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Calder Cup Finals Come to Cedar Park

First-year Stars battle for AHL championship

Calder Cup Finals Come to Cedar Park

It may be the Texas Stars' rookie season, but that didn't stop them from making it to the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals – and this was no easy-breezy feat. Texas has trudged through three playoff series (starting back on April 16) and 18 playoff games (many of those going into overtime) to reach this point – not forgetting their 80 regular-season games. The Stars will be playing against the mighty Hershey Bears (out of Pennsylvania) who are making their 22nd AHL finals appearance. It's been a long, hard-fought path, but along the way Texas has picked hundreds (if not thousands) of new fans and leaguewide respect. If the Stars hope to hoist the Calder Cup, they'll need goalie Matt Climie to continue his strong play between the posts and league playoff points leader Jamie Benn to keep on working his postseason magic. Texas will host watching parties at Cedar Park Center for road games 1 and 2 (Thu., June 3, 6pm; Sat., June 5, 6pm), which are free to the public and feature food and drink specials (get your picture taken with the Calder Cup at Thursday's viewing party). Live action follows with the Bears skating into town for games 3-5 (5, if necessary) starting June 7. Go Stars!

Vs. Hershey: Mon., June 7, 7:30pm; Wed., June 9, 7:30pm; Fri., June 11, 7:30pm (if necessary). Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/GO-STARS. $9-50. www.texasstarshockey.com.

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