11/29/2022 at 11:40am EST
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Roope Hintz to an eight-year contract extension, which begins in the 2023-24 season and runs through the 2030-31 season. The eight-year contract extension is worth $67.6 million and has an average annual value (AAV) of $8.45 million.
Hintz, 26, has skated in 22 contests this season with Dallas and is tied for third on the club with 24 points (8-16-24). Among team leaders, he shares first in shorthanded goals (1) and second in assists (16) and game-winning goals (2), while also third in plus/minus rating (+13). He also ranks second in TOI/G (17:01) and third in power play TOI/G (2:23) among team forwards.
"Roope is a dynamic two-way centerman who has proven to be one of the best at his position in the NHL," Nill said. "He's developed into one of our most versatile players, making an impact on special teams and at even strength, and can be counted on by our coaching staff in every situation. We are fortunate to have him in Victory Green for an additional eight years and look forward to his continued growth as a player."
In five NHL seasons, Hintz has appeared in 261 games, earning 88 goals and 106 assists for a total of 194 points. He is tied for sixth in Dallas Stars history (1993-present) with six career shorthanded goals and is tied for 12th with 18 career game-winning goals.
During the 2021-22 campaign, he set new career-highs with 37 goals, 35 assists and 72 points. His 37 goals ranked second on Dallas and shared 20th in the league. He led Dallas and tied for seventh in the league with three shorthanded goals and ranked third on Dallas with nine power-play goals, marking new career highs in each category. Seven of his goals served as game-winners, ranking second on Dallas. Hintz joined Jason Robertson as one of two Stars skaters to reach the 30-goal milestone in the 2021-22 season, marking the first time two Stars skaters have each accomplished the feat since Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin did so in 2014-15.
Internationally, the forward represented Finland twice at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He tallied two points (0-2-2) in five games in 2015 and earned a gold medal with four points (3-1-4) in seven games as an alternate captain in 2016.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Tampere, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.