Dietz Reassigned to Texas by Washington

Mar 8, 2017

Dallas Stars Reassign Mattias Backman to AHL’s Hershey Bears

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Wednesday that Dallas has reassigned defenseman Mattias Backman to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. In exchange, the NHL’s Washington Capitals have reassigned defenseman Darren Dietz from Hershey to Texas.

Dietz, 23, has appeared in 39 games this season for Hershey with 12 points (6-6=12). The 6-foot-1, 213-pound defenseman has appeared in 205 AHL games in his career with Hershey, the St. John’s IceCaps and Hamilton Bulldogs. The Medicine Hat, Alberta native also has 13 games of NHL experience with the Montreal Canadiens with a goal and five assists.

Dietz was a fifth-round pick of Montreal (138th overall) in 2011.

Backman, 24, was in his third season with Texas after arriving in a trade between Dallas and the Detroit Red Wings on March 1, 2015. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound blueliner appeared in 111 games with the Stars and tallied 43 points (11-32=43). The Linkoping, Sweden native has played in 131 AHL games in his career between Texas and the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Backman was a fifth-round pick (146th overall) of Detroit in 2011.

Weekday home games (Monday-Thursday) are H-E-B night with the Texas Stars where fans can donate a non-perishable item at the box office and save five dollars on their ticket purchase. Every Saturday is a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night where the first Stars player to score wins free scratch-off tickets for a lucky row of seats at H-E-B Center. Fans can also enjoy Coke Zero Family Four-Packs every Saturday with four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at just $16 per person.

The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and are currently playing their eighth season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Full season, 24-game, 12-game and six-game ticket packages for the 2016-17 campaign are on sale now.  For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit

Photo Credit: Hershey Bears

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