Ex-Husky L’Esperance signs deal with Stars
Former Michigan Tech hockey player Joel L’Esperance signed a two-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars, general manager Jim Nill announced Sunday.
L’Esperance has three career NHL goals in 21 games with the Stars. His extension is a two-way deal.
L’Esperance played four years at Michigan Tech and played in 152 games from 2014 to 2018. He scored 98 career points and also scored 23 points in 20 career playoff games. He was part of a senior class that own 97 games, the most at Tech since the 1984 class. He helped the Huskies to three NCAA tournaments, two WCHA tournament championships and a MacNaughton Cup and helped the Huskies to a program-best 10-0 start and a No. 1 NCAA rank in 2014-15. The Huskies also won the Desert Hockey Classic in 2015-16 and the Ice Breaker Championship in 2017-18.
The Stars signed L’Esperance in July 2018 as an undrafted free agent after an amateur tryout agreement that March.
He played 18 games for Dallas during his first full professional season and scored a pair of goals.
L’Esperance scored 25 goals and 15 assists for the Dallas Stars AHL affiliate Texas Stars in 2019-20. He finished the season 10th in the AHL with 25 goals. He has 56 goals and 31 assists in 121 AHL games.
L’Esperance, of Brighton, played two seasons for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL before playing at Tech. He split the 2013-14 season with the Storm and Sioux City Musketeers and scored 27 goals and 21 assists and helped the Musketeers to the USHL Western Conference finals.