Dallas Stars sign Matthew Seminoff to three-year entry-level contract

The connection between Kamloops and Dallas continues.

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill announced Wednesday that the Stars have signed Kamloops Blazers forward Matthew Seminoff to a three-year entry level contract. The deal will begin in 2023-24.

Seminoff had a career-high 31 goals and 51 assists for 82 points in 62 games this season while playing for the Blazers of the Western Hockey League. He ranks third on the team in points, behind Minnesota Wild prospect Caedan Bankier, fellow Stars prospect and Blazers superstar, former CHL Player of the Year and Logan Stankoven.

Seminoff was named the CHL’s first star on March 15 after posting a historic four-goal, eight-point night in a monster 11-1 win over the Victoria Royals. He had his first-ever four-goal game and his second WHL hat trick that night. He had 16 points in the week of March 7-18.

The 19-year-old was drafted in the sixth round (179th) of the 2022 NHL Draft. While born in Leesburg, Virginia, he grew up in Vancouver, BC and played his minor hockey with the prestigious Burnaby Winter Club. In 2018-19, he had 52 points in 32 games. Seminoff made his WHL debut in 2019-20, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic his season was cut short, playing just 48 games. Throughout his WHL career, he had 73 goals and 97 assists for 170 points in 196 games.

Seminoff and the Blazers begin their WHL playoff journey this Friday against the Vancouver Giants. The Blazers are set to host the 2023 Memorial Cup, which runs from May 26 to June 4. The Blazers have nine NHL draft picks, seven of whom have signed NHL contracts, including Seminoff, Stankoven, Olen Zellweger, Fraser Minten, Caedan Bankier. , Kyle Masters and Ryan Hofer.

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