FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed left wing Michael Mersch to a two-year, two-way contract.
Mersch, 25, recorded a new career-high with a team-leading 49 points (21-28=49) in 65 regular-season games with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2017-18. The forward also paced the team in goals (21) and power play goals (10), and finished tied for second in assists (28), establishing new career highs in each category. Mersch finished the campaign tied for 14th in the AHL and first on Ontario with five game-winning goals, while his 10 power play goals shared 15th in the League. Additionally, he shared second on the Reign in goals (1), assists (2) and points (1-2=3) in four postseason contests during the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Mersch has registered three points (1-2=3) in 17 career regular-season NHL contests, all with the Los Angeles Kings. He has also amassed 173 points (85-88=173) in 248 career regular-season AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs and Ontario Reign. The forward has also made five appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs, recording 35 points (16-19=35) in 44 career postseason contests and won the 2015 Calder Cup with Manchester.
Prior to the start of his professional career, Mersch spent four seasons at the University of Wisconsin (NCAA), posting 120 points (67-53=120) in 157 career NCAA contests. He wrapped up his tenure at the University of Wisconsin having appeared in every possible game during his collegiate career, while also finished 23rd in school history with 67 career goals and was the 50th Badger to score 50 career goals.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound native of Park Ridge, Ill. was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.