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Dundee Stars History

The city of Dundee has a proud tradition of top quality ice hockey, dating back to the famous Dundee Tigers and latterly with the Dundee Rockets. Dundee 'Texol' Stars continued that tradition by winning the Findus British National League, the FBNL Playoffs and the Caledonia Cup in our inaugural season. On Sunday 26 August 2001, in Dundee's new Ice Arena, Tony Hand and his players restored to the city, a premier professional ice hockey team able to compete in the top British National League.

2002/03 Season. Stars won the Capital Cup, introduced by Edinburgh's BNL team, and were runners-up in the British National League. Tony Hand continued as player/coach with Roger Hunt as his assistant coach.

2003/04 Season. Stars failed to win any honours this season with Roger Hunt as head coach. Tony Hand returned to Edinburgh.

2004/05 Season. Roger Hunt, Texol Stars' head coach for the second year, put together his roster to compete against 15 of the UK's top teams. During the season the Stars competed in the British National League, with additional games against Elite League teams, finishing the season as BNL Play-off Champions. Stars won the Capital Cup for the second time.

Season 2005/06 sees the Stars in Scottish National League action only as the professionals are forced to sit out the season. Following the collapse of the British National League Dundee Stars, and neighbours Fife Flyers, had no professional league to play in. Stars failed to win any honours in this season.

Season 2006/07. Stars were runners-up to Fife Flyers in the Scottish National League and the Autumn Cup, and runners-up to Whitley Warriors in the Northern League Play-offs.

Season 2007/08. Stars won the Autumn Cup and the Scottish Cup and finished runners-up in the Northern League and Scottish Premier League Play-offs.

Season 2008/09. Stars finish runners-up again, this time in the Celtic League.

Season 2009/10. Roger Hunt left the club and Iain Robertson took on the role of Player/Coach, with Bobby Haig as his assistant. Captained by Gary Wishart (pictured left) Stars won the Autumn Cup and finished runners-up to Solway Sharks in the Northern League Play-offs, and runners-up to Fife Flyers in the Celtic League and Celtic League Play-offs.

Season 2010/11. Stars team up with Dundee Ice Arena and top flight hockey returns to the city following their successful application to join 9 other teams in an expanded Elite League. Stars bring in player/coach Dan Ceman (pictured right), 2009/10 captain of Danish Elite champions SønderjyskE, and he brings in a further 10 imports. Stars finished 8th and qualified for the play-offs but were beaten in the first round by the league champions.

Season 2011/12. Dan Ceman returns as player/coach for Stars' second year in the Elite League and immediately re-signs Brent Hughes as assistant player/coach. Barry Carnegie ia added as bench coach after a very good year coaching the Dundee Comets team to a clean sweep of trophies in the 2010/11 Scottish National League. After a poor run of results Dan Ceman is released and Brent Hughes takes over as Coach. Stars finish 8th again are beaten by Champions Belfast Giants in the Quarter-final.

Season 2012/13. Brent Hughes agrees to return as player/coach but after the loss of his father decides to stay in Canada. Jeff Hutchins is offered and accepts the role late in the summer. Due to a shortage of British players, the EIHL board increase the number of allowed imports back to 11. The league is also split into 2 conferences with Braehead, Edinburgh, Fife and Hull in Stars group and Belfast, Cardiff, Coventry, Nottingham and Sheffield in the other. The Conference was decided in the final weekend of the regular season with only 4 points seperating the 5 teams in Dundee's league. The Stars finished 3rd in their conference and 9th overall, failing to make the playoffs.

Season 2013/14. Jeff Hutchins returns for his second year as player/coach determined to improve on the previous season's positions. The Stars had a fine start to the season and established themselves as a top four team with some great performances. They won the Gardiner Conference Trophy and finished 3rd in the Elite League. Hutchins was re-signed as Head Coach for 2014/15 and 2015/16. Attendance at Dundee Ice Arena steadily increased throughout the year and it sold out for the first time when the Fife Flyers qualified for the playoffs as Stars' Quarter-final opponents. The in-form Flyers ended Star's season in the Quarter-final.

Season 2014/15. Jeff Hutchins' signs for another two seasons after securing the Gardiner Conference title and taking the Stars to 3rd in the Elite League, their highest finish to date. The Elite League increase the allowed number of non British trained players from 11 to 12 due to a shortage of Elite League level British players. The League and Conference format stays the same but the Challenge Cup Final is changed from a home and away series to a single game final at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. A poor season for the Stars saw them finish 10th in the league.

Season 2015/16. Jeff Hutchins departs as the Stars move for a non-playing coach and Marc LeFebvre takes on the role.

Dundee Stars History


Dundee Rockets' NHL All Star & 'Iron Man', Garry Unger. Click here to view Garry's career statistics

NHL All Star & 'Iron Man'
Garry Unger (centre)
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Dundee Rockets (1985/86)

Jason Shmyr collecting the John Brady Bowl

Jason Shmyr collects the
John Brady Bowl for the Stars, 2004/05 British National League Play-off Champions
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Brock McPherson with the 2013/14 Elite League Gardiner Conference Trophy
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