Warren Peters (C) 2009-2010
Matt Stephenson (D) 2010-2011
Matt Fraser (LW) 2011-2013
Warren Peters (C)
Stars Debut: October 10, 2009 at Houston
Stars Career Stats: 111 GP, 15 Points (4 Goals, 11 Assists), 120 PIMs
Warren Peters was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 25 jersey. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was undrafted after playing five years of major junior hockey for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. He made his pro debut in the spring of 2003, playing in one AHL game for the Portland Pirates at the end of his final year of juniors. Peters began the 2003-04 season with the Idaho Steelheads, but spent more time in the AHL with the Utah Grizzlies that season. He played the entire 2004-05 NHL lockout season with the Steelheads and then signed with the Calgary Flames in the summer of 2005. Peters played four seasons with the Flames’ AHL affiliates in Omaha and Quad City, finally reaching the NHL with Calgary during the 2008-09 season, playing in 16 NHL games.
Peters signed with the Dallas Stars for the 2009-10 season and played in 11 NHL games for the Stars, spending most of the year with Texas. He had 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 61 AHL games for the Stars, finishing the regular season ranking third in goals and eighth in points. In mid-November he put together a five-game goal streak, scoring six goals during that span. Peters had eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 23 games of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, helping Texas reach the Finals, before falling to Hershey.
After the Stars: Peters signed with the Minnesota Wild on July 2, 2010 and combined over the following two seasons he appeared in 82 AHL games for the Houston Aeros and 69 NHL games for Minnesota. Just one year removed from his trip to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals with Texas, he returned to the 2011 Finals with Houston, but again lost in six games, this time to the Binghamton Senators. Last year he signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins and played 73 AHL games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. With the Penguins, Peters reached the Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the third time in his career, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost to the Syracuse Crunch in five games.
Matt Stephenson (D)
Stars Debut: October 3, 2009 vs. San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 106 GP, 5 Points (0 Goals, 5 Assists), 80 PIMs
Matt Stephenson was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 20 jersey and the second player to wear No. 25. The Midland, Ontario native was undrafted after playing four years of Division I college hockey with St. Cloud State University of the WCHA. Stephenson joined the Iowa Stars at the end of the 2007-08 season, his senior year. The next year, 2008-09, he started with the Idaho Steelheads, the Stars ECHL affiliate, and earned an AHL call-up to the Providence Bruins, where he played in 17 regular season games and saw his first Calder Cup Playoff action.
Stephenson made his Texas Stars debut on October 3, 2009 at Cedar Park Center vs. San Antonio wearing No. 20. With the departure of Warren Peters to the Minnesota Wild following the 2009-10 season, he opened the 2010-11 season wearing No. 25 on October 10, 2010 at San Antonio. After playing regularly in October, he struggled with injuries over the next three months, playing just nine games from November-January. Stephenson returned to health in February and played the rest of the regular season. He totaled 46 games with no points and 33 penalty minutes and skated in all six 2011 Calder Cup Playoff games in Texas’ first round series against Milwaukee. Stephenson ranks 19th all-time in franchise history with 106 career regular season games, and had five assists and 80 penalty minutes.
After the Stars: Stephenson elected to go to Europe after his second season with Texas, signing with the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the United Kingdom. He has played in 104 games over the past two seasons for Sheffield, putting up a combined 62 points (12 goals, 50 assists) and 119 penalty minutes.
Matt Fraser (LW)
Red Deer, Alberta
Stars Debut: October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 135 GP, 101 Points (70 Goals, 31 Assists), 71 PIMs
Matt Fraser was the third ever Texas Stars player to wear the No. 25 jersey and has played in more games with that number than any other player in franchise history. The Red Deer, Alberta native was undrafted and played four full seasons of major junior hockey, primarily with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. Fraser signed a three-year entry level contract with the Dallas Stars as a free agent on November 17, 2010 and returned to Kootenay for his final year of juniors, helping to lead the Ice to the 2011 WHL Championship and a berth into the 2011 Memorial Cup tournament.
Fraser joined Texas for the 2011-12 season, making his Stars debut on October 9, 2011 against the Oklahoma City Barons, scoring two goals and adding an assist for his first career pro points. He became the first player in Texas franchise history to score 30 goals in a single season, scoring 37 goals and 18 assists for 55 points in 73 AHL games. Fraser finished second overall in the AHL in goals, third in the league in shots (253), fifth in shorthanded goals (3) and ranked sixth amongst rookies in points. He was also named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, where he scored a shootout goal to help lift the Western Conference All-Stars to an 8-7 win. He made his NHL debut with Dallas on January 24, 2012 vs. Anaheim.
During his second season with Texas, Fraser continued to score goals like no one else in the league. He led the team with 33 goals and added 13 assists for 46 points in 62 AHL games, while also playing in 12 more NHL games for Dallas. He was selected to the Western Conference All-Stars for the second consecutive season at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic, where he won the Accuracy Shooting contest by hitting all four targets in just five shots during the 2013 AHL All-Star Skills Competition. Fraser beat his own Texas Stars franchise record, set in the 2011-12 season, when he recorded an 11-game point streak from January 11, 2013 vs. Houston to February 5th vs. Rockford, piling up 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) during that span. In the midst of that record-setting streak, Fraser also put together a seven-game assist streak, which was a new franchise record, but was matched later last season by fellow left wing Reilly Smith. He made his 2013 NHL season debut and scored his first career NHL goal on February 25th at Nashville. Fraser led the AHL in power play goals (17) and finished second in the league in goals and was named to the end-of-season 2012-13 AHL Second All-Star Team.
Fraser played in 135 career AHL games for Texas, which ranks 13th all-time in franchise history. He leads the Stars in career goals (70) and power play goals (28), ranks fourth in shots (435) and fifth in points (101). No other AHL player scored more goals than he did between the combined 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He became a restricted free agent at the end of last season, but avoided free agency by signing a new one-year two-way contract with Dallas on June 24, 2013.
After the Stars: Just ten days after signing a contract with Dallas, Fraser was traded by the Stars, along with Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. He leaves the Stars as the most prolific goal-scorer in Texas franchise history and the only player on the team to be selected to back-to-back AHL All-Star games.