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AHL Texas Stars win the 2014 Calder Cup

Jun 17, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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The Texas Stars are the 2014 Calder Cup champions of the American Hockey League, thanks to their 4-3 overtime victory over the St. John’s IceCaps on Tuesday.

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a second-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2010, scored the winner, and it came on his very first goal of the entire playoffs. For the third consecutive game in this series, the deciding goal came in the extra period.

(Photo courtesy Colin Peddle.)

Now comes the fun, as it pertains to Texas head coach Willie Desjardins, who has been reported as a candidate for vacant NHL head coaching jobs, including ones in Vancouver and Pittsburgh.

“The teams have been very conscientious about the playoffs, so they haven’t asked for permission yet, but I’ll definitely grant it,” Dallas general manager Jim Nill told the Dallas Morning News five days ago.

His celebration of this championship could be short-lived. But here’s a brief look at Twitter’s reaction.

  1. rushledger - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Good for the stars organization! Got some good up and comers to go with the talent that’s already proving itself in the NHL.

  2. einjzmolf - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Awesome stuff. Great game, and a great series. Much closer than the 4-1 would make you think, just like the SCF. Jets have some real deal talent brewing, as do the Stars. Look out!

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Did they check to see if his foot was in the crease? Oh, sorry, wrong Stars.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Dallas is gonna be stacked once these players develop

  5. nj666 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    good for texas hockey

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      thats an oxymoron

  6. hunchxton - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Congrats Stars from OKC, our local rag “The Jokelahoman” dropped AHL coverage as soon as the Barons were eliminated. Looks like your team will be tough to beat in the future!!!

  7. darksidecowboy - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Last time the Texas Stars made the finals they had this rookie named Jamie Benn, this year they have young studs defenseman Nemeth, Mackenzie, and others contributing to the championship. Can’t wait to see these guys up north in Dallas and bringing that championship mentality with them. The future is indeed bright, and with GM Jim Nill running the draft next week look out. Blockbuster trade will be had, GO STARS!!!

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