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The team was formally granted a limited membership to begin play in the American Hockey League for the 2009-10 season by the AHL on Tuesday. The AHL Board of Governors approved the membership at their league meetings in Chicago.

The move is the anticipated next step towards the Texas Stars beginning their first season this fall at the beautiful Cedar Park Center. The limited membership is conditioned on the club completing the purchase of an AHL franchise within one year. The Texas Stars will be the primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars, as the roster will be made up of Dallas’ top prospects and draft picks.

“This is an exciting day for the Texas Stars, even though this formal awarding of an AHL franchise had been anticipated,” said Texas Stars President Rick McLaughlin. “We’d like to thank the American Hockey League and its group of owners in helping make the Texas Stars a reality. The entire area of Cedar Park and Greater Austin has embraced us and we are looking forward to playing hockey in just over five months.”

Embraced the team indeed.

The Texas Stars have sold more than 1,000 full season tickets and there is more interest every day. The Stars offers a full season ticket plan as low as $500, averaging out at just $11.90 per game. The team has several ticket plans with different price points, all designed to be affordable to anyone interested in becoming a season ticket holder. The Stars have a goal of selling 2,500 full-season-equivalents for their inaugural season. The team has also sold about one-third of the team’s suite inventory.

“About 30 percent of those sales have come from Cedar Park while another 30 percent have come from Austin,” said McLaughlin. “We are thrilled that so many people from Austin-proper are becoming season ticket holders.”

The Dallas Stars will hold a Rookie Camp in Frisco, Tex., from July 6-11. Many of the players at the camp will probably see action for the Texas Stars as their development progresses. The Dallas Stars 2009 Training Camp is scheduled to begin on Sept. 11 in Frisco, Tex., followed by the Texas Stars’ first-ever Training Camp that will begin on Sept. 22 in Cedar Park, Tex.
Posted on 04/29/09

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