Richard Bachman (G) 2009-10
Jimmy Spratt (G) 2011-2012
Andrew Raycroft (G) 2011-2012
Josh Robinson (G) 2012-2013
Richard Bachman (G)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Stars Debut: December 6, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 84 GP, Record: 44-30-6, 2.37 GAA, 0.920 Sv%, 9 SO
Richard Bachman is the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 30 jersey, although a majority of his tenure at Cedar Park Center was spent in the No. 31 jersey. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He turned pro after playing one season of junior hockey in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and the Chicago Steel and two years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Colorado College of the WCHA. Bachman was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads to start the 2009-10 season, where he spent a bulk of the year, playing 35 games and posting a 22-7-4 record.
Bachman made his AHL debut with Texas on December 6, 2009 at San Antonio, stopping 33-of-34 shots to record a 4-1 victory. He appeared in eight total games that year during three separate call-up stints with the Stars, going 4-4-0 with a 2.15 goals-against average, a 0.932 save percentage. Bachman also recorded his first career AHL shutout with 17 saves on February 16, 2010 at Hamilton.
Since just over 90% of his Texas Stars career came in the No. 31 jersey, we will save the rest of Bachman’s exploits until the next Stars by the Numbers article.
Jimmy Spratt (G)
Stars Debut: December 17, 2011 vs. Rochester
Stars Career Stats: 2 GP, Record: 1-1-0, 2.02 GAA, 0.909 SV%, 0 SO
Jimmy Spratt was the second player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 30 jersey. The Chesterfield, Michigan native was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round (213th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played three years of junior hockey for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Bowling Green State University of the CCHA. Spratt turned pro for the 2009-10 season, playing in one game of the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and then splitting the rest of the year between the Louisiana IceGators of the SPHL and the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. He divided up the 2010-11 season between three teams: Toledo and Victoria of the ECHL and the CHL’s Rapid City Rush.
Spratt began the 2011-12 season with the Idaho Steelheads and was called up by Texas on November 28, 2011 after signing a PTO. He suited up for his first Stars game on November 30, 2011, wearing No. 30 and serving as the backup goaltender to Tyler Beskorowany in a 3-2 loss at Charlotte. He made his Stars and AHL debut on December 17, 2011 at Cedar Park Center and stopped 14-of-16 shots in a 6-2 win over the Rochester Americans. Spratt’s only other appearance came on December 30, 2011 at Abbotford, getting his second start and making 26 saves on 28 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Heat.
With Andrew Raycroft being sent down from Dallas, Spratt gave up his No. 30 and wore #35 for one game as Raycroft’s backup on January 6, 2012 at San Antonio, a 4-3 shootout loss. The next night he was a healthy scratch for the Stars’ home game against Rockford and was then released from his PTO on January 8, 2012. In all he dressed for 13 games for Texas, 12 in the No. 30 and one in the No. 35 jersey. He finished with a 1-1-0 record in two games played, with a 2.02 goals-against average and a 0.909 save percentage.
After the Stars: Spratt returned to Idaho, where he played in three more games for the Steelheads before being traded to the Utah Grizzlies on January 28, 2012, where he remained for the rest of the year. Last year Spratt played for the Quad City Mallards of the CHL and also appeared in one ECHL game for Toledo.
Andrew Raycroft (G)
Stars Debut: January 6, 2012 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 21 GP, Record: 9-10-1, 3.16 GAA, 0.891 Sv%, 0 SO
Andrew Raycroft was the third player in team history to wear No. 30 and still holds the mark for most games played in that jersey. The Belleville, Ontario native was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and turned pro after playing three seasons of major junior hockey in the OHL for the Sudbury Wolves and the Kingston Frontenacs. Raycroft spent five of his first six pro seasons in the Bruins organization in Providence and Boston, save for the 2004-05 NHL lockout season where he played for Tappara Tampere of the Finnish SM-liiga. On June 24, 2006 Boston traded Raycroft to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goalie Tuukka Rask. He played two seasons for Toronto, including a career-high 72 NHL games during the 2006-07 season, and was then bought out by the Maple Leafs on June 24, 2008. Seven days after becoming a free agent, he signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. After one season in Denver he signed a one-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks on July 6, 2009 and played the 2009-10 season as a backup to Roberto Luongo. He joined his fourth NHL team in four years on July 1, 2010 when he signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars.
Raycroft served as Kari Lehtonen’s backup for one and a half seasons, before being assigned to Texas on December 29, 2011. He made his Texas debut on January 6, 2012 at San Antonio suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the Rampage. It was Raycroft’s first AHL game in six years, last suiting up for the Providence Bruins on January 28, 2006 at Springfield, which was his only AHL game since the 2002-03 season. He won six of his next eight starts during a solid January, but then lost six of his following eight games and did not play a game after March 17, 2012 vs. Oklahoma City. Tyler Beskorowany started the next game and then first round draft pick Jack Campbell came in from juniors and started the final 12 games of the 2011-12 regular season.
After the Stars: Raycroft returned to Europe for the second time in his career during the 2012-13, once again due to an NHL lockout. He played for Milano Rossoblu of the Italian Serie-A, going 20-22-3 in 42 games played, with a 2.69 GAA, a 0.918 save percentage and five shutouts, but lost in six games to HC Pustertal-Val Pusteria in the quarterfinals of the Serie-A playoffs. Raycroft will spend the 2013-14 season in Sweden playing for IF Björklöven of the Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division.
Josh Robinson (G)
Stars Debut: N/A
Stars Career Stats: N/A
Josh Robinson is the fourth and most recent player to pull on the No. 30 jersey for the Texas Stars and is the only player to wear the number, but not appear in a regular season game. The Frankenmuth, Michigan native was undrafted and played four years of Division I college hockey for Michigan Tech University of the WCHA. He turned pro and signed a one-year AHL contract with Texas for the 2012-13 season. After attending the Stars training camp, Robinson was loaned to the Idaho Steelheads for the beginning on the year, with whom he made his pro debut on October 19, 2012 on the road against the Colorado Eagles. He had a stellar start to the season, being named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week after just two weeks of action. Robinson surprised many by winning his first three straight pro starts and, after going a perfect 6-0-0 in November, did not suffer a regulation loss until December 19, 2012 at Utah, in his 14th career pro game; by the end of December he was 12-2-1, with one overtime loss and one shootout loss on his record.
Robinson was recalled by Texas on November 12, 2012 and he dressed as Cristopher Nilstorp’s backup on November 15, 2012 vs. San Antonio, the first time he wore the No. 30 sweater. He was returned to Idaho on November 20, 2012, with a taste of the AHL, but without any game action. Robinson was recalled to Texas twice more during the regular season, coming up on March 25, 2013 for a week and then again on April 10, 2013 before returning to Idaho on April 16, 2013 to prepare for the ECHL Playoffs.
Robinson finished the ECHL regular season in strong fashion, posting a 13-4-2 record in February and March and he made his Kelly Cup Playoff debut on April 3, 2013 against Colorado. He played in 13 of the team’s 17 post season games, helping the Steelheads reach the Western Conference Finals before being eliminated by the Stockton Thunder in five games. During the playoffs Robinson had a 2.50 goals-against average, a 0.916 save percentage and recorded his first career playoff shutout in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals with 29 saves against the Ontario Reign on April 26, 2013. Following an excellent rookie season, the young net minder will once again be in the fold for Texas as he signed a one-year AHL contract with the Stars on July 12, 2013.