June 28, 2006
DALLAS STARS RE-SIGN MATHIAS TJARNQVIST TO TWO-YEAR DEAL
Swedish Left Wing Returns to Dallas for Third Season
FRISCO, Tex. -- Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has re-signed left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist (pronounced SHARN-kwist, Muh-TEE-us) to a two-year contract through the 2007-08 season. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.
"We like the development we have seen from Mathias both in Dallas and in Iowa this past season," said Armstrong. "He has proven to be a primary offensive provider in the American Hockey League and we look for him to continue to improve his game and become a solid contributor with our hockey club next season."
Tjarnqvist, 27, appeared in 33 games with Dallas last season, recording two goals and four assists for six points with a +4 rating. The 6-2, 196-pound left wing also played in 34 games with Iowa of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2005-06, tallying 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points with five power play goals and a +2 rating. Despite playing in only 34 games, he still ranked fifth on Iowa in goals and sixth in power play goals.
The Umea, Sweden, native appeared in 18 games with Dallas during his first professional hockey season in 2003-04, collecting one goal and one assist for two points. In 60 games with the Utah Grizzlies (AHL), he notched 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points.
Dallas' third round selection (96th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Tjarnqvist played four seasons with Djurgardens of the Swedish Elite League from 1999-03. In 141 games with Djurgardens, he registered 34 goals and 34 assists for 68 points.