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Buffalo Sabres Assign Schiestel, Stars Shuffle Roster
Buffalo Sabres Assign Schiestel, Stars Shuffle Roster
Texas Returns For A Seven-Game Home Stand Starting Wednesday at 7:30 P.M.

Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars announced on Tuesday that the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League have reassigned defenseman Drew Schiestel from the Rochester Americans to the Texas Stars. Texas also announced that forward Nick Layton has been assigned to the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League, Texas’ CHL affiliate. The Stars released defenseman Cameron Brodie from a PTO (professional tryout agreement).

Schiestel, a third-year defenseman played in 43 games for Rochester this season. The 22-year old scored twice and set up ten others for 12 points with the Americans. From 2009-11, the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder played for Portland. In 97 AHL games with the Pirates, The Hamilton, ON native scored six goals and added 29 assists for 35 points. The Buffalo Sabres drafted Schiestel in the second round (#59 overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry draft. He played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with Mississauga from 2005-07 and with Niagara from 2007-09. In 237 OHL games, the blueliner scored 25 goals and added 86 assists for 111 points.

Layton made his AHL debut and suited up in four games for Texas without registering a point. The rookie has played in 50 games for the Allen Americans of the CHL this season. During his time with the Americans, Layton scored 13 goals and added 23 assists for 36 points. The 23-year-old forward turned pro after playing the 2010-11 season at the University of New Brunswick, posting one goal and six points in 24 games played. In 2010-11, Layton joined the CHL’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs for their playoff run. The right wing played in 20 playoff games, scoring seven goals and totaling 17 points to help the Mudbugs win the CHL’s Miron Cup.

Brodie made his AHL debut and suited up in three games for Texas without collecting a point. The second-year pro will return to Stockton, where he spent the first 43 games of the year in the ECHL. In his time with the Thunder, Brodie totaled five points (all assists) and 54 penalty minutes. He also spent his rookie season with Stockton in 2010-11, scoring two goals and totaling 12 points in 60 games played. Prior to turning pro, the 23-year old played junior hockey in the BCHL from 2004-09 and one year at the University of British Columbia in 2009-10.

Texas returns home to take on the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays’ game is an HEB Night, fans may bring any HEB store brand non-perishable food item to the box office and receive $5 off their ticket price. It is also a Winning Wednesday, if the Stars win, every fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the game on Monday, March 19th at 7:30 P.M. against Abbotsford. The Stars will host Military Appreciation Weekend, presented by United Heritage Credit Union. To honor troops over the weekend, Texas will be wearing camouflage jerseys that fans may bid on during a silent auction on the concourse for charity. Friday night, Texas will host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 P.M. It will be a 3-2-1 Night, featuring $3,00 domestic drafts, $2.00 sodas and $1.00 hot dogs. On Saturday, March 10th, the two teams will meet again at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. The first 3,000 fans to the game will receive a Texas Stars camouflage hat, presented by United Heritage Credit Union. Also, fans may purchase the State Farm Family Four Pack, composed of four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas starting at $48.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets are available online at www.TexasStarsHockey.com or by calling 512.GO.STARS (467.8277). 2011-12 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com. Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.

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