Sergei Korostin (RW) 2009-10
Toby Petersen (C) 2010-2011
Tyler Beskorowany (G) 2010-2013
Sergei Korostin (RW)
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 63 GP, 25 Points (13 Goals, 12 Assists), 41 PIMs
Sergei Korostin was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 32 jersey. The Prokopievsk, Russia native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the third round (64th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, coming up through Dynamo Moskow’s junior system and also won a gold medal for Team Russia at the 2007 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship in Finland, beating the United States 6-5 in the Final. Korostin then came over to North America to play junior hockey for the Texas Tornado of the NAHL at the end of the 2007-08 season and then split the 2008-09 campaign between the London Knights and the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.
Korostin turned pro and made his Texas Stars debut on October 2, 2009 at San Antonio, skating in the franchise’s first ever AHL game. He scored his first career pro point in the third game of the year, scoring the game-winning goal midway through the third period on October 9, 2009 in a 3-2 win at Houston. He finished the regular season ranked 11th on the team with 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 63 games played, while also recording an impressive six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in four ECHL games for the Idaho Steelheads. Korostin played in two games of the Stars 2010 Calder Cup Playoff run, making his post season debut on April 17, 2010 in Game 2 of the first round series against Rockford and also skating in Game 5 of the West Division Finals against Chicago on May 7, 2010.
After the Stars: Korostin returned home to Russia to play for Dynamo Balashikha of the Vysshaya Hokkeinaya Liga (VHL), which is the second tier of Russian pro hockey just below the KHL. Over the last three seasons he has played for four different teams, spending a majority of the last two seasons with HC VMF-Karelia St. Petersburg. Korostin has 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) and 72 penalty minutes in 103 VHL games during that span.
Toby Petersen (C)
Stars Debut: February 14, 2011 at Lake Erie
Stars Career Stats: 75 GP, 25 Points (8 Goals, 17 Assists), 8 PIMs
Toby Petersen was the second player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 32 jersey, although he has only played in one career AHL game for the Stars in that number. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth round, (244th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, and he joined the Penguins organization following his four-year collegiate career at Colorado College of the WCHA. In his 13 year professional career, Petersen has played in 922 career pro games, including 398 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Dallas and 517 AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Edmonton Roadrunners, the Iowa Stars and Texas.
Petersen was playing for Dallas during the 2010-11 season when he made a brief appearance for the AHL Stars. He suited up in the No. 32 sweater on February 14, 2011 at Lake Erie and had the primary assist on Dan Spang’s second period goal in 3-2 loss to the Monsters. It was his first AHL game since March 2, 2008 when he played for the Iowa Stars against the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena.
Petersen made his Stars debut in the No. 19 jersey on October 13, 2012 in the season opener at San Antonio, scoring his first AHL goal since the 2007-08 season. He served as an alternate captain all season long and led the team in games played (74), missing only two games, including one to an NHL call-up with Dallas. One of Petersen’s most memorable moments from the 2012-13 season was his shootout-winning goal in the ninth round on Teddy Bear Toss night in a 1-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers. Because the game was scoreless through regulation and overtime, Stars fans were not able to cover the ice with donated stuffed animals during play, creating some incredible still photos of Petersen and his teammates celebrating the dramatic shootout victory over the Checkers in the midst of a flurry of teddy bears.
Petersen finished the season with 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) in 74 games played and also skated in all nine Calder Cup Playoff games for Texas. He hadn’t played in an AHL post-season game since the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs when the Iowa Stars lost a dramatic seven-game first round series to the Milwaukee Admirals. Petersen is under contract with Dallas through the 2013-14 season and is expected to be one of the Texas Stars leaders for the upcoming season.
Tyler Beskorowany (G)
Stars Debut: November 21, 2010 at Houston
Stars Career Stats: 51 GP, Record: 17-27-1, 3.10 GAA, 0.899 Sv%, 2 SO
Tyler Beskorowany was the third player to wear No. 32 and has played in more games for the Texas Stars in that number than anyone else. The Hanmer, Ontario native was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round (59th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and played three seasons of major junior hockey in the OHL for the Owen Sound Attack and the Kingston Frontenacs. He turned pro for the 2010-11 season and was assigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads.
Beskorowany was first reassigned to Texas on November 18, 2010 and he made his AHL debut on November 21, 2010 at Houston, stopping 27-of-30 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Aeros. He earned his first career AHL victory in his third start on December 10, 2010 at Grand Rapids, making a whopping 44 saves on 47 shots in a 4-3 victory over the Griffins. Beskorowany went back to Idaho on January 18, 2011, but returned to Texas on February 19, 2011 and stayed with the Stars for the rest of the season. He went 7-8-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a 0.921 save percentage in 18 appearances for Texas. Beskorowany made his Calder Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the team’s first round series against Milwaukee at the Bradley Center on April 14, 2011, coming on in relief of starter Richard Bachman and played the third period, allowing one goal on eight shots in a 5-2 loss to the Admirals.
Beskorowany spent his entire second year pro with Texas, playing in a team-high 33 games during 2011-12. Last year he attended the Stars’ AHL training camp and began the season in Idaho. He was recalled to Texas on four different occasions throughout the 2012-13 season, but did not see any game action. Beskorowany leads the Stars franchise for highest career shootout percentage (0.813), stopping 13-of-16 attempts and winning two of the three AHL shootouts in which he participated. He ranks second all-time in total saves (1,268), third in games played (51) and minutes (2,747) and sixth in wins (17).
After the Stars: Beskorowany finished the 2012-13 season with Idaho and appeared in six Kelly Cup Playoff games to help the Steelheads reach the Western Conference Finals, before being eliminated by the Stockton Thunder in six games. He was a restricted free agent this summer and became an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2013 after Dallas did not extend him a qualifying offer. On July 24, 2013 Beskorowany signed a one-year ECHL contract with the San Francisco Bulls, which will be his first pro team outside of the Dallas organization.