Hobey Baker winner Lessard accepts Stars' offer

Updated: July 14, 2006, 9:55 PM ET
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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars now have two of the last three Hobey Baker Award winners under wraps.

After signing 2005 winner Marty Sertich on Monday, the Stars announced Friday that 2004 recipient Junior Lessard accepted the team's one-year qualifying offer.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2004, Lessard made his NHL debut last season, recording a goal and 12 penalty minutes in five games. The 26-year-old right wing spent the majority of the campaign with Iowa of the American Hockey League, collecting 26 tallies and 32 assists in 66 contests.

"Junior was one of our most productive offensive players in Iowa last season and we look for him to continue his development with us," Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong said. "Before last season, he had a good year with the Houston Aeros (of the AHL) and we're looking forward to seeing him take another step in his career this year."

Lessard, a native of Quebec, was named the nation's top collegiate player in 2004 after scoring 32 goals and 63 points in 45 game with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He also helped the school to its first Frozen Four appearance since 1985 as a senior that season.