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Morin returning to Stars in 2017-18

The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Friday the team has re-signed forward Travis Morin to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

The Texas captain returns for his ninth season with the team and is the only player to skate each season for the Stars since their inception in 2009.

Morin, 33, led the Stars in scoring last year with 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists) in 72 games. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound veteran is the franchise career leader in games played (543), goals (157), assists (310), points (467), power-play goals (42) and power-play assists (140).

During his time with the Stars, the Brooklyn Park, Minn., native participated in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic, appeared in two Calder Cup Finals (2010, 2014) and won the Jack A. Butterfield award as the most valuable player of the playoffs in the Stars’ 2014 run to winning the Calder Cup. Morin also won the Les Cunningham Award (regular season MVP) and John B. Sollenberger Trophy (leading scorer) in 2013-14.

Morin was named the fourth captain in team history on Sept. 18, 2015. He and his wife also sit on the board of the Texas Stars Foundation, which issues financial grants to charitable causes throughout Central Texas.