Mathieu Tousignant (C) 2009-2013
Mathieu Tousignant (C)
Stars Debut: December 4, 2009 at Milwaukee
Stars Career Stats: 176 GP, 38 Points (17 Goals, 21 Assists), 224 PIMs
Mathieu Tousignant is the only player in Texas Stars franchise history to wear the No. 40 uniform. The St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Quebec native was undrafted after playing three full seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Baie-Comeau, Prince Edward Island and Chicoutimi. He turned pro for the 2009-10 season and attended the Texas Stars training camp, but was sent to start the year with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Tousignant made his pro debut on October 16, 2009 against the Stockton Thunder and in his first two months with Idaho, he piled up 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 20 ECHL games. He was recalled to Texas on December 1, 2009 and didn’t return to the ECHL until April 15, 2010, when he went back to Idaho for the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Tousignant made his AHL debut with Texas on December 4, 2009 against the Milwaukee Admirals and he had an assist in the game for his first career AHL point. He scored his first AHL goal on January 9, 2010 at Abbotsford and finished the season with seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and 62 penalty minutes in 45 games that year. Tousignant went back to the Steelheads for the Kelly Cup Playoffs, two days after Jamie Benn was sent to Texas by the Dallas Stars. In Idaho, he played in 13 playoff games, helping the Steelheads reach the 2010 Kelly Cup Finals, but lost to the Cincinnati Cyclones in five games.
Tousignant signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas on March 24, 2010 and entered the 2010-11 season looking to improve on his rookie numbers. He did so with a bang, putting up 23 gpoins (10 goals, 13 assists) and leading the team with 120 penalty minutes, while appearing in 78 of the team’s 80 regular season games. Tousignant made his Calder Cup playoff debut in Game 1 of the Stars’ first round series with Milwaukee on April 14, 2011, scoring a goal for his first career Calder Cup playoff point in a 5-2 loss to the Admirals. He would played just 35 games for Texas in the 2011-12, missing significant time due to injury. The scrappy forward split the 2012-13 season between Texas and Idaho, scoring just one goal for the Stars in 18 AHL games, but excelled with the Steelheads, registering 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 28 ECHL games.
After the Stars: Tousignant was reassigned by Dallas to the St. John’s IceCaps on April 10, 2013. He played in five games for St. John’s and had one assist and 17 penalty minutes. On August 16, 2013, Tousignant signed a one-year AHL contract with the Milwaukee Admirals. He could play against the Texas Stars for the first time in his pro career as early as October 26, 2013 when Texas travels to Milwaukee for the first time during the 2013-14 season.