Stars News

Stars By The Numbers - #35
Stars By The Numbers - #35

Charlie Effinger (G) 2009-2010
Chris Whitley (G) 2009-2010
Joel Paprocki (G) 2010-2011
Adrien LeMay (G) 2010-2011
Jimmy Spratt (G) 2011-2012

Charlie Effinger (G)
Belleville, Illinois
Stars Debut: N/A
Stars Career Stats: N/A

Charlie Effinger was the first player in Texas Stars history to dress in the No. 35 jersey. That particular jersey number is the only one of the 41 numbers that has been issued by the Stars to be worn for a game, but to never see a minute of game action. The Belleville, Illinois native played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Miami University of the CCHA. He then split the 2008-09 season, his first as a pro, in the ECHL between the Gwinnett Gladiators and the Trenton Devils. He then signed with the CHL’s Allen Americans of the CHL for the 2009-10 season and that setup his opportunities with Texas.

Effinger signed a PTO with the Stars on October 30, 2009 and made his Stars debut by dressing as Brent Krahn’s backup goaltender that night at San Antonio in a 3-0 shutout win. He suited up again on October 31, 2009 at Cedar Park Center for a 4-1 win over Chicago. Effinger was released from his PTO on November 1, 2009, but earned another call-up with Texas on November 25, 2009 and he served the backup role for two home games against Milwaukee before being released on November 28, 2009. In four career games with Effinger as the backup, the Stars have a record of 3-1-0.

After the Stars: Effinger ended up splitting the 2009-10 season between the Allen Americans and the Missouri Mavericks of the CHL. He spent the 2010-11 season in England playing for the Newcastle Vipers of the EIHL. He returned to Missouri for the 2011-12 season, playing in 51 games and posting a 32-15-4 record for the Mavericks. Last year Effinger played for the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, going 10-13-2 in 29 games.

Chris Whitley (G)
Oshawa, Ontario
Stars Debut: N/A
Stars Career Stats: N/A

Chris Whitley was the second playing in Texas franchise history to don the No. 35 sweater and one of three goaltenders to do so for one game only. The Oshawa, Ontario native played college hockey for Lakehead University of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and then joined the Allen Americans of the CHL for his pro debut for the 2009-10 season. Whitley was the starter in Allen, playing in tandem with Effinger, and he earned his first AHL recall with Texas on February 13, 2010. He suited up in the No. 35 jersey that night at Cedar Park Center and served as Todd Ford’s backup that night against the Chicago Wolves, a 5-2 loss for the Stars.

After the Stars: Whitley was released from his PTO the next day, Valentine’s Day, and returned to Allen. Exactly two weeks later he made his AHL debut, starting for the Lake Erie Monsters on February 28, 2010 against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Whitley allowed five goals, but made 37 saves and then stopped three-of-five shootout attempts to record a 6-5 victory in his only career AHL game. He played another year for Allen in 2010-11 and then went overseas to play for in the EIHL for the Dundee Stars in Scotland in 2011-12. Whitley returned to the U.S. to play for the Williamsport Outlaws of the Federal Hockey League (FHL). However, Williamsport folded on January 21, 2013, so he went back to Great Britain and finished the year with the Cardiff Devils in Wales of the EIHL.

Joel Paprocki (G)
Buffalo, New York
Stars Debut: N/A
Stars Career Stats: N/A

Joel Paprocki was the third player in Texas history to pull on the No. 35 jersey, but perhaps the most unique in that he did not follow the traditional path to the Stars roster. The Buffalo, New York native was thrust into the professional ranks on October 31, 2010 when goaltender Brent Krahn came down with a sudden illness. With a 4:05 p.m. game at Houston that afternoon, the Stars could not get a goalie to either Austin or Houston from their affiliates in Idaho or Allen, so they went the amateur route and signed Paprocki to an ATO. He had been playing for about six years at the local Chaparral Ice rink in amateur adult leagues and became a backup goaltender for the highest level of minor pro hockey on Halloween 2010, backing up Richard Bachman in a 4-2 loss to the Aeros.

After the Stars: Paprocki was released from his ATO on November 1, 2010, but left the Stars with one amazing story of making an AHL road trip, participating in pre-game warm-ups and sitting on the bench for an AHL game.

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

Adrien LeMay was the fourth player in team history to wear the No. 35 jersey, and the third to wear the No. 31 sweater. 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 dressed 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).

Jimmy Spratt (G)
Chesterfield, Michigan
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 fifth, and most recent, player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 35 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 No. 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.

--Texas Stars--

Posted on 08/30/13

©2012 Texas Stars Hockey. All Rights Reserved. Powered by CirrusLab.