Ivan Vishnevskiy (D) 2009-10
Ned Lukacevic (LW) 2009-2010
Fabian Brunnstrom (LW) 2010-2011
Alex Chiasson (RW) 2011-2013
Ivan Vishnevskiy (D)
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 51 GP, 24 Points (8 Goals, 16 Assists), 18 PIMs
Ivan Vishnevskiy was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 29 jersey. The Barnaul, Russia native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round (27th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons of major junior hockey for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL and then turned pro for the 2008-09 season. Since Dallas did not have an AHL affiliate that year, Vishnevskiy was assigned to the Peoria Rivermen, where he had 19 point (6 goals, 13 assists) and 28 penalty minutes in 67 AHL games. He was also recalled to Dallas to play in his first three NHL games and had two assists during that span, before returning to Peoria for their first round playoff series against the Houston Aeros.
Vishnevskiy was assigned to Texas for the inaugural 2009-10 season and he was in the lineup for the first ever game on October 2, 2013 at San Antonio, scoring the team’s second-ever goal in the game, a power play goal at 11:52 of the third period to level the score at 2-2, before the Rampage won 3-2. The next night he became the first player to score a goal at Cedar Park Center with a first period power play strike, which also gave him the first goal-streak in franchise history. Vishnevskiy scored 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) and had 18 penalty minutes in 51 games for Texas, while also getting called up to Dallas for two more NHL games. He holds the franchise record for the highest shootout percentage (0.800) of any player with two or more attempts, going 4-for-5 during his Stars career. He also represented the Stars at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic in Portland, Maine and had two assists for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars in a 10-9 shootout loss to the Canadian AHL All-Stars.
After the Stars: Vishnevskiy was traded by Dallas on February 9, 2010 to the Atlanta Thrashers and along with a 2010 fourth round draft pick in exchange for goaltender Kari Lehtonen. He was assigned to Atlanta’s AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, and made his Wolves debut against Texas on February 12, 2010 at Cedar Park Center. Vishnevskiy played in 28 regular season games for Chicago and had 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) and then played in 14 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Wolves, appearing in all seven games of the 2010 West Division Finals against Texas. He had two assists in Game 2, including the second assist on Anthony Stewart’s game-winning goal in double overtime for a 4-3 Wolves victory. On July 1, 2010 Atlanta traded Vishnevskiy to the Chicago Blackhawks along with a 2011 second round draft pick in exchange for Andrew Ladd. He spent the entire 2010-11 season with Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs and then moved back home where he has played for Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL for the past two seasons.
Ned Lukacevic (LW)
Stars Debut: April 2, 2010 vs. San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 2 GP, 1 Point (0 Goals, 1 Assist), 0 PIMs
Ned Lukacevic was the second player in team history to wear the No. 29 jersey and also holds the distinction as the only player born in Montenegro to play for the franchise. A native of Podgorica, Montenegro, which was part of Yugoslavia when he was born on February 11, 1986, his family immigrated to British Columbia when he was a child. Lukacevic played four years of major junior hockey in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs and the Swift Current Broncos and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After his final junior season (2005-06) he made his pro debut with the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, during the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. He split the 2006-07 season between Manchester and the King’s ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals. Lukacevic spent most of his first three pro seasons (2006-2009) with Reading, but also earned a significant AHL call-up to the Providence Bruins during the 2008-09 season. He then signed with the Las Vegas Wranglers for the 2009-10 season, scoring 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in 61 ECHL games, earning an eight-game AHL call-up with Providence in March of 2010 and just days after being released by the Bruins, he was called up by Texas.
Lukacevic made his Stars debut on April 2, 2010 vs. San Antonio and also played the next night vs. Houston, tallying an assist for his only point with Texas.
After the Stars: Lukacevic was released from his PTO on April 5, 2010 and returned to Las Vegas. He started the 2010-11 season with the Wranglers, but spent a majority of the season in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage, although he did return to Las Vegas to play in one Kelly Cup Playoff game. Lukacevic started the 2011-12 campaign with the Wranglers, but left in January to play for Sundsvall IF of the Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division. Last year he played for ETC Crimmitschau in the 2nd Eishockey-Bundesliga in Germany and HC Banska Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga before being traded to the Aalborg Pirates of the Danish AL-Bank Ligaen on February 23, 2013. According to internet reports Lukacevic is heading to Japan after signing a contract for the 2013-14 season with the Tohoku Free Blades of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALH).
Fabian Brunnstrom (LW)
Stars Debut: November 25, 2009 vs. Milwaukee
Stars Career Stats: 45 GP, 26 Points (12 Goals, 14 Assists), 18 PIMs
Fabian Brunnstrom is the third player in team history to wear the No. 29 jersey. He first came over from his native Sweden to join the Dallas Stars for the 2008-09 season, where he had 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 55 NHL games for the Stars and played in one AHL for the Manitoba Moose. The Jonstorp, Sweden native started the 2009-10 season with Dallas, but was sent down to Texas on a conditioning loan on November 24, 2009. Brunnstrom made his Texas Stars debut on November 25, 2009 vs. Milwaukee, becoming the first player in team history to wear the No. 16 jersey. He only played in eight games in the No. 16 sweater during the 2009-10 season on two separate conditioning loans and had five points (1 goal, 4 assists), while also appearing in 44 NHL games for Dallas that year and tallying 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists).
Brunnstrom switched numbers for the 2010-11 season, making his Texas debut in the No. 29 jersey on October 17, 2010 vs. Peoria. He had a few big games that year, including a three assist night on November 16, 2010 in an 8-2 rout of the Chicago Wolves at Cedar Park Center. Brunnstrom had another three point game against Chicago, this time scoring two goals and an assist, on January 12, 2011 at Allstate Arena in a 4-2 Texas victory. It would be his last ever game in a Stars uniform as the next day he was traded by Dallas to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Russian right wing Mikhail Stefanovich. Brunnstrom played in 37 games in the No. 29 jersey, scoring 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) and recording 16 penalty minutes.
After the Stars: Brunnstrom finished the 2010-11 season with the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. He faced Texas for the first time as an opponent on March 13, 2011 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Brunnstrom signed with the Detroit Red Wings for the 2011-12 season and appeared in five NHL games for Detroit and 45 AHL games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He faced Texas three times with the Griffins, once in Grand Rapids on January 13, 2012 and then he returned to Cedar Park Center for two games in March. Brunnstrom had two assists on March 7, 2012 in a Stars 5-4 overtime win, but then scored two goals and was named the game’s first star as Grand Rapids won 5-2 on March 13, 2012. He returned to Sweden to play for Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) during the 2012-13 season, putting up 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) in 51 SHL games. He will remain in Goteborg for the 2013-14 season as he is still under contract with Frölunda.
Alex Chiasson (RW)
St. Augustin, Quebec
Stars Debut: March 29, 2012 vs. Hamilton
Stars Career Stats: 66 GP, 40 Points (14 Goals, 26 Assists), 52 PIMs
Alex Chiasson is the fourth and most recent player to don the No. 29 jersey for the Texas Stars and also holds the distinction of having played in more games with that number than any other player. The St. Augustin, Quebec native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round (38th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and then played three years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Boston University of Hockey East. After his junior season, where he had a career-best 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 38 games, Chiasson elected to turn pro and signed a three-year entry level contract on March 26, 2012.
Chiasson made his Texas Stars debut on March 29, 2012 vs. Hamilton and played in the final nine games of the 2011-12 season, scoring his first pro point with an assist on April 1, 2012 vs. Lake Erie and notching his first pro goal on April 10, 2012 vs. Chicago. Coming back to Texas to start the 2012-13 season, he struggled with his form and also missed a few games due to injury. The rookie improved steadily improved through late November and into December, but his true emergence as a dynamic offensive weapon came just after the NHL lockout ended. With the Stars losing several of their top scorers to Dallas, Chiasson exploded for seven points in three games, scoring two goals on January 18, 2013 at Chicago, a goal and two assists on January 19, 2013 at Peoria and another goal and an assist on January 21, 2013 at Rockford; all Texas victories.
After that stellar long weekend performance, Chiasson became a go-to player for Texas, racking up 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and 43 penalty minutes over 57 regular season games and then made his NHL debut with Dallas on April 3, 2013 at Anaheim. Chiasson scored his first career NHL goal and point two days later, also at Anaheim, and that sparked a torrential offensive run. He scored six goals and added one assist in seven NHL games, but then suffered an injury on April 15, 2013 at Chicago and missed the rest of the regular season. Chiasson was able to recover in time to make his professional postseason debut on May 1, 2013 in Game 3 of the Stars first round playoff series with Milwaukee. He scored the game-winning goal that night in a 2-0 shutout win and then scored again in Game 4 as the Stars eliminated the Admirals. Chiasson finished with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in seven Calder Cup Playoff games for Texas.