Jamie Oleksiak (D) 2012-2013
Jamie Oleksiak (D)
Stars Debut: October 13, 2012 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 59 GP, 33 Points (6 Goals, 27 Assists), 29 PIMs
Of the 41 different jersey numbers that have been worn by Texas Stars players over the four year history of the franchise, there are eight numbers that have each been sported by only a single person. It may come as a surprise to the casual observer that no one wore No. 6 for a single game for the first three years (2009-2012). However, on opening night of the 2012-13 season, the tallest player in Stars history became the first to put on the previously untouched No. 6.
Jamie Oleksiak was the Dallas Stars’ first round draft pick (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The six-foot-seven, 254-pound Toronto, Ontario native had just finished his freshman season at Northeastern University of Hockey East and after being selected by Dallas, he signed a three-year entry level contract on October 6, 2011. He left Northeastern and played the 2011-12 season in the OHL with Saginaw and Niagara. Nicknamed the “Big Rig,” Oleksiak made his first major tournament appearance and won a bronze medal with Team Canada in the 2012 World Junior Championships in Alberta.
Oleksiak made his professional debut on October 13, 2012 at San Antonio, the season opener for the Stars. The Big Rig picked up his first pro point the next night with an assist at home vs. Charlotte and then scored his first pro goal on October 24th, the game-winning goal in the third period vs. Milwaukee. He was selected to the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence and the fans voted him into the starting lineup for the Western Conference All-Stars. During the All-Star Game, Oleksiak tied a game-high with a +3 rating and he assisted on the game-winning goal scored by Toronto’s Ryan Hamilton with 11.5 seconds left in regulation as the Western Conference won 7-6. He was named the CCM-AHL Rookie of the Month for January and made his NHL debut on February 1st vs. Phoenix. Oleksiak played 16 total NHL games this past season for Dallas, registering two assists and 14 penalty minutes. He finished the regular season with 33 points (6 goals, 27 assists) and 29 penalty minutes in 59 games for Texas, ranking second on the team in plus-minus (+19), third in assists and seventh in points. Oleksiak played all nine Calder Cup Playoff games for the Stars, registering one assist and six penalty minutes.