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Texas Stars Playoff Update

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars



The Texas Stars broke the attendance record for hockey games at Cedar Park Center three nights in a row. All three games at Cedar Park Center topped 7,000 fans, breaking the previous mark of 6,863 (announced sellout). Game Three of the Finals was the first game in team history to go over 7,000, finishing at 7,014. Game Four of the Calder Cup Finals packed in 7,032 hockey fans and Game Five set the new mark of 7,054. The Texas Stars were able to open up extra room at Cedar Park Center by selling standing room only tickets. In 11 home playoff games, Texas averaged 5,462 fans per game, including an astounding 7,033 for all three home games in the Calder Cup Finals.

In the regular season, the Stars averaged 5,355 fans per game, finishing tenth in the 29-team AHL. Texas had three announced sellouts (6,863) during the 2009-10 regular season. From November to April, the Stars averaged 5,519 fans per game, including 5,803 on weekend dates.

• Hershey had not lost back-to-back games in regulation at home all season until Texas won two straight in the Calder Cup Finals..

• Hershey forward Steve Pinizzotto leads the Calder Cup Playoffs with 14 minor penalties. Texas' Warren Peters is second with 13.

• Just like the Stanley Cup, the Calder Cup will be presented in the state of Pennsylvania. The Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL's top prize at Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Calder Cup Finals – Texas Stars vs. Hershey Bears (best of seven)
Game 1 - Texas 2 at Hershey 1
Game 2 - Texas 4 at Hershey 3
Game 3 - Hershey 6 at Texas 3
Game 4 - Hershey 4 at Texas 2
Game 5 - Hershey 2 at Texas 1 (OT) (HER leads series 3-2)
Game 6 - Mon., June 14 - Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
*Game 7 - Wed., June 16 - Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
*if necessary... All times Central

The Texas Stars will host a Watch Party for Game 6 inside the bowl of Cedar Park Center. The Austin Diamond District Ice Girls will be on hand, providing numerous giveaways. The game will be broadcast on the four-sided HD video board above center ice and the audio of the radio broadcast will be played through the state-of-the-art sound system. Fans may sit in the Club Section and receive in-seat service for food and beverages. Admittance and parking to the event are free. The parking lot and doors at Cedar Park Center will open at 5:00 PM with the game starting at 6:00 PM. Cedar Park Center is running food and drink specials for the watch party.

Playoff Format
Four rounds, with each round slated as a best of seven series. The top four teams in each division qualify for playoffs. The teams play within their division for the first two rounds. The division winners will meet in the conference finals. The winner of the Western Conference will play the winner of the Eastern Conference for the Calder Cup. In order to take the Calder Cup, a team must win 16 games.

The Calder Cup
The coveted Calder Cup has been a motivational force for American Hockey League teams throughout the League's 73-year history. It is one of our sport’s greatest challenges and ultimate honors to hoist the Calder Cup in victory.

The trophy is named for Frank Calder, who served as the National Hockey League’s first President from 1917 to 1943. During the 1920’s, Mr. Calder was instrumental in guiding hockey into the mainstream of America’s major cities including Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago, while helping in the formation of the American League.

The Calder Cup trophy itself was actually first awarded in 1938 to the Providence Reds for winning the second International-American Hockey League championship. (In 1996, George Parsons of the Syracuse Stars was presented the Calder Cup in a ceremony at the Onondaga County War Memorial, as it is believed the Stars never received a trophy for their 1937 championship.

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