By Kris Smith
To start off week 10 of our ‘Look Back’ series, we will be taking you back to the 2010-2011 campaign, which was the club’s tenth year in existence and their first season of competing in the Elite League.
Over the course of that season, the Stars played a total of 54 Elite League games and claimed the last playoff spot with an eighth place finish in the League table.
In the 2010-2011 campaign, the Elite League was contested by ten teams and they finished in the following order; Sheffield Steelers, Cardiff Devils, Belfast Nottingham Panthers, Braehead Clan, Coventry Blaze, Hull Stingrays, Dundee, Newcastle Vipers and Edinburgh Capitals.
The Steelers won the league title with 87 points and only beat the Devils to the championship by goal difference, as the Welsh side also had 87 points.
However, the Stars only won 41 points but had a 15 point gap to the Vipers in ninth.
After the regular seasons had ended, Dundee had a record of 19-32-3 (wins-losses-overtime losses) and they scored 178 goals and conceded 235 over the 54 fixtures.
In the first round of the playoffs, which was the Quarter-Finals, the Stars were seeded against Sheffield and were quickly put to the sword by the league champions.
A 6-1 road defeat was almost overturned by a 4-2 home win but the Steelers would advance as 8-5 aggregate winners, before going on to lose to the eventual winners, Nottingham in the next round.
The Tayside team also competed in the Elite League’s Challenge Cup but failed to make it out of their group in the first stage of the competition.
In fact, all three Scottish teams were eliminated after the group stage with Newcastle and Belfast moving on to the knockout rounds.
The Panthers also claimed the Challenge Cup and during Dundee’s eight Group A matches, they won two points after drawing twice but lost their other six fixtures.
That season’s top point and goal scorer was Player-Coach, Dan Ceman and he led his side in all scoring categories with 33 goals and 45 assists for 78 points in all completions.
Also, in his first season with the club, American defenseman, Chris Zarb was the most penalised player on the team with 233 penalty minutes from 46 appearances.
In the 2010-2011 season, the team had three active netminders and they were; Jerad Kaufmann, Ladislav Kudrna and Mark McGill.
On the blue line, Dundee had many tough bodies such as; Lauri Kinos, Steve Makway, Matt Suderman, Sam McCluskey and Jeff Marshall.
Meanwhile, there were plenty of creative and deadly attackers in the offence, with names such as Michal Beca, Peter Cartwright, John Dolan, Brent Hughes, Jay Latulippe, A.J. MacLean and Patric Lochi spear-heading the attack.
Next we will be bringing you a look back at one Star Player from the 2010-2011 season and that will be released Wednesday at 12pm!
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