Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Texas Stars Recall Gluchowski, Payne from Idaho

Robbie Payne
(Credit: Texas Stars)
Ahead of their big road trip, Texas has recalled forward Robbie Payne and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski. Payne has been a point per game player in Idaho and Gluchowski is the Steelheads' top defenseman by points.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today that center Robbie Payne and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski have been recalled from the club’s ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Payne, 25, recorded three points (0-3=3) in 10 games with the Texas Stars after beginning the season in Cedar Park. The first-year forward skated in six games at the end of the 2017-18 season and recorded a pair of assists for the Stars before signing with the club during the offseason.

In his time with the Steelheads, the 5-foot-11 rookie from Gaylord, Michigan has earned nine points (5-4=9) in nine games including four points (2-2=4) in three games last week. Payne was a four-year player at Northern Michigan University prior to turning pro and was named team co-captain as a senior in 2017-18. In 158 NCAA games with the Wildcats, Payne notched 94 points (54-40=94).

Gluchowski, 24, has played all 27 games to start his pro career with the Idaho Steelheads. The blue liner has accumulated 21 points (5-16=21) and is the team’s top point producing defenseman this season. The first year skater is tied for second on the club with 16 assists. Gluchowski was named ECHL Player of the Week on Jan. 2 after tallying a goal and five assists across two games at the end of December.

The Wixom, Michigan native enjoyed a four year career at St. Lawrence University from 2014 to 2018. The defenseman notched 71 points (16-55=71) in 133 NCAA games. He recorded a career best 20 points (2-18=20) in his senior season, ranking third on the roster.

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