Perttu Lindgren (C) 2009-2010
Tomas Vincour (RW) 2010-2013
John Klingberg (D) 2013 Playoffs
Perttu Lindgren (C)
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 74 GP, 47 Points (14 Goals, 33 Assists), 14 PIMs
Perttu Lindgren was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 17 jersey when he pulled on the sweater for the team’s first ever game on October 2, 2009 at San Antonio. The Tampere, Finland native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the third round (75th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and after playing two more years for his hometown club Ilves Tampere in the Finnish SM-liiga, he came over to North America to play for the team’s AHL-affiliate in 2007-08, the Iowa Stars. When the affiliation ended after that season, Lindgren returned to Finland to play for Lukko Rauma for the 2008-09 season.
Lindgren returned to the USA for the inaugural season of Texas Stars hockey in 2009-10. He had 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 74 games, leading the team in assists and finishing third in points. Lindgren posted 10 multi-point games during the regular season and had a fantastic month of February, scoring 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games over the month, including a six-game point streak.
During the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, Lindgren was second on the team with 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 24 post-season games, helping the Stars reach the Finals. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the West Division Semifinals vs. Rockford, but perhaps his best individual performance of the playoffs came in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at Hamilton when he posted the only three-point game of his AHL career. Trailing 2-0 at Copps Coliseum, Lindgren helped the Stars rally with assists on Ethan Graham’s goal late in the second period and on Mathieu Beaudoin’s game-tying strike midway through the third period. He then broke the 2-2 tie with exactly six minutes left in regulation, his sixth goal of the playoffs, and then Jamie Benn added a goal with 87 seconds left to ice the game 4-2.
After the Stars: Lindgren returned to Finland and spent the next two seasons (2010-11 & 2011-12) with Lukko Rauma of the SM-liiga. During those two years he combined for 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 104 games. Last season he moved to the KHL, beginning the year with Atlant Mytishchi, but was placed on waivers and claimed by Amur Khabarovsk. According to the website eliteprospects.com Lindgren has signed with HC Davos of the Swiss Nationalliga A (NLA) for the 2013-14 season.
Tomas Vincour (RW)
Brno, Czech Republic
Stars Debut: October 16, 2010 vs. San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 113 GP, 56 Points (30 Goals, 26 Assists), 38 PIMs
Tomas Vincour became the second player in Stars history to wear No. 17 when he joined the team in 2010-11 and is the most tenured player in that number. The Brno, Czech Republic native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and he played three years of major junior hockey in the WHL; two and a half years with the Edmonton Oil Kings and half a season with the Vancouver Giants. Vincour then turned pro and was assigned to the Texas Stars for the 2010-11 season.
Vincour made his pro debut with Texas on October 16, 2010 vs. San Antonio and had an assist for his first career pro point. He scored his pro goal exactly one month later on November 16, 2010 in the second period of an 8-2 rout of the Chicago Wolves. He had to wait only 23 minutes to score his second pro goal which came late in the third period. Vincour made his NHL debut with Dallas on February 9, 2011 vs. Phoenix and played in 24 NHL games during the 2010-11 season, along with 44 games for Texas. He started the 2011-12 season in the AHL and had an incredible first month and a half. Vincour piled up 13 points (10 goals, 3 assists) in 15 games for Texas, including a five-game goal streak from October 27, 2011 to November 6, 2011. That torrid start earned him another call-up to Dallas, where he played in 47 NHL games and only returned to Texas for a total of seven more AHL games the rest of the season. With the NHL lockout underway at the opening of the 2012-13 season, Vincour again started the year in Texas and then earned several recalls to Dallas. Overall in parts of three seasons with Texas he had 56 points (30 goals, 26 assists) and 38 penalty minutes in 113 GP. He ranks second all-time in shootout goals (6) and shootout attempts (15), tied for fifth in shorthanded goals (2), eighth in goals and 13th in points.
After the Stars: On April 2, 2013 Vincour was traded by Dallas to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Cameron Gaunce. He was immediately assigned to the Avalanche AHL-affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, where he had a fantastic end of the AHL season. Vincour scored 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in just six games for Lake Erie, who were not in the playoff picture, and then appeared in two NHL games for Colorado and had one assist. On June 18, 2013 he signed a one-year contract in the KHL with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan.
John Klingberg (D)
Stars Debut: April 27, 2013 at Milwaukee
Stars Career Stats: 1 GP, 0 Points (0 Goals, 0 Assists), 0 PIMs
John Klingberg was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Goteborg, Sweden native played for Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), formerly known as the Elitserien, for the past two seasons (2011-12 & 2012-13). Last year he had 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists) in 25 regular season games and then had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 13 playoff games as Skelleftea won the Le Mat Trophy as the 2013 SHL Champions.
After the celebrations died down in Sweden, Dallas reassigned Klingberg to the Texas Stars on April 23, 2013. He made his North American pro debut with Texas on April 27, 2013 at Milwaukee in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. That was the only game Klingberg played in during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, allowing him to become the third player in team history to wear the No. 17 sweater.