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Dallas Stars Recall Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka

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The I-35 shuffle continues.

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The Dallas Stars sent forward Brett Ritchie and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the AHL on Sunday, and this morning have now recalled defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars. This was the plan when David Schlemko was claimed, and it's Jokipakka's chance to step in try and force the coaches to keep him in the lineup on a more regular basis.

The Stars face the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, while the Texas Stars take on the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday and Thursday this week in a home-and-home series.

Press release below:

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Jokipakka, 23, has appeared in 19 games for Dallas this season, posting five assists (0-5=5) and 16 shots on goal. The defenseman has registered five points (3-2=5) in 19 games for Texas this season.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Tampere, Finland was selected by Dallas in the seventh round (195th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.