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College Hockey:
Dallas signs Boston University’s Chiasson, Miami’s Smith

The Dallas Stars signed two college underclassmen Monday in Boston University junior forward Alex Chiasson and Miami junior forward Reilly Smith.

Both players saw their teams eliminated in last weekend’s regional playoffs.

“We’re excited to have Alex join the (AHL’s) Texas Stars for the remainder of their season,” said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk in a statement. “He has had an impressive college career and we look forward to watching him continue to develop as a professional in our system.”

Chiasson played in 107 games in three seasons for the Terriers, scoring 36 goals and 61 assists for 97 points. He served as an assistant captain this past season.

Smith will join the Stars for the club’s upcoming four-game road trip and will be added to the NHL roster.

Dallas’ third-round selection (69th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft, Smith led Miami and the CCHA with 30 goals and 18 assists in 39 games this season. The Hobey Baker finalist also won the CCHA goal-scoring title for the second straight year with 18 goals in league play and finished the season ranked second in the NCAA in goals and ninth in overall scoring (48 points)

“We are excited to have to Reilly join our organization after a very successful college career,” Nieuwendyk said in a statement. “We think that Reilly has proven that he has all the characteristics of a player that will succeed at the NHL level.”


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  • Davyd83

    They were signed in separate deal. Really? You mean it wasn’t a package deal?

    • Mwhalers

       Wow. Some miserable people will find anything to complain about, eh Davy?

      • Joe C

        I laughed when I read Davy’s comment. I did not laugh when I read yours.

  • Joe C

    Thanks Alex and good luck!

    • After Further Review

       Maybe he wanted out… that penalty (well deserved) was just dumb and KILLED BU!

      • NBPTone

        ….penalty well deserved?  Look at the replay….Chiasson never even made the hit.  It was a bad call…even the announcer mentioned that, “if there was ever a reason to review a hit and reconsider a penalty….that was the time to do it”.

        • After Further Review

           You don’t need to make contact, there was definite intent to elbow him in the head, that is all it takes for a 5 minute major now.  Joe C, a diehard BU fan wrote previously that it was a well deserved penalty and it was.

          • Joe C

            Chiasson had a penalty very similiar to the one Maine had against BU on CBS game of the week. I saw no problem with him getting the boot, since this is how the college game is called. It is the same from October to April. INTENT is a point of emphasis in the college game. Maybe the NHL could take a page from NCAA.

            Despite the penalty, I still thank Alex for all of his play at BU.

          • After Further Review

             I agree Joe and Alex did have a nice career at BU.

        • After Further Review

           The first problem is you listened to ESPN announcers who know ZERO about college hockey or their rules.

      • Joe C

        The pages of USCHO are filled with two things during the NCAA playoffs.
        1) Highlights and analysis of played games and previews of games to come
        2) Underclassmen across college hockey announcing the intent to go pro immediately after their team is eliminated.

        Players like Matt Gilroy are the exception, coming back to play for a chance to win a title, as opposed to starting their career.

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