By Kris Smith
The league and playoff winning Stars had scored a league-best 289 goals in their opening year and conceded the least with only 101 goals allowed in 44 matches.
Their first ever squad was made up of top talents from across the globe and the squad consisted of nine Scottish players, six Canadians, two Englishmen, one Czech, one Finnish, one Italian, one Swedish and one British player.
After the regular season was completed, player-coach, Tony Hand was top of the point-scoring charts with 104, after contributing 25 goals and 79 assists to the title winning season.
Teeder Wynne followed him with 94 and was the club’s top scorer with 44 goals and Scott Young cemented himself as a fan favourite after getting the crowd fired up on a number of occasions with his thrilling scraps with tough opponents.
Young racked up 167 penalty minutes in the 44 fixtures, 105 more than anyone else on the team.
The Stars had a winning record of 5-3 against their biggest rivals, Fife Flyers across the entire season and outscored them 37-21 over the eight fixtures, also the Tayside team claimed three of their victors over the Flyers in Kirkcaldy.
Hand and his men also had a good record against their closest competitors in the league standings, Coventry Blaze.
The two teams split their six matches with three victories each, although the Blaze required a shootout to win at home in one contest but the overall scoring finished 22-18 in favour of Dundee.
In the opening season, the Stars recorded a lot of big wins but their biggest was a 13-0 home win against Cardiff Devils, who also entered the BNL that season.
During the playoffs, Wynne netted the most goals (12) and put up the most points (28), but Hand had just one more assist than him with (17) in 10 post-season matches.
That first season has also produced some of the highest record statistics for players in a single season.
So, the record for all-time highest points in a single season is held by Hand after his tally of 104 in the inaugural campaign.
Wynne (94), Mikel (85) and Young (84) follow him in second, fourth and fifth on the list but Wynne sits atop of the same list for goals in a single season with (44) and two more players from 2001-2002 season make up the top three; Lochi netted 36 times in 40 games and Young scored 35 in 44.
Hand is also the leader of the all-time assists in a season with 79, which is 19 more than his closest challenger but the only other player from that season to make it into the top five was, Mikel with 58 helpers.
Next-up in our ‘Look Back’ series, we catch-up with a former Star from the 2001-2002 season and see how his life has changed since leaving Dundee.
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