FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars have announced that goaltender Dan Ellis has accepted his qualifying offer.
The Idaho Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of Dallas of the NHL and Iowa of the American Hockey League.
In his first professional season, Ellis was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Kelly Cup after leading the postseason with 13 wins and three shutouts. He was 4-1 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 1.95 and a save percentage of .933 in the Finals as Idaho won the ECHL title in its inaugural season. Ellis was 13-8-1 with a goals-against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of .909 in 23 regular season games with Idaho and was selected to the 2004 ECHL All-Star Game. He also played for Utah of the AHL where he was 5-14-0 with a goals-against average of 2.92 and a save percentage of .909 in 20 games.
Selected in the second round (60th overall) by Dallas in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old Ellis played the entire 2004-05 season in the AHL with Hamilton where he was 10-19-0 with a goals-against average of 2.77 and a save percentage of .908 in 31 games.
Ellis made his NHL debut on February 18 and made 25 saves in the Stars’ 4-3 win at Los Angeles.