Stars sign Sertich to free-agent contract

Updated: July 8, 2006, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Hobey Baker Award winner Marty Sertich has signed a two-year free-agent contract with the Dallas Stars.

He planned to work out for Dallas later this month and attend the team's rookie camp this fall. Sertich, 23, will be assigned to either the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League or the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads.

"It's kind of a new step in my career," Sertich told The Gazette of Colorado Springs by phone Friday from Roseville, Minn. "It took a while for me to believe it could happen. I'm really excited to see where it's going to lead me."

Sertich earned the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey's best player in 2005 as a junior. He had 14 goals and a team-high 36 assists in his senior season to finish with 182 career points.

"Marty has been able to play with big guys and have success," Colorado College coach Scott Owens said. "He's got so much hockey sense and intuition that he can be at the right place and avoid trouble."

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