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The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team located in Dallas, Texas, that play as a member in the 31-team National Hockey League (NHL). Founded in 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars, the team moved to Dallas in 1993 and since then, the club has made 15 playoff appearances, won 8 division titles, captured two Presidents’ Trophies, and won the 1999 Stanley Cup. The team has made it an organizational priority to expose the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to hockey and has done so by constructing and operating Dr Pepper StarCenters throughout the area. When the team first set foot in Texas, there were five total sheets of ice in the area (two of which were in shopping malls and did not host hockey). There were about 500 local children and adults playing in recreational leagues and no high school or traveling hockey teams. The Stars have won 2 Western Conference Championships. Today, there are more than 8,000 recreational hockey players on 24 sheets of ice in the area, including over 50 high school hockey teams. The team is currently owned by Tom Gaglardi and has its headquarters in Frisco, Texas.
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas, USA. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Founded in 1980, the Mavericks have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010) two conference championship (2006, 2011) and one NBA Championship in 2011. The Mavericks current home is The American Airlines Center. The Dallas Mavericks currently have 726 consecutive home sell-outs including Playoffs, which is the 2nd longest active streak in the NBA and across all professional sports in North America (Portland is at 814). Since Mark Cuban purchased the Mavericks on January 4th, 2000, Mavs home games have become more than just an ordinary NBA event – they have become a total entertainment experience complete with a party atmosphere. Most of the current success can be attributed to their superstar Dirk Nowitzki (retired). Only one player in the history of the NBA has scored more points than Dirk Nowitzki’s 31,560, that player is LeBron James. The German has, by now, accomplished just about all you can in the league, but after 21 seasons he’s still pushing as hard as ever. Dirk is as unique a player as there’s ever been in this league, and after all this time, he’s still hungry for another title.
Designed by architectural wizard David M. Schwarz and Dallas based HKS, Inc., American Airlines Center is considered one of the nation’s top arenas. Since opening its doors in 2001, the Center has been setting the precedent for sporting and live entertainment events. Bringing in a wide variety of big name shows as well as being home of both the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars, the American Airlines Center consistently displays its unique versatility. Billboard identified American Airlines Center the 6th busiest arena in the U.S. and the 10th busiest in the world in 2017.
The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League’s 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 17 years since. The team is led by the only general manager in franchise history, David Poile, two-time Jack Adams Finalist and Stanley Cup-winner Peter Laviolette, and is anchored three-time Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne, and a blend of rising young talent and experienced veterans.
Serving as the home for numerous national and international events, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the United States over the past decade and a half. In addition to being a 2-time winner of Arena of the Year, Bridgestone Arena was named the Academy of Country Music’s Large Capacity Venue of the Year for 2018. Bridgestone Arena has the flexibility to host national touring events and major professional sports franchises, as well as hometown entertainment.
An initiative of the Dallas Stars Foundation, Fitness Stars is a program aimed at improving children’s health through hockey-based fitness challenges in physical education classes at schools. Fitness Stars currently enhances exercise and physical education in 307 schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex impacting over 200,000 children. Fitness Stars is aimed at preventing childhood obesity by making exercise fun, safe, and part of the daily routine. Focusing on elementary schools, students are given a Fitness Stars bracelet, rewarding them with up to five different charms to snap onto the bracelet in recognition of their achievements. The five charms represent the fitness challenges of strength, cardio, agility, healthy choices, and cross-training using hockey themes and floor hockey equipment provided by IntelliCentrics and the Dallas Stars Foundation.