June 1, 1986 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
6’3/ 234 lbs
Contract Status: RFA
Mark Fistric has had a main objective in this league since his rookie season in 2007-2008, and that objective is to move play the puck second and deal with the opposing player first most of the time with a hard body check hence his high hit total which was second to only Steve Ott (278) and Ott played in 14 more games than Fistric this season. Fistric also was suspended for 3 games this season for a high check and leaving his feet while hitting New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter, also resulting in a concussion for Niederreiter. Fistric’s game is obvious, big stay at home defenseman who will clear the goalie crease of any opposition player with force, he moves well for a real big man, but can get himself outta position attempting to go for all those hits. He doesn’t score a lot of points but he makes up for it by helping keep the puck out of his teams net, big proof of this was in the 2009-2010 season when in 67 games Fistric finished the season with a +27. Fistric is the biggest Dallas player on roster and losing him would be a huge blow to the physical game of the defenseman as the next leading defenseman in hits was Stephane Robidas who had over 100 less hits than Fistric. Fans should look for Fistric to continue his stay at home style of play and keep forwards away from his net, and hopefully he gets a good deal and can be a household name for Stars fans for years to come.
Mark Fistric is on Twitter you can follow him @Fistric28