In their first year, the Texas Stars put together a good season down in Austin. The Stars had a winning season with a record of 46-27-3-4 that earned them second place in the West division in the AHL. Of course this team was full of talented prospects and players that have been in the AHL for years. But for an organization to finish second in the first year of competition is a very nice achievement. The Stars got into the playoffs and showed determination and some bright futures by winning a couple of long series in 7 games, and fighting their way into the Calder Finals.
Once there they were able to take the first two games in Hersey, but then could not scratch out a win as the Bears won the next 4 games in a row to take the Cup. Frustrating way to lose it after starting off so strong in the finals, but still it was a successful run for the Stars. The showed a lot of great team chemistry, great goaltending, and growth among the players. And of course sending down rookie sensation Jamie Benn to join them for the playoffs did not hurt either, as Jamie continued to show why many in the Dallas Stars organization see huge potential in the kid.
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