July 10, 2006
Courtesy Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club inked 2005 Hobey Baker Award winner Marty Sertich from collegiate powerhouse Colorado College to a two-year contract.
"Marty Sertich is a very skilled player with a combination of excellent hands and strong offensive instincts," said Armstrong. "He had an outstanding collegiate career at Colorado College and we are very pleased to welcome him to our organization."
In a move that could reap major benefits for the club down the road, the Stars signed Sertich, a free agent center from Colorado College, to a two-year contract. Sertich joins Junior Lessard (2004, Minnesota-Duluth) in the Dallas Stars organization as winners of "the Heisman Trophy of college hockey."
"I'm obviously ecstatic to sign with the Dallas Stars and I can't wait to get my career started," said Sertich. "There were a few NHL teams that showed interest in me, but Dallas seemed like the perfect best fit. It's a dream come true to sign with an NHL team, especially the team I grew up following in Minnesota, and I'm looking forward to making a name for myself at the next level."
Sertich, 23, never missed a game at CC, skating in 166 consecutive outings and recording 61 goals and 121 points for 182 points over his four-year career. His most prolific season came as a junior in 2005, when he led the nation with 64 points and ranked second nationally in goals (27) and assists (37) while helping pace the Tigers to their first Frozen Four since 1997. In addition to being honored with the Hobey Baker Award in 2005, Sertich was named a first-team All-American, WCHA Player of the Year and USA Hockey's College Player of the Year that season.
"Marty was an outstanding player and team leader for us at Colorado College and he has a propensity for making plays when the puck is on his stick," said Scott Owens, CC's head coach. "He's not only a playmaker and a goal scorer, but he's also a guy you want on the ice for defensive purposes at the end of a game. He is a complete player, he's unselfish and he's a difference maker."
The Roseville, Minn., native served as Colorado College's captain last season and was one of 10 finalists for the 2006 Hobey Baker Award, after tallying 14 goals and 36 assists for 50 points in 42 outings. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound center was named Minnesota's Mr. Hockey in 2001 after scoring 63 points (41 goals and 22 assists) in 28 games at Roseville High School. He also had a successful season with Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League in 2001-02, recording 52 points (19 goals and 33 assists) in 61 games.
Sertich is the fourth Hobey Baker Award winner to skate in the Stars organization, joining Neal Broten (1981, Minnesota), Tony Hrkac (1987, North Dakota) and Scott Pellerin (1992, Maine). Notable current NHLers who have won the award include: Paul Kariya (1993, Maine), Brendan Morrison (1997, Michigan), Chris Drury (1998, Boston University), Ryan Miller (2001, Michigan State) and Jordan Leopold (2002, Minnesota).
His father, Steve, starred at Colorado College and was a member of the 1976 United States Olympic hockey club before playing professionally in Germany, while his uncle, Mike, has served as head coach at both Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan Tech University.
"There is a definite potential for players like Marty Sertich in today's game," said Armstrong. "He's small in stature, but he has a big heart and very good skills. I see Marty having similarities to someone like Andy McDonald, who had a great year in Anaheim and was honored with a large contract from the Ducks. The game is shifting toward this style of player, as evidenced by a guy like Martin St. Louis. We're not asking him to come in here and set the world on fire. We want him to come into our group, hopefully he'll be a really good call-up player for us and we'll let his game define where his career will go."