The Dallas Stars is an American professional-level hockey team that appeared in 1967 in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is currently based in Dallas, Texas, and competes at the American Airlines Center home arena. Athletes are part of the National Hockey League and play in the Central Division, representing the Western Conference.
Meaning and History
This club had several names and, therefore, many emblems. This fact is mainly associated with relocations, which influenced both career growth and symbolism. And the history of the team began in the mid-60s of the last century – during the expansion of the NHL franchise.
It was originally the Minnesota North Stars. Sometime later (before the opening of the 1978-1979 season), the athletes teamed up with Cleveland Barons to overcome financial difficulties. But before that, they received official permission from the league and updated symbols.
Having played in this lineup until 1993-1994, the hockey players eventually moved to Dallas, Texas. They then changed their name to Dallas Stars, as an indication of a new base, since nothing else connected them with Minnesota. So, over the years of its existence, the franchise has had several logos, each signifying the end of one sports era and the beginning of another.
1967 – 1985
The debut emblem graphically plays up two words from the team name: “North” and “Stars.” The first is represented as a capital “N,” the second is in the form of a star. There is a serif in the upper left part of the letter that goes far beyond the written sign’s boundaries. On the right side, there is an arrow pointing upwards and replacing the second leg. An even five-pointed star is located above it. All elements are drawn in a circle with a wide green stripe: the same color “N” and the yellow star’s edging with five rays.
1985 – 1991
The second Minnesota North Stars logo differs from the debut version in volume. The 3D effect is created through improvised shadows – stripes that run parallel to the letter’s legs. Additional lines are delineated along the edge, which introduces an element of rigor and precise geometry. The star with elongated lower rays is separated from the arrow and raised to the right above “N.” The designers removed the circle in this version, leaving only a white background.
1991 – 1993
Before moving to a new location, the team revised the symbolism and opted for a star. The reason is practicality, as the cities in the name change, but “Stars” remains. Therefore, the management of the hockey club changed the ratio of graphics and text. The star is now much larger than the word, placed on the right and left rays, and the center segment replaces the letter “A.” The green remains the same, and the yellow is enhanced to gold.
1993 – 1994
For the first season at the new base, the athletes played under their old logo, simply adding the city “Dallas” to it. The inscription was split into two parts and placed to the right and left of the upper beam, above the word “Stars.”
1994 – 2013
Before the next season in Dallas, the relocated franchise decided to tweak the symbolism to differ from the previous one slightly. It was decided to focus on the color, for which the developers strengthened the shade of green, adding a dark palette to it. The rest of the emblem remains the same.
2013 – present
At the end of 2012, the team carried out a radical redesign of the logo to modernize it and adapt it to various media. As a result, on June 4, 2013, a modified variation was presented: a silvery beveled star with a metallic black “D” outlined in green and gray.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The current logo comprises two components: the classic five-pointed star and the stylized letter “D.” Moreover, these elements are combined and form a single whole. Not one but two stars are used – an internal and an external one. The first consists of an alphabetic character and is located behind it, going out with the ends in different directions. The second outlines the emblem’s borders and has one more protrusion – an acute angle “D.” The central star’s rays are provided with shadows, so visually, they seem to be three-dimensional.
The logo uses upper case lettering with a slight slope to the right. The letters in the word “Dallas” are geometric, in the “Stars” – more rounded, with streamlined inner edges. Typeface chopped (sans serif), grotesque, from the Sans Serif category.
When the franchise was in Minnesota, its trademark colors were yellow, gold, green. After moving to Dallas, gray appeared in the PMS 877 variation. But the basic ones were always green PMS 3425 and black PMS Process Black.