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Stars Recall Lessard, Polak

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

October 21, 2005

Also Assign RW David Oliver to Iowa

FRISCO, Tex. -- Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has recalled right wing Junior Lessard and left wing Vojtech Polak from the Iowa Stars, the Stars' primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced that they have assigned right wing David Oliver to Iowa.

Lessard, 25, has appeared in three games with Iowa this season, posting one goal and one assist for two points with one game-winning goal. He also played in six preseason games with Dallas, collecting two goals and two assists for four points with one power play goal and a +1 rating.

The 5-11, 191-pound right wing played in his first professional season in 2004-05 with the Houston Aeros (AHL), recording 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 71 contests. Signed as a free agent by Dallas on Apr. 15, 2004, Lessard won the 2004 Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top collegiate player, after scoring 63 points (32-31-63) in 45 games at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He led the nation in both goals and points as a senior.

Polak, 20, has played in four games with Iowa this season, registering two goals and two assists for four points. He currently ranks tied for second on the team in goals and tied for third in points. The Ostrov Nad Ohri, Czech Republic native collected three points (1-2-3) on Oct. 16 vs. San Antonio. During the NHL preseason, he tallied five points (2-3-5) in six games, including two goals and two assists on Sept. 18 at Edmonton.

The Stars' second round selection (36th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Polak played five seasons in the Czech Republic before coming over to North America. The 5-10, 180-pound left wing skated for Team Czech at the 2002 U-18 World Championships.

Oliver, 34, has gone scoreless in three games with Dallas this season.

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