Trevor Ludwig (D) 2009-2011
Jace Coyle (D) 2011-2013
Cameron Gaunce (D) 2012-2013
Trevor Ludwig (D)
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 111 GP, 15 Points (4 Goals, 11 Assists), 120 PIMs
Trevor Ludwig was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 24 jersey. The Rhinelander, Wisconsin native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for the Providence College Friars of Hockey East. Ludwig joined the Iowa Stars of the AHL at the end of his senior season at Providence, playing in seven games for Dallas’ top minor league affiliate. He split the 2008-09 season between the Manitoba Moose and the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads and then joined the Texas Stars for their inaugural season.
Ludwig wore No. 24 for the first time in the Stars’ first game on October 2, 2009 at San Antonio. Although he only played in four games for Texas in the first two months of the season, instead going down to Idaho, he became a regular in the lineup just after Christmas and played in 47 total regular season games for the Stars, scoring eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) and 62 penalty minutes. Ludwig played in 19 of the team’s 24 Calder Cup Playoff games, registering his lone point with an assist on May 11, 2010 in Game 7 of the West Division Finals at Chicago. Ludwig returned to the Stars for the 2010-11 season, appearing in 64 games and scoring seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) and 58 penalty minutes, but suffered an injury on March 25, 2011 vs. Grand Rapids and missed the rest of the season.
After the Stars: Ludwig spend the 2011-12 season with the CHL’s Allen Americans and received AHL call-ups with both the Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch. This past season he again played for Allen and also in three AHL games for the Houston Aeros. Ludwig and the Americans enjoyed a fantastic season, capturing the Ray Miron President’s Cup as the 2013 CHL Champions, defeating the Wichita Thunder in seven games.
Jace Coyle (D)
Cranbrook, British Columbia
Stars Debut: October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 58 GP, 8 Points (1 Goals, 7 Assists), 8 PIMs
Jace Coyle was the second player to wear No. 24 for the Texas Stars. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native was undrafted after playing four years of major junior hockey in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs and the Medicine Hat Tigers, including two years under current Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins. Coyle signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas on July 1, 2010, but elected to stay with Medicine Hat for the 2010-11 season. He joined Texas for the 2011-12 season and made his pro debut on October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City. Coyle split the season between Texas and Idaho, recording his first career pro point with an assist for the Steelheads on December 9, 2011 against the Colorado Eagles.
He notched his first career AHL point with an assist on January 6, 2012 at San Antonio and then scored his first pro and AHL goal on April 10, 2012 vs. Chicago. Coyle was on the Stars opening night roster for the 2012-13 season, but did not play in any games before heading back to Idaho. He played in 10 AHL games for Texas and 37 ECHL games for Idaho, where he racked up 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) and a plus-13 rating.
After the Stars: Coyle finished the year in Idaho and then played in 17 Kelly Cup Playoff games to help lead the Steelheads to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Stockton Thunder in five games. He was a restricted free agent, but was not extended a qualifying offer by Dallas and became an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2013.
Cameron Gaunce (D)
Stars Debut: April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 9 GP, 5 Points (1 Goal, 5 Assists), 0 PIMs
Cameron Gaunce became the third and most recent Texas Stars player to wear the No. 24 jersey in April of 2013. The Markham, Ontario was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (50th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and played three seasons of major junior hockey for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL. Gaunce turned pro during the 2010-11 season and was assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado’s AHL affiliate. He appeared in 61 games for Lake Erie that season, scoring 22 points (2 goals, 20 assists) and 84 penalty minutes, while also making his NHL debut with the Avalanche on February 12, 2011 at Nashville. Gaunce played in 10 total NHL games that season and then returned to Lake Erie, where he played in 75 games during the 2011-12 season. Last year he began his third season with the Monsters, appearing in 61 games and securing 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) and 98 penalty minutes until April.
Everything changed when Gaunce was traded by Colorado to the Dallas Stars on April 2, 2013 in exchange for Tomas Vincour. He was immediately assigned to Texas and he made his Stars debut on April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City. He played in his 200th career AHL game two days later at San Antonio. Back in San Antonio on April 14, 2013, Gaunce equaled Texas franchise single game records for points and assist with four assists and a plus-five and was named the first star of the game in an 8-2 rout of the Rampage. He had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in nine games with Texas and then appeared in all nine 2013 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Stars, the first post-season action of his pro career.
Gaunce was a restricted free agent this summer, but guaranteed his Stars return for the 2013-14 season when he signed a new one-year two way contract with Dallas on June 24, 2013.