Matt Climie (G) 2009-10
Mike Commodore (D) 2012-2013
Matt Climie (G)
Stars Debut: October 3, 2009 vs. San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 43 GP, Record: 21-17-3, 2.45 GAA, 0.919 Sv%, 3 SO
Matt Climie is the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 33 jersey and has worn that number more than anyone else with the team. The Leduc, Alberta native was undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Bemidji State University of College Hockey America (CHA). After a very distinguished collegiate career, that included two CHA Tournament championships, two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and numerous school records, Climie signed a one-year two-way contract with the Dallas Stars on March 20, 2008 for the 2008-09 season. He then joined the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ AHL affiliate, on an amateur tryout contract (ATO) for the remainder of the 2007-08 campaign, where he played in six games. The Stars did not have an AHL affiliate for the 2008-09 season so Climie was assigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. Late in the regular season he was recalled to Dallas due to an injury to starter Marty Turco. Climie made his NHL debut on April 4, 2009 vs. St. Louis, earning a 5-4 overtime victory when Trevor Daley scored 16 seconds into the extra session. He made three straight starts with Dallas and went 2-1-0 before being sent back to Idaho. The Steelheads made the playoffs, but were swept in the first round by Alaska, so Climie was then re-assigned to the Houston Aeros for the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs. He played in five total games for the Aeros, including making two starts in the Western Conference Finals against Manitoba; Houston lost to the Moose in six games.
Climie re-signed with Dallas on June 3, 2009, another one-year two-way contract, and was assigned to the Texas Stars. He made his Texas debut on October 3, 2009 vs. San Antonio, starting the second game in franchise history, and made 34 saves on 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Rampage. Two starts later, on October 15, 2009, Climie recorded the first shutout in Stars history, making 25 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins at Cedar Park Center. He led the team in most every goaltending category during the 2009-10 regular season, while also earning two NHL recalls to Dallas. During his second call-up of the year Climie made his fourth NHL start on April 6, 2010, losing 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks.
He returned to Texas and was slated to be the backup during the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs as Brent Krahn led the Stars to a first round sweep of the Rockford IceHogs. However, Krahn suffered an injury during the first period of Game 6 of the West Division Finals at Chicago and Climie came on in relief and took over the starting role. He won his first start, a thrilling 6-5 overtime victory in Game 7 at Chicago and then led the Stars through the Western Conference Finals and into the Calder Cup Finals with a seven-game series win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Arguably Climie’s best game came in Game 6 of the Conference Finals at Hamilton on May 24, 2010 when he stopped a playoff-high 51-of-53 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Bulldogs courtesy of Aaron Gagnon’s goal at 18:32 of the first overtime. Things were looking up when Climie and the Stars took the first two games of the 2010 Calder Cup Finals on the road at Hershey and then took a 3-1 lead after one period in Game 3 at Cedar Park Center. The Bears would rally for five goals in the game to win 6-3 and then won two more hard-fought games in Texas to send the series back to Giant Center with Hershey leading 3-2. Krahn returned to the bench as Climie’s backup for Game 5 at Cedar Park Center, a gut-wrenching 2-1 overtime loss. Thus, after starting 13 consecutive playoff games, but losing three-straight to Hershey, Climie went to the bench and Krahn started Game 6 at Hershey, which was a 4-0 cup-clinching win for the Bears.
After the Stars: Climie signed with the Phoenix Coyotes for the 2010-11 season and spent the season with the San Antonio Rampage, although he did play one NHL game for Phoenix that year, his fifth career NHL game. Climie faced Texas as an opponent for the first time on October 10, 2010 at San Antonio and was blanked 3-0 by the Stars. He then signed a one-year two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks for the 2011-12 season and played for their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Climie signed an AHL contract with the Wolves for the 2012-13 season and then re-signed another AHL deal with Chicago this summer for the 2013-14 campaign. Since playing for Texas, he has faced the Stars in 14 regular season games, going 7-5-0 with two no decisions. In both of his no decisions, Climie was roughed-up by the Stars and was pulled in the first period. Even though Texas won both of those games, Climie’s team scored enough goals for the loss to be credited to his replacement.
Mike Commodore (D)
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Stars Debut: April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 5 GP, 2 Points (2 goals, 0 Assists), 4 PIMs
Mike Commodore became the second player to wear No. 33 for the Texas Stars when he made his debut on April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (42nd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry draft and he played three years of NCAA Division I hockey for the University of North Dakota of the WCHA. After winning the 2000 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship with the Fighting Sioux during his junior year, Commodore turned pro for the 2000-01 season, starting in the AHL with the Albany River Rats and then making his NHL debut with New Jersey on December 22, 2000 at the Florida Panthers. In his first 12 seasons as a pro, he played 484 NHL games for New Jersey, Calgary, Carolina, Ottawa, Columbus, Detroit and Tampa Bay, winning the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes. Commodore also won the 2007 IIHF World Championship with Team Canada. A free agent during the NHL lockout, he signed joined the Hamilton Bulldogs on a professional tryout contract (PTO) on November 21, 2012 and played his first AHL games since spending the 2004-05 NHL lockout season with the Lowell Lock Monsters. Commodore played in 17 games for Hamilton, registering two assists and 26 penalty minutes, but as the lockout came to an end, left the team on January 22, 2013. He was home in Alberta for two months and then signed a PTO with Texas on March 19, 2013.
Commodore needed a brief tune-up after signing with the Stars, getting himself back into game shape in time to make his Texas debut on April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City. The game started like a movie script, rookie Brett Ritchie scored on his first career pro shot and then 61 seconds later Commodore made it 2-0 Texas with his first goal since November 22, 2010 at Nashville as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, OKC rallied to tie the game and then stunned the Stars when Tanner House scored with 14.6 seconds left in regulation for a 3-2 Barons win. Commodore did not play the next night at home against his former team, Hamilton, but he did suit up on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at San Antonio and scored for the second straight game in a 5-1 win over the Rampage. He made his 2013 Calder Cup Playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Milwaukee on April 26, 2013 in a 3-2 overtime win. Commodore was with the team throughout the post season run, but did not dress for another game.
After the Stars: Commodore is currently a free agent and has not yet officially signed with a team for the 2013-14 season.