The Texas Stars announced today their 2009-2010 American Hockey League regular season schedule. The team’s inaugural season starts on Friday, Oct. 2 at the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center in San Antonio at 7:00 PM (CST). Texas will host its first-ever regular season home game at the new Cedar Park Center on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 PM (CST), also against the San Antonio Rampage. The 80-game regular season schedule features 40 home games and 40 road games.
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Texas Stars 2009-10 Schedule (pdf.)
The Texas Stars will no doubt form in-state rivalries with the Houston Aeros and San Antonio Rampage, as Texas will host and visit the Rampage six times while facing Houston 12 times (six at home and six on the road). The Aeros made it to the Western Conference Finals in the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs, falling to Manitoba in six games. In all, the Aeros and the Rampage will combine for 24 games against the Stars.
Texas will play a total of 56 games against the West Division. Aside from Houston and San Antonio, Texas will also play four other division rivals; the Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, Rockford Ice Hogs and the Milwaukee Admirals. The Wolves won the Calder Cup in 2008 and in 2002, while posting over 100 points in three of their last five seasons. Chicago will visit Texas four times, while hosting the Stars at Allstate Arena four times. The Milwaukee Admirals and Stars will also collide eight times. Milwaukee won the Calder Cup in 2004 and the Admirals have posted six straight seasons with 40 or more wins. Texas will meet Peoria and Rockford eight times apiece. The Rivermen and Ice Hogs qualified for the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Texas will play a total of 78 games against Western Conference squads. The Manitoba Moose look to defend their 2009 Western Conference crown in 2009-10. The Moose led the AHL with 50 wins and 107 points last season. Manitoba lost to Hershey in the Calder Cup Finals, falling to the Bears in six games. The Stars and Moose will play a total of four times this season. The Moose invade Texas the first weekend of November, while the Stars ring in the New Year with a pair of games in Winnipeg.
The Stars will also see six other teams from the North Division, including six games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Texas will also play the Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames newest AHL affiliate, located in British Columbia, Canada. The Flames and Stars will each host a pair of games. Texas will visit Abbotsford the second week of January and the Heat will come to the Cedar Park Center on Jan. 29 and 30.
Texas will see plenty of International flavor, playing a total of four Canadian teams in 2009-10. Aside from Manitoba and Abbotsford, the Stars will also play Toronto (Ontario) and Hamilton (Ontario). The Hamilton Bulldogs will come to the Cedar Park Center on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Toronto visits Texas on Friday, Jan. 15. The Stars will also travel to Hamilton and Toronto for one game apiece.
Lake Erie rounds out the list of North Division opponents. The Monsters will play a pair of games in Texas, with the first game on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and the second game on Friday, Oct. 23. The Stars will visit Lake Erie (Cleveland, OH) for a two-game set on Jan. 22 and 23. The only Eastern Conference team Texas will see in the 2009-10 regular season is the Syracuse Crunch. The Stars host Syracuse on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and visit the Crunch on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
This year will mark the 74th season of operation for the AHL. The 29-team league spans across two countries (USA and Canada), 13 states and three provinces.
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Season ticket packages to see the Stars play their Inaugural season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com
Texas Stars Schedule NotesHome Games by Day:
Mon. - 0, Tues. - 7, Wed. - 4, Thurs. - 2, Fri. - 12, Sat. - 13, Sun. - 2 Road Games by Day:
Mon. - 0, Tues. - 4, Wed. - 4, Thurs. - 1, Fri. - 12, Sat. - 11, Sun. - 8 Weekend Home Games:
27 Weekend Road Games:
31Home Games by Month:
Oct. - 6, Nov. - 6, Dec. - 6, Jan. - 6, Feb. - 7, Mar. - 5, Apr. - 4 Road Games by Month:
Oct. - 5, Nov. - 7, Dec. - 6, Jan. - 6, Feb. - 7, Mar. - 8, Apr. – 1Games by Conference / Division:
Western Conference (78) – West Division (56) / North Division (22)
Eastern Conference (2) – East Division (2) / Atlantic Division (0)Opponents’ Visits to Texas (40):
Abbotsford-2, Adirondack-0, Albany-0, Binghamton-0, Bridgeport-0, Chicago-4, Grand Rapids-3, Hamilton-1, Hartford-0, Hershey-0,Houston-6, Lake Erie-2, Lowell-0, Manchester-0, Manitoba-2, Milwaukee-4, Norfolk-0, Peoria-4, Portland-0, Providence-0, Rochester-0, Rockford-4, San Antonio-6, Springfield-0, Syracuse-1, Toronto-1, Wilkes-Barre-0, Worcester-0. Stars’ Visits to Road Cities (40):
Abbotsford-2, Adirondack-0, Albany-0, Binghamton-0, Bridgeport-0, Chicago-4, Grand Rapids-3, Hamilton-1, Hartford-0, Hershey-0,Houston-6, Lake Erie-2, Lowell-0, Manchester-0, Manitoba-2, Milwaukee-4, Norfolk-0, Peoria-4, Portland-0, Providence-0, Rochester-0, Rockford-4, San Antonio-6, Springfield-0, Syracuse-1, Toronto-1, Wilkes-Barre-0, Worcester-0. 1st Half / 2nd Half:
The Stars will play 21 of their first 40 games of the season on the road, while finishing the second half with 21 of their last 40 games at home. Back-to-Back Series:
16Back-to-Back at home:
11 Road game followed by a home game next day:
5Back-to-Back on road:
4 Home game followed by a road game next day:
1 Three games in three nights on the road:
3 Longest Home Stand:
Five games over nine days from Feb. 5 – 13. Longest Road Trip:
Seven games over 14 days from Mar. 19 – Apr. 1.