When Ales Hemsky arrived for his first Dallas Stars training camp this year, there was one very familiar face in the room as he was reunited with fellow former Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff.
While Hemsky was dealt from Edmonton to Ottawa at the 2014 trade deadline and signed with Dallas in the off-season, Horcoff was traded to the Lone Star State following the 2012-13 season. The former Oilers captain said Tuesday he was quite excited to see his old linemate join him with the Stars.
"He's going to be a big part of this team for the next few years," said Horcoff, adding that Hemsky brings the Stars an additional scoring threat to complement their big guns Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.
"When he's going, it brings that second element for us on offence and there's too many other teams who are able to do that."
Horcoff said he was consulted by Stars GM Jim Nill before the team decided to pursue signing Hemsky via free agency.
"We had lots of conversations about him," he said. "I believe in him. I've played, obviously, lots of hockey with him. He's always been a guy who doesn't shy away from being first in on the puck and going to all the hard areas. He wants to win and those are the kind of guys we're trying to get around here."