Mathieu Beaudoin (RW) 2009-2010
Cody Chupp (F) 2010-2011
Mike Hedden (LW) 2011-2013
Mathieu Beaudoin (RW)
Rock Forest, Quebec
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 72 GP, 44 Points (19 Goals, 25 Assists), 22 PIMs
Mathieu Beaudoin was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 26 jersey. Undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Ohio State University of the CCHA, the Rock Forest, Quebec native made his pro debut at the end of his senior season, 2006-07, when he played in 14 playoff games for the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs, losing in the second round to the New Mexico Scorpions in seven games. He began his first full pro season with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers, but after just one game, he moved the Dayton Bombers where he had 68 points (38 goals, 30 assists) and 44 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games, while also earning short AHL call-ups with the Iowa Stars, Rochester Americans and Hershey Bears. In 2008-09 Beaudoin began the year in Las Vegas, under former Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, but had three more call-ups, to the San Antonio Rampage, Milwaukee Admirals and Houston Aeros. He stuck with Houston, appearing in 41 games and scoring 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) during the regular season and 20 Calder Cup playoff games as he helped Houston reach the Western Conference Finals, before losing out to the Manitoba Moose in six games.
Beaudoin signed with the Texas Stars and spent his first full season in the AHL in 2009-10. He made his debut on opening night, October 2, 2009 at San Antonio, and scored the first hat trick in franchise history with three goals on December 4, 2009 in a 5-1 win at Milwaukee. Beaudoin’s hat trick sparked an explosion of seven goals in six games to start December. He finished fourth on the team with 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) and added 22 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games and then played in all but two of the Stars’ 24 Calder Cup playoff games. Beaudoin scored goals in the first two games of the playoffs, helping to lead Texas to a four-game sweep over the Rockford IceHogs in the West Division Semifinals. Perhaps his biggest game of the post-season came in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at Hamilton, where he scored the game-tying goal at 9:15 of the third period and then assisted on Perttu Lindgren’s game-winning goal with exactly six minutes left in regulation as the Stars won 4-2 and advanced to the 2010 Calder Cup Finals.
After the Stars: Beaudoin signed with the Phoenix Coyotes as a free agent on July 3, 2010 and spented the entire 2010-11 season in San Antonio. The Coyotes moved their AHL affiliation to the Portland Pirates for the 2011-12 season, thus he ended up playing in Maine for the year. Last season Beaudoin signed with the Hershey Bears and played in 32 games, but was traded to the Rockford IceHogs on January 31, 2013 in a deal that sent Peter LeBlanc to Hershey via a trade between Chicago and Washington. Beaudoin finished the season with Rockford and became an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2013.
Cody Chupp (F)
Big Rapids, Michigan
Stars Debut: March 26, 2010 at Chicago
Stars Career Stats: 67 GP, 15 Points (5 Goals, 10 Assists), 23 PIMs
Cody Chupp took over the No. 15 jersey when he signed an ATO with Texas on March 26, 2010. The Big Rapids, Michigan native had just completed his senior season at Ferris State University of the CCHA and was looking to make his pro debut after being undrafted. Chupp made his Stars debut that night at Chicago and he played in the final nine games of the regular season, registering his first career pro point with an assist on April 2, 2010 vs. San Antonio. He made his Calder Cup Playoff debut in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Hamilton on May 24, 2010 and he also played in Game 7 two days later.
Chupp signed with the Stars for the 2010-11 season, but he did not continue wearing No. 15, instead swapping for the No. 26 jersey and becoming the second player in team history to wear that number. Chupp skated in 58 regular season games in his first full season as a pro, tallying 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) and 21 penalty minutes. He scored his first AHL goal on October 26, 2010 vs. Peoria and in early December he put together an AHL career-best four game point streak with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) during that span. Chupp featured in all but one of the Stars 2011 Calder Cup Playoff games against Milwaukee and registered his first career AHL post-season point with an assist in Game 4 on April 20, 2011 at Cedar Park Center.
After the Stars: Chupp joined the Penguins organization in 2011-12, starting the year in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and went back-and-forth with the Wheeling Nailers, their ECHL affiliate. He stayed with the Nailers for the 2012-13 campaign, appearing in 23 games and recording 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists).
Mike Hedden (LW)
Stars Debut: October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 135 GP, 101 Points (70 Goals, 31 Assists), 71 PIMs
Mike Hedden is the third player in Texas Stars history to wear No. 26 and he has appeared in more games for the franchise than anyone else. The Dunnville, Ontario native was undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division III college hockey for the Neumann University of the ECAC-West. During his senior season, Hedden led the Knights to the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship, which was the first in school history. He made his pro debut with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL in the 2009-10 season and played two years in Northwestern Ohio, scoring 84 points (50 goals, 34 assists) in 123 games. During his second year pro, 2010-11, Hedden received call-ups with three different AHL team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, Rockford IceHogs and Rochester Americans. With Grand Rapids he recorded his first career AHL point with an assist against Texas on March 25, 2011 at Cedar Park Center, a game the Stars won 5-3
Hedden signed an AHL contract with Texas for the 2011-12 season and made his Stars debut on October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma, wearing the No. 26 sweater on opening night. He scored his first career AHL goal, his first point with Texas, on November 26, 2011 vs. Houston. Hedden had a three-point game (1 goal, 2 assists) on February 10, 2012 at Rochester, a game Texas lost 9-4. He became the second player in franchise history to score a penalty shot goal when he beat Oklahoma City goaltender David LeNeveau at 5:35 of the second period in front of a sellout crowd at Cedar Park Center. Hedden scored later in the contest for his first career AHL multi-goal game and fought Barons’ forward Antti Tyrvainen in the closing minutes of a 5-2 Stars loss, earning second star honors. He finished his first season with Texas with 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists) and 55 penalty minutes in 69 games.
In his second season with the Stars Hedden finished tied for fourth on the team with 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) during 2012-13, along with 38 penalty minutes and a plus-eight plus-minus rating in 61 games. Although he struggled to make the lineup consistently early in the season due to the NHL lockout, he flourished with linemates Justin Dowling and Alex Chiasson after the lockout ended, becoming an offensive force for the Stars. He saw his first career AHL post-season action during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs and was tied for second on Texas by scoring four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in nine games. Over the last two seasons, Hedden has appeared in 130 career AHL games for the Stars, which ranks 14th on the team’s all-time list, and has 69 points (32 goals, 37 assists) and 93 penalty minutes. He ranks sixth in franchise history in game-winning goals (7), seventh in goals, ninth in points, 11th in assists and 12th in shots (212).