Friday, July 27, 2018

To Surprise of No One, Rampage and Stars Will Play Pair of Preseason Games

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Stop me if you've heard this one. Texas and the San Antonio Rampage will play a home-and-home series as their preseason slate. Games will be September 28th and 29th with the first game in San Antonio. Note that the Saturday game at Cedar Park will start at 5 PM.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Friday the team will play a preseason home-and-home series against their in-state rival, the San Antonio Rampage, prior to the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Texas will visit San Antonio on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT at AT&T Center for their first exhibition matchup then the two teams come to H-E-B Center on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. CT to close out the home-and-home series in their final preseason tune-up.

Tickets for the Sept. 29 preseason game at H-E-B Center will go on sale at a later date.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Texas Stars Add Defenseman Nolan Gluchowski

The Texas Stars have added a rookie defenseman on an AHL deal this morning. Nolan Gluchowski comes to Texas from St. Lawrence University, where he played 133 games and was alternate captain last season. St. Lawrence has a pipeline to Texas over the past few years with alums Gavin Bayreuther, Eric Sweetman, Mike McKenna and Rich Peverley all around the team in the recent past.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday the team has signed rookie defenseman Nolan Gluchowski to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Gluchowski, 24, begins his professional career after a four-year stretch at St. Lawrence University from 2014-2018. The 6-foot, 196-pound blueliner appeared in 133 games in his career with the Saints and served as an alternate captain during his senior season. The Wixom, Mich. native recorded 71 points (16-55=71) in his time at St. Lawrence, including a career-high 20 points (2-18=20) in his final season.

Gluchowski also competed in the USHL for three seasons prior to college with the Tri-City Storm and Sioux Falls Stampede.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Texas Stars Re-Sign Forward Sam Laberge

In a move they announced with a single tweet on Twitter, the Texas Stars have re-signed forward Sam Laberge for the coming season. Laberge played 66 games with Texas in his rookie season.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Monday the team has signed forward Samuel Laberge for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Laberge, 21, appeared in 66 games for the Stars last season and tallied 15 points (7-8=15). The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward also competed in 13 playoff games for Texas with a goal and two assists. His lone playoff goal was a double-overtime winner in Game 3 of the Stars’ opening round series against the Ontario Reign.

Prior to his rookie season, Laberge (luh-BERZH) spent four seasons with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and recorded 120 points (55-65=120) in 166 career games. The Chateauguay, Quebec native was a member of Rimouski’s QMJHL championship team in 2014-15 and also played in four Memorial Cup games that season.

Minnesota State-Mankato Forward Brad McClure Joins Texas Stars

The Texas Stars continue to build the bench as rookie forward Brad McClure joined the club today. The Minnesota State-Mankato alum played 159 games across four seasons, earning 91 points and serving as team captain last season.

McClure is in very good company among the Texas Stars as a former Mankato forward. Travis Morin attended the school as well.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday the team has signed rookie forward Brad McClure to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

McClure, 24, begins his professional career after completing a four-year career at the Minnesota State University-Mankato from 2014-2018. In 159 career games for the Mavericks, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound forward tallied 91 points (45-46=91) and served as the team’s captain during his senior season.

Prior to college, McClure also spent two seasons with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees with 126 points (69-57=126) in 111 career games, including an 80-point campaign in 58 games in 2013-14 (41-39=80).

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Texas Stars Add Rookie Forward Spencer Naas on an AHL Deal

The Texas Stars announced the signing of Spencer Naas to an AHL deal this afternoon. The rookie forward played 12 games with Cleveland on an ATO to close last season. Before that, he was an alternate captain for the UConn Huskies, notching 77 points in 143 career games.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday the team has signed rookie forward Spencer Naas to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Naas, 23, appeared in 12 games for the Cleveland Monsters last season after wrapping up a four-year career at the University of Connecticut from 2014-2018. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward tallied seven points (4-3=7) in his 12 AHL games with Cleveland.

Over four seasons in Connecticut, the St. Louis Park, Minn. native appeared in 143 career games, recorded 77 points (49-28=77) and served as alternate captain for the Huskies in his final two seasons. Naas set a career high with 24 points in his senior season at Connecticut and finished tied for the team lead with 12 goals in 2017-18.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Dallas Re-Signs Dillon Heatherington to 1 Year Deal

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Defenseman Dillon Heatherington is in the plans for next year as the Dallas Stars inked the 23-year old to a one-year, two-way deal this afternoon.

Heatherington spent most of the season with Texas and was a mainstay on the blue line in the playoffs. Paired with Brent Regner, "Heater" was used some of the toughest situations of the postseason run. He now has two Finals runs on his resume with his win in Lake Erie in 2016 and this past season's run with Texas.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Dillon Heatherington to a one-year, two-way contract.

Heatherington, 23, split the 2017-18 campaign between Dallas and the Texas Stars (AHL). He appeared in six regular-season NHL games with Dallas, notching one point (0-1=1) and 26 penalty minutes. The blueliner made his NHL debut on Jan. 18 against Columbus, logging two penalty minutes. He also appeared in 55 regular-season games with Texas and registered 17 points (3-14=17) and 47 penalty minutes, while finishing third among team defensemen and seventh among all club skaters with a +6 plus/minus rating. Heatherington also skated in 21 games during the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs and tallied three assists (0-3=3) with 18 penalty minutes.

Heatherington has appeared in 181 regular-season AHL contests with Springfield, Lake Erie/Cleveland and Texas. Over his four AHL seasons, he has recorded 51 points (9-42=51), 148 penalty minutes and a +18 rating. The defenseman has also tallied six points (0-6=6) in 36 career Calder Cup Playoff games.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was originally selected by Columbus in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He was acquired by Dallas via trade in exchange for Lauri Korpikoski on March 1, 2017.

Dallas Renews Affiliation with Idaho Steelheads for Two More Years

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The Idaho Steelheads will continue as the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars organization for the coming two years. There was no doubt the affiliation would continue next year with training camp in Boise in just a few months.

Idaho is a strong competitor in the ECHL, currently owning professional hockey's longest playoff streak at 21 straight seasons. Idaho has advanced to the Kelly Cup Final three times when affiliated with Dallas, winning twice. The last time they won was under the leadership of Derek Laxdal, now the Texas Stars head coach, in 2007.

Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club will renew its affiliation with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

The Steelheads have served as Dallas' ECHL affiliate since the 2005-06 season, and previous to that, during the 2003-04 campaign. Idaho has reached the Kelly Cup Finals three times as an affiliate of the Dallas Stars, winning the Kelly Cup twice (2004 and 2007). The club has also qualified for the postseason in each of the last 21 seasons, marking the longest active postseason streak in professional hockey. The Steelheads finished second in the Mountain Division and fourth in the Western Conference in 2017-18 with a record of 44-20-5-3, while also advancing to the second round of the postseason.

"We are thrilled to renew our affiliation with the Steelheads for the next two seasons," said Dallas Stars Assistant General Manager and Texas Stars General Manager Scott White. "The Steelheads organization, under the direction of Head Coach Neil Graham, continues to promote the type of developmental atmosphere we seek to maintain, and we couldn't be happier to extend our partnership with them."

The Stars will hold the team's 2018 Training Camp at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID., the home of the Steelheads. Camp will run from Sept. 14 - 16, and will mark the first time that the Stars will be holding their training camp in Idaho. The three-day training camp will culminate with a Victory Green vs. White Intrasquad Scrimmage on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Texas Stars will continue to operate as Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.