The Dallas Stars announced Wednesday that they have signed Niagara IceDogs forward Brett Ritchie to a three-year entry-level contract.
Ritchie, joined the IceDogs prior to the trade deadline in early Januarty, and was a big addition for the IceDogs, posting 30 points, (16 goals, 14 assists) and 24 penalty minutes to go along with a +27 rating in 30 games with Niagara. Overall on the season, Ritchie posted a combined 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-27 rating in 53 games between Niagara and Sarnia. He also added 11 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 19 games for the IceDogs in the 2012 Playoffs.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Orangeville, Ontario, has played three seasons in the OHL, recording 112 points (57 goals and 55 assists) and 131 PIM in 164 career games. Ritchie was drafted by Dallas in the second round (No. 44 overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Ritchie signing makes him the second member of the IceDogs signed by the Stars joining defenceman Jamie Oleksiak who signed his entry-level contract back in October. Ritchie and Oleksiak are currently joined by fellow IceDog Luke Mercer at the Stars 2012 Development Camp this week.
The entire IceDogs organization would like to congratulate Brett on his signing and we look forward to his continued success!