|Derek Hulak (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Hulak played three playoff games for Texas on an ATO, earning himself a spot on the Cup.
Here's the release:
The 2014 Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that the club has signed forward Derek Hulak to a standard AHL contract for the 2014-15 season.
Hulak, 24, returns after appearing in five games for the Stars last season, tallying a goal and two assists. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound forward scored his lone goal in his first-career AHL appearance on March 1st at San Antonio. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native made his Calder Cup debut for the Stars in Game 3 of the Conference Semifinals against Grand Rapids, and appeared in three playoff games overall for the club.
Before joining the Stars, Hulak (HOO-lahk) completed a four-year career of CIS hockey at the University of Saskatchewan (CWUAA). He posted 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) in 28 games during his final campaign in 2013-14 and led the Huskies to the 2014 University Cup Final before losing to the University of Alberta. Despite the loss, Hulak concluded the season as a First-Team All-Star and University Cup Tournament MVP. Hulak finished his collegiate career with 122 points (34 goals, 89 assists) in 87 CIS games.
He made his professional debut with the Central Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers for 21 games during the 2010-11 season, posting four goals and 10 assists, before electing to begin his time with the Huskies. Prior to that, he played four full seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League for the Regina Pats and the Saskatoon Blades.