AB & KA: Why the Sharks-Stars Rivalry Will Return in Full Force

November 12th, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
With the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars going head-to-head for the first time this season on Thursday, Ken Armer (the Stars featured columnist) and myself decided to preview the season series. But first, a trip down memory lane.

Can the rivalry from the 1990's return in full force?

Throughout the mid-to-late 90’s, there was no other team that Sharks fans hated more than the Dallas Stars. Whether it was their hatred towards goaltender Ed Belfour, defenseman Derian Hatcher or superstars Brett Hull and Mike Modano, the San Jose faithful could not stand the team from the lone star state.

When the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Stars in two of three seasons from 1997-2000, the animosity of the fan-base towards Dallas reached its highest point.

It also didn’t help that the Stars won Lord Stanley’s Cup in the one season between ‘97-00 in which the Sharks weren’t able to match-up against their rivals during the post-season. Some fans are still bitter about the Stars’ success during those years, so much so that they continue to mention that the hated Brett Hull’s skate is still in the crease!

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