Tyler Ludwig (D) 2009-2010
Dan Spang (D) 2010-2012
Gord Baldwin (D) 2012-2013
Tyler Ludwig (D)
Stars Debut: March 21, 2010 at Peoria
Stars Career Stats: 7 GP, 0 Points, 4 PIMs
Undrafted, Tyler Ludwig signed an Amateur Tryout (ATO) with the Texas Stars on March 16, 2010 upon completing his senior season at Western Michigan University (CCHA) and became the first player in team history to wear the No. 3 jersey. The Rhinelander, Wisconsin native made his pro debut with the Stars on March 21, 2010 at Peoria. His debut was even more special as he had an on-ice reunion with his twin brother Trevor, playing with his sibling for the first time since they both skated for the Texas Tornado (NAHL) in the 2003-04 season. He appeared in a total of seven games for Texas over the final three weeks of the regular season and recorded four penalty minutes.
After the Stars: Ludwig played for the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) during the 2010-11 season and then joined the CHL’s Allen Americans, where he has been for the last two years (2011-13). The son of former NHL defenseman Craig Ludwig, Tyler helped the Americans win the 2013 CHL Championship. He also earned single game AHL call-ups to San Antonio (2011-12) and Houston (2012-13).
Dan Spang (D)
Stars Debut: October 10, 2010 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 147 GP, 63 Points (14 Goals, 49 Assists), 60 PIMs
Dan Spang was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After three pro seasons, mostly in the AHL, the Winchester, Massachusetts native spent the 2009-10 campaign in Germany playing for the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL. Spang joined the Texas Stars as a free agent for the 2010-11 season, making his Stars debut on October 10, 2010 at San Antonio. He appeared in 77 regular season games and finished third on the team in assists (27) and fourth in points (37), while he also posted four assists in six Calder Cup Playoff games. Spang returned to Texas for the 2011-12 season and had another solid year with 26 points in 70 games. Ranking 10th on the Stars’ all-time list for games played (147) he is easily the longest-tenured player to wear No. 3 for Texas. Spang is eighth on the all-time list for career assists (49), 12th in points (63) and sixth in power play assists (25). His best single-game point performance for Texas was his three-assist night against the Chicago Wolves on November 16, 2010 at Cedar Park Center, part of an 8-2 Stars victory.
After the Stars: Spang returned to Europe for the 2012-13 season, splitting the year between HPK Hameenlinna of the Finnish SM-liiga and HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elitserien. He posted 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 42 games for HPK and had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 11 regular season games and one assist in five playoff games for HV71.
Gord Baldwin (D)
Stars Debut: December 31, 2012 at Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 29 GP, 5 Points (0 Goals, 5 Assists), 33 PIMs
The most recent player to don the No. 3 sweater was six-foot-five defenseman Gord Baldwin. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native, who was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round (69th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, had played in 234 career AHL games before ever lacing up his skates for Texas. He started the 2012-2013 season with the Idaho Steelheads, but immediately made the transition back up to the AHL as the NHL lockout was coming to a close. Baldwin signed a PTO with the Stars on December 28, 2012 and made his Texas debut on New Years’ Eve at Oklahoma City. He played in 29 games for the Stars, tallying five assists and 33 penalty minutes, making a key contribution on the blue line, particularly when Texas’ defensive unit racked up injuries. Baldwin recorded his 50th career AHL point with an assist on February 10th at Toronto and played in his 250th career AHL game on February 20th at Rochester. Due to his solid play, Baldwin earned a standard AHL contract (SPC) on February 26th.
After the Stars: Baldwin was sent back to Idaho on April 5, 2013 and he immediately joined the Steelheads lineup for the next night for Game 3 of their first round series with Colorado. Baldwin played in 13 total Kelly Cup Playoff games, recording three assists and 24 penalty minutes to help Idaho reach the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Stockton Thunder in five games.