Michael Tavares Ribeiro
Born February 10, 1980 (age 32) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Center for the Dallas Stars
Emma gave me the suggestion to pick someone from the Stars, so I selected this guy. Mike, who is of Portuguese descent, began in the QMJHL with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Quebec Ramparts; during that time he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1998 and began playing with them and their AHL team a year later. In fact, he spent much of his time with the Habs bouncing between team till the 2003-04 season, when he played all but one game with them. That was also the season where he allegedly took a dive during the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, acting as though he was hurt after a hit; many said he smiled as he sat on the bench not long after that. The next year was the lockout, and he played with the Espoo Blues in Finland before coming back to North America and playing with the Habs in 2005. But then in 2006, right before the season started, he was traded to the Dallas Stars.
After a first season where he led the team in scoring, he signed a one-year contract in 2007, then a five-year extension in 2008. As a thank you, he promptly had career highs in goals, assists and scoring and went to his first All-Star Game. The next season saw him become a one-man highlight reel with shootout plays against the likes of the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. So far this season he’s on track for another high-scoring season (16 goals, 37 assists), so he may just be their top scorer once again!