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Ribeiro Activated From IR; Sawada, Wathier Recalled

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has activated center Mike Ribeiro from injured reserve. He suffered a throat injury against New York Rangers on Jan. 6 and was placed on injured reserve the following day. Dallas has also recalled right wing Raymond Sawada and left wing Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Mike Ribeiro
Ribeiro, 29, has missed 15 games since his injury against the Rangers. He has skated in 43 contests so far this season, collecting 33 points (10g, 23a). Since he joined Dallas in 2006-07, the 6-0, 173-pound center has played in 282 games, accruing 253 points (77g, 176a) and leading the Stars in points in each of the previous three seasons. Before he was injured, Ribeiro had played in 125 consecutive games. He had not missed a game since the 2007-08 season, having played in 75 or more games in each of the past five campaigns. The Montreal native was acquired via trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Sep. 30, 2006.

Sawada, 24, has played in five games for Dallas this season, recording two shots. He has skated in 36 games for Texas this season, collecting three goals and six assists. The Richmond, British Columbia native scored 76 points (31g, 45a) over 137 games during four years at Cornell University. He was Dallas’ second round selection (52nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Wathier, 25, made his NHL debut this season with Dallas and has dressed in two games for the club this season, accruing five penalty minutes and three shots. He has spent the majority of this season with the Texas Stars, where he has played in 50 games, recording 23 points (11g, 12a) and 76 PIM. The 6-4, 208-pound left wing was Dallas’ sixth round selection (185th overall) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The Dallas Stars will travel to Chicago today to face the Blackhawks Tuesday at 7:30 pm CT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest, Radio: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket).


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