DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed former Atlantic City defenseman Brian Fahey, former Greenville right wing Krys Barch, former Augusta center Jamie Johnson and former Columbia forward D’Arcy McConvey. The four players are among the first six players to sign with the first-year Stars.
The Idaho Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Iowa Stars of the AHL and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.
Dave Allison, who coached Richmond in the ECHL from 1990-92, is the head coach of the Iowa Stars. Scott White, who led Columbia to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of the team’s first four seasons and the Kelly Cup Finals in 2003, is the director of hockey operations.
Selected in the fourth round (119th overall) by Colorado in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old Fahey had 26 points (10g-16a) in 46 regular season games and two assists in three Kelly Cup Playoff games with Atlantic City and four assists in 20 games with Worcester of the AHL in 2004-05.
In his first professional season in 2003-04, Fahey led Bullies defensemen with 11 goals and 37 points (11g-44a) in 55 games and was named to the 2004 ECHL All-Rookie Team. Loaned to Worcester on January 27, Fahey signed an AHL contract on February 4, appearing in two games with Worcester. Fahey also played in 12 AHL games with Hershey, registering one assist.
Selected in the fourth round (106th overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2 and 200-pound Barch had 30 points (11g-19a) and 154 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games and 36 penalty minutes in three Kelly Cup Playoff games for Greenville and one goal and 37 penalty minutes in nine games with Norfolk of the AHL.
The 23-year-old Johnson finished second behind former NHL Rookie of the Year Scott Gomez in the ECHL scoring race in 2004-05 leading Augusta with 80 points (22g-58a) in his second professional season.
In his first professional season in 2004-05, the 23-year-old McConvey had 54 points (23g-31a) in 60 regular season games and two assists in five Kelly Cup Playoff games with Columbia and also played four games with Reading.