Jamie Benn (C) 2010 Playoffs
David Bonk (C) 2010-2011
Stephen Schultz (F) 2010-2012
Hubert Labrie (D) 2012-2013
Brett Sonne (C) 2012-2013
Jamie Benn (C)
Victoria, British Columbia
Stars Debut: November 6, 2009 vs. Manitoba
Stars Career Stats: 24 GP, 26 Points (14 Goals, 12 Assists), 22 PIMs
Jamie Benn was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The Victoria, British Columbia native played two seasons of major junior hockey for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL and then joined Dallas, playing in all 82 games and posting 41 points (22 goals, 19 assists) in his debut NHL season.
With the Texas Stars gearing up for their first trip to the playoffs in their inaugural season, Benn was assigned to the AHL club by Dallas on April 13, 2010; he had been originally sent down to Texas on March 3, 2010, but recalled the same day in a paper transaction in order to qualify for the Stars’ AHL Clear Day roster. No one wore the No. 14 jersey during the 2009-10 regular season, it was almost as if Texas was saving it for Benn. He made his Stars and AHL debut during Game 1 of the West Division Semifinals on April 16, 2010 vs. Rockford and scored the game’s first goal. Benn had a virtuoso performance by tallying four points (2 goals, 2 assists) including the game-winning goal in a 6-1 rout at Rockford in Game 3 on April 21, 2010.
On May 7, 2010, during Game 4 of the West Division Finals vs. Chicago, he set a franchise record for points in one playoff game (5) by scoring a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, and adding two assists in a 5-3 over the Wolves. Chicago and Texas fans alike will never forget Benn’s series-winning goal in Game 7 at Allstate Arena on May 11, 2010. The Stars twice rallied from two-goal deficits to force overtime and then at 4:57 of the first overtime stole a clearing attempt by Chris Chelios along the left boards, did a quick give-and-go with Colton Sceviour and beat Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to win the game 6-5.
Benn continued his magic against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Western Conference Finals. In Game 4 on May 21, 2010 at Cedar Park Center he tied the game at one, a mere 24 seconds into the third period and then scored his fourth game-winning goal of the playoffs. At 5:52 of the first overtime, Bulldogs goalie Curtis Sanford denied Mathieu Beaudoin’s backhander from the left circle, only for Benn to slam home the rebound from the right side of the net to win the game 2-1. It was the seventh of eight multi-point games for Benn during the 2010 playoffs.
Unfortunately for Benn and the Stars, they fell short of their goal to win it all, losing to the Hershey Bears in six games in the Calder Cup Finals. Benn finished his post-season with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists), 22 penalty minutes and a +7 rating in 24 games played. He is the all-time franchise playoff leader for goals, game-winning goals (4) and overtime goals (2), while being tied for the club lead in points and power play goals (4) and ranking second in assists, power play assists (6) and shooting percentage (18.4%).
After the Stars: Benn has been with Dallas ever since that magical run for Texas to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals. He has quickly become a cornerstone of the new look Stars in the NHL and has backed it up with 193 points (82 goals, 111 assists) and 192 penalty minutes in 263 career NHL games. During the 2012-13 lockout, he played for the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) the top division in Germany. The one thing that has eluded Benn in his first four NHL seasons is the Stanley Cup Playoffs, something he surely will be looking to lead Dallas towards attaining in the 2013-14 season.
David Bonk (C)
Stars Debut: February 11, 2011 at Rockford
Stars Career Stats: 11 GP, 3 Points (2 Goals, 1 Assist), 8 PIMs
David Bonk was the first Texas player to wear No. 14 in a regular season game. The Brandon, Manitoba native was undrafted after playing four years of college hockey for Northern Michigan University of the CCHA. Bonk made his pro debut during the 2004-05 NHL lockout season, playing for the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League. Over the first five years of his pro career he played in the UHL, ECHL and in Europe in Holland and Germany. In 2010-11 Bonk joined the Allen Americans of the CHL and that set up the opportunity for his AHL debut when he signed a PTO with the Oklahoma City Barons. He played in six games for OKC, including his last game which came on December 20, 2010 against Texas at Cedar Park Center. Coincidentally less than two months later his next AHL game, the seventh of his career, would be playing for Texas.
Bonk was called up from Allen and signed to a PTO with the Stars on February 11, 2011 and he made his Texas debut that night at Rockford. He scored his first career AHL goal on February 14th at Lake Erie and then scored again two nights later, also against the Monsters. Bonk played in 11 total games for the Stars and had three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and 8 penalty minutes.
After the Stars: Bonk was released from his PTO by Texas on March 2, 2011 and he returned Allen for the rest of the regular season and the CHL playoffs. He explored a new continent for the 2011-12 season as he went to Japan and signed with the Nikko Icebucks of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALH). Bonk has now played for Nikko for two seasons now, recording 126 points (51 goals, 75 assists) and 116 penalty minutes in 76 games.
Stephen Schultz (RW)
Westbury, New York
Stars Debut: April 1, 2011 vs. Chicago
Stars Career Stats: 39 GP, 11 Points (8 Goals, 3 Assists), 22 PIMs
Stephen Schultz was undrafted after playing for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and chose to attend Colorado College of the WCHA. After four years of NCAA Division I hockey, the Westbury, New York native signed an ATO with Texas on March 31, 2011 and was handed the available No. 14 jersey.
Schultz made his pro debut with the Stars on April 1, 2011 vs. Chicago and played in five total games to close out the year. He returned to Texas for the 2011-12 season and secured his first career pro point with an assist during the season opener on October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City. He scored his first pro goal on December 13, 2011 at Oklahoma City and scored two power play goals in a 6-2 win over Peoria on January 20, 2012. Schultz scored his eighth goal of the season on February 17, 2010 in a 5-4 shootout win over San Antonio, but left the game with multiple injuries, including a broken wrist, suffered on a hit by Rampage forward Bracken Kearns that resulted in Kearns receiving a match penalty for a check to the head. That hit ended Schultz’s season and the winger would not play another game for the Stars.
After the Stars: Schultz recovered from his injuries and signed with the ECHL’s Trenton Titans for the 2012-13 season. He posted an impressive 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists) in 55 games for the Titans and also earned a three-game AHL call-up with the Binghamton Senators. On February 23, 2013 Schultz tied an ECHL single-game record when he scored four power play goals for Trenton in a 6-0 win over the Reading Royals.
Hubert Labrie (D)
Stars Debut: November 13, 2011 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 60 GP, 6 Points (2 Goals, 4 Assists), 63 PIMs
Hubert Labrie was undrafted after playing four years of major junior hockey for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. The Victoriaville, Quebec native signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas on September 18, 2009, but remained with Gatineau for the next two years. He turned pro for the 2011-12 season and started the year with the Idaho Steelheads, the Stars’ ECHL affiliate. He was recalled to Texas on November 12, 2011 and made his AHL debut with the Stars on November 13th at San Antonio wearing the No. 5 jersey. He scored his first career AHL goal on December 9, 2011 vs. Charotte and then scored his second goal on December 21, 2011 at Houston; the only two goals of his AHL career.
Labrie was in the No. 5 jersey for 33 games in the 2011-12 season and swapped numbers for the 2012-13 season, moving to No. 14 with the arrival of veteran defenseman Tyler Sloan. He became the fourth player in team history to wear No. 14 on November 21, 2012 vs. Oklahoma City. Labrie again split the year between Texas and Idaho, playing 27 games for the Stars and 22 games for Idaho; he also appeared in 17 playoff games for the Steelheads as they made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing to Stockton in five games. Labrie has one more year remaining on his entry level contract with Dallas.
Brett Sonne (C)
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Stars Debut: April 11, 2013 at Charlotte
Stars Career Stats: 6 GP, 3 Points (1 Goal, 2 Assists), 2 PIMs
Brett Sonne became the most recent Texas Stars player to wear the No. 14 jersey when he made his Stars debut on April 11, 2013 at Charlotte. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native was acquired by Dallas on April 9, 2013 in an AHL trade that sent defenseman Carl Sneep to the Peoria Rivermen, which was the St. Louis Blues’ AHL-affiliate last season. Sonne was drafted by the Blues in the third round (85th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in the midst of his major junior career with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. He joined Peoria for the 2009-10 season, his first as a pro, and played there for four years until being traded to the Stars.
Sonne scored his first points with Texas on April 16, 2013 scoring a goal and adding an assist as the Stars came from behind to beat San Antonio 3-2 in a shootout at AT&T Center. In all, he played in six regular season games for Texas and had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and 2 penalty minutes. Sonne made his Calder Cup Playoff debut on May 3, 2013 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Milwaukee, picking up an assist in the Stars’ series-clinching victory over the Admirals. He played in one more game for Texas during the 2013 playoffs, suiting up for Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals against Oklahoma City on May 9th.