The Texas Stars return to the ice this weekend looking to bounce back in 2017-18 after missing the playoffs for just the second time in their eight-year American Hockey League history.
The Stars will play the Chicago Wolves on Friday and Saturday nights at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Chicago is the defending Central Division champion.
Familiar faces will dot the roster of the Dallas Stars’ top minor league club.
Veteran Texas Stars center Travis Morin, last season’s top scorer with 55 points, leads the charge. Others back from last year include center Mark McNeil, who notched 30 assists; center Jason Dickinson; right wing Denis Gurianov; and defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk.
Greg Rallo, a 36-year-old left winger, has signed up for his third stint with the Stars. Rallo, who played in Germany last year, is second in club history with 39 power-play goals.
The Stars, who won the Calder Cup championship in 2013-14, generated just 73 points in 76 games last season, finishing seventh in the eight-team Pacific Division. They had a four-year playoff streak broken.
The team averaged 5,111 fans in Cedar Park, ranking in the middle of the AHL in attendance.
The 2017-18 schedule will include 16 home games on Saturday nights and 12 on Friday nights. Of the Stars’ other 10 home games, eight will be on Wednesday nights.
Opening weekend: 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Chicago, 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Chicago
Where: H-E-B Center (8,000 capacity), Cedar Park
Promotions: Friday, magnet schedule giveaway and $2 domestic draft beer and bogo wings; Saturday, T-shirt giveaway and magnet schedule giveaway
Single-game tickets: Center ice club, $50; loge, $35; luxury, $23; executive, $19; terrace, $13
Note: Cost of parking is included in all ticket prices.