When Was the Last Time the Dallas Stars Won the Stanley Cup? Full List of Championship Years

Dallas Stars center Matt Duchene, defenseman Thomas Harley, left wing Jamie Benn and center Joe Pavelski celebrate after a game winning goal against the Seattle Kraken.
Dallas Stars center Matt Duchene, defenseman Thomas Harley, left wing Jamie Benn and center Joe Pavelski celebrate after a game winning goal against the Seattle Kraken. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Stars have been a postseason mainstay over the last six years, reaching the NHL playoffs in five of those seasons. During that span, however, they've been unsuccessful in winning the Stanley Cup, despite making an appearance in the Final in 2020.

They're hopeful of changing those fortunes this season. Currently embroiled in a Western Conference Final tilt against the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas is looking to make it back to the Stanley Cup Final and win what would be just the second title in franchise history, dating back to their time as the Minnesota North Stars.

Let's take a look back at the Stars' championship season, as well as their appearances in the Stanley Cup Final throughout history.

1998-99, Dallas Stars d. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2

GAME

RESULT

Game 1

Sabres 3, Stars 2 (OT)

Game 2

Stars 4, Sabres 2

Game 3

Stars 2, Sabres 1

Game 4

Sabres 2, Stars 1

Game 5

Stars 2, Sabres 0

Game 6

Stars 2, Sabres 0 (3OT)

The lone championship in Stars history came 25 years ago during the 1998–99 season, when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Final. They won the series in six games, which featured a legendary triple overtime thriller in the closeout Game 6 that saw Hall of Fame right winger Brett Hull seal the deal with the game-winning goal after nearly two full hours of game time.

It's one of the most iconic moments in franchise history. That Dallas team was loaded, with five players who would eventually reach the Hall of Fame, including Hull, Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk, Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau.

Dallas Stars' Stanley Cup Finals Appearances

Although they've only won one Stanley Cup, the Stars have made five total trips to the Finals. The first came back in 1981, back when the team was still playing out of Minnesota. Then the North Stars, the team was defeated by the New York Islanders in a five-game series.

They returned to the Stanley Cup Final a decade later, despite finishing fourth in their division with a 27–39–14 record. The team made a stunning postseason run before being bested in six games at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Their next trip to the Stanley Cup Final was in 1999, when they won against the Sabres. The team made another Stanley Cup Final run in 2000, but were defeated in a six-game set against the New Jersey Devils.

Dallas's last and most recent run to the championship came in 2020, when they were defeated in six games by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Much of that team, including the likes of Tyler Seguin, Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen, among many others, remain on the roster in 2024, eager to finish the job they fell just short of four years ago.


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Karl Rasmussen

KARL RASMUSSEN

Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.