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Toby & Alexa Petersen Join Stars Foundation Board
Toby & Alexa Petersen Join Stars Foundation Board
Stars Forward, Type 1 Diabetic, Joins Team’s Charitable Organization

CEDAR PARK, TX – Texas Stars president Rick McLaughlin announced Thursday that current Stars forward Toby Petersen and his wife Alexa have been named to the Texas Stars Foundation Board of Directors.

“We are extremely pleased to have Toby & Alexa join our board,” said Stars president Rick McLaughlin, who is also the chairman of the board for the Texas Stars Foundation. “On behalf of the entire board of directors we welcome their participation and look forward to working with them to continue our charitable efforts in Central Texas.”

Petersen, 33, has made a conscious effort throughout his professional hockey career to be involved in the local community service organizations where he has played. The Bloomington, Minn., native was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1984 at the age of six and he has been doing extensive charity work for many years, particularly with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), whose mission is to “find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.” Petersen first started fundraising for JDRF in 1999 in Colorado Springs with his teammates at Colorado College and he has continued those efforts throughout his thirteen year pro career, which spans almost 850 pro games, including nearly 400 in the National Hockey League. He spent most of the last four years with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, where he served as JDRF’s Celebrity Ambassador Spokesperson for the greater Dallas region, participating in a variety of events, including fundraisers and visiting schools to create more education and awareness. During the 2007-08 season, while playing for the AHL’s Iowa Stars, Petersen was selected as the team’s Humanitarian Award, for his outstanding contributions in the local community.

“My wife and I are honored to be associated with the Texas Stars Foundation and its board of directors,” said Stars center Toby Petersen. “Helping people in need and giving back to the community has always played an important part of our lives and we hope our efforts with the Stars Foundation will make a big impact in the greater Austin area.”

The Texas Stars Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the community through the impact of professional sports. Formed in the summer of 2010, the Texas Stars Foundation is the official charity of the Texas Stars’ management and players. By encouraging teamwork, interaction and education, the Texas Stars Foundation strives to enrich the greater Central Texas area.

Through its first two years of operation, the Texas Stars Foundation has supported more than 480 community programs and charitable organizations with donations in excess of $250,000. Major beneficiaries include but are not limited to: Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Cedar Park Veterans Memorial, 100 Club of Central Texas, Human Society of Williamson County, Williamson County Animal Shelter, Heroes Night Out and Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Community organizations looking to work with the Texas Stars Foundation can contact Foundation Director Kristen Campomizzi by email at or and by phone at 512-600-5186.

Next up for the Stars is a road trip to Houston on Friday, October 19th for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff with the Aeros at Toyota Center. Texas will then return home on Saturday, October 20th as they will again do battle with Houston, this time at Cedar Park Center at 7:00 p.m. The first 2,500 fans entering the building on Saturday will receive a Fleece Jersey Scarf presented by H-E-B. 2012-13 pro-rated full and partial season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit

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Posted on 10/19/12

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