Langenbrunner, 35, is returning to the Stars – the team that he was drafted by (1993 second round, 35th overall) and played the first six and a half NHL seasons with (1995-2002). Now in his 14th NHL season, he has appeared in 996 career games, scoring 232 goals and 388 assists for 620 points and 776 penalty minutes. A two-time Stanley Cup Champion (Dallas 1999, New Jersey 2003), Langenbrunner’s four career playoff overtime goals are tied-for-first (also Chris Drury) among active players.
“We are very excited to add Jamie to our team,” said Nieuwendyk. “He fits the mold of the type of players we want on this roster – strong work ethic, tough, passionate, and hard to play against. All of our fans got to see first-hand what kind of a player Jamie is when he broke into the league in the nineties and was part of our Stanley Cup team in 1999. We are thrilled to be able to bring him back to Dallas.”
The Stars enter the second half of the season this evening vs. the New York Rangers in first place in the Pacific Division with a record of 24-13-4 for 52 points.
Langenbrunner had served as New Jersey’s team captain since Dec. 5, 2007. The 6-1, 205-pound winger also served as captain for Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, leading the United States to a Silver Medal with one goal and three assists in six games. Langenbrunner set a career-high in assists last season with 42 while his 61 points were the second-most of his career (his high was 69 in 2008-09). He scored his first NHL hat trick on Jan. 2, 2010, at Minnesota.
Langenbrunner spent his first eight NHL seasons in Dallas before being traded to New Jersey with Joe Nieuwendyk on March 19, 2002, in exchange for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first round draft pick in 2002.