Hockey in Texas? Yes, it's true! Football isn't the only game in town once the calendar moves to fall.
Whether you're looking for a night out near our Springs San Antonio luxury apartment communities or a fun weekend road trip, here are two teams to check out.
The history of the hometown team began nearly 2,000 miles away in upstate New York.
- When the SBC Center was under construction in 2000, the San Antonio Spurs partnered with the Florida Panthers to purchase the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL) after that team suspended operations.
- The team was originally called the San Antonio Stampede, but the name was changed to the Rampage after objections from a similarly-named arena football team.
- In 2005 the Spurs bought out the Panthers to become sole owners of the Rampage. The team uses the same black, white and silver color scheme of its parent club.
- The Rampage are currently the AFL affiliate of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. This year they signed a five-year agreement to become the affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, beginning with the 2018-2019 season.
- The regular season runs from October through mid-April. Home games are played at the AT&T Center and ticket prices range from $12 to $64.
The only NHL team in Texas traveled a long and complicated journey to arrive here.
- In simplified terms, the Dallas Stars are the former Minnesota North Stars. In reality, the team's history involved a number of intricate deals and moves that included stops in the Bay Area and Cleveland.
- During their 25-year reincarnation in Dallas, the Stars have enjoyed success as one of the top teams in the NHL. Their resume includes two Presidents' Trophies for best record in the league, eight division championships, two conference championships and one Stanley Cup for the 1998-1999 season.
- The Stars' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, plays at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Austin.
- This year marks the return of Ken Hitchcock as head coach of the Stars. His previous stint ran from 1996-2002, and Hitchcock was at the helm during the Stars' Stanley Cup-winning season.
- Mike Modano, the Stars' most iconic player, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014. In addition to being the all-time leader in points and goals among American-born players, Modano was the last Star who had also been a member of the Minnesota team.
- The NHL season runs from October to early April. Stars home games are played at American Airlines Center and ticket prices start at $16.