Dallas Stars: American Hockey League

Aaron Gagnon, Travis Morin headed to Texas

January, 27, 2011
The Stars have assigned centers Aaron Gagnon and Travis Morin to the AHL's Texas Stars. Here is part of the club's release:

Gagnon, 24, has appeared in nine games for Dallas this season, recording two assists, including his first NHL point (Dec. 6 at Columbus). The 5-foot-11, 186-pound center has spent the majority of this season with Texas, skating in 33 games and collecting 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists). Gagnon led the Texas Stars in scoring during the 2009-10 season with 58 points (27, 31). The Quesnel, British Columbia, native was signed by Dallas as a free agent on Feb. 2, 2007.

Morin, 27, made his NHL debut against Edmonton in a 3-1 win Wednesday night, recording 10:07 minutes of ice time. He has recorded 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 45 games this season for Texas. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound center played 80 games last season for Texas, finishing second on the team in scoring with 52 points (21, 31). Morin was signed as a free agent on July 12, 2010 and was originally selected in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (ninth round, 263rd overall) by the Washington Capitals.

The Dallas Stars are currently leading the Pacific Division with a 30-15-5 record (65 points). Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards will represent the Stars at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday at 3 p.m. on Versus.

Texas Stars schedule released

August, 25, 2010
The AHL released the 2010-11 schedule for the Texas Stars and all other league teams today. Texas, which plays an 80-game schedule,will open the regular season Sunday October 10 at San Antonio. The Texas Stars' home opener will be Saturday October 16 against San Antonio.

Texas plays 17 of its first 24 games at home.

You can find Texas' entire schedule here.

Texas Stars note: Tyler Ludwig signed

August, 5, 2010
The Texas Stars announced today they've signed defenseman Tyler Ludwig to a one-year contract. Tyler is the son of former Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig and the twin brother of Trevor Ludwig, who is under contract with the Dallas Stars and is expected to play with the Texas Stars this season.

Here's an excerpt from the Texas Stars' release on the signing:
Ludwig turned pro after a four-year career at Western Michigan University, joining the Stars for the final seven games of the regular season. Over his short AHL stint, Ludwig was scoreless with four penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, he spent four years with Western Michigan University, scoring 16 goals and dishing out 54 assists for 70 points in 152 NCAA games. During his junior and senior seasons, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender led the Broncos in points by a defenseman. The Colleyville, TX native posted a +12 rating as a senior and finished his NCAA career a +5 overall.

Mike Keane headed towards retirement?

July, 20, 2010
Former Dallas Star Mike Keane could be headed towards retirement. The Winnipeg Free Press is reporting the 43-year-old forward won't return next season to the AHL's Manitoba Moose, the team he's played for the past five seasons.

Keane won three Stanley Cups during his NHL career, including one with the Stars in 1999. He played four seasons for the Stars (1997-2001), playing 242 regular season games and 73 more in the playoffs. He was a big part of the Stars' success back in those days.

The Winnipeg Free Press story on Keane is here.