Kael Mouillierat (F) 2010-2011
Eric Godard (LW) 2011-2012
Reilly Smith (LW) 2012-2013
Kael Mouillierat (F)
Stars Debut: February 4, 2011 at Houston
Stars Career Stats: 6 GP, 2 Points (0 Goals, 2 Assists), 2 PIMs
No player dressed in the No. 28 jersey during the Texas Stars inaugural 2009-10 season. That trend continued from the onset of the 2010-11 campaign until February 4, 2011 when Kael Mouillierat made his Stars and AHL debut at Houston to become the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the number. The Edmonton, Alberta native was undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he had 92 points in 144 career games. At the conclusion of his senior season, Mouillierat turned pro and joined the Idaho Steelheads for the end of the 2009-10 regular season. He returned to Boise for his first full professional season in 2010-11 and had 44 points in 44 ECHL games when he earned his first career AHL call-up with Texas.
Mouillierat signed a PTO with Texas on February 3, 2011 and made his Stars debut the next night at Houston. He played in six total goals for Texas, notching his first career AHL point with the lone assist on a Cody Chupp goal with nine seconds left in the first period in a 6-5 overtime win over the Rockford IceHogs on February 11, 2011 at Cedar Park Center. Mouillierat’s final game for the Stars came on February 20, 2011 at Milwaukee and he was released from his PTO on February 23, 2011.
After the Stars: Mouillierat returned to Idaho and finished the 2010-11 season with 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists), leading the Steelheads in assists and ranking second in both goals and points. He began the 2011-12 season with Idaho, but spent a majority of the season in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he compiled 23 points in 44 games and also appeared in his first two Calder Cup Playoff games during Bridgeport’s first round series with the Connecticut Whale. Were it not for the NHL lockout to start the 2012-13 season, Mouillierat may well have started the season in the AHL, but instead returned for his third season with Idaho. He was dominating the team and the league with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in his first 19 ECHL games when he earned a call-up with the St. John’s IceCaps. Mouillierat secured a roster spot for the rest of the season with 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 50 AHL games and then earned an AHL contract for the 2013-14 season.
Eric Godard (LW)
Vernon, British Columbia
Stars Debut: October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 46 GP, 1 Point (1 Goal, 0 Assists), 58 PIMs
Eric Godard was the second player in team history to wear the No. 28 and has played more games for Texas than any other player in that jersey… by one game, that is. The Vernon, British Columbia native was undrafted after playing three seasons of junior hockey for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. Godard broke into the pro ranks with the AHL’s Louisville Panthers at the end of his final season of juniors (1999-2000). He played 11 years in the AHL and NHL before arriving in Cedar Park, quite literally fighting his way to 335 career NHL games and 833 penalty minutes with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.
Godard made his Stars debut during the team’s season opener on October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City. It was his first AHL game since January 24, 2007, when he suited up for the final time with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in a home game against the Milwaukee Admirals. After that game, Godard was recalled from Omaha by Calgary and spent the rest of the 2006-07 season with the Flames. He appeared in 46 games for Texas during the 2011-12 season, scoring one goal and adding 58 penalty minutes. Godard’s lone point for the Stars came in fairly dramatic fashion, as he scored the game-tying goal at 17:03 of the second period on January 6, 2012 at San Antonio. He leveled the game at 3-3, but Texas would eventually fall to the Rampage in a shootout 4-3.
After the Stars: Godard had signed a two-year contract with Dallas prior to the 2011-12 season, but the Stars chose to buy out the remaining year of his deal on June 29, 2012, effectively making him a free agent. In the middle of the 2012 NHL Lockout, he announced his retirement on November 2, 2012, hanging up his skates at the age of 32.
Reilly Smith (LW)
Stars Debut: October 13, 2012 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 45 GP, 35 Points (14 Goals, 21 Assists), 20 PIMs
Reilly Smith is the third player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 28 jersey, and came one regular season game shy of tying Eric Godard for the most in that sweater. The Toronto, Ontario native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the third round (69th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and then chose to attend Miami University of the CCHA. After three seasons with the Redhawks, where he piled up 122 points (66 goals, 56 assists) in 121 NCAA games, Smith decided to forgo his senior season and signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas on March 25, 2012. He made his pro and NHL debut with the Stars against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place three days later.
With the 2012 NHL Lockout underway, Smith did not have an opportunity to earn an NHL roster spot at the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Instead he was assigned to Texas, where he made his AHL debut during the season opener on October 13, 2012 at San Antonio. Smith struggled to find points early in the year, failing to score a goal and recording just four assists in the first 16 games of the campaign. He finally scored his first career pro goal on November 27, 2012 at Rockford and that opened the flood gates. With the pressure finally off his young shoulders, Smith rattled off ten goals in twelve games and had a monster month of December, earning the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month award with 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 14 games. He continued his scoring pace into January and earned an NHL roster spot with Dallas when the lockout ended.
Smith only played in two games for Texas during the months of February and March, but had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) during his brief cameos. He scored his first career NHL goal on February 15, 2013 at Vancouver, which was also his first career NHL point. Smith totaled 37 NHL games for Dallas in 2013, posting 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and 8 penalty minutes. Although he only played in eight AHL games for the Stars after the lockout ended, he was able to tie a Texas Stars club record with a seven-game assist streak (8 assists) from January 6, 2013 vs. Houston to April 6, 2013 vs. Hamilton. Smith scored a goal the next night at San Antonio, but saw his assist streak come to an end just one game shy of setting a new franchise record.
Smith finished the regular season in the NHL with Dallas, which forced him to miss the first two games of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. He made his professional post-season debut with Texas on May 1, 2013 vs. Milwaukee and assisted on Kevin Connauton’s power play goal in a 2-0 win. Smith played in seven total playoff games for the Stars, leading the team with four assists and finishing tied for second with four points.
After the Stars: Smith’s Stars career was ended prematurely when he was traded by Dallas to the Boston Bruins on July 4, 2013, along with Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser, in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. Entering his second full pro season, Smith now will try to make Boston’s lineup for the 2013-14 season.