Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Hicks Buys Dallas Stars
On Dec. 11, 1995, Thomas Hicks buys the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League for $84 million.
The Dallas Stars were founded in 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars, however the franchise relocated to Dallas for the 1993–94 NHL season.
The Stars played out of Reunion Arena from their relocation until 2001, when the team moved less than 1.5 miles into the American Airlines Center.
In 2000, Neal Broten was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2009, Brett Hull became the first Dallas Stars player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, followed by Ed Belfour and Joe Nieuwendyk in 2011.
In 2010, brothers Derian and Kevin Hatcher were inducted to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Since Hicks took over as owner of the Stars the team has won seven division titles in Dallas, two President's Trophies as the top regular season team in the NHL, the Western Conference championship twice, and in 1998–99, the Stanley Cup. Joe Nieuwendyk won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs that year.