Here is the official release: CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today their 2015-16 preseason game schedule. The Stars will host the in-state rival San Antonio Rampage in a pair of exhibition games on Friday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 4, at Cedar Park […]

The American Hockey League’s new schedule and playoff format is bizarre. And AHL president and CEO Dave Andrews is more than willing to admit it. When five teams play less games than the rest of the league, it’s a bit of a head scratcher. “It looks strange, to say the least,” Andrews said in a […]

Several complaints about the new AHL schedule and playoff format surfaced after the league announced rule changes for the 2015-16 season on Friday. For a quick refresher, the five California teams will play 68 games. Eight fewer than new division rival Texas Stars and the rest of the league, and playoffs will be determined by […]

Yes, Patrick Sharp was the headliner. But, Stephen Johns was the long-term prize in the Dallas Stars four-player trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Of the four-players in the deal, three have plateaud or are on the decline in their careers. Ryan Garbutt, a 29-year-old forward, brings a pesky spark to the Blackhawks. […]

The Dallas Stars have traded Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley to the Chicago Blackhawks for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns. Johns, a 23-year-old defenseman, will join a talented young defense core in Cedar Park. Johns has a plus-30 rating last season with the Rockford IceHogs, and was on my AHL All-Rookie Ballot. He’s a smooth-skating […]

The American Hockey League announced rule changes for the 2015-16 season, including a new playoff format and 3-on-3 overtime for five minutes. The worst-kept-secret in hockey, the fact that the California teams will play 68 games, was also confirmed. With the California five playing less games, the league will use points percentage to determine who […]

FRISCO — Gemel Smith wants to trim down for his second professional season with the Texas Stars. While he was officially listed at 195 pounds on the roster, Smith’s playing weight was closer to 200 pounds. He’d like to shrink that number to 190 before Texas opens the season in the Cedar Park Center on […]

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