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Idaho Adds Two, Including Hobey Baker Finalist

October 23, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Idaho Steelheads News Release

Boise, ID (10/23/12) - Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Brad Ralph announced Tuesday afternoon that the Dallas Stars have re-assigned forwards Austin Smith and Mathieu Tousignant to the Idaho Steelheads from Texas of the American Hockey League.

Idaho (ECHL) and Texas (AHL) are the primary development affiliates of the NHL's Dallas Stars.

Smith led the NCAA in goals last season (36) at Colgate and was one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the best NCAA college hockey player. He signed an entry-level contract with the Stars organization last spring after finishing his college career with more points (160) than games played (153). Smith was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Stars.

The 22-year-old Tousignant (pronounced TOO-zihn-yah) was a member of Idaho's 2010 ECHL Western Conference championship team. He appeared in a total of 33 games for Idaho during the '09-'10 season, splitting the campaign between Idaho and Texas, totaling 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) and 80 penalty minutes with Idaho during the regular season and postseason. He has spent the last two seasons playing in the AHL with Texas, appearing in 113 games with Idaho's AHL affiliate.

Also, Ralph announced that Idaho has traded defenseman Deron Cousens to the Greenville Road Warriors in exchange for future considerations.

"Deron can really play, but we're caught in a numbers crunch, simple as that," Ralph said of the trade. "I didn't want to move him, but he also deserves an opportunity to get on the ice and play."

Cousens was acquired by Idaho from Florida late during the 2011-12 season, appearing in three regular-season games and all ten of Idaho's games during the playoffs.

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