Mark Fistric excited about first game against Stars

Mark Fistric missed last week’s Dallas Stars-Edmonton Oilers game due to a back injury. Fistric will be in tonight, giving the former Stars defenseman his first opportunity to play against his old team.

“It will be exciting,” Fistric said. “I’ve spent my whole career in Dallas and I know the guys really well, but now they’re on the other side and it will be an exciting night for me.”

Fistric, a first round pick (28th overall) of the Stars in 2004, played five seasons in Dallas. The Stars traded him to Edmonton on January 14 for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

“You could kind of see it coming. They had a lot of young guys coming up, and they had a lot of faith that they could play,” Fistric said. “You read the papers and you can feel it coming, but I didn’t think it was going to come that soon. I think it worked out better that way.”

Fistric, who has family in Edmonton, has one assist and a plus-one rating in six games for the Oilers. He’s been averaging between 15 to 17 minutes per game.

The Stars are looking to forward to seeing Fistric on the ice tonight.

“I didn’t get to see Mark go when he left. I wasn’t there yet,” said Stars forward Jamie Benn. “I am sure it is going to be fun playing against him tonight, and I am sure he is pretty excited.”

“Great Western Leaguer, big strong kid. He’s real physical,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “I love him, his work ethic and how he competes in practice and in games. Just a good Western Leaguer, close to the heart I guess.”

Added Fistric: “They were like a family to me, but now I have a new family. It’s time to move forward and no better way to start than tonight.”

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