Rookie forward Austin Smith has been sent down to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. On his third stint of the season with Texas, Smith played in the last three of the Stars’ games. Returning to Idaho, Smith will continue to lead the team in goals with 16. The 24 year old jumped straight into the Stars line up in 2011 after finishing his collegiate career with Colgate University.
Texas Stars are back in action on January 4th as they head down to Houston to take on the Aeros. Puck drop is 7:05pm CST.
Here is the official Texas Stars press release on Austin Smith being sent down:
Rookie Forward Goes to ECHL’s Steelheads
CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has reassigned right wing Austin Smith from Texas to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
Smith, 24, played in Texas’ last three games during his third stint of the season with the Stars, recording seven shots on goal, one minor penalty and an even plus-minus rating. The Dallas, Texas native has played in 20 games for Idaho this year, where he leads the team in goals (16), and is fourth in points (23). Smith has appeared in four AHL games for the Stars this season, and has played in 16 career AHL games for Texas, posting three assists and eight penalty minutes.
Texas is back in action on Friday, January 4th as they travel to Houston for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff with the Aeros at Toyota Center. The Stars return home Saturday, January 5th for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff against the Peoria Rivermen at Cedar Park Center. Saturday’s home game is a Family Four Pack Night and is the Stars Team Card Set Giveaway. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
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