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Stars Bring Back Verbeek

August 31, 2001

DALLAS (AP) _ Pat Verbeek signed a one-year contract with Dallas on Friday, returning to the team two years after helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup.

The 37-year-old forward wasn’t re-signed by Dallas after the championship season. He spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

``Pat is familiar to our team and staff from his past tenure here in Dallas,″ Stars general manager Bob Gainey. ``His return brings us added veteran knowledge and veteran leadership.″

In three seasons with Dallas, Verbeek had 65 goals and 79 assists. He had 15 goals and 15 assists in 67 games last season.

With 515 career goals, he’s sixth on the active scoring list and his 2,833 penalty minutes make him the only player in NHL history with 500 goals and 2,500 penalty minutes.

Verbeek is a two-time NHL All-Star (1991, 1996) and has scored 30-plus goals in a season eight times.

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