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Sawada Sent to St. John’s, Weller and Forney Added by Texas
Sawada Sent to St. John’s, Weller and Forney Added by Texas
Texas Plays in Abbotsford on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 P.M.

Cedar Park, TX - The Texas Stars announced numerous roster moves on Friday afternoon. The Dallas Stars have reassigned right wing Raymond Sawada from the Texas Stars to the St. John’s IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. In return, Winnipeg reassigned forward Michael Forney from the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ AHL affiliate. In a separate AHL deal, St. John’s traded forward Shawn Weller to the Texas Stars for future considerations.

Forney is a third-year pro who spent the bulk of this season with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. In 53 games with Colorado, he scored 20 goals and totaled 51 points. He ranked fourth in goals and in assists for Colorado. The 23-year old was scoreless in three games with St. John’s this year. Forney played for Texas Head Coach Jeff Pyle in Gwinnett from 2009-11, compiling 32 goals and 60 assists for 92 points in 129 games. Forney also played in 12 games for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, picking up two assists. Prior to turning pro, Forney played two seasons at the University of North Dakota from 2006-08. The Thief River Falls, MN native was drafted in the third round (#80 overall) by Atlanta in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Weller is fifth-year pro out of Glens Falls, NY. The 6-foot-2, 205 pounder has played in 41 games for St. John’s this season, scoring ten goals and setting up 14 others for a total of 24 points. In 273 AHL games, the 25-year old has 42 goals and 42 assists for 84 points with St. John’s, Abbotsford, Manitoba and Binghamton. Weller was drafted in the third round (#77 overall) by Ottawa in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Over the last three seasons, Sawada has played in 143 games for the Texas Stars. During his time in Cedar Park, the 27-year old scored 25 goals and added 39 assists for 64 points. He also played in 30 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Stars, including the 2010 run the Calder Cup Finals. Dallas drafted Sawada in the second round (#52 overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Stars travel to Abbotsford to take on the Heat on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Texas faces off against the Heat again on Sunday, March 4th at 3:00 p.m. before returning home. The Stars 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 an upcoming home game.

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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