|(Credit: Texas Stars)|
Defenseman Julius Honka is returning to the Texas Stars ahead of the club's homestand this weekend. Honka, who has spent the season so far on the taxi squad in Dallas, was re-signed over the summer on a two-way deal after spending a year in Finland. While Dallas owned the young blue liners rights and looked for a trade partner, they were unable to find one.
Honka returns to North America looking to respark his NHL career. Perhaps some time playing in familiar Cedar Park will get his offensive game back on display.
Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has loaned defenseman Julius Honka to the Texas Stars.
Honka, 25, began the season in Finland with the Lahden Pelicans, collecting seven points (3-4=7) in nine games. He previously spent the 2019-20 season in Finland appearing in 46 games for JyP registering 15 points (4-11=15) and a +9 plus/minus rating.
He last played in North America in 2018-19, appearing in 29 games for Dallas recording four points (0-4=4). The veteran defenseman has combined to play in 87 career regular-season contests with Dallas and has recorded 13 points (2-11=13). He has also skated in 201 AHL games for the Texas Stars, totaling 108 points (26-82=108) and appearing in seven postseason games earning three points (1-2=3).
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.