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Lincoln Stars
Lincoln Stars
City: Lincoln, Nebraska
League: USHL
Division: West
Founded: 1996
Home Arena: Ice Box
Colors: Blue, White and Black
Owner(s): Ryan Schiff
General Manager: Jon Hull
Head Coach: Chris Hartsburg
Franchise history
1996-current: Lincoln Stars
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 3 (2000, 2001, 2003)
Playoff Championships: 2 (1997, 2003)

The Lincoln Stars are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the West Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

The Stars' home ice is the Ice Box, on the Nebraska State Fair grounds and adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Stars came to Lincoln in the fall of 1996 and became an overnight sensation in Nebraska's capital city. Led by fiery Derek Reynolds and future Ottawa Senator and San Jose Shark Josh Langfeld, the Stars posted a 40-13-1 regular season record, the best expansion season in USHL history. The Stars continued their domination through the playoffs, losing just two playoff games en route to winning the Clark Cup. More impressive, however, was the teams' performance off the ice. Every game was sold out at the 4,231-seat Ice Box, and it was common for people to camp out overnight for tickets.

The success continued through the following seasons; the Stars sold out every home game until early 2002. In 1998, the Ice Box was expanded to 5,010 seats in preparation for the USA Hockey National Championships (Junior A). The capacity was later reduced to 4,610, as some bleacher seats were converted to club seating.

The Stars have made the playoffs nine of their first ten seasons, and won their second Clark Cup in 2003. Led by players such as Danny Irmen, the Stars capped off a magical season by defeating the rival Omaha Lancers in the Clark Cup finals.

Notable Stars alumni includes Brandon Bochenski (Tampa Bay Lightning), Andy Schneider (Pittsburgh Penguins organization), David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Josh Langfeld (San Jose Sharks), Jared Boll (Columbus Blue Jackets), Evan Rankin (Notre Dame) and Erik Condra (Notre Dame).

Lincoln players have also made names for themselves in the NCAA Championship Game. Three former Stars have scored championship-winning overtime goals: Josh Langfeld (University of Michigan--1998 vs. Boston College), Grant Potulny (University of Minnesota--2002 vs. University of Maine) and Colby Cohen (Boston University--2009 vs. Miami University).

Lincoln enjoys some of the best junior hockey support in the United States, as the team plays to greater than 90% capacity at the Ice Box.

Yearly StandingsEdit

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, SOL = Shootout Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Season GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
1996-97 56 40 13 - 1 0 244 168 81 2nd of 6 South

Won quarterfinals 4-1 (Rochester Mustangs)

Won semifinals 4-1 (Omaha Lancers)

'Won Championship 4-0 '(Green Bay Gamblers)

1997-98 56 38 14 - 3 1 229 160 77 3rd of 6 South

Won Quarterfinals 4-1 (Sioux City Musketeers)

Lost Semifinals 0-4 (Des Moines Buccaneers)

1998-99 56 29 20 - 7 0 198 174 65 3rd of 4 West

Won Quarterfinals 3-0 (Dubuque Fighting Saints)

Won Semifinals 3-0 (Green Bay Gamblers)

Lost Final 2-4 (Des Moines Buccaneers)

1999-00 58 41 16 - 0 1 218 139 83 1st of 7 West
1st overall
Won Quarterfinals 3-2 (Sioux City Musketeers)
Lost Semifinals 2-3 (Twin City Vulcans)
2000-01 56 43 7 - 6 0 246 143 92 1st of 6 West
1st overall

Won Quarterfinals 3-0 (Sioux City Musketeers)

Won Semifinals 3-0 (Tri-City Storm)

Lost Final 2-3 (Omaha Lancers)

2001-02614315 -30240157892nd of 7 WestLost Quarterfinals 1-3 (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)
2002-03603714 -3621415383 1st of 6 West
1st overall

Won Quarterfinals 3-0 (Tri-City Storm)

Won Semifinals 3-0 (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)

Won Championship 3-1 (River City Lancers)

2003-04602729 -40174191585th of 6 WestDid not Qualify
2004-05603717 -33217184803rd of 5 WestLost Quarterfinals 1-3 (Sioux City Musketeers)
2005-06603420 -42218178742nd of 5 WestWon Quarterfinals 3-2 (Omaha Lancers)
2006-07603720 -12241200773rd of 6 WestLost Quarterfinals 0-4 (Sioux Falls Stampede)
2007-08 60 31 22 - 4 3 186 163 69 3rd of 6 West

Won Quarterfinals 3-0 (Sioux Falls Stampede)

Lost Semifinals 2-3 (Omaha Lancers)

2008-09 60 37 17 - 3 3 191 155 80 1st of 6 West

Won Quarterfinals 3-1 (Sioux Falls Stampede)

Lost Semifinals 0-3 (Fargo Force)

2009-10 60 16 36 - 2 6 143 220 40 7th of 7 West Did not Qualify
2010-11 60 33 22 - 2 3 195 188 71 4th of 8 Western Lost First Round 0-2 (Indiana Ice)
2011-12 60 38 18 - 2 2 214 172 80 1st of 8 Western

First Round Bye

Won Quarterfinals 3-1 (Fargo Force)

Lost Semifinals 1-3 (Waterloo Black Hawks)

2012-13 64 39 22 - 0 3 217 191 81 4th of 8 Western Lost Quarterfinals 2-3 (Sioux Falls Stampede)
2013-14 60 24 28 - 2 6 175 219 56 5th of 8 Western Did not Qualify
2014-15 60 18 37 - 1 4 150 242 41 8th of 8 Western Did not Qualify
2015-16 60 33 24 - 2 1 177 163 69 2nd of 8 WesternLost Quarterfinals 1-3 (Waterloo Black Hawks)

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