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Stars By The Numbers - #39
Stars By The Numbers - #39

Tyler Arnason (C) 2011-2012
Ian Lowe (C) 2011-2012
Brendan Connolly (F) 2011-2012
Michael Forney (LW) 2011-2012
Nick Layton (F) 2011-2012
Jacob Johnston (D) 2012-2013
Joe Morrow (D) 2012-2013

The No. 39 jersey has an interesting history with the Texas Stars. Of the 41 numbers from 1-to-41 that have issued in franchise history, the No. 39 was the second to last number to be worn in a game. With the exception of No. 6, every other number other than the No. 39 sweater was worn at some point during the first two seasons (2009-2011).

Tyler Arnason (C)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Stars Debut: October 9, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 7 GP, 1 Point (1 Goal, 0 Assists), 0 PIMs

Tyler Arnason was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 39 jersey. The Oklahoma City native was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh round (183rd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and played three seasons of NCAA Division I college hockey for St. Cloud State University of the WCHA. Arnason made his pro debut with the Norfolk Admirals, then the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, in the 2001-02 season, while also appearing in 21 regular season games and three Stanley Cup playoff games with Chicago. In seven NHL seasons, he played 486 career NHL games with Chicago, Ottawa and Colorado and had 245 points (88 goals, 157 assists) to go along with 140 penalty minutes. Arnason briefly played in Sweden during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, but otherwise remained in North America until the 2009-10 season. He signed a two-way contract with the New York Rangers on July 3, 2009, but did not make the NHL club out of training camp and was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack, their AHL affiliate. Arnason played in 11 games for Hartford, his first AHL action since the 2001-02 season, but in November he was released by the Rangers and signed with Dinamo Riga of the KHL. He finished the season in Latvia, then spent the 2010-11 campaign playing in Switzerland and Finland.

Arnason attended the Texas Stars 2011 training camp and made his Stars debut on Opening Night of the 2011-12 season on October 9, 2011 against the Oklahoma City Barons. He scored Texas’ sixth goal of the game that night in a 7-0 rout of the Barons to record his only point for the Stars. Arnason played in seven total games before being released from his professional tryout contract (PTO) at the end of October.

After the Stars: Arnason was released from his PTO by the Stars on October 29, 2011 and has since retired from professional hockey.

Ian Lowe (C)
Bradwardine, Manitoba
Stars Debut: December 27, 2011 vs. San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 6 GP, 0 Points, 2 PIMs

Ian Lowe was the second player in team history to don the No. 39 jersey. The Bradwardine, Manitoba native was undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Bemidji State University of the WCHA. He made his pro debut and spent most of the 2011-12 season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

Lowe was signed to a PTO by Texas and called up from Idaho on December 26, 2011 and made his AHL debut with the Stars the next night against San Antonio. He appeared in six games during his call-up, registering no points and two penalty minutes. Lowe was released from his PTO on January 9, 2012.

After the Stars: Lowe returned to Idaho, where he finished the 2011-12 season with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 68 regular season games for the Steelheads, while also picking up four assists in 10 Kelly Cup playoff games. Last season he played for the Wichita Thunder of the CHL, putting up 59 points (28 goals, 31 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 66 games. He appeared in 15 CHL playoff games and had seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) as the Thunder made it all the way to the 2013 CHL Finals before losing to the Allen Americans, who won the Ray Miron President’s Cup in seven games.

Brendan Connolly (F)
Canmore, Alberta
Stars Debut: January 11, 2012 vs. Abbotsford
Stars Career Stats: 12 GP, 2 Points (0 Goals, 2 Assists), 7 PIMs

Brendan Connolly was the third player in team history to sport the No. 39 jersey. The Canmore, Alberta native was undrafted after playing four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Ferris State of the CCHA. He made his pro debut at the end of his senior season with the Bulldogs, joining the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals at the tail end of the 2008-09 campaign. Connolly played his first full pro season (2009-10) with Elmira, then signed with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors for the 2010-11 season. He earned his first AHL call-up in December of 2010 when he played three games for the Adirondack Phantoms.

Connelly signed a PTO with Texas on January 10, 2012 and made his Stars debut the next night at Cedar Park Center against the Abbotsford Heat. He recorded his first career AHL point with an assist on January 18, 2012 at Chicago and then had his second assist on January 28, 2012 at Oklahoma City. Connolly played in 12 games during his stint with the Stars and was released from his PTO on February 8, 2012.

After the Stars: Connelly returned to Greenville, where he closed out the season in the ECHL with the Road Warriors. He was back with Greenville for the 2012-13 season, and had 60 points (24 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games played, finishing the year tied for the team lead in goals and second in points and penalty minutes (113).

Michael Forney (LW)
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Stars Debut: March 4, 2012 at Abbotsford
Stars Career Stats: 11 GP, 2 Points (1 Goal, 1 Assist), 2 PIMs

Michael Forney was the fourth player in team history to wear No. 39 for the Stars. The Thief River Falls, Minnesota native was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and played two years of NCAA Division I college hockey for the University of North Dakota of the WCHA and one full season of junior hockey for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Forney made his pro debut with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL in the 2009-10 season, while also earning his first stint in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves. He had another strong season in Gwinnett in 2010-11, getting nine more AHL games with the Wovles, but chose to start the 2011-12 campaign with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. Averaging almost a point per game with Colorado, Forney earned a three-game call-up with the St. John’s IceCaps in February, before returning to the Eagles.

On March 2, 2012 the Winnipeg Jets, who took over Forney’s contract when the Thrashers were relocated to Manitoba, reassigned him from Colorado to Texas. He made his Stars debut on March 4, 2012 at Abbotsford and then on March 7, 2012 he scored his first career AHL goal is the most dramatic fashion. The Stars led 4-0 after two periods against the Grand Rapids Griffins and the two points looked guaranteed. However, the Griffins sparked a remarkable comeback, scoring four times in the third period, including the game-tying goal with 53 seconds left in regulation. Forney saved the two points when scored on NHL veteran goaltender Ty Conklin at 2:03 of overtime to lift Texas to a 5-4 overtime win and earning the game’s first star honor. He played in a total of 11 games for Texas, including a second game against Grand Rapids, this time in Michigan on April 4, 2012, where he picked up his first assist for the Stars in a 4-2 loss to the Griffins.  Forney was reassigned by Winnipeg back to the Colorado Eagles on April 6, 2012.

After the Stars: Forney completed the 2011-12 season in the ECHL with Colorado and returned to the Eagles for the 2012-13 season. Last year he put up his best point total of his career, scoring 79 points (35 goals, 44 assists) in 71 ECHL games, ranking second overall in the league in points. He also played for the Perth Thunder of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL), piling up 47 points (11 goals, 36 assists) in just 16 games. Forney will head to Europe for the 2013-14 season, signing with Villacher SV of the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

Nick Layton (F)
Wheaton Settlement, New Brunswick
Stars Debut: February 20, 2013 at Rochester
Stars Career Stats: 5 GP, 0 Points (0 Goals, 0 Assists), 4 PIMs

Nick Layton was the fifth player in team history, and in the 2011-12 season, to pull on the No. 39 jersey for Texas. He was also the fourth player to don the No. 22 sweater for the Stars. The Wheaton Settlement, New Brunswick native was undrafted after playing three seasons of junior hockey for the St. John’s Fog Devils and the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL and two seasons of Canadian college hockey for the University of New Brunswick of the AUS conference. Layton turned pro at the end of his second season at UNB (2010-11) and joined the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League for the start of the 2011 CHL Playoffs. He appeared in 20 of the Mudbugs 21 playoff games, helping Bossier-Shreveport to capture the Ray Miron President’s Cup as the 2011 CHL Champions, beating the Colorado Eagles in the Finals in seven games. During the playoffs Layton had 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) and six penalty minutes. For the 2011-12 season he signed an AHL contract with Texas and after training camp was assigned to the CHL’s Allen Americans.

Layton made his Texas Stars and AHL debut on February 2, 2012 at Oklahoma City wearing No. 39. He then permanently switched to No. 22 for his second game on February 24, 2012 vs. Houston. Layton was returned on loan to Allen on March 5, 2012, but was recalled for one more game on March 13, 2012 vs. Grand Rapids. He played in a total of five games for Texas, registering zero points, four penalty minutes and three shots on goal.

After the Stars: Layton was returned on loan to Allen on March 18, 2012, where he finished out the regular season with 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) in 59 CHL games for the Americans. He appeared in all six playoff games for Allen, who lost the Texas Brahmas in six games in their first round series. Layton has not played in a professional hockey since 2012 CHL Playoffs.

Jacob Johnston (D)
Sudbury, Ontario
Stars Debut: February 26, 2013 at Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 4 GP, 1 Point (0 Goals, 1 Assists), 0 PIMs

Jacob Johnston was the sixth player, and first defenseman, in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 39 jersey. The Sudbury, Ontario native was undrafted after playing four years of CIS hockey for Dalhousie University of the AUS conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to attending Dalhousie, Johnston spent one year with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and one season at Cornell University of the ECAC. Shortly after his senior season came to an end, when the Tigers were eliminated from contention in the AUS conference playoffs, he signed an amateur tryout contract with the Stars on February 25, 2013, joining up with the team in the middle of a road trip.

Johnston made his pro debut with Texas on February 26, 2013 at Oklahoma City and recorded his first career pro point with an assist on Doug Jones’ first period power play goal on March 2, 2013 at Cedar Park Center, also against the Barons. He played in a total of four games for the Stars.

After the Stars: Johnston was released from his ATO on March 11, 2013. He is currently a free agent.

Joe Morrow (D)
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Stars Debut: March 26, 2013 at Houston
Stars Career Stats: 9 GP, 4 Points (1 Goal, 3 Assist), 4 PIMs

Joe Morrow was the seventh, and most recent, player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 39 jersey. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and played four full seasons of major junior hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Morrow made his pro and AHL debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on October 13, 2012 at Binghamton, and played in 57 games for the Penguins, earning one NHL call-up to Pittsburgh, although he did not make his NHL debut. His Penguins career was cut short on March 24, 2013 when he was traded along with Pittsburgh’s fifth round pick in the 2013 draft to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Brenden Morrow and Dallas’ third round pick in 2013.

Morrow was assigned to Texas on March 26, 2013 and he made his Stars debut that night at Houston, scoring two assists to record the first multi-point game of his pro career in a 7-6 overtime win over the Aeros. He played in 9 regular season games for Texas, registering four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and four penalty minutes. Morrow made his Calder Cup playoff debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Milwaukee on April 26, 2013. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals vs. Oklahoma City on May 11, 2013 and then scored another goal in Game 4 on May 15, 2013 at Oklahoma City. Morrow appeared in eight playoff games for Texas and had three points (2 goals, 1 assist).

After the Stars: Morrow was expected to start his second pro season with the Texas Stars and fight for a position in Dallas. That changed on July 4, 2013 when he was part of a seven player blockbuster trade between Dallas and the Boston Bruins, which sent Morrow, along with Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith to the Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button.

--Texas Stars--

Posted on 09/12/13

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