Texas Stars Crowned the 2014 Calder Cup Champions

That truly epic moment when you clinch the Calder Cup in overtime. (Photo Credit: Texas Stars // Facebook)

The 2013-14 AHL season is officially over. The Texas Stars defeated the St. John’s IceCaps in five-games to take home this year’s Calder Cup.

Texas finished the AHL’s regular season with the best record in the entire league. They were pushed really hard by the Toronto Marlies in an intense seven-game series to reach the Calder Cup Finals. Once they survived that test the Stars managed to take down the IceCaps before the series even shifted back to Texas for the final two-games of the seven-game series. They managed that on the back of three-consecutive overtime winners in St. John’s.

Game 1
St. John’s IceCaps, 3 @ Texas Stars, 6

Game 2
St. John’s IceCaps, 2 @ Texas Stars, 1

Game 3 (OT)
Texas Stars, 2 @ St. John’s IceCaps, 1

Game 4 (OT)
Texas Stars, 4 @ St. John’s IceCaps, 3

Game 5 (OT)
Texas Stars, 4 @ St. John’s IceCaps, 3

You can’t say this series wasn’t a blow out or anything. Even on paper, the IceCaps were in each and every one of these games against the Stars. The real backbreaker came from their Game 4 defeat on Monday night. The IceCaps let a 3-0 lead slip and they lost in overtime after conceding four-straight Texas goals. That allowed the series to tilt to a 3-1 series lead for the Stars. And they didn’t wait for Game 6 in Texas to clinch the Cup.

Former Admirals Chris Mueller and Kevin Henderson were part of this Calder Cup winning Texas Stars team. Mueller played in 60 games with the Stars this season and scored 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists). In the playoffs he produced 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 19 games. Henderson played 15 regular season games with the Stars since his loan deal from Milwaukee and picked up 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in that time. For his playoff run of 21 games he tallied 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists).

Can you spot former Milwaukee Admirals Chris Mueller and Kevin Henderson? I can. (Photo Credit: The AHL // Twitter)

The man who took home the league honors as MVP this season also managed to win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the Calder Cup Playoffs. That man is of course 30-year old Travis Morin. During the regular season he was phenomenal: 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) in 66 games. In the playoffs his brilliance continued all the way through the Stars run to the Calder Cup: 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) in 21 games – including overtime game-winning goals in Game 3 and Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals.

Are you happy to see Chris Mueller and Kevin Henderson win the Calder Cup? What do you think Francis Wathier is currently thinking? What do the Milwaukee Admirals need to do in order to be at the same level as the Texas Stars were, from start to finish, during the 2013-14 season?

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