The Texas Stars flew back to Central Texas on Wednesday morning with Cedar Park’s newest resident – the Calder Cup.
Soon the trophy that was first awarded in 1937 to the Syracuse Stars, will have another plaque added commemorating the Texas Stars victory.
The Calder Cup has 20 plaques on it. When a new one is added the oldest is removed and put on permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. When Texas is added the 1994 Portland Pirates will be removed.
So, which members of the Texas Stars will have their names etched into AHL history?
In the NHL any player that has played in 40 regular season games or one playoff game automatically has their name etched into the Stanley Cup.
In addition, a team can petition to have players added to the cup that didn’t reach that requirement. For example, Derek Meech’s name was inscribed on the cup when the Detroit Redwings won in 2008 despite playing just 33 games in the regular season.
In the AHL any player that has played a single playoff game is automatically etched into the cup. That also includes any back-up goalie that dressed, but didn’t play, for a single game will get their name automatically etched on the cup.
Because of that rule, Josh Robinson and Branden Troock will both have their names on the Calder Cup, but Colton Sceviour may not.
Sceviour hasn’t been part of Texas roster since he became a full-time NHL player roughly two-thirds through the season. Even though he wasn’t part of the playoff run, he did play 54 games with Texas and was a first-team AHL All-Star selection.
There is no regular-season games played limit for automatic inclusion on the Calder Cup.
Texas can petition or request to have Sceviour’s name on the cup, probably not a bad idea to honor one of the best players in franchise history.
Players automatically on the Calder Cup:
Jack Campbell, William Wrenn, Jyrki Jokipakka, Jamie Oleksiak, Kevin Henderson, Derek Meech, Justin Dowling, Dustin Jeffrey, Patrik Nemeth, Taylor Vause, Hubert Labrie, Scott Glennie, Curtis McKenzie, Chris Mueller, Maxime Fortunus, Toby Petersen, Brett Ritchie, Travis Morin, Cameron Gaunce, Taylor Peters, Mike Hedden, Matej Stransky, Radek Faksa, Josh Robinson, Branden Troock, Brendan Ranford, Derek Hulak, Cristopher Nilstorp.
Players not automatically on the cup, but on playoff roster:
John Klingberg, Ludwig Byström, Alex Guptill, Phillipe Desrosiers