Tyler Shelast (RW) 2009-2010
Mike Embach (F) 2010-2011
Taylor Vause (C) 2011-2012
Toby Petersen (C) 2012-2013
Tyler Shelast (RW)
Kelowna, British Columbia
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 32 GP, 5 Points (2 Goals, 3 Assists), 20 PIMs
Tyler Shelast became the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 19 jersey when he suited up for the team’s first ever game on October 2, 2009. The Kelowna, British Columbia native was undrafted after playing two seasons for the Powell River Kings in the BCHL and four years of Division I college hockey for Michigan Tech of the WCHA. Shelast turned pro at the end of his senior year (2007-08), joining the AHL’s Iowa Stars for the final 11 games of the season. The next year Shelast split his time between the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs, playing in 17 more AHL games.
Shelast played in 32 games for Texas during the 2009-10 season, recording his first point for the Stars with an assist in the first regular season AHL game ever played at Cedar Park Center. He scored his first goal for Texas on October 17, 2009 at Houston and then scored the game-winning goal on December 6, 2009 at San Antonio, breaking a 1-1 tie at 8:56 of the third period in a 4-1 victory. On March 4, 2010 Shelast was loaned to the CHL’s Allen Americans where he played in five games and had three points (2 goals, 1 assist). He was recalled to Texas on March 15, 2010 and he stayed with the Stars for the remainder of the regular season and throughout the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, although he did not play in a game.
After the Stars: Shelast played for the Quad City Mallards of the CHL during the 2010-11 season, racking up 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games. Over the last two seasons he has played for six different ECHL teams, including four in the 2011-12 campaign: Stockton Thunder, Trenton Titans, Florida Everblades and South Carolina Stingrays. Last year Shelast started with the Evansville Icemen, switching to the Kalamazoo Wings in December.
Mike Embach (F)
Orland Park, Illinois
Stars Debut: March 18, 2011 at Manitoba
Stars Career Stats: 5 GP, 0 Points (0 Goals, 0 Assists), 4 PIMs
Mike Embach was undrafted after playing two seasons of junior hockey in the USHL for the Chicago Steel and the Indiana Ice and four years of Division I college hockey for Ferris State University of the CCHA. At the end of his senior season he joined the Texas Stars and made his pro debut on March 18, 2011 at Manitoba, becoming the second player in team history to wear No. 19. He played in five total games for the season and had zero points and four penalty minutes.
After the Stars: Embach played the 2011-12 season, his first full season as a pro, with the Chicago Express of the ECHL. Last year he skated for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, scoring 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) in 55 games and earned a two-game AHL call-up with the Lake Erie Monsters. Embach had a fantastic playoff run with Cincinnati, scoring 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 17 games as the Cyclones reached the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Reading Royals in five games.
Taylor Vause (C)
Stars Debut: March 19, 2012 vs. Abbotsford
Stars Career Stats: 47 GP, 11 Points (1 Goal, 10 Assists), 40 PIMs
Taylor Vause was undrafted out of the Western Hockey League where he played parts of five seasons for the Swift Current Broncos. At the end of his final season with Swift Current, the Calgary, Alberta native made his pro debut wearing No. 19 with the Stars on March 19, 2012 vs. Abbotsford. Vause scored a goal on March 25, 2012 at Toronto, his first career pro point and then added his first pro assist on March 29, 2012 vs. Hamilton. Tragedy literally struck Vause during the Hamilton game as he broke his foot blocking a shot and missed the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
With veteran forward Toby Petersen joining Texas for the 2012-13 campaign, Vause had to choose a different number to wear. He selected lucky 13 and made his season debut in the new number on October 14, 2012 vs. Charlotte. With just five games played wearing the No. 19 jersey, Vause is tied with Mike Embach for the fewest games played for the Stars in that number. During the 2012-13 season Vause had 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 55 games, while also making his pro post-season debut, appearing in three games for Texas during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Toby Petersen (C)
Stars Debut: February 14, 2011 at Lake Erie
Stars Career Stats: 75 GP, 25 Points (8 Goals, 17 Assists), 8 PIMs
Toby Petersen is the fourth player to wear No. 19 for the Texas Stars and has played more games in that jersey than any other player in franchise history. However, the Minneapolis, Minnesota native did not wear that number for his Stars debut two years ago on February 14, 2011 at Lake Erie. Petersen instead was wearing No. 32 for his brief cameo during the 2010-11 season. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth round, (244th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the Penguins organization following his four-year collegiate career at Colorado College of the WCHA. In his 13 year professional career, Petersen has played in 922 career pro games, including 398 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Dallas and 517 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Edmonton Roadrunners, the Iowa Stars and the Texas Stars.
Petersen made his Stars debut in the No. 19 jersey on October 13, 2012 in the season opener at San Antonio, scoring his first AHL goal since the 2007-08 season. He served as an alternate captain all season long and led the team in games played (74), missing only two games, including one to an NHL call-up with Dallas. One of Petersen’s most memorable moments from the 2012-13 season was his shootout-winning goal in the ninth round on Teddy Bear Toss night in a 1-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers. Because the game was scoreless through regulation and overtime, Stars fans were not able to cover the ice with donated stuffed animals during play, creating some incredible still photos of Petersen and his teammates celebrating the dramatic shootout victory over the Checkers in the midst of a flurry of teddy bears.
Petersen finished the season with 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) in 74 games played and also skated in all nine Calder Cup Playoff games for Texas. He hadn’t played in an AHL post-season game since the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs when the Iowa Stars lost a dramatic seven-game first round series to the Milwaukee Admirals. Petersen is under contract with Dallas through the 2013-14 season and is expected to be one of the Texas Stars leaders for the upcoming season.