Toby Petersen (C)
Enters his 14th professional season in 2013-14 and his 10th in the AHL. Petersen signed a two-year two-way contract with Dallas on July 2, 2012; he has been with the franchise the last eight years. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the ninth round (224th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and he made his NHL debut with the Penguins on December 5, 2000 at Ottawa. Petersen scored his first NHL goal on December 10, 2000 at Detroit for his first career NHL point; he recorded his only NHL hat trick in Ottawa on October 16, 2001. He was selected to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic in Binghamton, NY as a member of the PlanetUSA team, representing the Iowa Stars. Petersen won the fastest skater competition during the 2008 AHL All-Star Skills Competition with a lap time of 14.001 seconds and then scored a penalty shot goal during the All-Star Classic, which was the first ever penalty shot attempt in the event’s history. Last season he hit two milestones while playing for Texas, skating in his 900th pro game on February 23, 2013 at Lake Erie and appearing in his 500th AHL game on March 5, 2013 vs. Chicago. Petersen represented Team USA at the 1997 and 1998 IIHF Under-20 World Championships and also played for his country in the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia. At the 1997 WJC in Switzerland he won a silver medal as the USA reached the gold medal game before losing to Canada 2-0. Petersen played four years of NCAA Division I hockey for Colorado College of the WCHA. In 138 career NCAA games he scored 128 points (59 goals, 69 assists) and had 62 penalty minutes. He helped the Tigers make three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1997-99) and they reached the 1997 Frozen Four, but lost to North Dakota 6-2 in the semifinals. Petersen was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at the age of five.