play an officiated scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m. All Dallas Stars and Texas Stars ticket package holders will receive a complimentary ticket offer to the game. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and may be purchased at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park box office, calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, Sept. 23
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - On-Ice Session One
12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

Saturday, Sept. 24
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - On-Ice Session One
12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - On-Ice Session Two

Sunday, Sept. 25
10 a.m. - Victory Green vs. White Scrimmage

Please note: Times for all on-ice sessions are subject to change.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Texas Stars Announce Preseason Slate Against San Antonio

The Texas Stars have announced their preseason schedule for the coming year. As usual, they will play San Antonio. However, this season the teams will play a home-and-home. Only one game will be played in Cedar Park.

As a result, full season ticket holders will get a credit for one preseason game added to their accounts.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, announced today their 2016-17 preseason game schedule.

The Stars will play a home-and-home preseason series against their in-state rival, the San Antonio Rampage. The Stars will visit the Rampage on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at AT&T Center. The two teams will face off at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m.

Texas Stars full-season ticket holders already receive tickets to the Stars' home preseason game as part of their ticket plan. Individual game tickets for the Oct. 8 game will be on sale Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. CST.

2016-17 Preseason Game Schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 6 - Texas Stars at San Antonio Rampage
7 p.m. CST @ AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)

Saturday, Oct. 8 - Texas Stars vs. San Antonio Rampage
3 p.m. CST @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

Monday, July 25, 2016

Vet Forward Brandon DeFazio Joins Texas Stars

The Texas Stars picked up a late free agent signing today with Brandon DeFazio joining the fold. The forward is a solid AHL journeyman who has racked up 359 games across four different teams. His playoff experience in Utica is notable as he went to the Calder Cup Finals with the Comets.

For what it's worth, the signing of DeFazio is probably partly connected to Justin Dowling's veteran status. In a bit of a silver lining, Justin Dowling's injury this season kept him under the 260 games and means that he does not qualify as a veteran this year. Therefore, the club can afford to sign another veteran toward the limit.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Monday the club has signed forward Brandon DeFazio to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

DeFazio, 27, is set to begin his sixth full season in the AHL and has appeared in 359 career games between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Utica Comets and Providence Bruins. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward also brings 33 games of Calder Cup playoff experience to the Stars. DeFazio (deh-FAH-zee-oh) was a part of the 2014-15 Utica team that reached the Calder Cup Final before falling to the Manchester Monarchs in five games.

The Oakville, Ontario native tallied 43 points in each of the past two AHL seasons, and also reached the 20-goal mark in both of those campaigns. His 21 goals in 2014-15 led Utica during the regular season. Prior to his pro career, he was a four-year player at Clarkson University from 2007-2011.

DeFazio made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 9, 2014, in a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Forward Austin Fyten Set to Join Texas Stars

Austin Fyten (Credit: Idaho Steelheads)
According to his agent, forward Austin Fyten will be joining the Texas Stars for the 2016-17 season.

Fyten played two games for the Stars in his rookie season of 2012-13. Most of his time with the Dallas organization was spent with Idaho where he compiled 41 points in 46 games. The Steelheads retained his ECHL rights while he signed with Oklahoma in the AHL. He spent the majority of the season in OKC that year and in Lehigh Valley the next season.

Last year, he signed with Hershey but spent most of the year in the ECHL with South Carolina. He was a point-per-game players as the Stingrays went to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals but lost to Allen.

The Texas Stars have not yet confirmed the signing.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Texas Stars Build Forward Depth, Add F Caleb Herbert

The Texas Stars continue to work on their depth at forward with today's signing of Caleb Herbert to an AHL deal. The forward split last season between Hershey and South Carolina, playing 26 for the Bears collecting two assists and 15 for the Stingrays with 14 points. As the Stingrays went deep in the playoffs, Herbert was a valuable contributor, notching 14 points in 27 games.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, announced Thursday they have signed forward Caleb Herbert to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Herbert, 24, joins Texas after splitting last season between the AHL's Hershey Bears and the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward tallied a pair of assists in 26 games with Hershey, and 14 points in 15 contests with South Carolina (10-4=14). In 2014-15, the Bloomington, Minn. native recorded two assists in 12 games with the Bears, and 28 points in 48 games with the Stingrays (19-9=28).

Herbert also helped lead the Stingrays' charge to the ECHL's 2015 Kelly Cup Final with 14 points in 27 playoff games before falling to the Allen Americans in seven games.

Prior to his professional career, Herbert competed for three seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2011-2014, and also skated with the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers in 2010-11. He was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Capitals (142nd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Matej Stransky Signs for Another Season with Dallas

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars made official the signing of Matej Stransky today. It's a one-year, two-way deal. The right winger had a fantastic year last season and was qualified by the club. There was some question of if he would sign with Dallas for a likely role in the AHL or bolt for Europe. He decided to take his shot at the NHL with another year in Dallas.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed right wing Matej Stransky to a one-year, two-way contract.

Stransky, 23, registered 39 points (23-16=39) in 74 contests for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League in 2015-16. His 23 goals and eight power play goals both ranked second on Texas for the regular season. During the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, he recorded one assist (0-1=1) in four games.

In 209 career games for Texas, Stransky (STRAN-skee, MA-tay) has accumulated 81 points (39-42=81). In three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs, he has amassed six points (1-5=6) in 27 games, winning the Calder Cup in 2014.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Ostrava, Czech Republic was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.