Texas Stars recall Zach Kamrass from ECHL

With three games in three nights the Texas Stars have recalled defenseman Zach Kamrass from the Idaho Steelheads.

Stephen Johns is still out with a lower-body injury while Stars coach Derek Laxdal said the team has other “bumps and bruises” that need to be sorted out.

Kamrass is on an AHL contract with Texas, but didn’t appear in training camp with Texas. He has 16 points in 37 games with Idaho.

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Thursday they have recalled rookie defenseman Zack Kamrass from their ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.

Kamrass, 25, is on his first career AHL call-up after appearing in 37 games this season for Idaho with 16 points (3-13=16). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Atlanta, Ga. is currently in his first full professional season after finishing a four-year career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (NCAA) from 2011-2015. Kamrass (KAM-rihs) appeared in 147 career collegiate games and scored 64 points (13-51=64) over the four-year stretch.

The Stars begin a three-game road trip on Friday in Bakersfield at 9 p.m. CST.

Texas Stars send Maxime Lagace to ECHL in attempt to maximize playing time

Maxime Lagace has been sent down to the ECHL. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace has been sent down to the ECHL. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

The Texas Stars decided it’s better to have Maxime Lagace playing in the ECHL rather than sitting on a bench in the AHL.

Lagace was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads on Thursday. It’s a move Texas Stars general manager Scott White felt will get the 22-year-old goaltender playing more games as the AHL club turns to Jack Campbell, who made his season debut in a 6-3 win against the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday.

“This was always our plan,” White said. “He could stay in Texas and play 20 games. Or he could play 40 games in Idaho … it’s all about maximizing playing time.”

Campbell is a former first-round pick who missed the first month of the season with finger injury. Now that he’s healthy, the plan is for him to play as often as possible, while John Muse will serve as the back-up and play sparingly — a role he signed on for when he inked his AHL contract this summer.

Lagace will take a wealth of AHL experience with him to the ECHL. The rookie started seven of Texas’ first 11 games before Campbell returned and posted a .913 save percentage and 2.60 goals against average.

Idaho plays three games in three nights this weekend, meaning Lagace will probably start at least two of those games. Campbell will likely start both of Texas games this weekend against the Stockton Heat on Saturday and San Antonio on Sunday.

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced on Thursday that rookie goaltender Maxime Lagace has been reassigned to the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads.
 
Lagace (luh-GAH-say), 22, has appeared in seven games this season for Texas with a 4-3-0 record, a 2.60 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of Saint-Augustin, Quebec split 28 games last season at the ECHL level between the Bakersfield Condors and Missouri Mavericks with a combined 2.85 goals against average and .901 save percentage.

Lagace wins AHL job with Texas Stars as Desrosiers is sent to Idaho

Maxime Lagace makes a save during warmups before Texas' preseason game with San Antonio on Friday. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace makes a save during warmups before Texas’ preseason game with San Antonio on Friday. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Maxime Lagace has beaten out Phil Desrosiers for the second goalie spot on the Texas Stars opening night roster.

Texas announced Tuesday that Desrosiers has been sent to the ECHL-affiliate Idaho Steelheads, which means Lagace or John Muse will start AHL opening night against the San Antonio Rampage.

Lagace has been the Stars most impressive goalie in training camp and he had the best showing of the three in a pair of preseason games.

“He’s done everything we asked,” Texas Stars general manager Scott White said. “He had a tough year last year as a player, and to his credit he learned from that. Now he has a chance top play some games here.”

It will be interesting to track how Texas handles the goalie situation as the season progresses, especially with Jack Campbell expected to return in three to six weeks.

Brandon Magee was also sent down to Idaho. He’ll likely be one of the first call-ups in case of an injury in Texas.

“He’s a good player, and we know we’ll need a call-up from Idaho at some point with injury,” White said. “And he’s definitely right there in that conversation. That’s why we signed him to the AHL deal.”

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today they have reduced their training camp roster. The team’s training camp roster now sits at 25 players.

The following players have been loaned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads or released from their tryout:

G, Philippe Desrosiers – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL)
F, Brandon Magee – Loaned to Idaho (ECHL)

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Texas Stars reduce training camp roster by 4

Here is the official release:

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today they have reduced their training camp roster by four players. The team’s training camp roster now sits at 26 players.

 

The following players have been reassigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads or released from their tryout with the team:

 

F, Cam Braes – Reassigned to Idaho (ECHL)

F, Mads Eller – Released from Tryout
F, Emil Molin – Reassigned to Idaho (ECHL)

F, Taylor Peters – Reassigned to Idaho (ECHL)

Taylor Stefishen welcomes second chance with Texas Stars

Taylor Stefishen in one of his four games with Texas last season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Taylor Stefishen in one of his four games with Texas last season. (Photo by Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

From the Austin American-Statesman, you can read the full story by clicking here.

CEDAR PARK — Taylor Stefishen’s first impression on the Texas Stars was brief, cut short by an injury he suffered last season.

A left winger, Stefishen played in four games and had an assist for Texas last season, but an upper-body injury hindered his progress, and he ended up being sent back to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.

This fall, he’s getting a second chance to impress Stars coach Derek Laxdal. A free agent in Texas’ training camp, Stefishen will play Friday when the Stars face the San Antonio Rampage in a preseason game.