FRISCO, Tex. -- Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has re-signed center Steve Ott to a two-year contract through the 2007-08 season. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.
"We are very pleased to secure Steve Ott
in Dallas for the next two years," said Armstrong. "He has developed into a valuable piece in our young nucleus of players and we expect his development to continue as he gains more experience. Steve brings a solid work ethic to the rink every day and his presence is very much a positive for this club."
Ott, 23, set new career highs in goals (5), assists (17) and points (22) with Dallas in 2005-06, and ranked second on the club in penalty minutes (178). The 6-0, 193-pound center was the only Stars player to appear in all 82 regular season games.
Dallas' first round pick (No. 25 overall) in the 2000 Entry Draft, Ott has appeared in 181 career NHL games and has recorded 41 points (10 goals and 31 assists) with 361 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the club, notching a goal and an assist with two penalty minutes.
The native of Summerside, P.E.I., became the first player in franchise history (and just the 24th in NHL history) to have his first playoff point come as an overtime game-winning goal when he lit the lamp in extra time of Game Three of the 2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Colorado.
Ott spent the 2004-05 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, registering 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points with 279 PIM. Among team leaders, he ranked first in penalty minutes, fourth in goals and fifth in points.
Ott had a decorated career with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League from 1999-2002, posting 116 goals and 121 assists for 237 points with 472 PIM in 174 career junior contests. His 50 goals for Windsor in 2000-01 placed him second in the OHL, and he twice skated for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in 2002 and a bronze in 2001.