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Stars ink two from college ranks

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Both Players Will Play in Iowa for Remainder of Season

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed forward Tyler Shelast out of Michigan Tech University to a two-year entry-level contract through the 2009-10 season goaltender Matt Climie out of Bemidji State University to a one-year deal for the 2008-09 campaign. Both players have been assigned to the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Shelast, 23, just finished his senior year at Michigan Tech University (WCHA). In 39 games with the Huskies this season, registered 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points to go along with eight power play tallies and a +2 rating. Among team leaders, ranked first in goals, power play goals and shots (114) and was second in points. The 6-1, 202-pound winger posted three, two-goal outings this season and notched three points (2-1-3) on Dec. 28 vs. Michigan State.

The Kelowna, British Columbia native, served as assistant captain for Michigan Tech this past season and has been named to the WCHA All-Academic Team following both his junior and sophomore years. He also played his freshman and sophomore seasons with current Iowa Star Chris Conner at MTU.

Prior to attending Michigan Tech, Shelast played two seasons from 2002 – 2004 with the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Following the 2003-04 season with Powell he was named the club’s most valuable player after tallying 71 points (26-45-71) in 65 games.

Climie, 25, just finished his senior year at Bemidji State University (CHA), posting a 14-8-3 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average, a .913 save percentage and five shutouts. He finished his four-year career with the Beavers first on the school’s all-time shutouts list (12), second in goals-against-average (2.45) and second in save percentage (.908).

The 6-3, 200-pound goaltender tied BSU’s single-season record with five shutouts this past season and is the school’s Division I-era record for goaltending victories with 45. The Leduc, Alberta, native earned First-Team All-CHA honors following his junior year and was selected to the Second-Team All-CHA squad following his senior season. Climie also graduated from Bemidji State with a degree in elementary education in three and a half years.

Iowa still has 12 games remaining in their AHL season.

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