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Stars By The Numbers - #31
Stars By The Numbers - #31

Richard Bachman (G) 2009-10
David Brown (G) 2010-2011
Adrien LeMay (G) 2010-2011

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 one of three players in franchise history to be the first player to wear two different jersey numbers. The Salt Lake City, Utah native began his Stars career during the 2009-10 season where he wore No. 30 for eight games. After spending most of his rookie year in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads, Bachman played the lion’s share of games for Texas during the 2010-11 season, but did so in the No. 31 sweater. One of just seven Original Texas Stars, having played in each of the team’s first four seasons of operations in the AHL, Bachman made his debut in the No. 31 uniform on October 17, 2010 vs. Peoria, coming on in relief of starter Brent Krahn and stopping 12-of-13 shots in a 5-2 loss at Cedar Park Center. He is the only player in team history to see game action while wearing No. 31.

Bachman’s sophomore season was a record-setting affair. He was 28-19-5, with a 2.20 GAA, a 0.927 save percentage and six shutouts in 55 games played. Bachman set single-season franchise marks for games played, wins, minutes (3,191), goals-against average, save percentage, shutouts, shootout wins (4) and total saves (1,478). On December 8, 2010 he was called up to Dallas for the first time in his career and then made his NHL debut on December 11, 2010 at Phoenix, coming on in relief of starter Andrew Raycroft with 9:35 left in the third period and making four saves against the Coyotes.  Bachman played in all six of Texas’ 2011 Calder Cup Playoff games, but the team lost their first round series to the Milwaukee Admirals in six games.

Bachman played just 15 games for Texas during the 2011-12 season, but it was for a very good reason. On December 8, 2011, exactly one year to the date from his first ever NHL call-up with Dallas, he recalled for the second time in his career after an injury to No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen. That night in San Jose, Bachman again came on in relief of Raycroft and stopped all 11 shots he faced in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks. In his next seven appearances he went 5-7-0, including a 34-save shutout of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, the first clean sheet of his NHL career. Bachman’s played so well during his call-up that when Lehtonen returned from injury, he stayed on the NHL roster for the rest of the year and Raycroft was assigned to Texas. Bachman finished the season with a 8-5-1 record in 18 NHL games for Dallas, posting a 2.77 GAA and a 0.909 save percentage.

Last year he was idle for the first half of the season due to the NHL lockout and so when the NHL resumed in January, Bachman was assigned to Texas on a two-week conditioning loan. He won three of his four starts, playing at Peoria, Rockford and San Antonio before being reunited with the Cedar Park Center fans on January 26, 2012 against the Rampage. That night he delighted the home crowd by stopping 25-of-26 shots in a 4-1 win over San Antonio. Bachman went back up to Dallas, but returned for two more games in late March, earning home wins over both the Rampage and Rochester Americans to push his AHL record to 5-1-0 in six starts with a 2.31 GAA and a 0.920 save percentage. He is Texas’ all-time franchise goaltending leader in games played (84), minutes (4,845), wins (44), shutouts (9), shootout games played (10), shootout wins (4), saves (2,205) and shots face (2,396).

After the Stars: Bachman was a restricted free agent this summer and was not extended a qualifying offer by Dallas, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent. He signed a one-year two way contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 6, 2013 and there is a good chance Texas Stars fans will see Bachman during the 2013-14 season as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons, Edmonton’s AHL affiliate.

David Brown (G)
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Stars Debut: N/A
Stars Career Stats: N/A

David Brown was the second player in Texas Stars history to suit up in the No. 31 jersey, although he never saw any game action for the Stars. The Stoney Creek, Ontario native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round (228th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for the University of Notre Dame of the CCHA. He turned pro for the 2007-08 season and split the year between Pittburgh’s AHL and ECHL affiliates in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling respectively. During the 2008-09 season he again played for both minor league affiliates, but this time spent a majority of time in the ECHL with the Nailers. He moved to the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL for the 2009-10 season and then signed with the CHL’s Quad City Mallards for the 2010-11 season.

Due to Richard Bachman being recalled to Dallas on December 8, 2010, Texas signed Brown to a PTO on the same day, calling him up from Quad City. Brown dressed in Bachman’s No. 31 jersey that night at Rockford and served as Tyler Beskorowany’s backup in an 8-5 loss to the IceHogs.

After the Stars: Brown was released from his PTO the next day, but that was not the last time he would see the Stars. He was called up by Grand Rapids in late March of 2011 and played in two games for the Griffins, including March 26, 2011 at Cedar Park Center, where he relieved Griffins starter Jordan Pearce after the first period and allowed three goals in 40 minutes of action in a 5-1 Texas victory. Brown played four games of the 2011-12 season with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers and then returned to Quad City where he made 26 appearances for the Mallards. Last year he played in 31 CHL games for the Arizona Sundogs.

Adrien LeMay (G)
Moncton, New Brunswick
Stars Debut: N/A
Stars Career Stats: N/A

Adrien LeMay was the third player in team history to wear the No. 31 jersey, but it was not the first, nor the last number that he wore with Texas. The Moncton, New Brunswick native was undrafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he played two seasons for the Lewiston MAINEiacs. LeMay began his pro career at the end of the 2009-10 season when he made two appearances for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. He signed an AHL contract with Texas for the 2010-11 season and attended training camp with the Stars before being loaned to the CHL’s Allen Americans.

LeMay was recalled to Texas on November 15, 2010 and dressed as Richard Bachman’s backup in the No. 35 jersey the next night against Chicago, suiting up for his first career AHL game on the bench. He was returned to Allen on November 17, 2010 and then recalled to Texas for the second time on December 9, 2010. This time the Stars were on the road and the No. 35 jersey was not packed, so LeMay dressed for the three game Midwestern road trip in Bachman’s No. 31 sweater, while backing up Tyler Beskorowany. When the team returned home for a December 14, 2010 game against Manitoba, LeMay was back in his No. 35 jersey. He was recalled three times during the 2010-11 season and dress as the backup goaltender for 11 total games, but never saw any on-ice action. The team had a record of 6-3-1-1 with Lemay as the backup.

After the Stars: LeMay’s last game as a backup for Texas was on January 29, 2010 vs. Abbotsford, a 5-4 shootout loss, and he was sent back to Allen two days later. The Stars reassigned him to the Quad City Mallards of the CHL on February 19, 2011 and just six days later reassigned him to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, without having played a single game in Quad City. LeMay played in eight games for the Steelheads and posting a 5-2-0 record. He did not play the next two seasons, but reemerged last year when he played for the University of Moncton of the AUS conference, part of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

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Posted on 08/22/13

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