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Stars assign Lessard to Iowa

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

DALLAS STARS ASSIGN LESSARD TO IOWA

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned right wing Junior Lessard to the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Lessard, 27, was recalled on Dec. 5 and was scoreless in two games with Dallas. He has also appeared in 21 games with Iowa this season, collecting eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points with five power play goals. Among Iowa team leaders, he ranks first in power play tallies, third in goals, tied for third in assists and fourth in points.

The 6-0, 200-pound right wing has played in eight career games with the Dallas Stars over parts of three seasons, registering two goals and 14 penalty minutes. Last season with Iowa, he led the AHL club in goals (27), points (52) and power play goals (12). During Iowa’s post-season, he tied for the club lead in assists (5) and was second in goals (4) and points (9).

The St. Joseph de Beauce, Quebec, native won the 2004 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top collegiate player after scoring 63 points (32-31-63) in 45 games for Minnesota-Duluth. As a senior at UMD in 2004, he led the school to its first Frozen Four appearance since 1985, and was the national leader in both goals and points. He was selected to the American Hockey Association first team, the All-America first team and was named both the uscho.com and insidecollegehockey.com National Player of the Year. In 160 games as a collegian, he recorded 74 goals and 68 assists for 142 points.

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