FRISCO, Tex. –
DALLAS STARS SIGN GAZDIC TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed left wing Luke Gazdic
to a three-year entry-level contract. Gazdic recently concluded a three-year career with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, and will now report to the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.
“Luke has shown a very good mix of skill and toughness in Erie the last three seasons,” said Dallas Stars Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He’s a tough, physical power forward that is ready to make the jump into the professional ranks. We look forward to his continued development within our system.”
Gazdic, 19, appeared in 63 games with Erie this season, recording 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points, to go with a team-high 127 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 233-pound left wing placed seventh on the club in goals and eighth in points, and added nine penalty minutes in five OHL Playoff games this season.
The Toronto native posted 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) and 144 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Otters in 2007-08. In his first year in the OHL in 2006-07, he collected 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) and 136 PIM in 58 games. He earned Erie’s Steve Nimigon Humanitarian Award in both 2007 and 2008.
Originally drafted by Dallas in the sixth round (No. 172 overall) of the 2007 Entry Draft, Gazdic helped leads the Stars to the championship of the 2008 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.