2010-11: Troy Vance started the year with Philadelphia Revolution of the EJHL until he took the advice of a Dallas scout to move to the QMJHL Victoriaville Tigres to play against better competition and get more exposure. Vance played in just 23 games with the Victoriaville Tigers. He did manage 1 goal and 3 assists in his stint. He also tacked on 21 PIMs, and finished with a +8 rating. In his 9 game playoff stint he matched his season output offensively, scoring 1 goal and 3 assists.
2011-12: Vance skated in 57 of 68 games for the high-scoring Victoriaville Tigres in his first full QMJHL season. He scored 4 goals with 20 assists and was plus-17 with 45 penalty minutes. The Tigres scored a league-high 311 goals and had the QMJHL’s third-best record (three points behind Memorial Cup champion Shawinigan in the East Division) but were swept by Baie-Comeau in the first round of the playoffs. Vance had 2 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in the four game series. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Dallas in July, 2012.
2012-13: Vance returned to Victoriaville for his third season and skated in 39 games before a mid-season trade to the Prince Edward Island Rocket. In 67 games between the two teams he scored 4 goals with 22 assists and was +12 with 57 penalty minutes. The Rocket finished third in the Maritimes division and faced Val d’Or in a first round series. Vance had 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
2013-14: Vance made his pro hockey debut in April — joining the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals following an overage season with the re-located Charlotte Islanders. In four ECHL games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes. Playing his first full season with the Islanders (formerly the P.E.I. Rockets) he scored 8 goals with 21 assists (both career highs) in 59 games and was -7 with 48 penalty minutes. Charlottetown finished fifth in the Maritimes Division and was swept by first-place Halifax in the first round. Vance scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes and was -7 with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.
2014-15: Vance skated for the Dallas entry in the 2014 Traverse City prospect tournament and attended training camp with the Stars before being assigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. He was briefly loaned to the expansion Missouri Mavericks in his first pro season. In 61 ECHL games between the two teams he scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 26 penalty minutes.
Vance is a towering stay-at-home defender whose big stride and long reach makes him an effective shutdown player. He is able to move the puck safely out of the zone and has the confidence to carry it if the opportunity arises. Vance continues to be a work in progress at this point and must improve in all areas of his game to have a shot at one day reaching the NHL level.
Vance was loaned to Assat Pori in Finland's Liiga for the 2015-16 season and has enjoyed a resurgence in his game. Playing in all situations and averaging almost 22 minutes of ice time per game, he displayed an offensive side to go along with his size and physical play. Drafted by the previous personnel staff in Dallas based on his size and raw ability, Vance has one year left on his original entry-level deal but is low on the depth chart in the Stars' organization. His play in Finland may have opened some eyes.