Thursday, July 7, 2016

Texas Stars Add F Mike McMurtry, D Brandon Anselmini to Ranks

Mike McMurtry (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Texas Stars have added two more players to their roster for the coming season, both rookies coming out of the NCAA collegiate system. The first, forward Mike McMurtry, is already familiar with Cedar Park. After his time at Northeastern, he finished up the season with Texas. The Canadian centerman got into five regular season games and three playoff contests as a fourth line center.

The Stars also added a rookie defenseman, Brandon Anselmini. The Ferris State product played finished last season with Orlando of the ECHL after a four-year career for the Bulldogs. Anselmini continues a strong tradition of Ferris State alumni on the Texas Stars roster. Greg Rallo, Cody Chupp and Cory Kane are among the former Bulldogs to lace them up for the Stars.

Both contracts are for the AHL only. McMurtry will probably find himself in Texas but on the margin based on some of the talent that is ahead of him. Depending on what sort of training camp Gemel Smith has, he could start the season centering the fourth line. Anselmini will have to fight his way into the Texas lineup with a full set of Dallas-contracted blue liners ahead of him.

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