AUSTIN (KXAN) — The temperature may be rising in this middle of June, but there is fever on the ice in Cedar Park.
The Texas Stars on Thursday celebrated winning their first league Calder Cup title with their fans, after just five years in existence.
The Stars won the title on Tuesday night, defeating the St. John’s IceCaps, 4-3 in overtime, in Game 5.
Many of their fans are season ticket holders who have been with them since the beginning.
“To see it on television is one thing,” said Michelle McLaren. “In person, you’re hooked. It gets in your blood and you’re hooked.”
“We’ve been coming since he was in my belly,” said Tiffany Wallace, pointing to her 4-year-old son, Mason.
The Stars captured the American Hockey League’s championship by grinding out six overtime wins on the road in the playoffs. You don’t have to be an adult to appreciate that.
“I like the fights,” said 8-year-old Devon Masterson, “and I like when the Stars win.”
A lot of the younger Stars fans also play in youth leagues, like 10-year-old Ryan Hammersmith. He admits it can be a challenge.
“You get squished by the big players cause they let them come down,” he said. “But you’ve got to deal with it. It’s exciting.”
Before the Stars played their first game five years ago, country star George Strait christened the new arena, singing “Until I found you I never knew just what I was missing.”
Hockey fans know now. Boy, do they ever.