The Dallas Stars are returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. The Stars ousted Vegas on Tuesday night, 3-2, in overtime of the fifth game of their best-of-seven NHL Western Conference Final series in Edmonton.
It will be the first trip to the league final for the Stars since 2000, when they lost to the New Jersey Devils in six games, one year after winning the Cup for the only time in franchise history. The organization, which was born as the Minnesota North Stars in 1967, played in two Stanley Cup finals (1981, 1991) in that incarnation before moving their operations to Texas in 1993.
Leading the Stars from the collegiate ranks is forward Joe Pavelski (Wisconsin), who has a team-leading nine goals so far this postseason. Pavelski helped Wisconsin to the 2006 NCAA title, and first made the Stanley Cup final in 2016 with San Jose.
Other former collegians who have played for Dallas this season include Ben Bishop (Maine), Andrew Cogliano (Michigan), Taylor Fedun (Princeton), Rhett Garner (North Dakota), Joel Hanley (Massachusetts), Stephen Johns (Notre Dame) and Jamie Oleksiak (Northeastern). Bishop backstopped Tampa Bay to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.