FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the team’s roster for opening night.
The 2021-22 opening night roster consists of 23 active players, including 14 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.
Additionally, defenseman Jani Hakanpaa was placed on Injured Reserve (retroactive to Sept. 27) and goaltender Ben Bishop was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve.
The team also announced that three players were loaned to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL): left wing Joel Kiviranta, center Jacob Peterson and defenseman Alexander Petrovic.
For the first time since the 2010-11 NHL season, the Stars will open their campaign away from American Airlines Center.
The club’s first contest of the 2021-22 season will be against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Oct. 14.
The team’s season-opening Eastern Conference road trip also includes games against the Boston Bruins (Oct. 16), Ottawa Senators (Oct. 17) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Oct. 19).
Bally Sports Southwest will provide complete coverage of the opening night festivities on Thursday, Oct. 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m., featuring host Lauren Callender, and analysts Brien Rea and Brent Severyn. Color analyst Daryl “Razor” Reaugh and play-by-play announcer Josh Bogorad, along with new rinkside reporter Michelle McMahon, will call the action all season long on Bally Sports Southwest and Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket.
All fans are invited to attend the team’s AT&T Opening Night Watch Party at AT&T Discovery District (208 S Akard St., Dallas, TX 75202), which is free and open to the public beginning at 5 p.m. The season kickoff event will feature team giveaways, the Stars Street Team, live entertainment, and appearances by select Stars alumni, Ice Girls and official team mascot, Victor E. Green.
The event is weather permitting, so please check DallasStars.com
for the latest information.
Oskar Back, Jamie Benn, Blake Comeau, Ty Dellandrea, Radek Faksa, Luke Glendening, Denis Gurianov, Roope Hintz, Tanner Kero, Joe Pavelski, Alexander Radulov, Michael Raffl, Jason Robertson, Tyler Seguin
Joel Hanley, Miro Heiskanen, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Andrej Sekera, Ryan Suter
Braden Holtby, Anton Khudobin, Jake Oettinger
Injured Reserve (1)
Long Term Injured Reserve, Injured Non-Roster (1)
Canada – 6, United States – 6, Finland – 3, Russia – 2, Sweden – 2, Austria – 1, Czech Republic – 1, Kazakhstan – 1, Slovakia – 1
The Stars roster entering the 2021-22 season has a combined 9,921 regular-season games of experience. The 20 skaters comprise 9,153 of those games, having a combined 4,967 points (1,846 – 3,121= 4,967).
The three goaltenders have a combined record of 411-228-88 in 768 career games. Suter is the most experienced player on the team, sitting two games shy of 1,200 for his career. Forward Oskar Back has the fewest NHL games played on the opening night roster, as he is looking to make his NHL debut.
HOLTBY, PAVELSKI CLOSING IN ON MILESTONES
Goaltender Braden Holtby (489 GP) looks to skate in his 500th career NHL game this season. The last goaltender to hit the milestone as a member of the Dallas Stars was Kari Lehtonen during the 2014-15 campaign. Holtby also closes in on 40 career shutouts, having recorded 35 in 11 NHL seasons.
Forward Joe Pavelski looks to reach the 400-goal milestone this season. He currently sits six goals away with 394. He has recorded more goals in his career than any other active member of the Stars roster.
Average Height: 73 inches – 6’1″, Tallest: Oettinger (77 inches – 6’5″), Shortest: Glendening, Hanley, Khudobin, Pavelski (71 inches – 5’11”)
Average Weight: 201.3 pounds, Heaviest: Faksa, Lindell, Oettinger (220-pounds); Lightest: Kero (185-pounds)
Average Age: 29.3, Oldest: Pavelski (37), Youngest: Back, Dellandrea (21)