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Sekera returns to Rochester

(Rochester, NY)... Rochester Americans General Manager Jody Gage announced today that the Buffalo Sabres have sent defenseman Andrej Sekera back to the Amerks. Forward Drew Stafford also returned to the team and skated this morning in Rochester.

Sekera returns after the first recall of his professional career. The rookie played in two games with the Sabres and made his National Hockey League debut on December 9th at Montreal. He played 6:10 and recorded two penalty minutes.

With Rochester, he has five assists in 11 games. He notched three assists in his last two games. The Bojnice, Slovakia, native was the Buffalo Sabres' third-round selection (71st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Stafford rejoined the team today after being returned on loan on Wednesday. Stafford played in Buffalo's 3-2 win over New Jersey Tuesday night.

The Sabres had recalled Stafford on December 12th, three days after his fourth multi-point game of the season for the Amerks. Stafford netted two goals in the Amerks' 6-3 win over Hamilton on December 9th.

He has eight goals and five assists in 15 games with the Amerks this season. The former Buffalo first-round pick also has two goals and three assists in 14 games for the Sabres this season.
 

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CKC Pharmacy and Gift Shop Night is Saturday

(HERSHEY, PA) - "Feel the Roar" as the Hershey Bears face off against the Toronto Marlies, Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

It's "CKC Pharmacy and Gift Shop Night" and the first 2,500 fans will receive a $10 gift card good at any CKC Pharmacy and Gift Shop. Get there early, as they will go fast.

A big thank you goes out to all fans who tossed teddy bears onto the ice, following the Bears first goal of game against the Norfolk Admirals this past Sunday. Following a scoreless first period, fans were getting anxious to launch their bears. Soon enough, Alexandre Giroux scored a short-handed goal at 12:01 of the second period. Immediately, the ice became a sea of teddy bears. Due to the overwhelming number of bears that were donated, the total couldn't be announced during the game. There was an estimated 4,190 bears tossed onto the ice, which will all be donated to charity. Many of these stuffed animals will be delivered to Penn State University Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network. Throughout the year, they'll be given to kids who are patients in the Hospital to help comfort them through some scary and hard times.

On Sunday, December 17 the 1st annual Cops for KOPS hockey game will take place at Hersheypark Arena. Watch officers from the eastern part of the state take on officers from the western part of Pennsylvania. All proceeds from the event will benefit the children left behind by officers killed in the lie of duty. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now during the Bears games outside section 121 or by calling 717-534-2200. Time is running out so get your tickets now.

On December 20 versus the Albany River Rats the Hershey Bears will be achieving a tremendous milestone-they will be playing the 5,000th game in Hershey Bears history. Join us at Giant Center on December 23 versus the Philadelphia Phantoms to be part of the 5,000 game celebration, all fans in attendance will receive a limited edition, commemorative 5,000th game bronze coin and 10 lucky fans that night will win $500 each, courtesy of Community Banks. Courtesy of East Coast Scooters in Myerstown, there will be an ATV and a Scooter on hand to win - each with 6-months parts warranty. Finally, the 5,000th fan to come through Giant Center doors will win a special 5,000 game surprise.

Tickets are still available for Saturday's game. To purchase tickets call 717-508-BEAR to get your seats. For all your up to the minute Bears information, please visit HersheyBears.com.
 

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Canucks Re-Assign Edler and Goren; Moose Release David

The Vancouver Canucks, the NHL affiliate of the Manitoba Moose, announced they have re-assigned defenceman Alex Edler and forward Lee Goren to the Moose. As a result, the Moose released defenceman J. F. David from his PTO.

Edler, 20, has played in 12 games so far in his rookie season with the Canucks where he scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 30/06 vs. Anaheim and collected his first NHL assist on Nov. 6/06 vs. Dallas. He also has four penalty minutes with Vancouver. In 13 games so far this year with the Moose, the native of Ostersund, SWE has four assists and six penalty minutes.

Goren, 29, made his first appearance with the Canucks this season on Dec. 9/06 at Calgary and played in two games. The Winnipeg, MB native has now appeared in 67 NHL games in his seven-year pro career with Boston, Florida, and Vancouver. In that time, he has five goals and four assists for nine points and 44 penalty minutes. So far this year, Goren has appeared in 21 games with the Moose where he's scored six goals and 16 assists for 22 points and 27 penalty minutes. In 142 career games in two and a half seasons with Manitoba, Goren has 60 goals and 65 assists for 125 points and 228 penalty minutes.

David, 24, played in one game with the Moose after being signed to a pro tryout contract on Dec. 11/06 at Houston and collected an assist. In 16 games with the Texas Wildcatters of the ECHL this season, the Monteral PQ native has scored two goals and 20 assists for 22 points and 47 penalty minutes. In his five-year pro career, David has played in eight career games in the AHL with the Hershey Bears and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. David has played in 43 career ECHL games with Texas and the South Carolina Stingrays where he's scored six goals and 35 assists for 41 points and 88 penalty minutes.
 

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Hrudey and Butt Headline 2007 Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation Gala Dinner

The Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation is pleased to announce Hockey Night in Canada analyst Kelly Hrudey will be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation Gala Dinner to be held at ice level of the MTS Centre on Wednesday, Febuary 28th at 6:00 p.m. The Yearling Foundation is also pleased to welcome comedian Brent Butt from CTV's "Corner Gas" as part of the entertainment for the evening.

This year, the Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation offers each of its guests the chance to be an "ultimate player" down at ice level, complete with the opporuntuity to meet Head Coach Scott Arniel and members of the Manitoba Moose Hockey Club. Guests will also have a chance to tour of the Manitoba Moose dressing room and participate in a silent auction showcasing one-of-a-kind autographed items from American Hockey League and National Hockey League players, as well as various MTS Centre artists.

Tickets for the dinner will cost $190.00/person or $1,800/table of 10. To order tickets, please call the Manitoba Moose offices at 204-926-5517 or e-mail [email protected] by February 19th.

Hrudey was a former NHL goaltender with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks from1983 to 1998. After retiring, he moved into the broadcast booth as an anaylst with Hockey Night in Canada, providing commentary alongside host Ron MacLean. In 1999, Hrudey created his intermission feature "Behind the Mask" which has become a regular feature on Hockey Night in Canada. In 2000, Hrudey became a regular part of HNIC's After Hours which has a strong interactive component with the country's hockey fans.

Butt is the creator, star, and executive producer of one of Canada's top television hits, the comedy series "Corner Gas". The show draws over a million viewers every week and garners rave reviews from critics across the country. Butt was named "Best Male Standup" at the Canadian Comedy Awards as legions of fans have come to love his coffee shop humour - relaxed, converational, and gentle - but very, very funny. Butt was also host of the 2005 Juno Awards when they were in Winnipeg at the MTS Centre.

The Yearling Foundation is also pleased to welcome Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and Winnipeg native Scott Oake as the Master of Ceremonies.

The Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation is the official charity of the Manitoba Moose Hockey Club. The Yearling Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money year round and donates this money to a variety of registered children's charities in Manitoba. Since its inception in 1996, the Yearling Foundation has raised and dispersed over 1.6 million dollars.

To get your Manitoba Moose Season Ticket or Mini-Pack packages, contact the Moose Ticket Office at (204) 987-PUCK (7825).
 

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Rookie Goaltender Schwarz Returns from the Blues

Peoria, IL (December 14, 2006) - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Marek Schwarz has been assigned to the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate.

Schwarz, 20, made his NHL debut, on December 12 against the Chicago Blackhawks, becoming the third youngest goaltender in Blues history to play in a game. He stopped 21 of 24 shots in a 3-2 loss.

He has appeared in 12 games with the Rivermen this season, posting a 9-2-0 record and .912 save percentage.

The Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic native was originally drafted as the Blues first round selection, 17th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft.

On Friday, December 15, the Rivermen face off against the Iowa Stars at 7:30 p.m. It is a Coca-cola/Insight Date Night. Fans receive two (2) Upper Bowl center tickets and a tub of popcorn for just $25. Hardee's Restaurants presents WWE Diva Torrie Wilson, who will appear & sign autographs. It is Toys for Tots Night, as the U.S. Marine Corps encourages all fans to bring a new toy to donate and receive a voucher to an upcoming game. Santa Claus will also appear. On Saturday, December 16, the Rivermen battle the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:00 p.m. It is Rivermen/Illinois Pork Producers Stress Pig Night for the first 2,500 fans. The Bucket Boys - the NBA's No. 1 entertainment act - will appear and perform in the first intermission. The U.S. Cellular 25 Greatest Rivermen of All-Time Card Set Giveaway continues with a David Bruce card to the first 2,500 fans. On Sunday, December 17, Peoria hosts the Iowa Stars at 4:00 p.m. It is an Insight Family Day. Families receive four (4) tickets, four (4) hot dogs, four (4) Cokes and four (4) bags of Kitchen Cooked chips for just $38 ($70 value). There will also be a post-game skate (bring your skates), and players will be Christmas caroling and providing their personal Christian testimony. The U.S. Cellular 25 Greatest Rivermen of All-Time Card Set Giveaway continues with a Rick Pion card to the first 2,500 fans.
 

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First Annual Admirals Alumni Night To Take Place This February

NORFOLK, VA - The Norfolk Admirals are pleased to announce that their First Annual Admirals Alumni Night will take place on Saturday, February 10.

This season's Alumni Night will feature Hampton Roads Admirals stars from the early to mid 1990's. The night will consist of an alumni game and meet-and-greet session. Team Blue will take on Team White a few hours before the current Norfolk Admirals face off against the Portland Pirates. The alumni will don the original Hampton Roads Admirals blue and gold jerseys consisting of an anchor surrounded by five stars.

Following the game, the alumni will have a meet-and-greet session with fans complete with photos, autographs and more.

"We have a tremendous history of hockey here in Hampton Roads," said Admirals Vice President and former Hampton Roads Admirals goaltender Mark Bernard. "It's time that we start getting the alumni back involved. It's going to be a great night, and I think that our fans are really going to enjoy it."

The Admirals Alumni Night experience is included in a ticket to the Admirals game versus the Portland Pirates later that evening. More details about the alumni game and meet-and-greet session will be released as the event approaches.

Over 20 players have already committed to playing the alumni game, including forwards Victor Gervais, Dennis McEwen, Dave Morissette, Billy Nolan, Randy Pearce, Kelly Sorensen and Rod Taylor. The Admirals will release names of additional participants every week leading up to the Alumni Night.

"I'm looking forward to seeing players that were instrumental in building the foundation of success that we have had for the last seventeen years in Norfolk," said Admirals General Manager and former Hampton Roads Admirals defenseman, assistant coach and assistant general manager Al MacIsaac. "It's a great opportunity for fans to say 'hi' to some of the players they cheered for and supported many years ago.

The Admirals Alumni Night would not be possible without the support of several sponsors. The Admirals would like to thank Action First Aid & Safety, Inc., CI Travel, Contract Carpet, Dennis Ankeney State Farm Insurance, Jani-King, and United Rentals for their roles in making the Admirals Alumni Night possible.

The Norfolk Admirals will head to Binghamton to start the second half of their six-game road trip on Friday. They play the Senators at 7:05 p.m., and then visit Springfield at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday and Bridgeport at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Individual game tickets for all Admirals regular season games range from $11-$16 and are on sale at all TicketMaster outlets, charge-by-phone at (757) 671-8100 or at ticketmaster.com. Season tickets, ten-packs and group tickets remain on sale through the Admirals' office and through the Admirals' website. For more information, contact the Admirals at (757) 640-1212 or visit them online at norfolkadmirals.com.
 

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Phantoms lend a hand to CHOP

PHILADELPHIA -A tradition will continue this Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Phantoms 5:05 PM game against the Toronto Marlies as "Helping Hands" prints will be auctioned off to benefit the Children's Miracle Network at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Phantoms players and coaches, along with selected Flyers players, have used paint to make handprints on 11x17 cards, as they have done in years past. The limited edition, framed cards include each player's actual handprints and autograph. They will be available in the Wachovia Spectrum concourse on Sunday during the 5:05 PM game via silent auction, with a selection auctioned off live after the game at Bullies.

This is the seventh year that the Phantoms are taking part in The Helping Hands auction, which has raised over $32,000 since its inception. One hundred percent of the money raised benefits patient care programs at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"This project is unique to the Phantoms and Children's Miracle Network," said Phantoms COO Frank Miceli. "It has always been a hit with our players and fans. As always, we are thrilled to be able to assist a great organization like Children's Miracle Network."

Individual tickets for all Phantoms games, including $8 tickets for children 14 and under anywhere in the building, are on sale now at phantomshockey.com or by calling 800-298-4200. On Friday night, Flyer Jeff Carter will be signing autographs from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Wachovia Spectrum concourse. The first 4,000 fans 14 and under through the turnstiles on Sunday will receive a pack of 2006-07 Phantoms player cards courtesy of Pepsi.
 

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Rampage's Lehoux Extends Scoring Streak Despite 3-1 Loss to Houston

SAN ANTONIO - Yanick Lehoux extended his point-scoring streak to nine games, tying a franchise record set during the team's inaugural season, as he tallied the San Antonio Rampage's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Houston Aeros at the AT&T Center Thursday night.

Lehoux's eleventh goal of the season ties former Rampage Ryan Jardine's mark set back during Mar. 20-Apr. 6, 2003. Jardine tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the nine-game streak. In Lehoux's current streak, he now has six goals and six assists for 12 points.

The Rampage, now 9-17-0-0, have outshot their opponent for the third consecutive game with 42 shots to the Aeros' 31.

Right wing Mattias Weinhandl scored the Aeros' first goal at the 6:38 mark into the opening period marking his first AHL goal of the season on the man advantage with assists from Peter Olvecky and Peter Ratchuk. Weindhandl played his first AHL game with the Aeros since joining the team on December 9th from their NHL affiliate Minnesota Wild.

Rookie Ryan Hamilton recorded the Aeros' second goal seven minutes later to extend their lead 2-0 with a hard slap shot over Josh Tordjman's right pad. Ben Thomson was credited with the assist on Hamilton's fourth goal of the season.

With about three minutes left in the first stanza Lehoux, the Rampage's leading scorer, caught a deflected Don MacLean shot off of Josh Harding and swung around to the right post for a hard shot that hit the back of the net to cut the deficit in half.

After a scoreless second period Aeros' leading scorer, Matt Foy, teamed up with Thomson and Shawn Belle with five minutes left in regulation for a top-shelf goal to assure Houston the win.

The Rampage play the Manitoba Moose tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center and host their second of three Guy's Night Out.
 

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Crunch Announce Details of Howie Mandel Look-A-Like Promotion Set For Saturday, Decem

Syracuse, NY (December 14, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today that the details of the Howie Mandel Look-A-Like promotion that will be held at the Crunch's Saturday, December 16 game against Hamilton.

In recognition of Patricia Kara's (case #9 on Deal or No Deal) appearance, any fan that dresses like Howie Mandel (sporting a bald head and an earring) at the Crunch game on Saturday, December 16 will receive one (1) free ticket to the game with the purchase of one (1) regularly priced ticket. Howie Mandel look-a-likes can receive their free ticket by coming to the Crunch office prior to the game or to the Oncenter box office on the day of the game.

Syracuse is in action again on Friday, December 15 as they travel to Springfield for a 7:35 p.m. match-up against the Falcons. The Crunch host Hamilton on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Crunch office at (315) 473-4444, stopping by the Oncenter box office located on the State Street side of the War Memorial or by calling TicketMaster at (315) 472-0700.
 

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Three times the fun with the Rampage

SAN ANTONIO (December 14, 2006) - The San Antonio Rampage, the top affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, will play three home games in four nights beginning tonight when they host the Houston Aeros at the AT&T Center at 7 p.m., followed by a pair of games against the Manitoba Moose on Friday and Sunday. Below is a list of what promotions the Rampage are hosting:

Tonight, the Rampage will be hosting College Night. Students can show their college or university ID and purchase a ticket to the game, a hot dog, soda and chips for only $9.95. Students will also have a chance to win a roundtrip ticket aboard Southwest Airlines to a U.S. destination of their choice anywhere Southwest flies. The first 100 college students to register will receive a free Pizza Hut buffet coupon and must be present to win.

Guys are encouraged to trade in their poker chips for a Guys Night Out at the Rampage game on Friday when the team hosts the Manitoba Moose. Men of all ages can register to win one of many prizes including free haircuts-courtesy of Sportsclips, H-E-B and Best Buy gift cards, a suite for 22 people to a Rampage game, and much more. Guys can also register for a trip for two to Las Vegas that will be given away on December 29th against the Houston Aeros. Tickets can be purchased for $12 and include a drink voucher. Coupons are available online at San Antonio Rampage - Home.

Burrito Sundays are back! This Sunday, if the Rampage win their 5 p.m. matinee against the Manitoba Moose, fans can redeem their ticket stub at any participating Chipotle Mexican Grill for a free burrito through Saturday, Dec. 30. Fans, who bring their own camera, will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Santa.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at the AT&T Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (210) 225-TEAM (8326), or by visiting the team's website at San Antonio Rampage - Home.
 

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Rampage Teddy Bear Toss Friday

SAN ANTONIO (December 14, 2006) - The San Antonio Rampage, the top affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, will host a "Teddy Bear Toss" Friday when the Manitoba Moose visit the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.

The Rampage encourage fans to bring unwrapped, plush stuffed animals to the game and throw them onto the ice when the Rampage score their first goal. Toys collected will be donated to the US Marine Corps' Toys-for-Tots program.

Fans may also donate toys to the Toys-for-Tots program by visiting any one of the donation stations inside the AT&T Center, located on Plaza Level. For each donated item, fans will receive one free ticket voucher for a future Rampage game.

Toys-for-Tots is a program set in place by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community and to send a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at the AT&T Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (210) 225-TEAM (8326), or by visiting the team's website at San Antonio Rampage - Home.
 

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Teddy Bear Toss Sunday

It's time to get into the giving holiday mood and join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their annual Teddy Bear Toss. This seasonal event puts smiles on the faces of area children who are battling cancer. Come to the Arena at Harbor Yard for the game on Sunday, Dec. 17, against the Norfolk Admirals at 4 p.m., enjoy a great game, and make a child's day.

Fans are asked to bring teddy bears or other stuffed animals to the game, and toss them onto the ice after the first Sound Tiger goal is scored.

Throughout the years, this annual event has resulted in tens of thousands of stuffed animals being tossed to the ice, eventually making their way into the arms of appreciative children. It's a Sound Tiger holiday tradition that brings fans and the community together.

Additionally, the Sound Tigers and our corporate sponsors will donate tickets to children who are well-enough to attend the game.

Sound Tigers' players and staff, joined by AMR, will deliver the stuffed animals to children at Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Norwalk Hospital, Stamford Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday, Dec. 18.

For schedule and ticket information for all Sound Tigers games, including group discount opportunities, visit soundtigers.com or call 334-4625.
 

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Hershey Bears To Be First AHL Team To Reach 5,000th Game

(HERSHEY, PA) - On Saturday, December 23rd, the Philadelphia Phantoms will play the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center, and history will be made as the Hershey Bears, the longest standing continuously operated team in the American Hockey League, become the first team to play their 5,000th game. For the Hershey Bears it is a doubly sweet event, reaching that milestone in a year when they are also the league champions.

The Hershey Bears plan to commemorate the event with special prizes for fans that attend the game, which will be presented by Capital BlueCross. According to Anita Smith, President and CEO of Capital BlueCross, "This is a terrific moment in history for the Hershey Bears and for our community, and it's healthy fun for the whole family!"

All fans in attendance will receive a limited edition, commemorative 5,000th game bronze coin and 10 lucky fans that night will win $500 each, courtesy of Community Banks. Courtesy of East Coast Scooters in Myerstown, there will be an ATV and a Scooter on hand to win - each with 6-months parts warranty. Finally, the 5,000th fan to come through Giant Center doors will win a special 5,000 game surprise.

Fans won't want to miss this great milestone and their chance to take home a commemorative prize.

Tickets are now on sale at Giant Center Box Office. To purchase tickets call 717-508-BEAR to get your seats. For more information, please visit HersheyBears.com.
 

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Rouleau recalled by San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Rampage announced today that they have recalled defenseman Alexandre Rouleau from their ECHL affiliate, Phoenix RoadRunners, as a result of the Phoenix Coyotes recalling Matt Jones from San Antonio.

Rouleau, 23, signed an AHL Standard Player Contract in September when he attended Rampage training camp. He currently ranks fourth in the ECHL among defensemen in scoring with 20 points. In 22 games with the RoadRunners, he ranks second on the team in scoring with four goals and 16 assists.

The Mont-Laurier, Quebec native was the Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth choice in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Jones, 23, has registered one assist and 21 penalty minutes (PIM) in 16 games with San Antonio this season, while also tallying a goal, two assists and four PIM's in 10 games with the Coyotes during his first call up to Phoenix. The 6-foot, 215-pound defenseman scored his first career NHL goal versus the New York Rangers on Oct. 28.

The Downers Grove, Illinois native played 16 games with the Coyotes in his first professional campaign last season, recording two assists. The Coyotes' third-round selection (80th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in 26 games so far in his NHL career.

In addition, the Phoenix Coyotes have reassigned right wing Lance Monych to the RoadRunners. The 22-year-old appeared played in two games with the Rampage last week and recorded zero points.
 

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Pirates to Help Collect "Coats for Kids"

PORTLAND, ME - The Portland Pirates announced today the team will host a "Coats for Kids Night" at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday, December 15th when the Pirates face the Manchester Monarchs at 7:05 p.m. The event is part of the WCSH NewsCenter, WLBZ NewsCenter 2 and the Salvation Army's Coats for Kids program, which provides coats for Maine's children during the Holidays.

Last year, more than 45,000 coats were collected by the program. This year, starting with the Coats for Kids day on December 2nd, which netted 7,000 coats at local Shaw's and Hannaford Supermarkets, WCSH, Shaw's and Pratt-Abbott have collected over 12,300 coats as part of the program.

"This is a terrific opportunity for us to encourage our loyal and community-minded fans to donate to a great cause. WCSH 6, Shaw's, Hannaford and Pratt-Abbott are doing a terrific job collecting coats for the campaign during this holiday season and we're glad to be participating in this effort," said Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek.

Donations of new or gently used children's coats will be collected at the Portland Pirates game on Friday, December 15th in the main lobby at the Cumberland County Civic Center beginning at 5:00pm. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat, hats or mittens to the game. Each fan that donates an item will receive a free pair of Pirates tickets to an upcoming regular season home game.
 

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Second Annual "You Got The Call" Contest with the Blues

The Peoria Rivermen, member of the American Hockey League (AHL), announced today the second annual "You Got The Call" Contest to the St. Louis Blues. Eight lucky winners, and a guest each, will be selected at random to get "called up" to the St. Louis Blues game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It is presented by the St. Louis Blues, FSN Midwest, Insight Communications and the Peoria Rivermen.

All 16 guests will board the Rivermen Team Traveler early Tuesday afternoon for roundtrip travel accommodations to Scottrade Center. Upon arrival, the winners will appear in a taped pre-game segment with St. Louis Blues great and Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Federko that will air during the team's TV broadcast with Bernie and Play-by-Play voice John Kelly on FSN Midwest. The guests will also have an opportunity to meet current Blues players prior to the game.

While enjoying the game, all guests will be entertained in the catered FSN Broadcast Suite at the Skybox Level of the Scottrade Center.
 

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Harding, Weinhandl lead Aeros to 3-1 win

Harding, Weinhandl lead Aeros to 3-1 win
12/14/06 - American Hockey League (AHL) Houston Aeros

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Josh Harding finished with 41 saves and Mattias Weinhandl scored a power play goal on his first shot in an Aeros uniform, as Houston defeated San Antonio 3-1 at AT&T Center to snap a pair of five-game winless streaks. Rookie Ryan Hamilton and Matt Foy had a goal apiece for Houston (11-14-0-3), which was 0-3-0-2 in its last five games overall and had lost five straight road games in regulation. The Aeros moved into fifth place in the West Division, just a point behind fourth-place Iowa.

Yanick Lehoux scored a goal and Josh Tordjman made 28 stops for San Antonio (9-17-0-0), which has lost six of eight and lost to the Aeros at home for the first time in five games.

The Aeros return to Toyota Center to face Manitoba on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. You can buy tickets by calling 1.866.GO.AEROS, or online 24/7. The first 3,000 fans will receive an Aeros stocking. It's also the Aeros Teddy Bear Toss, and the conclusion of the Aeros Charities Toy Drive.

The Aeros got 23 seconds of an early 5-on-3, and Weinhandl scored on his first shot in a Houston uniform with 6:38 gone by in the game. Curtis Murphy sent a long centering pass to Peter Olvecky at the right doorstep. Olvecky just missed a goal, tipping the puck off the crossbar, but Weinhandl collected the rebound low in the left circle and ripped the puck into the open net. Weinhandl was assigned by the NHL's Minnesota Wild earlier this week.

Houston extended to a 2-0 lead with 6:39 remaining in the first. Ben Thomson (two assists), behind the net, threaded a pass to Hamilton in the low slot. Hamilton quickly one-timed a shot by Tordjman glove side for his fourth goal of the season.

San Antonio closed the gap to 2-1 with 3:02 remaining in the first. Donald MacLean fire from the center point, and Harding left the rebound on the deck. Lehoux corralled the puck with his skate, and fired it into a near open net for his team-leading 11th goal.

Houston led 2-1 after one, after having scored just one first period goal during its five-game losing streak. It marked just the second time in 10 games the Aeros led after one period. The Aeros also held lead after one on the road for just the third time this season.

Harding made a great pad save on Nick Martens' blast from the left point seven minutes into the second. He kicked the puck into the corner.

Weinhandl nearly had his second goal two minutes later, set up by Ryan Hamilton in transition at the edge of the right circle. But Tordjman made a sprawling pad save.

Lehoux hit the outside of the net with a 4-on-3 rebound shot with 8:20 left in the second.

Lehoux tried to set up Jakub Koreis five minutes into the third period, but the pass was just too far ahead for a streaking Koreis in the right circle.

Lehoux, who has seven goals and 11 points in nine career games against Houston, broke in alone on Harding with 5:40 left in the third, but Harding got just enough of the puck with his blocker to push it wide of the net.

And just 59 seconds later, Foy added the insurance marker - his 12th goal and fifth this season against San Antonio. Foy took a pass from Thomson at center ice and skated in on Tordjman, with Martens back. Foy ripped a shot that deflected off the defenseman's stick and floated up and over Tordjman.

The Rampage pulled Tordjman with 55 seconds left with a power play. Jeff Taffe just put a backhander wide for San Antonio's best chance.

Houston went 1-for-3 on the power play, while San Antonio finished 0-for-8. Houston was 2-for-38 with the man advantage in its previous six road games, and has scored just eight power play goals on the road all season. The Aeros had allowed four power play goals ini their last two games.

Notes:

Not dressing for the Aeros were Dieter Kochan, Jason Morgan, Chris Ovington, Benoit Pouliot and Joey Tetarenko.

Aeros second-year winger Joel Ward did not make his NHL debut tonight with Minnesota. Ward was recalled by the Wild yesterday.

The Aeros released center Marco Rosa from his PTO prior to the game. He played in last night's game, after earlier seeing action in four games this season.

The Aeros are 20-4-2-1 in the last 27 overall meetings with San Antonio.

Harding, who was 0-3-2 in his last five decisions, improved to 13-3-1 against the Rampage in his career.

The Aeros improved to 5-4-0-1 in the back end of back-to-backs.

Thomson had his first career two-assist game.

Foy moved his point streak to a team season-best five games, with nine points (6-3=9) in that span. He is the Aeros' leading scorer with 24 points (12-12=24).

Houston is 10-4-0-2 when scoring three goals or more, and just 1-10-0-1 when scoring two or fewer.
 

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First place Bears face Philly Friday down the Turnpike

Looking to keep the club's first place standing in the East Division race, the BEARS travel to south Philadelphia tonight to take on the Phantoms. Entering play Friday night, HERSHEY is still the only team in the league that has amassed 40 points in the American Hockey League this season.

Tonight's game is the third meeting of 12 between the two clubs. Although the BEARS have the fewest regulation losses of any team in the AHL (three), one of those came at the hands of the Phantoms. HERSHEY defeated Philadelphia 4-1 on October 29 at the Wachovia Center, but lost 4-1 to Philly at GIANT Center on November 5. The November 5 loss stands as the only regulation defeat the BEARS have suffered at GIANT Center this season. Philadelphia begins play Friday having lost three straight games and eight of its last ten.

The BEARS made three separate player moves this week in preparation for Friday's game. Defenseman Marc Busenburg was reassigned to South Carolina (ECHL) on Monday, defenseman Deryk Engelland was recalled from Reading (ECHL) Monday, while center Matt Koalska was recalled to the NHL's New York Islanders on Wednesday. Goaltender Frederic Cassivi, who can eclipse former BEARS goaltender J.F. Labbe on the AHL's all-time wins list with one more victory, is expected to draw the start tonight for HERSHEY at the Wachovia Spectrum.

HERSHEY begins the night just one point ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and three points ahead of third place Norfolk in the league's most competitive division. Philadelphia is in seventh place in the East as play starts Friday, trailing fourth place Albany by nine points.

Tonight's game can be heard in central Pennsylvania through the BEARS Radio Network. WQIC-FM in Lebanon (100.1), WLPA-AM in Lancaster (1490) and WHYL-AM in Carlisle (960) have the call of the game beginning with the pre-game show at 6:40 p.m. The game can also be accessed through Pennlive.com and WHYLRadio.com. B2 Networks through HersheyBears.com provides a video feed of the game as well. John Walton has the call from Philadelphia Friday.
 

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Lapierre scores first NHL goal

MONTREAL, QC - Forward Maxim Lapierre scored his first-career NHL goal last night (Thursday, December 14th) in the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre.

Other ex-Dogs that contributed offensively last night for the Canadiens were:

- C Tomas Plekanec - one assist

- C Garth Murray - one assist

- D Mike Komisarek - one assist

- G Cristobal Huet - 41 saves on 43 shots

In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League is the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. Over 80 percent of NHL players are AHL graduates, and more than 350 AHL players were recalled to the NHL during the 2005-2006 season alone.

The Bulldogs return to action at 7:35 p.m. tonight (Friday, December 15th) when they travel to Rochester to take on the Americans at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. Fans can listen to every 'Dogs game this season on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 820 CHAM "The Legend," beginning with the Park's Furniture Pre-Game Show 20 minutes prior to each scheduled game time. Fans can also listen or watch at Hamilton Bulldogs :: Bulldogs by clicking on the 'B2 Networks' or '820 CHAM' icon on the 'Dogs website.

The 'Dogs next home game is on Friday, December 22nd at Copps Coliseum against the Albany River Rats at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all 'Dogs home games (except home game #32) are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more, or through charge-by-phone at 905-527-7666.
 

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Simon Signs AHL Contract with Syracuse

Syracuse, NY (December 15, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today that center Ben Simon has been signed to an AHL contract with Syracuse. In addition, the team signed defenseman Jamie Fraser to a professional try-out contract.

Simon, 28, has appeared in 23 games with Syracuse this season while on a P.T.O., tallying 5 goals, 5 assists and 24 penalty minutes. Last season with Syracuse, Simon recorded 13 goals, 24 assists and 93 penalty minutes in 66 games. In 2005-06, Simon saw action in 13 games with Columbus, recording four penalty minutes. In 303 career AHL games with Chicago, Milwaukee and Syracuse, Simon has registered 56 goals, 82 assists and 315 penalty minutes. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Simon is currently tied for eighth on the Crunch's all-time shorthanded goals list with four.

Fraser, 21, has appeared in 23 games with South Carolina (ECHL) this season, recording 5 goals, 21 assists and 6 penalty minutes. A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Fraser has 6 goals, 21 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 26 career games with South Carolina.

Syracuse is in action again on Friday, December 15 as they travel to Springfield for a 7:35 p.m. match-up against the Falcons. The Crunch host Hamilton on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Crunch office at (315) 473-4444, stopping by the Oncenter box office located on the State Street side of the War Memorial or by calling TicketMaster at (315) 472-0700.
 
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