DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The free agent frenzy in the National Hockey League (NHL) has slowed since the beginning of the month. But, last week, Port Perry's Ty Dellandrea agreed on a one-year contract to remain with the Dallas Stars.
A restricted free agent, Dellandrea inked a one-year contract with the Stars, which will pay him $900,000 for the 2023-24 NHL season. Last year, the 22-year-old former Uxbridge Secondary School student enjoyed a breakout campaign, establishing several career highs by playing in all 82 regular season games, with 9 goals and 19 assists to go along with 54 penalty minutes. Dellandrea also led the Stars in hits with 125, as well as total shorthanded time on the ice last season. In the playoffs, Dellandrea appeared in 15 games, scoring three goals as the Stars advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
"Ty's become one of our most dependable two-way forwards," said Stars General Manager Jim Nill. "His versatility allows him to play up and down the lineup, and he proved in the playoffs his ability to take his game to another level. He's a heart-and-soul type of player, and we're happy to have him under contract for the upcoming season."
Dellandrea famously didn't begin playing rep hockey until his under-13 season, starred for the Port Perry Predators and Central Ontario Wolves before a standout Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career, with the Flint Firebirds which included a gold medal at the 2020 World Juniors. He was selected 13th overall by the Stars in 2018. The Stars later signed a fellow North Durham native, Uxbridge's Mason Marchment, in the 2022 offseason. Both Marchment and Dellandrea previously played for the varsity ice hockey team at Uxbridge Secondary School, although they were not teammates with the Tigers.