Today's team is the tenth in the All-Time Teams series, which means we've reached the end of the first period. Here's the all-time roster for the Dallas Stars:
The Stars were the first southern US team to win the Stanley Cup, defeating Buffalo in the 1999 final. They were finalists four other times - twice in Minnesota and twice in Dallas, including last year's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Right Wing - Dino Ciccarelli The only player on this roster with more career goals than Modano, Ciccarelli scored 332 times for Minnesota, the third-highest total in team history. A 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, Dino's 609 career markers ranks 19th in NHL history. He played in two Stanley Cup finals fifteen years apart.
Center - Neal Broten Born and raised in Minnesota, Neal Broten played more games for the North Stars than anyone in team history. He ranks second in games played, assists, and points for the franchise, and his 76 assists in 1985-86 remains a Stars' single-season record. Broten won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995, his third appearance in the final.
Right Wing - Bill Goldsworthy In nine full seasons with the North Stars, Bill Goldsworthy posted six consecutive 60-point seasons and five 30-goal seasons including a career-high 48 in 1973-74. His 267 career markers for Minnesota are the sixth-most in Stars history, and his jersey #8 has been retired by the team.
Center - Tyler Seguin The second overall pick by Boston in 2010, Tyler Seguin was traded to Dallas after just three seasons with the Bruins. In the seven seasons since, he has piled up 514 points in 538 games for an 0.96 points per game average - the fourth highest in North Stars/Stars history. With a single point in 2021 Seguin will break a tie with the next player on this line for sole possession of tenth place on the Stars' scoring list.
Right Wing - Jere Lehtinen One of the finest defensive forwards of his era, Jere Lehtinen is the Stars' career leader in plus/minus with a +176 rating, nearly 60 points higher than Mike Modano. The three-time Selke trophy winner is tied with Morrow for eighth among Stars with 243 goals and tied with Seguin for tenth in points. He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, leading all postseason scorers with eight even-strength goals.
Left Wing - Loui Eriksson A key piece of the Tyler Seguin trade, Eriksson spent the first seven seasons of his career in Dallas before shipping up to Boston. The two-time Lady Byng trophy finalist posted three straight seasons of 70+ points prior to the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. Only one player has scored more points for the Stars in fewer games than Eriksson's 357 points in 501 contests.
Center - Bobby Smith The first overall selection in the 1978 draft, Bobby Smith won the Calder trophy in 1979 after scoring a team-leading 30 goals and 74 points as a rookie. He set career highs with 43 goals and 114 points in 1981-82, won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986, and returned to the North Stars in 1990, fueling their improbable run to the final in 1991.
Right Wing - Danny Grant This was a very tough decision. Grant and Al MacAdam posted a near-equal amount of points in a near-equal amount of games for Minnesota: 353 points in 463 games for Grant, 340 points in 459 games for MacAdam. I chose Grant - the 1969 Rookie of the Year - because MacAdam scored in the offense-friendly 1980s, resulting in an era-adjusted 271 points against Grant's 338 era-adjusted total.
Defense Pair 1
Zubov, a 2019 Hall of Fame inductee, is second among Stars with 106 point shares. The two-time Stanley Cup champion is third in franchise history with 438 assists and a +103 plus/minus for the franchise. He also leads all Dallas defensemen in games played, goals, points, and DPS. Hatcher is second to Sergei among Stars blueliners in games played, plus/minus, and point shares. The first American captain of a Cup winner, Hatcher is third among all Stars with 1,380 penalty minutes.
Defense Pair 2
John Klingberg has nearly matched Hatcher's point total in half as many seasons. The offensive-minded blueliner posted 40 or more points and a plus rating in each of his first five seasons. He's already fourth among Stars defensemen with 233 assists in 425 games. Sydor was a valuable all-around defensemen for four Stanley Cup finalists and a two-time Cup winner. In ten seasons with the Stars, Sydor accumulated the sixth-highest plus/minus rating and the seventh-highest point shares total in franchise history.
Defense Pair 3
Hartsburg piled up points for the North Stars in the 1980s, dishing out 50 assists in a season twice and 60 assists in 1981-82. The three-time All-Star is ninth in team history with 315 career helpers and his 0.55 assists per game ranks tenth in team annals. He's paired with a defense-first rearguard in Daley, who recently retired after 16 seasons in the NHL. Only eight players suited up for the Stars more than the two-time Stanley Cup champion, who sits in seventh place on the team's All-time list for defensive point shares with 34.2.
Spare - Stephane Robidas
Belfour played just five seasons in Dallas; six goalies played more games for the franchise. However Eddie "the Eagle" tops the team in goals against average, won the Jennings trophy four times, and won the third-most games of any North Stars/Stars netminder. The Hall of Famer ranks second in team annals with 27 shutouts and an era-adjusted 2.54 GAA. Turco leads the franchise in wins, shutouts, and minutes played. He led the NHL in goals against average twice in his first three seasons after taking over for Belfour in the Stars' cage.
Head Coach: Ken Hitchcock Captain: Derian Hatcher
Ken Hitchcock has the third-most coaching wins in NHL history and the most in North Stars/Stars history. He led Dallas to back-to-back Finals appearances in 1999 and 2000, won the Jack Adams award with the Blues in 2012, and boasts a career winning percentage of just under .600.
I hope you'll join us tomorrow for our next All-Time Team, the Detroit Red Wings.
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