Texas adds Beaudoin, Stephenson

The Texas Stars announced today the team has signed right wing Matt Beaudoin and defenseman Matt Stephenson to AHL contracts.

“Matt Beaudoin is a guy who had a tremendous showing in the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs and really turned some heads with his abilities,” said Texas Stars general manager Scott White. “Matt Stephenson is a rugged defenseman who played very well in Idaho and Providence. Both players are welcome additions and will play key roles with the Texas Stars.”

The 25-year-old Beaudoin enters his third professional season after spending the bulk of 2008-09 with the AHL’s Houston Aeros. The right wing scored 11 times and added eight assists for 19 points in 41 regular season games with the Aeros. Beaudoin flourished in the postseason, scoring eight goals and dishing out nine assists for 17 points in 20 Calder Cup Playoff games with Houston, helping the Aeros to a berth in the Western Conference Finals.

In all, the Rock Forest, Que., native has played in 132 pro games, scoring 59 goals and setting up 46 others for 105 points. Beaudoin has 20 points (11g-9a) in 55 career AHL games with Iowa, Rochester, Hershey, San Antonio, Milwaukee, and Houston.

Stephenson split his rookie season between Providence (AHL) and Idaho (ECHL). In 17 games with the Bruins, the 25-year old set up two goals and accumulated 32 penalty minutes. In 53 games with the Idaho Steelheads, the 6-foot-2, 204-pounder scored five goals and dished out 22 assists for 27 points. The defenseman also finished among the team leaders with 127 penalty minutes.