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Oleksiak makes NHL debut with Dallas Stars

By Jim Olander, 02/01/13, 10:45PM CST

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Becomes the 18th former player to skate in the NHL

Former Stampede defenseman Jamie Oleksiak made his NHL debut Friday night with the Dallas Stars. He becomes the 18th former Herd player to skate in the NHL and the second in as many days, Zach Redmond made his debut Thursday night for Winnipeg.

Oleksiak logged 15:32 off ice time and registered one shot on net while recording an even plus/minus rating. The Stars won the game 4-3 in a shootout over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Oleksiak skated in 24 games for the Stampede during the 2009-10 season, recording four points (2g, 2a) and a plus-2 rating for the Herd while helping lead them to a third place finish and a spot in the Clark Cup playoffs.

The 6-foot-7, 254-pound defenseman was selected 14th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2011 and was most recently skating with Dallas’ top farm team, the Texas Stars. He’s leading Texas Stars defensemen in scoring with 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 43 games. His plus-12 rating is second highest on the team. He was voted in as a starter for the AHL All-Star Game, which was played earlier this week.

In just one game the “Big Rig” has already set a franchise record for Dallas. At 6-foot-7, he is the tallest player in franchise history. The Stars are in Phoenix on Saturday in a rematch against the Coyotes.