Stars sign Sertich to free-agent contract

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