Garrett Stafford (D) 2009-2010
Guillaume Monast (D) 2010-2011
Hubert Labrie (D) 2011-2012
Tyler Sloan (D) 2012-2013
Garrett Stafford (D)
Los Angeles, California
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 60 GP, 32 Points (7 Goals, 25 Assists), 22 PIMs
Garrett Stafford brought plenty of veteran experience to the Texas Stars blue line during the inaugural season in Cedar Park. The Los Angeles, Calif., native had 437 AHL games and five NHL games under his belt when he arrived in Central Texas for the 2009-10 campaign. Stafford pulled on the No. 5 jersey for the first-ever Stars game on October 2, 2009, at San Antonio and wore it 59 times during his 60 regular season games that year. The one exception was on January 9, 2010, when he wore the No. 25 sweater that was usually worn by Warren Peters for the game that night at Abbotsford, because his regular No. 5 was damaged and Peters was on NHL call-up with Dallas. Stafford has worn the No. 5 jersey for more games with the Texas Stars than any other player. He skated in 21 post-season games for Texas in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, scoring 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) and posting 10 penalty minutes. All four of his goals came on the power play and he is tied with Jamie Benn and Aaron Gagnon for the most playoff power play goals in franchise history. Arguably Stafford’s most memorable goal came on April 30, 2010 in Game 1 of the Stars’ second round series against Chicago, when he scored 2:22 into the first overtime to win the game 4-3.
After the Stars: Stafford joined the Stars’ closest geographic rival, the San Antonio Rampage, for the 2010-11 season and earn a two-game call-up to the Phoenix Coyotes. He split the 2011-12 season between the Portland Pirates and the Hamilton Bulldogs and then after starting the 2012-13 season with the Hershey Bears, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Barons, where he helped OKC eliminate Texas in the Conference Semifinals and push the eventual Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids to seven games in the Conference Finals.
Guillaume Monast (D)
Stars Debut: October 27, 2010 at Rockford
Stars Career Stats: 14 GP, 1 Assist, 10 PIMs
Guillaume Monast was undrafted after playing four years of major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Val d’Or Foreurs, Halifax Moosheads and Quebec Remparts. He signed a three-year entry level contract with the Dallas Stars on September 26, 2008, as a free agent, but stayed in juniors for one more year with Quebec. He then turned pro and was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, for the 2009-10 season. The Longueil, Quebec, native returned to Idaho for the 2010-11 campaign and earned his first career AHL call-up when he was reassigned to Texas on October 27, 2010. Monast made his Stars and AHL debut that night at Rockford. He went back-and-forth several times between Texas and Idaho that year, recording his only career AHL point by notching an assist on February 16, 2011, at Lake Erie. Monast was also briefly on Texas’ playoff roster, but did not play in any Calder Cup Playoff games.
After the Stars: Monast did not play hockey during the 2011-12 season, but returned to the ice in 2012-13 playing for the McGill University Redmen of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
Hubert Labrie (D)
Stars Debut: March 22, 2011 vs. Houston
Stars Career Stats: 60 GP, 6 Points (2 Goals, 4 Assists), 63 PIMs
Hubert Labrie was undrafted after playing four years of major junior hockey for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. The Victoriaville, Quebec, native signed a three-year entry level contract with Dallas on September 18, 2009, but remained with Gatineau for the next two years. He turned pro for the 2011-12 season and started the year with the Idaho Steelheads, the Stars’ ECHL affiliate. He was recalled to Texas on November 12, 2011, and made his AHL debut with the Stars on November 13th at San Antonio wearing the No. 5 jersey. Labrie spent the rest of the 2011-12 season with Texas, appearing in 33 games and recording three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and 18 penalty minutes. At the end of the regular season he returned to Idaho for the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs, helping the Steelheads reach the Conference Semifinals before losing to Las Vegas in five games.
He swapped numbers for the 2012-13 season, moving to No. 14 with the arrival of veteran defenseman Tyler Sloan. Labrie again split the year between Texas and Idaho, playing 27 games for the Stars and 22 games for Idaho; he also appeared in 17 playoff games for the Steelheads as they made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing to Stockton in five games. Labrie has one more year remaining on his entry level contract with Dallas.
Tyler Sloan (D)
Stars Debut: October 20, 2012 vs. Houston
Stars Career Stats: 42 GP, 9 Points (3 Goals, 6 Assists), 55 PIMs
Tyler Sloan signed a one-year two-way contract with the Dallas Stars on July 6, 2012 and joined Texas for 2012-13 training camp during the NHL lockout. The Calgary, Alberta, native was given the No. 5 sweater, a number he had worn for most of his professional career. Before arriving in Cedar Park, in his first 10 years as a pro, Sloan had accumulated 368 career AHL games and 99 NHL games. Sloan was undrafted after playing major junior hockey for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. He worked his way up through the ECHL and AHL for several teams, including parts of six seasons with the Hershey Bears, winning two Calder Cup Championships in 2006 and 2009. The defenseman made his NHL breakthrough with the Washington Capitals on October 21, 2008, in Calgary against his hometown Flames.
Sloan made his Stars debut on October 20, 2012, vs. Houston and appeared in 42 regular season games for Texas, racking up nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and 55 penalty minutes. His first point for the Stars was an assist on October 24th vs. Milwaukee, the team he played for in 2011-12. While his games were limited because of three separate stints on the injured list, Sloan had a particularly effective five-game stretch at the end of January. He posted two assists in an 8-4 win at Peoria on January 19th and two games later he scored his first goal of the season, helping Texas earn a point in a 2-1 overtime loss at San Antonio on January 25th. The very next night at Cedar Park Center he set up the game-winning goal for his 50th career AHL assist in a 4-1 win over the Rampage. Sloan made it a three-game point streak on February 1st when he blasted home the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Houston, breaking a 1-1 tie with 7:41 left in the third period. During the 2013 post-season, Sloan appeared in his 51st career Calder Cup Playoff game on May 16th at Oklahoma City in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.