Texas Stars Add Shane Hanna, Robbie Payne on AHL Deals

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In a Friday afternoon Twitter release today, the Texas Stars announced that they have signed defenseman Shane Hanna and forward Robbie Payne to AHL contracts for 2018-19. Hanna was on an AHL deal in 2017-18 with Texas but spent most of the year in Idaho. Robbie Payne joined Texas late in the year on an ATO and was a black ace in the playoff run.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Friday the team has signed rookie forward Robbie Payne and rookie defenseman Shane Hanna for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Payne, 24, joined the Stars on a tryout agreement late last season after concluding his collegiate career and appeared in six AHL games with a pair of assists. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound forward played four years at Northern Michigan University where he tallied 24 goals in 42 games and served as team captain during his senior season. He played 158 games over his four-year career at Northern Michigan with 94 points (54-40=94), including a career-high 34 during the 2017-18 season.

The Gaylord, Mich. native also spent time with USHL’s Tri-City Storm and Chicago Steel, plus the NAHL’s Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings.

Hanna, 24, appeared in 20 games last season with Texas tallying three assists. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman also competed in 41 games for the Stars’ ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, with 17 points (5-12=17) last year. Before beginning his pro career, the Salmon Arm, British Columbia native appeared in 163 games over a four-year stretch at Michigan Tech with 90 career points (21-69=90) from 2013-2017.