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Dallas Stars Sign Defenseman Dan Hamhuis

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hamhuis, 33, posted 13 points (3-10=13) in 58 games played for Vancouver during the 2015-16 regular season. He finished second on the Canucks, averaging 2:36 of shorthanded ice time per game, and his 72 blocked shots were fourth.

In his career, he has played 872 regular-season games over the span of 12 seasons, with Nashville and Vancouver. In total, he's posted 303 points (55-248=303) and a +81 plus/minus rating. He has appeared in 62 postseason contests as well, registering 21 points (3-18=21). He was part of Vancouver's run to the Stanley Cup Final against Boston in 2011, finishing that postseason with six points (1-5=6) and a +5 plus/minus rating in 19 games played.

"Dan is a proven, veteran competitor and will complement our group well," said Nill. "He brings character and leadership, both on and off the ice. He is an elite defenseman who has won a Gold Medal for Canada in the Olympics, appeared in several World Championships, as well as competing in the Stanley Cup Final."

Internationally, Hamhuis has represented Canada nine times, including the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, six World Championship teams (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015) and two World Junior Championships (2001, 2002). He won gold at the 2014 Olympics and twice at the World Championships (2007, 2015).

The 6-foot-1, 209-pound native of Smithers, British Columbia was originally selected by Nashville in the first round (12th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. He was signed as a free agent by Vancouver on July 1, 2010.

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