Stars Return Left Wing Reilly Smith to Texas
CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and center Antoine Roussel from Texas. Dallas also announced that left wing Reilly Smith has been returned on loan to Texas.
Oleksiak, 20, leads all Texas Stars defensemen in scoring with 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 43 contests this season. The Toronto, Ontario, native recently played in the AHL All-Star Game in Providence, R.I. where he earned the game-winning assist and a plus-3 rating in the contest. The 6-foot-7, 254-pound defenseman was Dallas' first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Should Oleksiak make his NHL debut while being called up, he will be one of seven players in the league listed at 6-foot-7 or taller.
Roussel, 23, ranks seventh on the Texas Stars in scoring with 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) and leads the team with 103 penalty minutes. The Roubaix, France, native is looking to make his NHL debut and become the eighth French-born player to skate in an NHL contest. Roussel, who has already set career highs in goals, assists and points this year, was undrafted and signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2012.
Smith, 21, has gone scoreless in six games for Dallas this season and is still looking to earn his first career NHL point. Prior to being recalled by Dallas, the Toronto, Ontario, native skated for the Texas Stars where he currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 37 contests this season. Smith was Dallas' third-round selection (69th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Dallas Stars faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes this Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm (TV: FOX Sports Southwest PLUS; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).
Texas gets back to work following the AHL All-Star break on Friday, February 1st as they travel to Houston to square off against the Aeros at 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center. The Stars return home on Tuesday, February 5th, for another H-E-B Night as they host the Rockford IceHogs for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at Cedar Park Center. As part of H-E-B Night, fans may bring any H-E-B brand non-perishable food item for $5 off the gate price of a ticket on February 5th. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 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.
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