Scott McCulloch (LW) 2009-2011
Jake Hauswirth (RW) 2011-2012
Patrik Nemeth (D) 2012-2013
Scott McCulloch (LW)
Stars Debut: October 9, 2009 at Houston
Stars Career Stats: 69 GP, 25 Points (9 Goals, 16 Assists), 117 PIMs
Scott McCulloch was the first player in Texas Stars history to pull on the No. 12 jersey. The Lacombe, Alberta native was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th) overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and elected to attend Colorado College of the WCHA. At the conclusion of his final collegiate season he signed on with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, who at that time were coached by former Texas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. McCulloch quickly made an impact for the Wranglers, scoring nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in eight regular season games and then posting 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 18 Kelly Cup Playoff games, helping Las Vegas reach the Western Conference Finals before being swept by Alaska in four games.
McCulloch followed Gulutzan to the Texas Stars for the 2009-2010 season and he scored a goal in his Stars debut on October 9, 2009 in a 3-2 win at Houston. He played in 50 games and had 17 points (5 goals, 17 assists) along with 75 penalty minutes. Perhaps his biggest contributions came in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs. McCulloch had seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 23 post season games, missing only Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Hamilton. He scored first goal of the playoffs in Game 7 of the second round at Chicago, then assisted on Ethan Graham’s overtime-winning goal in Game 3 vs. Hamilton and score the game-tying goal in the third period of Game 6 at Hamilton that led to Aaron Gagnon’s OT winner. McCulloch’s third goal of the playoffs was the game-winner in Game 1 of the Finals at Hershey and he had the primary assist on Travis Morin’s game-winning tally in Game 2 that stunned the Bears with just 46 seconds left in the third period.
McCulloch returned to the Stars for the 2010-11 season and started the year off with a bang. He scored four goals in the first three games, notching the game-winning goals in the first two, including an overtime goal on October 16, 2010 to beat San Antonio 4-3 at Cedar Park Center. McCulloch was limited to just 19 games that season and did not score another goal after his season-opening outburst, finishing with eight points (4 goals, 4 assists).
After the Stars: McCulloch has not played pro hockey since his second year with Texas (2010-11). He completed his Stars career with 25 points (9 goals, 16 assists) and 117 penalty minutes in 69 games played.
Jake Hauswirth (RW)
Stars Debut: December 17, 2011 vs. Rochester
Stars Career Stats: 19 GP, 1 Point (0 Goals, 1 Assist), 8 PIMs
Jake Hauswirth became the second player in team history to don the No. 12 jersey for Texas when he made his debut for the Stars on December 17, 2011 vs. Rochester. The Houghton, Wisconsin native was undrafted out of junior hockey, where he played for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, and he signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals. Hauswirth made his pro debut with the South Carolina Stingrays, the Capitals’ ECHL affiliate. He played a season and a half with South Carolina and was then traded by Washington, along with a third round draft pick, to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Dennis Wideman on February 28, 2011. He finished the season with Florida’s ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones. Still under contract with the Panthers, Hauswirth started the 2011-12 campaign with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL. On December 7, 2011 he was traded by Florida, along with a fifth round draft pick, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Krys Barch and a sixth round pick.
Dallas reassigned Hauswirth from Rio Grande Valley to Texas on December 14, 2011 and the forward made his AHL debut with the Stars three days later. Hauswirth was sent back to Rio Grande on January 29th and then recalled to Texas on February 8th. During his two stints with the Stars he played in a total of 19 AHL games, recording eight penalty minutes and his only career AHL point with the primary assist on a Jordie Benn goal on January 18th, 2012 at Chicago.
After the Stars: After two stints with Texas, Hauswirth was sent to the Idaho Steelheads on March 7, 2012, instead of going back to Rio Grande Valley. He started the 2012-13 season with the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs, recording 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 44 games played before moving to the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. Hauswirth scored one goal in six regular season games for Ontario, then featured in all 10 Kelly Cup Playoff Games, posting four points (2 goals, 2 assists) as the Reign reached the Conference Semifinals, before being ousted by Idaho in six games.
Patrik Nemeth (D)
Stars Debut: October 13, 2012 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 47 GP, 11 Points (1 Goal, 10 Assists), 40 PIMs
Patrik Nemeth is the most recent Stars player to wear the No. 12 jersey. The Stockholm, Sweden native was drafted by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft after playing for AIK throughout his young development career. He featured for AIK’s junior team for several years and then graduated to the senior team in 2010-11, making his Elitserien debut that year. Nemeth signed a three-year entry level contract with the Stars on April 21, 2011, but remained in Sweden for one more season of Elitserien action with AIK. He also represented his country at several international IIFH tournaments, including the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championships, the 2011 U-20 World Juniors and the 2012 U-20 World Juniors in Buffalo where he help Sweden capture its first World Juniors gold medal in 30 years.
Nemeth made his North American pro debut with the Texas Stars on October 13, 2012 at San Antonio. After an initial adjustment period, familiarizing himself with the change in rink size and the style of play, Nemeth emerged as a solid young shut down defenseman for the Stars. He was consistently near the top of the team’s plus-minus list and was logging steady minutes, paired mostly with fellow rookie Jamie Oleksiak. He picked up his first career AHL point with an assist on the game-winning goal on November 25, 2012 at San Antonio and had assists in the next two games to record a three-game assist streat. Nemeth had 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) and a +11 rating in 47 games for the Stars, missing a large chunk of games down the stretch. He scored his first career AHL goal on February 12th vs. Oklahoma City, but then suffered an injury later in the game, which forced him to miss 24 of the last 25 games of the season and all of the 2013 Playoffs.
Nemeth will be looking to return to his pre-injury form to start the 2013-14 season with Texas and make strides towards his next goal, which is making his NHL debut for the Dallas Stars. He currently needs 23 games played to becoming the longest tenured No. 12 player in Texas’ franchise history.