NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced that former ECHL All-Star and current Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis and Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 26.
Smith was named Third Star after backstopping Dallas to three victories while posting a goals-against average of 1.73 and a save percentage of .916. After making 18 saves in a 5-4 win against Colorado on Nov. 20, he registered a shutout with a 17-save performance in a 1-0 win over Nashville and closed out the week making 22 saves in a 5-3 win against Los Angeles on Nov. 24.
In his first six starts in the NHL, Smith is 5-1-0 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.53 and a save percentage of .937.
As a rookie in 2002-03, Smith was named to the ECHL All-Star Game and was 11-10-4 with a goals-against average of 2.55 and a save percentage of .910 in 27 games with Lexington while also playing in the American Hockey League with Utah where he was 5-5-0 with a goals-against average of 3.23 and a save percentage of .906 in 11 games.
In his third professional start on Oct. 22, 2002, Smith picked up not only his first win and his first shutout, but also scored his first-ever goal in a 2-0 win over Dayton. With Lexington leading 1-0 late in the third period, Dayton dumped the puck behind the net where Smith gained control and flipped it out of the zone. The puck hit in the center face-off circle and then slid untouched into the empty net at 19:04. The goal was featured on ESPN’s NHL 2Night as the then 20-year-old Smith became the youngest goaltender ever to score a professional goal.
St. Louis was named First Star after leading NHL scorers for the week with nine points (4g-5a) in four games while Selanne was named Second Star after leading the NHL in goals for the week with five, including his 500th career NHL goal.