The team was founded during the 1967 NHL’s six-team expansion as the Minnesota North Stars and were based in Bloomington, Minnesota. Due to financial struggles before the 1978-1979 season, the team merged with the Cleveland Barons, who were also having financial problems. The franchise relocated to Dallas for the 1993-1994 NHL season.
In their final seasons in Minnesota, the team adopted a new logo which omitted the “North” from North Stars.
The Stars played their first game in Dallas on October 5, 1993 which they won. The Stars set franchise bests in wins (42) and points (97) in their first season in Texas qualifying for the 1994 playoffs. They swept the St. Louis Blues in the first round, but lost to the Vancouver Canucks in the second round.
The Stars made the playoffs again in the 1994-1995 season losing to the Red Wings in the first round.
In 1996, the Stars posted 48 wins and reached the 100-point mark for the first time in franchise history. The Stars won the Central Division, their first division title since 1983-1984 and were seeded second in the playoffs. They were beat in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers.
In the 1997-1998 season, the Stars set franchise records again in wins (49) and points (109). The Stars won the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s best regular season team, as well as the Central Division title or the second season in a row. In the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, they defeated the San Jose Sharks in the first round. In the second round, they defeated the Edmonton Oilers. In the Western Conference Finals, they lost to the Detroit Red Wings.
After the 1998 NHL division re-alignment, the Stars were in the Pacific Division.
In the 1998-1999 season, the Stars won 51 games, surpassing the 50-win mark for the first time in franchise history. They also recorded 114 points, which still stands as a franchise record. They won the Pacific Division, their third consecutive division title; a second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy; the Jennings Trophy as the league’s top defensive team; and were awarded the top seed in the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs.
This was the Stars’ first Stanley Cup Finals appearance as the Dallas Stars although they did make the finals twice as the Minnesota North Stars. They played the Buffalo Sabres. The first four games were split, the Stars holding the Sabres to only one goal in the next two games, winning Game 5 and Game 6 on an overtime goal by Brett Hull. Hull’s goal at 14:51 of the third overtime was remembered as one of the most controversial goals ever scored due to the “crease rule”. Hull’s goal marked the 13th time a Stanley Cup-winning goal was scored in overtime, and only the 4th to be scored in multiple overtimes.
On March 13, 2007, Mike Modano scored his 500th career NHL goal, making him the 39th player and 2nd American to ever reach that milestone. On March 17, Modano scored his 502nd and 503rd NHL goals, breaking the record for an American-born player. On November 8, 2007, he became the top American-born point scorer of all-time.
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