Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Texas Stars Countdown to the Calder Cup Finals

With just 2 days left till the Texas Stars begin their first ever Calder Cup Championship Series against the Hershey Bears in Hershey, Penn coming up on Thursday Night. Here's a look at some news and notes going into the series. Keep in mind that with the league's schedule format, the Stars & Bears didn't play each other during the regular season.

News & Events include team watching parties, the Calder Cup Touring Austin and news on radio and TV Coverage on this year's Championship series.

First off, lets begin with the Championship Series Schedule

#1E Hershey Bears VS. #2W Texas Stars

Game 1, 6/3: @ Hershey 6:00 PM CDT

Game 2, 6/5: @ Hershey 6:00 PM CDT

Game 3, 6/7: @ Texas 7:30 PM CDT

Game 4, 6/9: @ Texas 7:30 PM CDT

Game 5, 6/11: @ Texas 7:30 PM CDT*

Game 6, 6/14: @ Hershey 6:00 PM CDT*

Game 7, 6/16: @ Hershey 6:00 PM CDT*

*If Necessary

Texas will be hosting watching parties where fans can watch the games on the Jumbo Vision at the Cedar Park Center for Games 1 & 2 as the Stars will be playing in Penn. Free parking for all fans starting at 5:00 PM with the first faceoff scheduled for 6:00 PM. Both games will include

  • Free Parking starting at 5:00 PM With No Cover
  • Taking pictures with the Calder Cup (Thursday Night Only)
  • Select Food, Drink specials, along with in Seat Service and great giveaways.
  • Merchandise will be available on the site.
  • Puck Drop at 6:00 PM for both games.
  • For more info call 512-GO-STARS

As for the Calder Cup, it will be touring the Austin Area on Thursday throughout the week to get fans and the city of Austin ready for the team's first ever Calder Cup Championship appearance. For more info on tour dates and times, consult the Texas Stars Website at http://www.texasstarshockey.com/

Here's a look at some of the Stats Leaders from the season.

Regular Season Standings

Hershey Bears: 60-17-3 123 PTS, 342 GF 198 GA, First in the East Division and overall in the League

Texas Stars: 46-27-7 99 PTS, 238 GF 198 GA, 2nd in the West Division.

Scoring Leaders

Hershey Bears Regular Season Stats: http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=skaters&subType=5&season_id=30&league_id=4&lastActive=&confId=0

Playoffs: Chris Bourque 15 GP 23 PTS (7G 16A, +6), Alexander Giroux 15 GP 21 PTS (12G 9A, +2), Keith Aucoin 15 GP 19 PTS (1G 18A, +2)

Texas Stars Regular Season Stats: http://theahl.com/stats/statdisplay.php?type=skaters&subType=13&season_id=33&league_Id=4&lastActive=&singleSeason=&confId=0

Playoffs: Jamie Benn 18 GP 24 PTS (14G 10A, +10), Perttu Lindgren 18 GP 14 PTS (6G 8A, +5), Andrew Hutchinson 18 GP 14 PTS (4G 10A, +8)

Tickets to the Calder Cup Championship

To purchase a Calder Cup Finals Playoff Package, which offers the fans the same seat for all three possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Individual tickets for playoff games at the Cedar Park Center Boxoffice also can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cedar Park box Office, or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/

Calder Cup on XM & Sirus Satellite Radio

The American Hockey League announced on Friday that the 2010 Calder Cup Finals will be carried live on the all Hockey NHL Home Ice channel on XM/Sirus Satellite Radio.

The 2010 Calder Cup Finals are pitting the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals Affiliate) and the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars Affiliate) for the 2010 American Hockey League Calder Cup Championship.

The two rosters feature 19 players who skated in the 2009-2010 National Hockey League Season, including the 2009 AHL Calder Cup Playoff MVP Michal Neuvirth for Hershey and Jamie Benn who's leading the AHL Playoff Scoring after having a great rookie season for the Stars.

All 7 games are scheduled to be on the NHL Home Ice Channel for the most part. The only excpetions are Games 4 & 5 as NHL Games could be scheduled those nights as that would be Games 6 & 7 for the Stanley Cup Championship.

If your wondering about TV Coverage, the Texas Stars were unsuccessful in getting a TV Deal together in time for the AHL Calder Cup Title. The reasons were timeing and money as the schedule didn't come out in time to get a TV Schedule going on any network.

Hopefully with the success the team has had this season, the Stars are looking around for TV Deals in the near future in the Austin Area and around the rest of the Southwest part of the country.

Series Subplots

Texas rookie Jamie Benn needs one more goal to set the AHL Record for most goals by a rookie in the postseason. Benn is currently tied with Stan Mckenna who scored 14 goals in the 1983 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

Texas Goalie Matt Climie is 4-1 in his last 5 starts with a 2.20 GAA & a .937 SV%.

Hershey is 8-0 at home in the playoffs and have taken 36 of the last 37 games on home ice, dating all the way back to November 28 against the Adirondack Phantoms when they were beat in a SO.

Road to the Championship Series, here's a look at how the Texas Stars & Hershey Bears got to the AHL Calder Cup Championship Series.

Hershey Bears

Regular Season: 60-17-3 123 PTS, 342 GF 198 GA, Finished 1st in the East Division and overall

Division Semifinals VS. Bridgeport: Game 1 4-3 OTW, Game 2 3-2 W, Game 3 7-2 W, Game 4 1-4 L, Game 5 4-1 W

Division Finals VS. Albany: Game 1 4-3 OTW, Game 2 6-3 W, Game 3 6-5 OTW, Game 4 5-4 OTW

Conference Finals VS. Manchester: Game 1 4-2 W, Game 2 3-2 OTW, Game 3 2-3 OTL, Game 4 0-1 L, Game 5 3-2 OTW, Game 6 3-2 OTW

Texas Stars

Regular Season: 46-27-7 99 PTS, 238 GF 192 GA, Finished 2nd in the West Division

Division Semifinals VS. Rockford: Game 1 2-1 W, Game 2 3-1 W, Game 3 6-1 W, Game 4 4-2 W

Division Finals VS. Chicago: Game 1 4-3 OTW, Game 2 3-4 2OTL, Game 3 3-5 L, Game 4 3-2 W, Game 5 5-3 W, Game 6 0-2 L, Game 7 6-5 OTW

Conference Finals VS. Hamilton: 2-3 OTL, Game 2 1-3 L, Game 3 5-4 OTW, Game 4 2-1 OTW, Game 5 0-3 L, Game 6 3-2 OTW, Game 7 4-2 W

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