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Stars Sign Mike Ribeiro to Five-Year Contract

Monday, Jan. 7th, 2008

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced tonight that the club has signed center Mike Ribeiro to a five-year contract extension worth $25 million ($5 million per year) through the 2012-2013 season. Ribeiro’s current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season.

“Mike has made a big impact on our hockey club the past two seasons and we are very happy to have him under contract,” said Co-General Manager Brett Hull. “He makes things happen on the ice and will only continue to grow as a player.”

Ribeiro, 27, has appeared in 40 games with the Stars this season, notching 21 goals and 23 assists for 44 points with a +8 rating, averaging 18:33 minutes of ice time per game. Leading Dallas in goals and points, he has already set his career-high for goals in a season. He is on pace to tally 40 goals and 84 points this season. During the month of December, he tied for the most-goals in franchise history in December (11) and collected the second-most points (20).

Last season with the Stars, he tallied 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points with 22 penalty minutes, averaging 14:56 minutes of ice time per game. He ranked first on the Stars in points and third in assists. His 15 multi-point games last season ranked second on the team behind Sergei Zubov. During the 2007 playoffs, he notched three assists in seven games.

In 2005-06 with Montreal, Ribeiro appeared in 79 games with Montreal, recording 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points with 36 penalty minutes. Among team leaders, he ranked third in power play goals (8), fourth in assists and fourth in points. He also played in all six playoff games with the Canadiens in 2006, collecting two assists.

The 6-0, 175-pound center registered a solid offensive NHL season with Montreal in 2003-04 when he notched 20 goals and 45 assists for 65 points with a +15 rating in 81 games. During the ’03-04 season, Ribeiro led Montreal in points, assists, was second in game-winning goals (5), tied for second in plus/minus and in power play goals (7), and was third in goals. In 11 post-season outings with Montreal in 2004, he tallied two goals and one assist for three points with 18 penalty minutes.

Montreal’s second round draft selection (45th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Ribeiro has appeared in 397 career NHL games and collected 89 goals and 167 assists for 256 points with 32 power play goals and 126 penalty minutes. The Montreal, Quebec native played in the 2001-02 NHL YoungStars game during the NHL All-Star Weekend, registering four points (1-3-4).

During two seasons (1997 – 1999) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ribeiro registered 107 goals and 185 assists for 292 points in 136 games. He led the league in ’97-98 in assists (85) and in ’98-99 in goals (67), assists (100) and points (167).



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