Aaron Gagnon (C) 2009-2011
Bretton Cameron (RW) 2012-2013
Aaron Gagnon (C)
Quesnel, British Columbia
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 136 GP, 94 Points (41 Goals, 53 Assists), 66 PIMs
Aaron Gagnon was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 11 jersey. The Quesnel, British Columbia native was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the eighth round (240th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, in the midst of his five full seasons of major junior hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. Gagnon did not sign with Phoenix; instead he penned a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars on February 2, 2007. He would split his first pro season, 2007-08, between the Stars affiliates in Idaho (ECHL) and Iowa (AHL). The affiliation between Dallas and Iowa ended after that season, so Gagnon, still Stars property, was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2008-09 campaign. He only had 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in his first full season in the AHL, but that year set the table for a breakout performance.
Gagnon started the 2009-10 season by making his Texas Stars debut in the first ever game on October 2, 2009 at San Antonio. It took him five games to record his first point for Texas, a goal on October 15, 2009 against Grand Rapids, his former team. He also notched the second hat trick in franchise history with three goals on March 21, 2010 at Peoria. Gagnon had a fantastic season, leading the Stars with 27 goals, 58 points and a +19 rating in 78 games played, while finishing tied for second on the team in assists (31). Four years later, his 58 points remains as the second most by a Texas player in a single season. Also that season he made his NHL debut with Dallas on October 16, 2009 vs. Boston and earned his second career NHL game on April 8, 2010 vs. Anaheim. Gagnon had 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 24 playoff games, helping Texas reach the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. Perhaps the biggest goal of his Stars career came in Game 6 of the 2010 Western Conference Finals when he scored the game-winning goal on Curtis Sanford at 18:32 of the first overtime to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2, forcing a Game 7. The Stars would end up winning Game 7 to eliminate Hamilton and reach the Cup Finals vs. Hershey. In 2010-11, he was limited to 58 games for Texas, as he played 19 more NHL games for Dallas, recording his first two career NHL points with assist on December 6, 2010 at Columbus and December 10, 2010 vs. Carolina. Gagnon still managed to tally 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) for Texas, while also putting up four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in six Calder Cup Playoff games.
Gagnon ranks sixth on the Stars all-time list for goals (41), is seventh in both assists (53) and points (94) and is 12th in games played (136). He has played in more games in the No. 11 jersey than any other Stars player by a wide margin and he holds the distinction of the highest shootout percentage (0.500) of any Texas player with more than five shootout attempts (5-for-10).
After the Stars: Gagnon signed with the Winnipeg Jets for the 2011-12 season, spending most of the year with their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps. He did get into seven NHL games with the Jet that season and returned to St. John’s to start the 2012-13 season during the lockout. He was recalled to Winnipeg in early April and he scored his first career NHL goal, the game-winner, on April 9, 2013 vs. Buffalo. Gagnon scored three goals in ten games with Winnipeg to close out the season.
Bretton Cameron (LW)
Red Deer, Alberta
Stars Debut: January 26, 2013 vs. San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 21 GP, 5 Points (1 Goal, 4 Assists), 23 PIMs
The No. 11 jersey remaining on a hanger in the Texas Stars equipment room for the entire 2011-12 season, and also for the start of the 2012-13 campaign. It finally reemerged on January 26, 2013 vs. San Antonio, when Bretton Cameron made his Stars debut and became the second player in franchise history to wear the number. The Red Deer, Alberta native played for Stars head coach Willie Desjardins for parts of five seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Undrafted out of juniors, Cameron joined the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL for the 2010-11 season, his first as a pro, and he earned a two-game AHL call-up with the Connecticut Whale, who has since reverted back to being named the Hartford Wolf Pack. Cameron started the 2011-12 season with Stockton, before finishing the year with the Greenville Road Warriors. He returned to Greenville for the 2012-13 season and scored his first pro hat trick on January 17, 2013 vs. Gwinnett.
Cameron signed a PTO with Texas on January 26th and made his debut that night against the Rampage, but was released the next day and sent back down to Greenville. He signed another PTO with the Stars on February 12th, picking up his first point for the Stars with an assist that night vs. Houston. This time Cameron stayed in Texas and four days later he scored his first career AHL goal, notching the game-winner in a 4-0 shutout of Oklahoma City. He recorded his 100th career pro point with an assist on March 22nd vs. Rochester and on April 2, 2013, Cameron was released from his PTO and signed a standard AHL contract. He finished the regular season with five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 21 games for the Stars. He remained with the team for the entire 2013 Calder Cup Playoff run, but did not appear in any games.