The Kitmart Dundee Stars are excited to continue our latest social media project to celebrate the club’s historic 20th season and you! The fans - get to choose who should be in our coveted all-time starting six line-up.

We start this week by asking you to vote for who should be starting at centre ice in our starting six and today’s article introduces you to the first eight of the 16 candidates selected by the club.

So, far Dan Bakala has been voted the starting netminder and defending the blueline of front of him is, Drydn Dow and Scott Young, with Jerry Pollastrone out on the left wing and Justin Faryna on the right.

However, you can send in your own suggestions for other players we have not listed by using #StarsStartingSix.

Tomorrow, we will release information about our second set of candidates and your chance to make another part of Stars history will begin on Thursday when the first round of voting opens.

Depending on how many candidates make it into the vote, a certain number of forwards will move on into the final vote but before then, we will be giving you some more information to help you make your pick.

So, lets meet the first eight candidates that were shining bright in a Stars jersey from center ice.

 

Candidate 1: Tony Hand

Seasons Played: 2001/2002 & 2002/2003

Age When Playing for the Stars: 34-36

Birthplace: Edinburgh

Nationality: Scottish

Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches

Weight: 181 Pounds

Shoots: Right Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 80   G: 47   A: 137   P: 184   PIMS: 117

Cup – GP: 16   G: 14   A: 25   P: 39   PIMS: 12

Playoffs – GP: 10   G: 7   A: 17   P: 24   PIMS: 4

Summary: Hand is already known across the UK for his talent and during his two seasons in Dundee, he did not fail to display it.

The Scot was on fire and led the team from the front as they captured the British National League Championship and Playoff Championship in the club’s inaugural season.

 

 

Candidate 2: Anthony Beauregard

Seasons Played: 2019/2020

Age When Playing for the Stars: 23-24

Birthplace: Saint-Damase, Quebec

Nationality: Canadian

Height: 5 Feet 7 Inches

Weight: 165 Pounds

Shoots: Right Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 48   G: 17   A: 29   P: 46   PIMS: 38

Cup – GP: 8   G: 6   A: 3   P: 9   PIMS: 6

Summary: Beauregard was a standout player during his year on Tayside and the small but pacey forward was critical to the Stars attacking options.

The Canadian could both score and set-up goals but he was also integral to the club’s special teams, with his bags of skill and raw talent.

 

 

 

Candidate 3: Nico Sacchetti

Seasons Played: 2013/2014

Age When Playing for the Stars: 24-25

Born: Virginia, Minnesota

Nationality: American

Height: 6 Feet

Weight: 198 Pounds

Shoots: Right Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 43   G: 29   A: 34   P: 63   PIMS: 55

Cup – GP: 10   G: 9   A: 9   P: 18   PIMS: 8

Playoffs – GP: 2   G: 0   A: 0   P: 0   PIMS: 0

Summary: The American played a massive role in the Stars Gardiner Conference success in 2013/2014 and his high-scoring form was a key part to that success.

Sacchetti was quick and possessed great attacking vision, he also knew how to create a play from nothing and that gave Dundee a major advantage as they transitioned from defence to attack.

 

 

 

Candidate 4: Brett Switzer

Seasons Played: 2015/2016 & 2016/2017

Age When Playing for the Stars: 25-27

Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta

Nationality: Canadian

Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches

Weight: 170 Pounds

Shoots: Left Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 100   G: 31   A: 45   P: 76   PIMS: 26

Cup – GP: 20   G: 5   A: 10   P: 15   PIMS: 0

Playoffs – GP: 3   G: 1   A: 2   P: 3   PIMS: 0

Summary: Switzer was a reliable playmaker for two straight seasons and his strong offensive output was invaluable to the Stars playoff push in 2016/2017.

The Canadian was also a key leader on and off the ice and his constancy in the face-off circle was also major benefit to the team.

 

 

 

Candidate 5: Jordan Cownie

Seasons Played: 2017/2018, 2018/2019 & 2019/2020

Age When Playing for the Stars: 22-25\

Birthplace: Dundee

Nationality: Scottish

Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches

Weight: 165 Pounds

Shoots: Left Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 158   G: 25   A: 54    P: 79   PIMS: 55

Cup – GP: 24   G: 4   A: 8   P: 12   PIMS: 16

Summary: A hometown hero, Cownie has been a perfect example of the talent that can been developed in our youth teams here in Dundee and he has matured into a great playmaker.

As well as his offensive durability, he has the ability to finish and has stepped up on many occasions to help secure important results for the team over the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Candidate 6: Sami Ryhanen

Seasons Played: 2012/2013

Age When Playing for the Stars: 32-33

Birthplace: Helsinki

Nationality: Finnish

Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches

Weight: 183 Pounds

Shoots: Left Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 51   G: 26   A: 60   P: 86   PIMS: 44

Cup – GP: 10   G: 5   A: 10   P: 15   PIMS: 28

Summary: The Finn could create a goal from thin air and was one of the most prolific players to ever skate for the team.

Ryhanen lit the league up during his single season stay in Dundee and there was no team that could stop him from scoring or being the focal point for the Stars attack.

 

 

 

Candidate 7: Martin Wiita

Seasons Played: 2001/2002 & 2002/2003

Age When Playing for the Stars: 28-30

Birthplace: Uppsala

Nationality: Swedish

Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches

Weight: 196 Pounds

Shoots: Left Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 77   G: 31   A: 87   P: 118   PIMS: 20

Playoffs – GP: 18   G: 7   A: 10   P: 17   PIMS: 0

Summary: Witta was another key part to the Stars BNL success in their early years and he was one of the team’s main playmakers.

The Swede was never outshone in a highly talented and extremely offensive roster, as he consistently produced night after night.

 

 

 

Candidate 8: Brian Hart

Seasons Played: 2017/2018 & 2018/2019

Age When Playing for the Stars: 23-25

Birthplace: Cumberland, Maine

Nationality: American

Height: 6 Feet 3 Inches

Weight: 218 Pounds

Shoots: Right Hand

 

Stats:

League – GP: 112   G: 42   A: 41   P: 83   PIMS: 58

Cup – GP: 10   G: 1   A: 2   P: 3   PIMS: 2

Summary:  The big American played a strong and physical role in front of the net and also possessed the scoring touch.

Hart was proven scorer that could always be found in a scoring position and he made a big impact after his late arrival in his first season.

 

 

**Key

GP – Games Played

G – Goals

A – Assists

P – Points 

PIMS – Penalty Minutes

 

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