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Texas Stars to enter AHL in 2009-2010 season

The Texas Stars will enter the AHL for the 2009-2010 season.The Texas Stars were formally granted a limited membership to begin play in the American Hockey League for the 2009-10 season, it was announced today by the AHL. The AHL Board of Governors approved the membership today 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 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.”

The Cedar Park Center is scheduled to open on September 26th with a major concert event . The building will include 6,800 seats for hockey and 8,700 for concerts and other events, as well as 24 suites and club seats with a private club lounge. 

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