Riley Damiani Scores First NHL Goal in NHL Debut with Stars

DALLAS, TX – One streak continued, and one ended on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, as the Stars lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues.

Not only was it the Stars’ fourth consecutive loss, but it also snapped an eight-game home winning streak – tied for the second-longest such streak in franchise history.

The loss put a damper on an electrifying goal from Riley Damiani, who scored in his NHL debut. His goal gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with under five minutes remaining in the second period in what was a tightly contested scoreless contest up to that point. His goal sent the crowd of 18,012 into a frenzy and gave the Stars life.

“I just fanned out to the backdoor, and Klinger made a great play,” Damiani said to reporters after the game. “I think he’d be pretty mad if I missed that one. It was exciting and I’m happy it went in. All around a good feeling.”

Unfortunately for Dallas, the Blues came roaring back. They found the equalizer less than two minutes later on a goal from Colton Parayko, and then scored three times in the third period on a tallies from Justin Faulk, Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko to give them a 4-1 cushion.

Damiani continuing to produce in year two of pro hockey

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Stars forward Riley Damiani’s game is clicking, and he is of the mind that his team’s collective game will follow soon.

The Stars had just wrapped up a two-game stay at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg this past weekend, dropping both games to the Manitoba Moose. In Sunday afternoon’s 5-3 defeat, Damiani took his goal streak to three games while pushing his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists). That surge has taken him to 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 16 games on the season.

Stars’ Riley Damiani wins Red Garrett Award as ’20-21 AHL Rookie of the Year

AUSTIN, TX – The American Hockey League announced today that Texas Stars forward Riley Damiani has been voted the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie for the 2020-21 season.

The award was voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 28 active cities.

Damiani, who earned spots on the AHL All-Rookie Team and the Central Division All-Star Team for 2020-21, led all AHL rookies in scoring and tied for third in the overall scoring race with 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 36 games for Texas. He notched two goals and an assist for the Stars on opening night and was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for March after registering 15 points in 10 games, including a streak of five consecutive multiple-point outings. Damiani finished his rookie season with an eight-game scoring streak.

A fifth-round selection by Dallas in the 2018 NHL Draft, Damiani turned pro after four seasons with Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League. The 21-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., served as captain of his junior club and led the team in scoring in 2019-20. He signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Stars on April 1, 2019.

Mackey, Damiani Named to AHL All-Star Team

SPRINGFIELD, MA –  The American Hockey League announced today the 2020-21 AHL All-Star Teams, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 28 active member cities. This season, an All-Star Team was selected for each of the league’s five divisions.

2020-21 AHL Canadian Division All-Star Team
G – Cayden Primeau, Laval Rocket (11-4-0, 2.10gaa, .909sv%, 2so)
D – Otto Leskinen, Laval Rocket (33gp, 1+16=17pts., +15, 6 PPA)
D – Connor Mackey, Stockton Heat (27gp, 3+13=16pts., 47 SOG, 16 ESP)
F – Kalle Kossila, Toronto Marlies (28gp, 7+22=29pts., +11, 2 PPG, 1 GWG)
F – Egor Sokolov, Belleville Senators (35gp, 15+10=25pts., 3 PPG, 1 GWG)
F – Nathan Todd, Manitoba Moose (36gp, 12+20=32pts., +10, 5 PPG, 2 GWG)

2020-21 AHL Central Division All-Star Team
G – Beck Warm, Chicago Wolves (8-4-1, 2.74gaa, .914sv%, 2so)
D – Calen Addison, Iowa Wild (31gp, 6+16=22pts., +7, 1 PPG, 7 PPA)
D – Cody Franson, Rockford IceHogs (26gp, 4+13=17pts., +1, 9 PPP)
F – Riley Barber, Grand Rapids Griffins (32gp, 20+14=34pts., 8 PPG, 6 GWG)
F – Riley Damiani, Texas Stars (36gp, 11+25=36pts., +3, 4 PPG, 2 GWG)
F – Adam Mascherin, Texas Stars (37gp, 18+16=34pts., +1, 4 PPG, 1 GWG)




Riley Damiani Named to AHL All-Rookie Team

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The American Hockey League has announced the 2020-21 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 28 active member cities.

Riley Damiani, 21, led all AHL rookies in scoring and tied for third in the overall scoring race with 36 points in 36 games for Texas in 2020-21, his first pro season after four years with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League. A fifth-round selection by Dallas in the 2018 NHL Draft, Damiani notched two goals and an assist on opening night and later posted five consecutive multiple-point games, including his first pro hat trick on Mar. 13 vs. Colorado. The native of Mississauga, Ont., finished the campaign with an eight-game scoring streak.

Riley Damiani started his AHL career with a bang, and the Dallas Stars have taken notice

AUSTIN, TX – When he was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month on Thursday, Stars prospect Riley Damiani was busy shooting an 80 on the golf course.

Some guys just have it.

Damiani, the Stars’ fifth-round pick in 2018, has started his AHL career with a bang, entering the weekend tied for second in the league in both points (23) and assists (17). The 21-year-old has cracked the scoresheet in 13 of the 17 games he’s played and had his five-game multi-point streak snapped on Wednesday night.

Riley Damiani Named AHL Rookie of the Month

Austin, TX-  The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced that rookie center Riley Damiani has been named the CCM / AHL Rookie of the Month after recording four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 10 games in March. Damiani’s run to the award included a stretch of five consecutive multi-point games from Mar. 13 to Mar. 30.

Damiani helped the Stars to a sweep of their three-game visit to Tucson to begin the month, notching an assist each on Mar. 3 and Mar. 5 before netting the game-winning goal and another assist on Mar. 6. He recorded his first pro hat trick on Mar. 13, scoring all three Texas goals against Colorado, then registered four straight outings with two assists apiece to move one point off the league lead in scoring.

Stars prospect Damiani drafted in Fifth Round while Dad is using bathroom

DALLAS, TX –  Riley Damiani’s father was waiting for some time to hear his son’s name called at the 2018 NHL Draft. 

However, nature called first.

With the 137th pick, the Dallas Stars selected Damiani, a forward from the Kitchener Rangers. But his dad, Rino, missed it. He was in the bathroom.

“He was telling me for the last 10 picks that he had to go to the washroom. And I kept telling him ‘No, you gotta stick around, you gotta stick around,'” Damiani said in a video produced for the Stars’ website. “And it just got to the point where he was like ‘nope, I gotta go.'”

Damiani even did his first interview as a member of the Stars organization before his father had a chance to return.

“When I came out of the bathroom I looked at the TV and I (did a double take) and I saw him on the floor,” said Rino Damiani in the video. “I go ‘That’s him!’ So I ran to the seat.”