Kevin DeVergilio (C) 2009-2010
Tristan King (LW) 2010-2011
Austin Smith (RW) 2011-2013
Doug Jones (RW) 2012-2013
Daine Todd (C) 2012-2013
Kevin DeVergilio (C)
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Stars Debut: October 2, 2009 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 13 GP, 1 Point (0 Goals, 1 Assist), 12 PIMs
Kevin DeVergilio was the first player in Texas Stars history to wear the No. 9 jersey and he did so in the Stars’ first ever game. He was undrafted out of St. Lawrence University of the Division I ECAC when he joined the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers at the end of his senior season (2008-09). The Sterling Heights, Michigan native had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in two games for Las Vegas and Texas took notice. DeVergilio made the Stars 2009-10 opening night roster and made his AHL debut on October 2, 2009 at San Antonio. He played in eight games for the Stars before being sent down to the Idaho Steelheads, the team’s ECHL affiliate. DeVergilio was recalled for one game in January and then four more in April. In 13 total games for Texas he had one assist and 12 penalty minutes. He put up solid numbers for Idaho that season, scoring 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 48 ECHL games, while also posting 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) and 47 penalty minutes in 15 Kelly Cup Playoff games.
After the Stars: DeVergilio signed with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals for the 2010-11 season, but only appeared in 32 games for the club, leaving in mid-January to play for Manglerud in Norway. He has stayed in Europe for each of the last two seasons. DeVergilio spent the 2011-12 season playing for SG Pontebba in the Italian Serie A. Last year (2012-13) he started the campaign playing for Tingsryds AIF in the Allsvenskan (Sweden’s second division), but after seven games switched to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana, who plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria’s highest-level hockey league).
Tristan King (LW)
Stars Debut: October 10, 2010 at San Antonio
Stars Career Stats: 11 GP, 4 Points (2 Goals, 2 Assists), 6 PIMs
Tristan King was undrafted out of the Western Hockey League, where he played four seasons of major junior hockey for the Portland Winter Hawks and Medicine Hat Tigers, under Texas head coach Willie Desjardins. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native signed a three-year entry level contract with the Dallas Stars on September 18, 2009 and made his professional debut with Texas on year later, on October 10, 2010 at San Antonio. King played in 11 games for the Stars before being sent down in November to Idaho, the club’s ECHL affiliate. He was recalled to Texas in early December, but returned to the Steelheads for the remainder of the season at the end of the month. King recorded all four of his career AHL points during a three-game span in late October. He had an assist on October 26, 2010 vs. Peoria to post his first career pro point and followed it up with his first pro goal the next night at Rockford. Then on October 28, 2010 King tallied the only multi-point game of his AHL career with a goal and an assist against the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena.
After the Stars: King split the 2011-12 season between three ECHL teams: Idaho, Greenville and Ontario. A vast majority of his games that year came with the Reign, including three playoff games for Ontario. King attended the Texas Stars training camp in September of 2012 and was assigned to Idaho for the beginning of the season. He played in 35 games for the Steelheads and had 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists), but was traded to the San Francisco Bulls, where he finished the year and also played in two playoff games.
Austin Smith (RW)
Stars Debut: March 23, 2012 at Oklahoma City
Stars Career Stats: 28 GP, 6 Points (2 Goals, 4 Assists), 8 PIMs
Austin Smith was the third player to wear No. 9 in team history, but has played in more games for Texas in that number than anyone else. He was drafted by Dallas in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The Dallas, Texas native attended Colgate University of ECAC and piled up 160 points (79 goals, 81 assists) in 153 career NCAA games. Smith had a fantastic senior season at Colgate, posting career-highs in goals (36) and points (57); he led the nation in both goals and shorthanded goals (6) and was third in the NCAA in points. He was named 2011-12 ECAC Hockey MVP and to the ECAC Hockey First Team, a Hobey Baker finalist and was named a First Team All-American.
Smith signed a two-year entry level contract with Dallas on March 21, 2012 and two days later he made his pro debut with Texas at Oklahoma City. He registered three assists in 12 games to close out the 2011-12 season with Texas. Smith went back-and-forth between Cedar Park and Idaho numerous times during the 2012-13 season. He scored his first career AHL goal on January 18, 2013 at Chicago and then second his second AHL goal the next night at Peoria. Smith led the Steelheads in goals (27) and points (50) in 38 ECHL games and also had 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in 17 Kelly Cup Playoff games as he helped Idaho reach the Western Conference Finals.
Doug Jones (RW)
Stars Debut: March 1, 2013 vs. Chicago
Stars Career Stats: 4 GP, 2 Points (1 Goal, 1 Assist), 0 PIMs
Doug Jones was undrafted after playing four years at Dartmouth College of the ECAC, where he tallied 107 points in 127 career NCAA games. The Marietta, Georgia native then turned pro at the end of his senior season (2011-12) and signed with the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators in his home state. He began his first full season as a pro last year with Gwinnett and earned his first call-up to the AHL when San Antonio signed him to a PTO on January 31, 2013. Jones made his AHL debut on February 1st vs. Rockford and played in two games for the Rampage before returning to Gwinnett on February 10th. The Texas Stars called him up on February 26th and he made his Stars debut on March 1st vs. Chicago. Jones recorded his first career AHL point by scoring a power play goal on March 2nd vs. Oklahoma City, a game that had four lead changes and ended with the Barons winning 4-3 in a shootout. He also added his first career AHL assist on March 5 vs. Chicago. Jones played in a total of four games during his stint with Texas, becoming the fourth player to wear No. 9 for the Stars.
After the Stars: Jones was released from his PTO on March 11, 2013 and he returned to Gwinnett for the remainder of the season. He finished the regular season with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 61 ECHL games and he was tied for the team lead in goals and ranked second in both assists and points. Jones appeared in all ten Kelly Cup Playoff games for Gwinnett, helping the Gladiators sweep South Carolina in the first round before losing to Cincinnati in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Daine Todd (C)
Stars Debut: April 19, 2013 vs. Houston
Stars Career Stats: 2 GP, 0 Points, 0 PIMs
Daine Todd became the most recent Texas Stars player to wear the No. 9 jersey when he made his professional debut on April 19, 2013 vs. Houston. The Stettler, Alberta native joined the Stars on an Amateur Tryout contract the day before, having completed his senior season for the University of New Brunswick of the AUS conference. Todd had 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 28 games for the Varsity Reds, helping UNB win its third straight AUS Championship and the 2013 CIS University Cup, the Canadian collegiate national championship, which was the school’s second national title in three years. Todd even scored the game-winning goal in the championship game as UNB defeated fellow AUS conference rival St. Mary’s University 2-0 on March 17, 2013 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Prior to his collegiate career, Todd played for Texas head coach Willie Desjardins for four seasons of major junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.
Todd played in the last two regular season games for Texas and stayed with the team throughout their 2013 Calder Cup Playoff run, but did not appear in any playoff games.