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P-Bruins Deliver Toys to Toys for Tots

Providence, RI - Providence Bruins player Ben Walter will be delivering toys to Toys for Tots at 1 Narragansett St., Cranston Monday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. Any members of the media interested in photo opportunities are welcome to attend. Players and representatives from Toys for Tots will also be available for interviews.

Providence Bruin players' wives and girlfriends collected new, unwrapped toys before the Providence Bruins games on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 for an hour prior to each of the games in the lobby of the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Through Toys for Tots, U.S. Marines have been bringing the joy of Christmas to America's neediest children each year for the past 58 years. From 1947 through 2005, Marines distributed over 332.5 million toys to more than 158.8 million needy children. One of the goals of the program is to deliver a message of hope that will inspire youngsters to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

This year Marines are conducting the 59th annual Toys for Tots campaign. In addition to striving to reach millions of needy children nationwide, Marines will strive to bring the joy of Christmas to thousands of children.

The P-Bruins are back in action next weekend on the road for two games, Friday, December 22 versus the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, December 23 against the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Hartford Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. The P-Bruins return home to the Dunkin' Donuts Center Friday, January 5 to take on the Worcester Sharks at 4:05 p.m. For tickets call the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log onto the team website at Providence Bruins - Free Give-A-Way Fridays.
 

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McNeill reassigned to Wheeling

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have reassigned defenseman Grant McNeill to the Wheeling Nailers, it was announced on Monday.

McNeill, 23, appeared in two games with the Penguins, going scoreless and minus-1 with two penalty minutes. He was signed by the Penguins to an AHL contract on October 5, 2006.

McNeill began the season with Wheeling, recording two points (1+1) and 120 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Nailers this season.

Originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the third round (68th overall) in 2001, McNeill has appeared in 75 American Hockey League games with the San Antonio Rampage and Rochester Americans, recording two assists and 341 penalty minutes.

The Vermillion, Alberta native has recorded seven points (2+5) and 454 penalty minutes in 74 ECHL games with Wheeling, Texas and Florida, and has also played in three NHL contests with the Panthers.

Individual and group tickets for all Penguins home games, as well as special ticket packages, are on sale now. For ticket information, contact the Penguins at 570-208-7367.
 

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Wolves' Larose named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Chicago Wolves center Cory Larose has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending December 17, 2006.

In three games last week, Larose tallied five goals and six assists for 11 points to go with a plus-6 rating.

Larose began the week by scoring a personal-best five points, including his first career hat trick, in the Wolves' 7-3 win at Iowa on Tuesday. He equaled his effort on Friday by recording another five points, including two more goals, as Chicago downed Omaha by a score of 9-1. Larose capped the week by registering an assist and taking a game-high six shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.

In recognition of his achievement, Larose will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Wolves home game.

A native of Campbellton, N.B., Larose has notched seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 13 games for Chicago this season. In 322 career AHL games with Chicago, Hartford and Houston, he has recorded 105 goals and 165 assists for 270 points, reaching the Calder Cup Finals with the Wolves in 2005. Larose was a member of the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2001-02 after a four-year career at the University of Maine.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany right wing Shane Willis, Bridgeport left wing Jeff Tambellini, Hamilton right wing Andrei Kostitsyn, Hartford goaltender Stephen Valiquette, Hershey goaltender Maxime Daigneault, Houston goaltender Josh Harding, Manchester goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Manitoba forward Brad Moran, Milwaukee center Rich Peverley, Norfolk right wing Brandon Bochenski, Peoria left wing Peter Sejna, Portland right wing Pierre Parenteau, Providence right wing Martins Karsums, Rochester right wing Clarke MacArthur, San Antonio center Donald MacLean, Syracuse center Geoff Platt, Toronto center Erik Westrum, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Kyle Brodziak and Worcester defenseman Garrett Stafford.
 

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Binghamton Senators weekly

LAST WEEK: The Senators (9-17-1-2, 21 pts.) were 0-2 last week, including a 7-5 loss to nemesis Norfolk on Friday night.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th vs. NORFOLK (5-7 L):

The Senators buried a season-high four power-play markers against the Admirals. Troy Brouwer gave the Admirals the early 1-0 lead, as the winger gathered a loose puck and tapped it in from the left post. After a quiet 13:00 span Norfolk struck again, this time on the power play. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglein buried a one-timer into the top of the net, right over the top of goalie JEFF GLASS outstretched glove. The Senator responded with a power-play marker of their own, as leading scorer JEFF HEEREMA collected his 15th marker of the season. RYAN VESCE and CORY PECKER assisted on the goal. SERGE PAYER, who arrived back in Binghamton just hours before tonight's game following a stint with Ottawa, snapped a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle through the legs of Sebastien Caron to tie the game at 2 apiece. With Admirals holding a 5-2 advantage, winger CORY PECKER erased his thirteen game goal-scoring drought, as he snapped a wrist shot from the left post through the five hole to bring the Senators within two. Norfolk captain Craig MacDonald netted the game-winner at 4:02 of the last period, as the center faked left, then weaved right scooping a shot past KELLY GUARD. JOSH HENNESSY and ANDY HEDLUND both tallied to get the Senators within striking distance at 6-5, but Carl Corazzini ended the comeback attempt with an empty-netter at 19:48.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th @ ROCHESTER (4-10 L):

Winger CORY PECKER buried a power-play marker at 4:47 of the opening stanza to give Binghamton their only lead of the night. The Americans closed out the first period with three markers, including a short-hander by Dylan Hunter to make it a 3-1 contest. Defenseman CHARLIE COOK netted his third goal of the season just: 47 seconds into the second period to get the Senators within one. Rochester scored three unanswered before the Senators found the back of the net again. RYAN VESCE tallied the Senators third goal of the night, an even-strength marker four minutes into the final period. PECKER followed with his second power-play marker of the night, making it a 6-4 contest. Rochester caught fire during the last ten minutes of the game, as they scored four goals in just over six minutes. Three of the four goals were on the power play, as the Americans won 10-4. The ten goals allowed were a franchise-high. Goalie had 25 saves in the losing effort.

THIS WEEK: The Senators play twice this week, one home game and one road contest. On Friday, Dec. 22, Binghamton heads down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to take on the Philadelphia Phantoms. On Saturday, Dec. 23, the Senators welcome Rochester to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

SCOUTING REPORT

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22nd @ PHILADELPHIA (7:05):

Phantom center Pete Zingoni collected a natural hat trick to lead Philadelphia to a 6-3 win on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Arena. Binghamton jumped out to an early 1-0 off JOSH HENNESSY'S sixth marker of the year. BOBBY ROBINS and JEFF HEEREMA assisted on the goal. Goalie JEFF GLASS turned away 14 shots in the opening stanza. Zingoni tallied his second marker on a breakaway, as he beat the Senators defense down the ice before going to the backhand and sneaking it by GLASS to make it 3-1. Zingoni completed the natural trick at 17:51. Darren Reid worked the puck free from behind the net, and Zingoni picked it up and wrapped it around the post to give the Phantoms a 4-1 lead. Mark Cullen added a late marker to give the Phantoms a 5-1 at the end of the second period. The Senators would not go quietly, as DANNY BOIS struck on the power play. Defenseman CHARLIE COOK rifled a slap shot off Munroe's chest and BOIS collected the rebound and snapped it past Scott Munroe to make it a 5-2 contest. The tally was the second of the season for BOIS, while ANDREW EBBETT extended his point streak (4+12=16) to nine games with a helper on the goal. GLASS had 39 saves on the night. Mark Cullen leads the Phantoms with 20 points (6+14=20), and five of his six goals came via the power play. Tony Voce is right behind with 17 points (5+12=17).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23rd vs. ROCHESTER (7:05):

The Senators have struggled against Rochester so far this season, dropping all four games to their neighboring AHL team. Michael Ryan buried two markers to pace the Amerks offense in the 4-2 win on Friday, Nov. 10 in Rochester. JEFF HEEREMA and CORY PECKER accounted for the Senators' goals that evening, while goaltender JEFF GLASS had 26 saves in the losing effort. In early October, Americans rookie goalie Adam Dennis had 40 saves to lead the Amerks over Binghamton 3-2. Rookie center ANDREW EBBETT collected his first two AHL points (1g,1a) in the loss. After Rochester took the early lead on a Janis Sprukts power-play goal, EBBETT found the back of the net at 10:19 of the first period off a pass from defenseman ANDY HEDLUND. Rochester held a 2-1 lead in the third, when right wing Drew Stafford scored his third marker of the season off a two-on-one breakaway at the 8:52 mark. Binghamton threatened late in the third when leading scorer JEFF HEEREMA netted his fourth goal of the season at 16:19 to bring the Senators within one of Rochester. EBBETT collected his second point of the night, assisting on the goal as did RYAN VESCE. Clarke MacArthur leads the Americans with 34 points (12+22=34), including six power-play markers. Goaltender Craig Anderson is 9-3-0-0 on the year, with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a 0.909 save percentage.

SENS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Wingers DANNY BOIS and JEFF HEEREMA will be at LJ's Sports Cards and Collectibles on Clinton Street in Binghamton from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20 to sign autographs.

SENS SNIPPETS:

JEFF HEEREMA'S 15 goals are tied for sixth in the AHL. He leads the team with 30 points (15+15=30). ANDREW EBBETT is tied for fourth in rookie scoring with 27 points (8+19=27).

SENS LEADERS:

POINTS: HEEREMA (15+15=30), EBBETT (8+19=27), HENNESSY (10+13=23)

GOALS: HEEREMA (15), BOIS & HENNESSY (10)

ASSISTS: EBBETT (19), HEEREMA (15), HENNESSY (13)

PPG: BOIS, HEEREMA & VESCE (4)

SHG: EBBETT & HENNESSY (2)

GWG: HENNESSY (3), HEEREMA (2)

WINS: GUARD (5)

GAA: GLASS 3.71

BSENS ON THE AIR: Catch all the action LIVE on Q107 FM, via webcast or B2 Networks streaming video cast at The Official Site of the Binghamton Senators :

GET YOUR TICKETS: Tickets are currently on sale for all regular season home games. Tickets cost $16 for side seating and $15 for end seating. Fans can purchase tickets at the following locations: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.), Binghamton Senators executive office, third floor of the Arena (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on game days until the end of the second period.), The Official Site of the Binghamton Senators : or by calling (607) 722-SENS.
 

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Sharks stay strong on the road

On the Docket...

12.22.06 - Worcester vs. Manchester - DCU Center

12.23.06 - Worcester vs. Lowell - DCU Center

A Quick Look Back

12.15.06 - Worcester 5 - Hartford 4 OT

Garrett Stafford's first game-winning goal of the season gathered two-points in the Atlantic Division standings for the Sharks as they upended Hartford 5-4 in overtime. The Sharks scored three consecutive power play goals to come-from-behind on the Wolf Pack and improve to 12-10-1-4 on the year, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.

12.16.06 - Manchester 3 - Worcester 2

Back on home ice after an overtime victory at Hartford one night prior, the Worcester Sharks were unable to reverse their recent struggles at the DCU Center and fell to the rival Manchester Monarchs on Saturday night by a score of 3-2. Garret Stafford followed up on yesterday's game-winner with a power play goal and Mike Iggulden registered a point in his second consecutive game after returning from a head injury, but the Sharks fell to a record of 5-4-1-4 in games decided by a single goal and 12-11-1-4 overall.

New Face...

The Worcester Sharks made their first trade of the season on Thursday night. In an effort to become more defensive minded, the Sharks sent offensive defenseman Mathieu Biron to the Montreal Canadiens organization in exchange for defenseman Patrick Traverse. Traverse was originally signed by the San Jose organization back in July, but when he was sent down to Worcester, Montreal claimed the stay-at-home defenseman off waivers and sent him to Hamilton of the AHL. In Traverse's first game with Worcester, the 6'4", Montreal native recorded an assist on the tying goal against Hartford on Friday night.

Home Away From Home...

Worcester seems to be a tough place to play for the Sharks these days. On the road is a whole different story though. The Sharks are ranked seventh in the league when playing away from the DCU Center this season. Team Teal has compiled a record of 8-4-0-3 in 15 games played. The Sharks have also scored 52 of their 93 goals for while playing on unfamiliar ice.

Stafford Steps Up...

Sharks defenseman Garrett Stafford has been on an offensive tear recently. On Friday night, Stafford tallied the game-winner for the Sharks in overtime at the Hartford Civic Center to lift his team past the Wolf Pack. He also added an assist on the game-tying goal. Then on Saturday night, Stafford scored his fourth of the year with just under a minute left to play in the game to bring the Sharks to within one against Manchester. The University of New Hampshire graduate currently leads all Sharks defenseman with four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 25 games played.

Heaps of Hats and Mittens...

On Sunday evening, the Worcester Sharks held their first annual "Hats and Mittens" Holiday Skate with the Sharks at the Buffone Arena on Lake Ave. in Worcester. The event was a huge success with all the proceeds benefiting Community Healthlink. The whole Worcester Sharks hockey team was on hand to skate, take photos with fans and sign autographs. The Worcester Sharks would like to thank all who participated in such a worthy cause.

FIREWORKS!!!

On Saturday, December 30, the Sharks will have a Fireworks display inside the DCU Center following a game against the Portland Pirates. The Sharks urge fans to attend the game and enjoy the post-game fireworks to ring in the New Year with a "bang!!" Saturday night means another Saturday Night Signing following the fireworks display.

Crash The Net...

For more information on the Worcester Sharks, you can CRASH THE NET at Home Page - Worcester Sharks - AHL. If you have not signed up for our Sharks Tales newsletter yet, do it now and keep up-to-date with Sharks news.
 

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Former Crunch Have Good Showing

OLD FOES GET BEST OF CRUNCH: Former Crunch players Andy Delmore (Springfield) and goaltender Andrew Penner (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) played key roles in their respective teams' victories against Syracuse this past weekend.

Delmore tallied the game-winning goal and one assist en route to first star honors in the Falcons 4-1 victory over the Crunch on Friday night. Delmore's goal came in the second period giving Springfield a 2-1 lead. Through 28 games this season, Delmore has 17 points (8g, 9a) and 12 penalty minutes.

Penner stopped 33 of Syracuse's 35 shots and was named third star as the Penguins defeated the Crunch 3-2 on Sunday night. In his previous meeting against Syracuse, Penner allowed four goals in the Crunch's win over the Penguins. Penner has appeared in 14 games this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, posting a 10-3-0-1 record, a 2.74 goals against average and an .898 save percentage.

FRASER RELEASED FROM P.T.O.: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that they have released defenseman Jamie Fraser from his professional try-out contract.

Fraser, 21, appeared in two games with Syracuse without recording a point. A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Fraser has 23 games under his belt this season with South Carolina (ECHL), tallying 5 goals, 21 assists and 6 penalty minutes.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:

ALBANY (CAROLINA HURRICANES/COLORADO AVALANCHE): Syracuse hosts Albany on Saturday, December 23 for the second of eight regular season meetings. Syracuse leads the series 1-0 with a 4-2 win over Albany on November 17 at Pepsi Arena. Center Andrew Murray leads all players in head-to-head scoring with two points (1g, 1a). Several River Rats players have one point each in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Ty Conklin posted the victory, recording 31 saves. Tyler Weiman posted 28 saves for Albany in the loss. Lifetime, the Crunch are 43-37-9 against the River Rats.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

December 19

Crunch Players to Sign Autographs at Tully's: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that Crunch players Joakim Lindstrom and Geoff Platt will be at Tully's in North Syracuse on December 19 from 6-7 p.m. to sign autographs.

Lindstrom and Platt will be available on Tuesday, December 19 from 6 -7 p.m. at the Tully's located at 7838 Brewerton Road in North Syracuse to sign autographs and take pictures. Call 452- 5656 for directions.

December 20

Celebrity Bartending Series Continues at Chadwicks: The Syracuse Crunch, along with Labatt's, announced that the Labatt's Celebrity Bartending Series will continue on Wednesday, December 20 at Chadwicks.

Crunch players Andy Canzanello, Steven Goertzen and Darcy Verot will serve as celebrity bartenders at Chadwicks from 5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20. Chadwicks is located on 2529 James Street. Call 431-0530 for directions.

All tips generated by the players that night will be donated to the University Children's Hospital.

South Beach Diet Promotion: The Syracuse Crunch, along with Quickway, announced the details of the South Beach Diet Promotion.

Through the month of December, fans that purchase a South Beach Diet Bar at a Quickway location will be able to bring their Quickway register receipt to the Crunch box office to receive a $6 ticket off any $16 Friday night ticket.

Time Warner Cable Hockey Mom of the Year Program: The Syracuse Crunch, along with Time Warner Cable, introduced the Time Warner Cable Hockey Mom of the Year program to salute the hockey moms who dedicate their time and energy to taking their kids to hockey practices through all kinds of weather and at all hours.

During the 2006-07 season, youth hockey kids will be encouraged to nominate their mom as the Time Warner Cable Hockey Mom of the Year. The child must write an essay, up to 250 words, giving reason why their mom is Hockey Mom of the Year. The application can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at the Crunch office

A panel of judges, including Crunch/Time Warner Cable management and Crunch players will select one (1) winner each month. Each monthly winner will receive four (4) tickets to a Crunch game, the opportunity to participate in a ceremonial face-off, a prize pack from Time Warner Cable and a post game tour of the locker room for up to four (4) people.

All winners will be eligible to win the Grand Prize, which includes a one-year membership to Gold's Gym, a spa gift certificate and dinner for two (2) to an area restaurant. Applications are available on the Crunch's official website and at the Advance Auto Parts Guest Service Center at all Crunch home games.

Poland Spring 'Stick Child for a Game' Program: The Syracuse Crunch announced the details of the Poland Spring 'Stick Child for a Game' program.

During the 2006-07 season, Crunch fans between the ages of seven (7) and fifteen (15) will have the opportunity to sign up to become the Poland Spring 'Stick Child for a Game'.

Selected fans will win a special and unique look into what goes on 'behind the scenes' of a professional hockey game by serving as a stick child for a game. Interested fans can sign-up at the Advance Auto Parts Guest Service Center, located outside the Crunch's main office during games.

Winners will be selected and notified throughout the season. In addition to serving as a stick child, each participant will receive a Poland Spring and Crunch shirt.

CRUNCHABLES: Defenseman Andy Canzanello tallied his first goal of the season on Friday night at Springfield... The combined 100 penalty minutes recorded in the Crunch's game against Hamilton on Saturday night set a season high for most penalty minutes in one game. Left wing Darcy Verot contributed to those numbers registering 24 himself, setting a new season high for most penalty minutes by a player in a game... Defenseman Marc Methot is three games shy of 100 career AHL games, all with Syracuse... Left wing Mark Hartigan's next assist will be his 100th in a Crunch uniform.

2006-07 RECORD: 8-19-0-1, 17 points (3-10-0-0 home, 5-9-0-1 road), sixth place, North Division

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Saturday, December 23 vs. Albany (14-11-2-0), 30 points, fourth place, East Division

LAST WEEK'S RESULT

Friday, December 15 SPINGFIELD 4 Crunch 1

Saturday, December 16 Hamilton 4 CRUNCH 1

Sunday, December 17 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 CRUNCH 2

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Portland Pirates Weekly Report

Want to have breakfast with the boys? Right now stop into Eggspectation at 125 Western Ave. in South Portland and enter to win Breakfast with the Boys. Two lucky fans, each with three guests, will enjoy much more than eggs when they have free breakfast with two Pirates players at Eggspectation at 7am Tuesday, February 27th. Following breakfast is a trip to a Pirates team practice where you can watch practice, take pictures and have a VIP tour of the Pirates locker room.

This Wednesday, Portland Pirates players Tim Brent and Bruno St. Jacques will be at the Maine State Lottery table inside the Maine Mall near Macy's from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The two players will be spinning the Maine State Lottery wheel, taking photos, and signing autographs.

Next home game: Friday, December 22nd - 7:05 PM vs. Providence Bruins

Every Friday is Amato's Future Stars Friday! All you need to do is present your Amato's Future Stars ID card at the ticket window the day of the game or in advance and you will receive one (1) FREE reserved seat. To get your Amato's Future Stars ID card call the Pirates at (207) 828-4665. Friday will also be Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Family Night with the Portland Pirates. Bring the whole family to this Portland Pirates game for just $25! Check out the Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald every Sunday and Thursday before the Friday Family Night game for your Family Night coupon.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

Saturday, December 23rd - 7:05 p.m. vs. Springfield

Holiday Dash for Cash! Enter for your chance to compete in the Holiday $10,000 Dash for Cash, sponsored by the Portland Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center!

Sunday, December 31st - 5:35 PM vs. Hartford

Kids New Years with fireworks sponsored by U.S.Cellular!

After the game, the Pirates will host the largest indoor fireworks show in the state choreographed by the award winning team at Atlas PyroVision Productions.

Pirates Holiday Pack - The Pirates Holiday Pack is back! This year's holiday pack includes five Main Deck flex tickets, an Olympia Sports/Pirates t-shirt and a six inch Extra Value Meal from Subway all for just $50! Holiday Packs are available for a limited time only, to buy now, click here or call the Pirates at (207) 828-4665.

Pirates Birthday Party Presented by Amato's

Make this year's birthday extra special for the little Pirates fan in your family! Our birthday package includes Main Deck tickets to the game as well as pizza, cake and soda in our Captain's Club before the game. The birthday child will receive an autographed puck and a birthday card signed by a Pirates player and every child receives party favors, and much more! Contact Rob Slaughter at (207) 828-4665 ext. 312 to book your birthday party today!

Free Kids Tickets at Wendy's

The Portland Pirates and Wendy's are proud to announce that they have partnered up to offer FREE kids tickets at greater Portland area Wendy's. Pirates fans can visit local Wendy's restaurants and pick up a coupon for a FREE kids ticket to any 2006-07 Pirates home game. In addition, any time the Pirates win a home game, fans can bring their ticket stubs to local Wendy's restaurants - either that night or the following day - to receive a FREE small chili.

Special Offer at Costa Vida

Bring your Portland Pirates ticket stub to Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill and score a free appetizer or dessert with purchase of an entrée.

THE WEEK AHEAD...

Pirates to Deliver Gifts to Local Families

On Tuesday, December 19th Pirates players will deliver gifts purchased by members of the team to local families in need during the holiday season. The Pirates were provided the families through their relationship with the Salvation Army. In total the Pirates will donate close to $1,000 for the families in need.

Pirates to Visit Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

On Thursday, December 21st from 1-2 p.m. the entire Portland Pirates team will make their annual Christmas visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. During this visit the players will donate gifts, sign autographs and giveaway Pirates tickets.

WCSH 6 Coach's Corner

Head Coach Kevin Dineen recently sat down with Lee Goldberg for a brand new edition of coach's corner now produced and presented by WCSH 6 which can be seen at Portland Pirates - Home.

Eye on the Pirates

Every Thursday during the 6 o'clock news on WCSH 6, sports anchor Lee Goldberg focuses on the Pirates top stories and headlines and previews the upcoming weekend.

Pirates players on WJBQ and WBLM

This Thursday at 8:10 a.m. on WJBQ 97.9 FM Pirates forward Zenon Konopka and other Pirates players will be in studio to talk about the Pirates upcoming home games with Meredith, Jeff and Lori. At 8:30 a.m. the players will also be on WBLM 102.9 FM at 8:30 a.m. with "The Captain" and Celeste.

Gillies on FOX Sports Maine

Every Thursday at 4:25 p.m. tune in to Fox Sports Maine (97.5 FM, 1280 AM and 1450 AM) and hear "The Penalty Box" with host John Brubaker and Pirates forward Trevor Gillies.
 

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Wolves Weekly Press Notes

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- CORY LAROSE: Named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 17, 2006, after notching 11 points (5G, 6A) last week ... Recorded an AHL career-high five points in consecutive games on Tuesday against Iowa (3G, 2A) and Friday (2G, 3A) against Omaha, marking the first time a Wolves player accomplished that feat in franchise history ... Ranks third on the squad with 19 points (7G, 12A)

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Extended his point streak to 29 games with an assist on Saturday, which is the second longest streak in AHL history ... Matched a season-high four assists in consecutive games on Tuesday against Iowa and Friday against Omaha ... Posted an assist in 24 of his 29 games this year, which includes a setting a franchise record with a helper in 14 straight contests from Nov. 4 to Dec. 8 ... Paces the AHL with 41 assists and 59 points, shares the league-lead with a +19 plus/minus rating and ranks sixth with 18 goals

--- BRETT STERLING: Tallied five goals in three games last week, which includes two-goal efforts on both Tuesday and Friday ... Paces the AHL with 26 goals, already a franchise record by a rookie and the most by a Wolves player through 29 games in club history ... Accrued 22 markers in his last 17 tilts, which includes notching two or more tallies nine times ... Ranks second in the league with 44 points in 27 games

--- FRED BRATHWAITE: Registered 20 saves on 22 shots in Saturday's shootout loss, which snapped a team season-high eight-game winning streak ... Surrendered just 21 goals over his last nine outings (2.33 per contest) ... Shares seventh in the AHL with 10 wins and has accrued a 10-2-1 mark in 13 appearances this year ... Leads Wolves netminders with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage

HE'S STREAKING!

Right wing DARREN HAYDAR has notched a point in all 29 games this season, which is now just two games shy of tying a 19-year-old AHL record. HAYDAR is just three games short of matching former right wing ROB BROWN's club record of 32 straight outings with at least one point, set in 1996. The Toronto native can match the league record in Houston on Friday and equal the team record at the Allstate Arena on Saturday.

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has posted 20 wins this season, tied for the most in the AHL; the team's 42 points in the standings (20-7-1-1) ranks first in the Western Conference and fourth in the league.

--- Saturday's loss was the Wolves' first in the shootout this season (1-1); Chicago has reached the shootout 142 times in franchise history, posting a 75-67 mark (.528).

--- The Wolves were held to just two goals on Saturday against Milwaukee, snapping a streak that saw the club net at least three markers in 24 straight games.

--- Chicago lit the lamp nine times against Omaha on Friday, the fourth-highest single-game output in franchise history and one shy of matching a season high.

--- The Wolves matched franchise records on Friday with six goals in the second period and 17 player assists in the tilt.

--- Chicago has tickled the twine an AHL-high 139 (4.79 per game) times this season, which is the most in franchise history through 29 outings.

STERLING SILVER

On Tue., Dec. 19, rookie BRETT STERLING will visit the Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, as part of the team's Read to Succeed program sponsored by Fisher Nuts and College Illinois!, which has reached nearly 400,000 children in 10 seasons.

THIS WEEK

Thu., Dec. 21 at San Antonio Rampage AT&T Center 7:00 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 22 at Houston Aeros Toyota Center 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 23 vs. San Antonio Rampage Allstate Arena 7:00 p.m.

ALL GAMES TELECAST LIVE ON COMCAST

To watch or listen to the action live online, log on to chicagowolves.com: Home
 

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Sound Tigers Home for the Holidays

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Lowell Devils 6-4 on Saturday and fell 3-1 to the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday, both at the Arena at Harbor Yard, in their only games, this past week.

The week ahead:

After visiting Norfolk on Wednesday and traveling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, the Sound Tigers return to home ice to play the Manchester Monarchs, in their only visit to the Arena, on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.

Home cooking

The Sound Tigers will be home for four games in the final week-plus of the calendar year. They host the Hershey Bears Tuesday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The 22nd Annual Polar Bear Tournament's Opening Ceremonies will be held that night, beginning at 6 p.m. Girls' hockey players from Connecticut and across the country and Canada will be honored. Connecticut's best rivalry is renewed when the Hartford Wolf Pack visits the Sound Tigers on Friday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. (Bingo Night). The Sound Tigers will host the Albany River Rats at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve, an exciting way to kick off your New Year's celebration.

Dress as Santa, come for free

Saturday night, Dec. 23, is Santa Claus Night. All fans who dress as Santa will watch the game for free.

Get your tickets!

Tickets for all Sound Tigers games start at just $15 for adults and $12 for children (12 and under). Tickets are available at the Arena at Harbor Yard Box Office or by calling the Sound Tigers at 334-4625. Schedule information is available at soundtigers.com.

In the community

Teddy Bear Toss: The Sound Tigers held their annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday. Thousands of teddy bears and other stuffed animals were tossed as part of the yearly event to benefit children battling cancer. The Sound Tigers' players, coaches and staff, joined by AMR, delivered the stuffed animals to children at area hospitals on Monday.

Holiday Party: The Sound Tigers held the First Annual Department of Children and Families Holiday Party at the Arena on Saturday afternoon. Some 350 adoptive children and families were on hand to celebrate the holiday season.

The Gift of Hockey

The Gift of Hockey is an appropriate present for sports fans this holiday season. It includes four ticket vouchers for any Sound Tigers game, an autographed puck and a coupon good for 15 percent off merchandise at the Sound Tigers Team Shop. The Gift of Hockey costs $59.99 for end zone seating (behind the nets) and $89.99 for center ice seating. It's sure to be a well-remembered gift. Fans may purchase the Gift of Hockey through the Sound Tigers office at the Arena at Harbor Yard, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (334-GOAL) or by visiting soundtigers.com.

Birthdays and mascot appearances

Fans interested in celebrating a birthday with the Sound Tigers or having the mascot, Storm, make an appearance at an event, may contact the Sound Tigers at 334-4625 or visit soundtigers.com for more information.

Stick Kid of the Game

Children ages 6-14 have an opportunity to be an honorary Friendly's Stick Kid at an upcoming game. This rare opportunity includes sitting on the Sound Tigers bench during the pregame skate, coupled with complimentary tickets behind the bench for family and friends. Visit soundtigers.com and click on the Friendly's Stick Kid link for entry details.

Free Autographs

Sound Tiger players stick around to sign shirts, photos and other memorabilia in the main concourse behind Section 103 after every home game.

Weekly update

In the standings: The Sound Tigers have a record of 12-10-1-3 and are in fifth place in the division, two points behind Albany.

Comeback kids: The Sound Tigers overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Lowell 6-4 on Saturday. Trailing 3-1 to begin the second period, the Sound Tigers reeled off three goals in a span of 2:27 to take the lead. Lowell tied the game, but Steve Regier's goal to make it 5-4, late in the second, proved to be the game-winner.

Tricky Tambellini: Jeff Tambellini scored three goals in the win over the Devils, Bridgeport's first hat-trick of the campaign. Tambellini leads the team with 15 goals.

Between the pipes: Billy Thompson came off the bench to stop 25 of 26 shots to beat Lowell. Thompson then kicked aside 43 of 46 shots in Sunday's loss to the Admirals.

PK still on top: The Sound Tigers' penalty kill, at 90.7 percent, continues to lead the league. Sunday's lone goal, scored by Allan Rourke, came shorthanded.

Player of the week nominee

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers nominate left wing Jeff Tambellini for the CCM/Vector AHL Player of the Week award. Tambellini had a hat-trick in Saturday's come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Lowell Devils on Saturday night. Tambellini also added an assist for four points and was a plus-3 in the game.

View or listen to the game

Hear Phil Giubileo call all the play-by-play by visiting soundtigers.com clicking on the listen to the game link. Fans may also watch the fast-paced action on the b2 Networks by visiting soundtigers.com and clicking on the b2 link on the far right side of the main Web page.
 

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Bulldogs travel to Manitoba, host Albany

The Hamilton Bulldogs (17-10-0-1) complete their six-game road trip this week with two games in Manitoba, before heading home to battle the Albany River Rats. On Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st, the Bulldogs will be in Manitoba to take on their North Division rivals the Moose (14-13-4-2). Both games start at 8:30 p.m. at the MTS Centre. The 'Dogs then immediately return home for a tilt with the Albany River Rats (14-11-2-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22nd at Copps Coliseum in their last game before the Christmas break.

The 'Dogs posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two games last week. Hamilton opened the week with an 8-4 victory in Rochester against the Americans on Friday night (Dec. 15). The Bulldogs then defeated the Crunch 4-1 in Syracuse on Saturday (Dec. 16). The 'Dogs are currently in second place in the North Division Standings with 35 points in 28 games this season.

WEEK IN REVIEW

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2006 - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 8 @ ROCHESTER AMERICANS 4

Bulldogs Goals: Zack Stortini, Mikhail Grabovski, Dan Jancevski, Mathieu Biron, Andrei Kostitsyn (2), Jonathan Ferland, Francis Lemieux

Americans Goals: Mark Mancari, Janis Sprukts, Clarke MacArthur, Drew Stafford

Goaltending: Hamilton - Yann Danis (W - 28 shots, 24 saves) / Rochester - Adam Dennis (L - 32 shots, 24 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 3-4 / Rochester 1-5

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 2006 - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 4 @ SYRACUSE CRUNCH 1

Bulldogs Goals: Matt D'Agostini, Corey Locke, Jean-Philippe Cote, Mathieu Biron

Crunch Goals: Geoff Platt

Goaltending: Hamilton - Jaroslav Halak (W - 29 shots, 28 saves) / Syracuse - Tomas Popperle (L - 34 shots, 30 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 2-10 / Syracuse 1-8

NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS (As at December 18th, 2006)

Rank Team GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS PCT

1 Rochester Americans 27 20 6 1 0 104 78 41 0.759

2 Hamilton Bulldogs 28 17 10 0 1 99 68 35 0.625

3 Manitoba Moose 33 14 13 4 2 93 100 34 0.515

4 Grand Rapids Griffins 30 12 14 2 2 86 99 28 0.467

5 Toronto Marlies 31 12 15 2 2 90 103 28 0.452

6 Syracuse Crunch 28 8 19 0 1 69 97 17 0.304

PLAYER NOTES - RW Andrei Kostitsyn had six points (2-4-6) in two games last week and was named first star on Friday against Rochester (Dec. 15). Kostitsyn extended his scoring streak to four games (Dec. 9-16) with 11 points (3-8-11) in that span

- C Corey Locke registered four points (1-3-4) on Saturday against Syracuse (Dec. 16) and was named the game's second star

- D Mathieu Biron posted three points (1-2-3) and was a plus-2 in his first two games as a Bulldog this week

- D Jan Hejda notched two assists in his first game as a Bulldog on Friday against Rochester (Dec. 15)

- D Dan Jancevski recorded three points (1-2-3) in two games this week and is currently tied for first in the AHL with a plus-19 rating

PLAYER TRANSACTIONS Monday, December 11th, 2006

- F Maxim Lapierre was recalled by Montreal (NHL) from Hamilton (AHL)

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

- D Mathieu Roy was recalled by Edmonton (NHL) from Hamilton (AHL)

- D Jan Hejda was assigned to Hamilton (AHL) by Edmonton (NHL)

Friday, December 15th, 2006

- D Mathieu Biron, acquired by Montreal (NHL) from San Jose (NHL) in exchange for Patrick Traverse, was assigned to Hamilton (AHL) by Montreal (NHL)

Upcoming Games WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ MANITOBA MOOSE - 8:30 P.M - MTS CENTRE

- This is the third of eight meetings between the Bulldogs and the Moose

- Their last match-up saw Manitoba defeat Hamilton 5-4, giving the Bulldogs a record of 1-1-0-0 against the Moose so far this season.

- In 46 all-time regular season games played against the Moose, the Bulldogs hold a record of 30-13-1-1-1

- Moose centre Brad Moran leads Manitoba in scoring with 36 points (13-23-36) in 28 games this season

- Manitoba is currently in third place in the North Division with a record of 14-13-4-2

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21st - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ MANITOBA MOOSE - 8:30 P.M - MTS CENTRE

- This is the fourth of eight meetings between the Bulldogs and the Moose

- Hamilton centre Duncan Milroy has four goals (4-0-4) and centre Kyle Chipchura has 4 points (1-3-4) against Manitoba through two games this season

- Moose forwards Jess Schultz (2-2-4) and Brad Moran (2-2-4) have 4 points against Hamilton so far this season

- Manitoba goalie Drew MacIntyre has a .917 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.43

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22nd - ALBANY RIVER RATS @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS - 7:30 P.M - COPPS COLISEUM

- This will be the third of four meetings between Hamilton and Albany this season

- The Bulldogs have a record of 1-1-0-0 against the River Rats so far this season

- In 50 all-time regular season games against Albany, Hamilton has a record of 26-18-4-2-0

- River Rats centre Keith Aucoin currently leads Albany with 28 points (10-18-28) in 20 games this season and was recalled to the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)

- The River Rats are currently in 4th place in the East Division with a record of 14-11-2-0

ALUMNI WATCH

There are 45 former Bulldogs who have participated in at least one game for NHL clubs this season. Over 60 percent of all former 'Dogs have played in at least one NHL game. Here are a few highlights and accomplishments of ex-'Dogs from this past week:

- Montreal C Maxim Lapierre (2-1-3) had three points this week in his first three games of the season with one assist vs. Boston (Dec. 12), one goal vs. Tampa Bay (Dec. 14) and one goal vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 16)

- Montreal G Cristobal Huet (13-3-0-3) continues to lead the NHL in save percentage (.932) after stopping 72 of 77 shots in posting two wins last week vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 16) in a 6-3 decision and Tampa Bay (Dec. 14) in a 4-2 victory

- Montreal RW Michael Ryder (9-14-23) had three points (1-2-3) with one goal and a pair of assists vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 16) in a 6-3 win and one assist vs. Boston (Dec. 16) in a 4-3 win

- Edmonton C Jarret Stoll (7-14-21) had the game-winning goal and one assist vs. Minnesota (Dec. 14) in a 3-1 win and one assist vs. Nashville (Dec. 12) in a 3-2 loss

- Edmonton LW Raffi Torres (6-12-18) had a pair of assists vs. Nashville (Dec. 12) in a 3-2 loss and one assist vs. Minnesota (Dec. 14) in a 3-1 win

- Montreal C Tomas Plekanec (3-8-11) had three points with one assist in three separate games vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 16) in a 6-3 win, vs. Tampa Bay (Dec. 14) in a 4-2 win and vs. Boston (Dec. 12) in a 4-3 win

- Toronto LW Chad Kilger (6-6-12) had a pair of goals vs. Tampa Bay (Dec. 12) in a 5-4 win

- Washington D Bryan Muir (2-2-4) doubled his season point total last week with the game-winning goal vs. Philadelphia (Dec. 9) in a 5-3 win and one assist vs. Philadelphia (Dec. 16) in a 4-1 win

- Anaheim D Francois Beauchemin (4-8-12) had one goal and one assist vs. Florida (Dec. 12) in a 5-4 win

- Edmonton RW Fernando Pisani (6-6-12) had one goal and one assist vs. Nashville (Dec. 12) in a 3-2 loss

- Detroit RW Daniel Cleary (5-7-12) had one goal vs. Chicago (Dec. 14) in a 3-2 win and one assist vs. Ottawa (Dec. 12) in a 3-2 loss

- Boston G Tim Thomas (13-8-0-2) had 26 saves vs. New Jersey (Dec. 14) in a 5-3 win

- Montreal C Garth Murray (0-1-1) registered his first point of the season with an assist vs. Tampa Bay (Dec. 14) in a 4-2 win

TUNE IN TO Every Game on the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network

Fans can listen to every 'Dogs game this season on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 820 CHAM "The Legend." Fans can also listen to or watch every home and away game online at Hamilton Bulldogs :: Bulldogs. To watch or listen online, click on the 'B2 Networks' or '820 CHAM' icon on the 'Dogs website. Ellery Award-winning broadcaster Derek Wills calls the play-by-play of all 80 regular season games, while Al Craig provides the colour commentary for all home games and select road games.

"B2 Power Play" packages are now available for purchase. They provide fans with a chance to watch every game of their favourite team, free access to the AHL Game of the Week and exclusive weekly highlights. And in addition to broadband viewing on personal computers, B2 Power Play will also be available on the new B2toGO network, allowing fans to watch American Hockey League games on cell phones and other wireless devices. A full season package costs $160 billed monthly at $20 per month or fans can pay for the season in full for $150. B2toGO, a service delivering live games and highlights to cell phones and hand-held Pads, are now available for purchase for a full season price of $56 over 8 instalments or $50 if paid in full. Fans who purchase "B2 Power Play" will be eligible to add "B2toGo" for only an additional $25.

TICKETS

Hamilton Bulldogs tickets are on sale now! Individual game tickets are available at Copps Coliseum Box Office (in-person sales only), all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ca or at select Sports Obsession locations. For information on season or group tickets visit Hamilton Bulldogs :: Bulldogs, or call (905) 529-8500 or 1-866-DOGS-TIX.

BULLDOGS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Wednesday, December 20th - Hamilton Bulldogs at Manitoba Moose - 8:30 p.m. - MTS Centre

Thursday, December 21st - Hamilton Bulldogs at Manitoba Moose - 8:30 p.m. - MTS Centre

Friday, December 22nd - Albany River Rats at Hamilton Bulldogs - 7:30 p.m. - Copps Coliseum
 

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Stars schedule extra broadcasts

Stars schedule extra broadcasts
12/18/06 - American Hockey League (AHL) Iowa Stars

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DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars President John Pettit, in conjunction with Mediacom, announced the schedule for the most recent edition of the Iowa Stars television show, Iowa Stars Extra.

The Stars current version of Iowa Stars Extra will air on Mediacom this Monday, December 18th. Monday's broadcast time is scheduled for 4:30 PM. The show will also air on Thursday, December 21st at 9:30 PM, and on Friday, December 22nd at 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

The show will include the following Stars: Forwards Marty Sertich, Vojtech Polak, Defenseman Greg Amadio and Stars Head Coach Dave Allison. The most recent edition of Captain's Corner has two very 'lucky' Stars players that get put-on-the-spot by Iowa Stars Captain Marty Wilford. Wilford invites Defenseman Nicklas Grossman and Forward Marius Holtet to join him in the Swede vs. Norwegian 'hot seat'.

The Connections Channel is Mediacom's statewide network that provides Iowans with coverage of state and local sports and community events. It is located at channel 22 for most areas of the state. Check local listing for your community's Mediacom Connections Channel (Ch. 74 in Iowa City; Ch. 18 in Northwest Iowa).

IOWA STARS INFO: The Stars wrap-up their four-game road trip with a Wednesday evening game in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They return to Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, December 22nd. The Dec. 22nd game is a 4 for $40 night. Get four $21 tickets for only $40! In addition, the first 1,500 fans will receive a FREE Iowa Stars Santa hat. Doors open for all home games one hour before face-off. Bring a group or hold your child's birthday at a Stars game! All ticketing information can be obtained by calling 515-23-STARS or by visiting IowaStarsHockey.com.
 

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Phantoms spreading holiday cheer

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phantoms announced today that they are teaming up with the United Way to bring holiday cheer to some less-fortunate children in Philadelphia.

The entire Phantoms roster is taking part in a holiday party for children currently being assisted by AchievAbility, a Philadelphia agency that helps families get out of homelessness and poverty and find their way to self-sufficiency. Twenty children from AcheivAbility submitted short wish lists to the United Way of items they wanted as gifts for the holiday season. Each Phantoms player has been assigned one child to provide gifts off those lists.

On Wednesday, December 20, the kids and their families will be brought to the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees via a motor coach donated by Academy Bus Tours. They will arrive at 12 PM, where the Phantoms will be waiting for them with a pizza party. The players will then meet their respective child and will present their gifts, while also spending time with the group as a whole. The event is open to the media and is slated to run until approximately 12:45.

The Phantoms return to the ice this Friday, December 22 when they host the Binghamton Senators at 7:05 PM. It's a Toys for Tots donation night, with representatives from the Marine Corps on hand to take donations of new, unwrapped toys.

As always, 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.
 

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Aeros Weekly Report

Coming Attractions - Home game Friday!

Call 713.974.PUCK today to order your $20 center ice tickets (normally $30) or $15 corner tickets (normally $22) for any of the three remaining December home games. Also, for information on Aeros Holiday Stuffers, Voucher Packs or Aeros merchandise (all make great Christmas gifts!), please call 713.974.PUCK.

FRI, vs. CHI, 7:35 p.m.

Miss Aeros 2006 Appearance

It's your last chance to meet and have your picture taken with Miss Aeros 2006 Amber Sine before she hands over her crown next week. The Aeros have lost four in a row against the Wolves after winning the previous five. Houston hasn't lost four straight in regulation versus Chicago since November 6, 1999-March 19, 2000. The Wolves have taken both meetings so far this season by a combined 11-5 margin, including a 4-2 victory at Toyota Center on November 1. Houston is 38-28-14-4 all-time against Chicago, including a 23-9-8-2 home mark. The Wolves are leading the West Division with a 20-7-1-1 mark, including a stellar 12-3-0-0 road mark. Chicago, which leads the AHL in scoring at 4.79 goals per game, has outscored its opponents 81-46 on the road. Wolves RW Darren Haydar paces the league in scoring with 59 points (18-41=59), including a point in each of Chicago's first 29 games. Next is the recalled C Jason Krog (19-33=52) and rookie sensation LW Brett Sterling (26-18=44).

Don't forget, Guns 'N Hoses Night is Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 7:05 p.m. when the Aeros take on San Antonio at Toyota Center. Call 713.974.PUCK today to sponsor a group of Houston's firemen and policemen for as little as $9 per ticket.

All Aeros games are broadcast live on KNTH 1070-AM and through Aeros.com. For $6, you can also watch the game live via B2 Networks. Visit Aeros.com 10 minutes prior to gametime to order.

Player of the Week G Josh Harding

12/13 vs. MTB 24-28, L 1-4

12/14 at SAN 41-42, W 3-1

12/16 vs. MTB 38-39, W 3-1

Totals - 3gp, 2-1-0, 2.00 gaa, .945 save pct.

In winning two straight games to end the week, recorded 1.00 gaa and a .975 save pct., stopping 79-of-81 shots...Sports a 2-3-2 December record despite posting a 2.34 gaa and a .930 save pct...Has appeared in eight straight games, which is only halfway to the 16 he played in to begin the season...Ranks tied for eighth in AHL in gaa (2.37) and tied for fourth in save pct. (.924)...Is tied for fourth in wins (11)...Leads circuit in games played (27), minutes (1,598), shots faced (830) and saves (767).

Notables -

Houston is 11-4-0-2 when scoring three goals or more, and just 1-10-0-1 when scoring two or fewer.

Aeros second-year winger Joel Ward made his NHL debut Saturday with Minnesota, which lost 2-1 in Vancouver. Ward was in the Wild's starting lineup.

Houston has killed off all 12 shorthanded chances in its last two games to move to third in the AHL on the penalty kill at 87.1 percent. The Aeros also scored their fourth shorthanded goal Saturday against Manitoba.

Aeros RW Mattias Weinhandl has posted points in each of his first two games with the team. He scored a goal on his first shot Thursday in San Antonio, and assisted on Bryan Lundbohm's shorthanded goal Saturday versus Manitoba.

Affiliation News

The National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild lost all three games on a Northwest Division road trip last week...This week, Minnesota is at home versus Vancouver on Tuesday, in Detroit on Friday and at home against the Red Wings on Saturday...C Wyatt Smith has two assists in 19 games...RW Joel Ward has made his NHL debut Saturday in Vancouver, recording an even rating on 13 shifts and 7:47 of ice time. Ward had one shot, one hit and a blocked shot..

The ECHL's Texas Wildcatters took two of three home games from Phoenix last week to move to an American Conference-best 17-5-2-0...The Wildcatters rank tied for first in the entire ECHL with 36 points, and their .750 points percentage trails only Stockton (.795) for the top spot in the league...Texas plays at Pensacola this Friday and Saturday...F Kevin Baker (18-12=30), who attended Aeros camp, leads the ECHL in goals and is tied for eighth in points...C Marco Rosa is tied for fourth in the team with 23 points (10-13=23) despite missing six games due to a call-up to Houston... D Paul Albers(5-13=18) and D Mike Madill (1-16=17), both Minnesota Wild contracts, are the top two scoring rookies on the team... F Mark Rooneem has eight points (5-3=8) in 23 games...F Riley Emmerson has 52 PIM's in 18 games...G Miroslav Kopriva is 4-1-0 with a 2.95 gaa and a .907 save pct. in nine games...G Matt Yeats, who attended Aeros camp, is 13-4-2 with a 3.10 gaa and a .910 save pct.

The Central Hockey League's Austin Ice Bats went 2-1-0-0 last week and are 10-9-4, in fourth place in the Southeast Division...RW Michael Tucciarone, who attended the Aeros' training camp in September, is fifth on the team in scoring (7-8=15).

Aeros win two of three

MTB 4, HOU 1; HOU 3, SAN 1; HOU 3, MTB 1

Wednesday: Drew McIntyre made 35 stops for his third straight win, and former Aero defensemen Maxime Fortunus and Dustin Wood each scored a goal, as the Manitoba Moose topped Houston 4-1 at Toyota Center. Nathan Smith and Adam Keefe also scored for Manitoba. Erik Reitz scored a goal and Josh Harding made 24 saves for Houston.

Thursday: 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.

Saturday: Josh Harding made 38 saves and Josh Olson and Bryan Lundbohm scored first period goals, as the Houston Aeros earned their second straight win, 3-1 over the Manitoba Moose on Teddy Bear Toss Night at Toyota Center. Peter Olvecky snapped a 32-game drought without a goal for Houston.
 

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Monarchs Report

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

At Portland (12/15): Center Tim Brent scored a goal and collected two assists as the Portland Pirates topped the Manchester Monarchs, 3-1, at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday night. Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Right wing Pierre Parenteau and forward Ryan Carter tallied for the Pirates. Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera took his 10th loss of the season stopping 17 shots. Pirates netminder Nathan Marsters earned the win with 24 saves. Manchester went 0-for-2 on the power play. Portland was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

At Worcester (12/16): Left wing Matt Moulson scored twice to lead the Manchester Monarchs over the Worcester Sharks, 3-2, at the DCU Center on Saturday night. Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev scored his fourth tally of the season for the game-winner. The Sharks collected goals from center Tom Cavanagh and defenseman Garrett Stafford. Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera earned the win with 27 saves. Sharks netminder Nolan Schaefer took the loss stopping 19 shots. Manchester went 1-for-4 on the power play. Worcester was 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

Vs. Hartford (12/17): Center Patrick O'Sullivan scored twice and goaltender Jason LaBarbera stopped 29-of-30 shots to lift the Manchester Monarchs over the Hartford Wolf Pack, 2-1, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday evening. Center Brandon Dubinsky scored the lone goal for the Wolf Pack. Hartford's netminder Stephen Valiquette took the loss with 23 saves. Manchester went 2-for-3 on the power play. Hartford was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

The Monarchs (14-9-5-1) are in second place in the Atlantic Division with 34 points.

Manchester has a home record of 9-4-4-0 and a road record of 5-5-1-1.

The Monarchs power play is ranked seventh in the AHL after 29 games with a 20.1-percent man advantage scoring percentage. Manchester has scored 32 goals on 159 opportunities so far this season with the man advantage

Manchester's penalty kill is ranked 21st in the league after letting in 32 goals on 158 situations when the team has been down a man for a 79.7 percentage.

The Monarchs are currently on a four-game win streak at home, winning four games at the Verizon Wireless Arena since December 3.

Manchester is also unbeaten in regulation on home ice in their last 10 games with a record of 7-0-3-0.

Left wing Noah Clarke leads the Monarchs in scoring with 21 points (10-11=21).

Clarke's ten goals are tied for the team lead with center Patrick O'Sullivan.

Clarke is tied with center Michael Cammalleri (71) on the all-time goals scored category for the Monarchs with 71 apiece. The 5-foot-9, 192-pound native of LaVerne, California, has 71 goals in 228 Monarchs games from 2002-2006. Clarke has not scored a goal in the last 10 games.

Clarke is in first place on the Monarchs all-time list with 23 power play goals.

O'Sullivan (10-8=18) is in third place in scoring for the Monarchs.

Sunday's game against the Hartford Wolf Pack was O'Sullivan's 100th AHL game with the Houston Aeros and Monarchs. He scored both goals in the Monarchs 2-1 win.

Defenseman T.J. Kemp leads Manchester's blueliners with 19 points (2-17=19) and is ranked second on the Monarchs squad in scoring.

Kemp is also ranked sixth among AHL defensemen with 19 points.

Rookie Kemp also leads the Monarchs in assists with 17.

Left wing Matt Moulson (7-8=15) is tied for fourth on the Monarchs roster with defenseman Peter Harrold (2-13=15) with 15 points apiece.

Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev (4-9=13) recorded a three-game goal scoring streak from December 9 through December 16, the longest of his professional career.

Pushkarev is currently on a six-game scoring streak collecting six points (4-2=6) in his last six games, the longest scoring streak by a Monarchs player this season.

Sunday's game was Pushkarev's 100th professional game. He's played in 99 games with the Monarchs and one game with the Los Angeles Kings over the last two seasons (2005-present).

Left wing Jeff Giuliano collected his 50th assist with the Monarchs on Saturday night against the Worcester Sharks. He's played in 233 Monarchs games over the last five seasons and has recorded 75 points (25-50=75).

Goaltender Jason LaBarbera ranks second in the league among minutes played with 1,469 minutes in 25 games.

LaBarbera is ranked second in the AHL in the saves category with 745 on the season.

LaBarbera is also second in the league with a save-percentage of .929 and he is seventh among goaltenders with a goals-against-average of 2.33.

LaBarbera has played in 210 AHL games with the Monarchs and Wolf Pack. He has a record of 105-65-20, a goals-against-average of 2.16 and a save-percentage of .926 in 11,650 minutes of work between the pipes and 5,239 saves in the AHL.

TRANSACTIONS

12-16-06 The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) recalled goaltender Ryan Munce from the Reading Royals (ECHL).
12-16-06 The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) released goaltender Jason Poirier from his professional tryout agreement.
12-15-06 The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
12-15-06 The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed goaltender Jason Poirier to a professional tryout agreement.
12-13-06 The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned defenseman Peter Harrold to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

INJURIES

No players are currently injured.
 

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Upper Bowl New Year's Eve Tickets vs. Syracuse Crunch available

The Manitoba Moose would like to advise the media 9,322 tickets have already been sold to the New Year's Eve game between the Moose and Syracuse Crunch which begins at 4:00 p.m. at the MTS Centre.

As a result, tickets are now available in the upper bowl.

Fans are reminded of the opportunity to come down to the MTS Centre to get their New Year's Eve started, as fireworks will follow the American Hockey League action.

Tickets for New Year's Eve are still available either through individual ticket sales for through the "Home of Hockey" Ticket Package at 987-PUCK (7825), by at TicketMaster at 780-333 or online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more.
 

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Iowa Stars weekly

The Iowa Stars weekly radio show, Iowa Stars Weekly, will not air today December 18th. Also due to the Holiday season, Iowa Stars Weekly will not return to Kreiger's Hometown Sports Grill in West Des Moines till January 8th at 6:00 PM.

IOWA STARS EXTRA BROADCASTS

Stars TV Show Airs This Week

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars President John Pettit, in conjunction with Mediacom, announced the schedule for the most recent edition of the Iowa Stars television show, Iowa Stars Extra.

The Stars current version of Iowa Stars Extra will air on Mediacom this Monday, December 18th. Monday's broadcast time is scheduled for 4:30 PM. The show will also air on Thursday, December 21st at 9:30 PM, and on Friday, December 22nd at 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

Upcoming Home Games

The Iowa Stars play four home games over the Holiday season starting with a rematch of last year's West Division Semi-final against the Milwaukee Admirals on December 22nd at 7:05 PM.

December 22nd vs. Milwaukee Admirals, 7:05 PM

Friday is 4 For $40 Night with the Iowa Stars. Bring down the family and get 4 lower bowl tickets for only $40. Also the first 1,500 fans will receive a Free Iowa Stars Santa Hat. Kids also have one more chance to see Santa before the big night.

December 26th vs. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, 7:05 PM

Want to take the family out for one more holiday gathering before they leave town? Make your way down to Wells Fargo Arena for Every Kid Gets A Gift Night, Bad Gift Night, and 2 For 1 Tuesday. All kids that attend the game will receive a gift from the Iowa Stars. Fans, bring down an unwanted gift from the holidays, donate it to charity, and receive a discounted ticket to a future Stars game. Students and members of the military remember it is Tuesday which means it is 2 For 1 Tuesday. Bring down your valid school or military ID and get two $21 tickets for the price of one. It's Getaway Tuesday as well. One lucky fan in attendace will win round trip airfare for two to Las Vegas courtesy of Allegiant Air.

December 30th vs. Milwaukee Admirals, 7:05 PM

The Milwaukee Admirals return to Wells Fargo Arena for the second time in a week to take on the Iowa Stars at 7:05 PM. This will be the second trip the Admirals have made to downtown Des Moines. Make your way down to Wells Fargo Arena and help cheer your Stars on to victory. The Stars will be sporting their Black Third Jerseys for the second time.

December 31st vs. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, 7:30 PM

Come and celebrate New Years Eve with the Iowa Stars and ImaginEve. From 2:00 - 6:30 PM take the kids to ImaginEve at Hy-Vee Hall. ImaginEve is the an alcohol free event with inflatables, games, clowns, and much more. Fireworks start at 6:30 PM. After ImaginEve, make your way across the street to Wells Fargo Arena as the Stars take on their Division rivals the Omaha Knights. Kids who attend the ImaginEve event will get a special $5 ticket to the game that night. The world famous ZOOperstars will be in town to entertain the crowd with their wild on-ice act. Special start time for Sunday's game is 7:30 PM.
 

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Phantoms Weekly

UPCOMING OPPONENTS

Friday, Dec. 22 - Phantoms vs. Binghamton, 7:05: The Binghamton Senators return to the Wachovia Spectrum for the second of four times this season. The Senators enter the week with a record of 9-17-1-2 for 21 points, tying them with the Phantoms for sixth place in the East Division. Former Phantoms defenseman Charlie Cook has three goals and six assists for nine points in 24 games for Binghamton this season. Jeff Heerema leads the Baby Sens with 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 29 games.

Saturday, Dec. 23 - Phantoms at Hershey, 7:00: Philadelphia visits Hershey for the second of six times this season, and the first of two games there in less than a week. The Phantoms head to Chocolatetown again on Dec. 27. The Bears came away from the Spectrum on Friday with a 3-1 win. Alexandre Giroux is the team's leading scorer with 21 goals and 11 assists for 32 points in 27 games, and has a plus-12 rating. Hershey starts the week tied for second place in both the AHL and the East Division with 43 points, one behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and equal to the Norfolk Admirals. The Bears hold a record of 18-3-3-4.

Tickets for all Phantoms regular season games are now available! As always, kids tickets for all Phantoms games are just $8.00. Purchase online at phantomshockey.com or to charge by phone, call 1-800-298-4200.

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION THIS FRIDAY

The Phantoms are teaming up again with the Marine Corps to collect toys for their annual Toys for Tots drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game vs. Binghamton on Friday and place it in the collection bin, and it will go to a less-fortunate child for the holidays!

SANTA SACKS GOING FAST

The 2006 Phantoms Santa Sacks are still available for your favorite hockey fan, but quantities are limited! For just $70, Santa Sacks include four tickets to a January Phantoms game and a special Phantoms stick signed by one of nine Phantoms alumni - Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Antero Niitymaki, Ben Eager, Joni Pitkanen, Freddy Meyer, Alexandre Picard, R.J. Umberger, or Randy Jones! Also available are two special coaches sticks - one signed by Flyers head coach John Stevens and assistant Craig Berube, or one signed by two Stanley Cup winners - Phantoms head coach Kjell Samuelsson and assistant Joe Mullen. Santa sacks are available now at phantomshockey.com. Quantities of each player are limited, so order today!

HANDPRINTS A HIT

The Phantoms helped raise over $6,000 for the Children's Miracle Network at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia through the sale of "Helping Hands" cards via auction at Sunday's game. Phantoms players used paint to make handprints on 11x14 cards, which were then framed and put up for auction. Also included in the auction were coaches Kjell Samuelsson and Joe Mullen and Flyers players Peter Forsberg, Antero Niittymaki, Mike Richards, and now former Flyer Freddy Meyer.

CHUCK YOUR PUCKS

Phantoms Charities continues this Friday with its Chuck O' Puck promotion in the second intermission. The Phantoms Wives are sponsoring the event, which will happen at every Friday game over the rest of the season. Pucks are $2 apiece or three for $5, and fans can use their skill to toss those pucks on the ice in the second intermission. The puck closest to the target will win half of the monies raised on the evening, while the other half will go to Phantoms Charities.

PHANTOMS TO HELP KIDS FROM ACHIEVABILITY

This week, the Phantoms are teaming up with the United Way to give gifts to kids currently in housing at AchievAbility, a Philadelphia agency that helps families move from homelessness to housing and self-sufficiency. Each player has been assigned a child and is providing one to three gifts off a list the child submitted. The kids are being bussed from Philadelphia to the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, NJ through a bus donated by Academy Bus Tours. The players will have a pizza party and gift-giving with the kids following practice.

CHOP WELCOMES PHANTOMS

Also this week, the Phantoms will make their annual holiday visit to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The entire team will make its way through the facility on Thursday beginning at 1:15 PM to greet children there.

PHANTOMS NOTABLES

Martin Houle was recalled by the Flyers today and Rejean Beauchemin was returned to the Phantoms. Those marked the 89th and 90th transactions of the season for the Phantoms. Last year, the Phantoms had 166 transactions for the entire season... Sean Collins played the weekend for the Phantoms after signing a PTO on Friday night. He had three assists and an even rating in three games before being sent back to ECHL Wheeling following Sunday's game. Collins was in second place on the ECHL scoring list when he joined the Phantoms on Friday... Jeff Corey of Toronto and Tony Voce of Philadelphia participated in an honorary puck drop on Sunday. Corey is a native of the Philly suburb of Boothwyn, and both Corey and Voce are graduates of the Philadelphia Little Flyers. A player from the Little Flyers dropped the first puck.

CATCH SATURDAY'S GAME ON 610WIP.COM

Saturday's game at Hershey can be heard live on WIP's Internet audio stream at 610 WIP Sports Talk Radio | Philadelphia. Mike Thornton will have the call of the game on the WIP stream, as well as on the B2 Networks.

B2 RETURNS

Every Phantoms game this season is being broadcast with streaming video through the league's partnership with B2 Networks. A ticket for the game is $6, which allows fans to watch the game via a broadband Internet connection from their own homes! B2 is offering the new Power Play package this season, which offers fans the opportunity to purchase a season pass to all 80 games for as little as $150, a savings of almost 70 percent off the regular price. Visit Phantoms Hockey - A Spirited Website for more details.

TICKET INFORMATION

All kids tickets for all Phantoms games are just $8. To purchase, go to phantomshockey.com or call 1-800-298-4200.

UPCOMING OPPONENTS

Date Opponent Site Time

Friday, Dec. 22 Binghamton Senators Wachovia Spectrum 7:05

Saturday, Dec. 23 Hershey Bears GIANT Center 7:00

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Date Opponent Site W-L Score

Wednesday, Dec. 13 Hartford Wolf Pack Hartford Civic Center L 3-2

Friday, Dec. 15 Hershey Bears Wachovia Spectrum L 3-1

Saturday, Dec. 16 W-B/S Penguins Wachovia Arena L 7-1

Sunday, Dec. 17 Toronto Marlies Wachovia Spectrum W 5-3

RECORD: 10-16-1-0, 21 pts, 6th, East Division
 

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Ellis Receives call to Red Wings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled center Matt Ellis from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

In his forth season with the club, the Griffins' captain currently places third on the roster with 19 points in 30 games, while matching Kip Miller with a team-leading 10 goals. Known for his workhorse attitude, Ellis has played a vital role as a top penalty killer for the Griffins and has already notched two shorthanded goals this season, pushing his team-best career total to nine.

Ellis, 25, will be available to make his NHL debut tonight when the Red Wings visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m. Should he make an appearance, he will become the 83rd Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
 

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Wolves Larose Garners Player of the Week Honors

Chicago Wolves center CORY LAROSE has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 17, 2006, becoming already the third player on the squad to be honored with the award this season.

LAROSE notched 11 points (5G, 6A) in three games last week, which includes becoming the first player in franchise history to record consecutive five-point outings on Tuesday and Friday.

The 31-year-old forward netted an AHL career-high five points with a hat trick and two assists in Tuesday's 7-3 win against Iowa then followed it up by notching two goals and three helpers in Friday's 9-1 victory over Omaha. He finished the week by dishing out an assist in Saturday's shootout loss against Milwaukee.

The Campbellton, New Brunswick, native ranks third on the squad with 19 points (7G, 12A) and has accrued 20 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 13 contests this season. LAROSE has appeared in 322 career AHL games, racking up 105 goals, 165 assists, 270 points and 280 penalty minutes from 2001 to 2006 with the Houston Aeros, Hartford Wolfpack and Wolves.

LAROSE registered 63 points (26G, 37A) in 80 games in 2004-05 during his first stint with the Wolves. That year, he tied for first on the team with 12 postseason points (6G, 6A) to help lead Chicago to an appearance in the 2005 Calder Cup Finals.

LAROSE joins DARREN HAYDAR and JASON KROG as the team's third player to be honored with AHL player of the week honors this season. Haydar captured the award for the period ending Oct. 22, 2006 while KROG earned it for the period ending Nov. 5, 2006.

In recognition of his achievement, LAROSE will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Wolves home game.
 

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Iowa adds to blueline

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White announced early this afternoon that the Iowa Stars have signed Defenseman Matt DeMarchi (duh-MAR-key). Keeping with club policy, terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

The 25-year-old DeMarchi comes to the Iowa Stars after beginning the 2006-07 season with EHC Straubing in Germany and then with Sibir Novosibirsk in the Russian Super League.

A native of Bemidji, Minnesota, the left-handed blueliner began his professional career with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League, playing 169 career games with the New York-based New Jersey Devils affiliate. He had seven goals, 27 assists and 235 penalty minutes with the River Rats: 169(7/27/34)235. Prior to playing for Albany, the 6-3, 190-pounder enjoyed a four-year career with the University of Minnesota, posting 48 points in 158 games for the Gophers: 158(16/32/48)158.

He also played in 87 games for the now-defunct North Iowa Huskies (USHL) from 1997-1999. The Huskies relocated to Cedar Rapids for the 1999-2000 season.

DeMarchi was New Jersey's second round selection, 57th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

IOWA STARS INFO: The Stars wrap-up their four-game road trip with a Wednesday evening game in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They return to Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, December 22nd. The Dec. 22nd game is a 4 for $40 night. Get four $21 tickets for only $40! In addition, the first 1,500 fans will receive a FREE Iowa Stars Santa hat. Doors open for all home games one hour before face-off. Bring a group or hold your child's birthday at a Stars game! All ticketing information can be obtained by calling 515-23-STARS or by visiting IowaStarsHockey.com.
 
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