Stars Sign D Jacob Johnston to ATO, Still Needing One More

Texas announced today that they have signed defenseman Jacob Johnston to an amateur tryout contract. Johnston played four seasons at Dalhousie University of the CIS. He was 11-35-46 in 109 games of work in that league. This is the first ATO of the season for the Texas Stars.

The Stars still have at least one more slot to fill on the blue line, either by tryout contract or by assignment from Dallas. If Trevor Daley can play tonight for Dallas, Carl Sneep would be assigned. However, Dallas has to have a backup.

In an interesting note, Johnston played four games with Cornell in 2007-08, lining up along side former Star Ray Sawada who was then in his senior season for the Big Red.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today defenseman Jacob Johnston has signed an amateur tryout contract.

Johnston, 24, joins Texas from Dalhousie University of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).  The Sudbury, Ontario native appeared in 28 games for the Tigers this season, scoring 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) and 50 penalty minutes.  Over his four-year career in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Johnston played in 109 career CIS games for Dalhousie, posting 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists) and 138 penalty minutes.  The defenseman also played one season of NCAA Division I college hockey with Cornell University of the ECAC, appearing in four games with the Big Red and scoring one goal.


  1. What league is this? What level? Below juniors? Only stat I can find besides what was posted is that he is also a -12 (+/-). Are they running out of options?

    1. Did you see the game? He did well - great skating,passing plus 1 !

  2. Looks like it was a college team, which qualifies him as an amateur. Always like to see the ATOs and PTOs, as they work so hard to try to prove themselves capable of being at the AHL level. Wish I could watch the game tomorrow, but I'll have to be content to listen.


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