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Iowa's Lessard named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Iowa Stars right wing Junior Lessard has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending October 8, 2006. In two games, Lessard scored two goals and assisted on three others as the Stars earned a pair of road wins against West Division foes.

On Saturday night in San Antonio, Lessard scored the first of Iowa's three first-period goals, then assisted on the game-winning tally midway through the third period as the Stars opened with a 5-4 victory over the Rampage. On Sunday in Houston, Lessard gave Iowa the lead with his second-period goal, then picked up two assists in the third as the Stars rallied for a 6-3 win over the Aeros.

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

A native of St.-Joseph-de-Beauce, Que., Lessard is beginning his third professional season after signing with the Dallas Stars out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2004. Lessard, who earned the Hobey Baker Award as the outstanding player in U.S. college hockey as a senior, tallied 26 goals and 31 assists for 57 points in 66 games with Iowa last season, while also recording one goal in five NHL games with Dallas. Lessard, 26, has totaled 39 goals and 45 assists for 84 points in 139 career AHL contests.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Binghamton left wing Arttu Luttinen, Bridgeport forward Blake Comeau, Chicago center Jason Krog, Grand Rapids right wing Brendan Brooks, Hartford defenseman Marvin Degon, Hershey forward Joey Tenute, Houston center Ben Thomson, Manchester goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Manitoba center Brad Moran, Omaha center David Moss, Peoria left wing Jon DiSalvatore, Philadelphia right wing Stefan Ruzicka, Providence right wing Kris Versteeg, Rochester left wing Daniel Paille, San Antonio center Yanick Lehoux, Springfield right wing Norm Milley, Syracuse left wing Darcy Verot, Toronto goaltender Jean-Francois Racine, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Jonathan Filewich and Worcester left wing Mathieu Darche.
 

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Coyotes Recall Yandle From San Antonio

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have recalled rookie defenseman Keith Yandle from the San Antonio Rampage - the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Yandle, 20, has registered two assists and four penalty minutes (PIM) in two games with San Antonio this season.

The Boston, Massachusetts native is in his first professional season after leading all Canadian Hockey League (CHL) defensemen in scoring and being named CHL Defenseman of the Year in 2005-06. Yandle registered 25-59-84 and 109 PIM in 66 games with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in last season. He ranked T-2nd in goals and 2nd in assists among CHL defensemen. Yandle also ranked T-4th in the QMJHL in plus/minus at +50.

Yandle led Moncton to a first-place finish in the QMJHL and a trip to the Memorial Cup Finals last season. The 6-2, 195-pound blueliner was honored with the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL's best defenseman and received the Telus Trophy as the league's defensive player of the year. Yandle was also named to the QMJHL's First All-Star Team.

Yandle was a CHL rookie last season. Previously, he played in 34 games for Cushing Academy in Massachusetts (USHS) in 2004-05, registering 14-40-54 and 52 PIM. Yandle was a New England prep school First Team All-Star in 2004 and 2005.

Yandle was selected by the Coyotes in the 4th round (105th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Yandle will join the Coyotes in time for their game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time and will be broadcast on FSN Arizona and The Fan AM 1060.
 

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Bulldogs host Calder Cup champions Bears on Friday

The Hamilton Bulldogs play two games this week beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13th, when they host the Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears (1-0-0-0) at Copps Coliseum. The Bulldogs then travel to Albany for their first road game of the season on Saturday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. against the River Rats (1-1-0-0) at Pepsi Arena. Hamilton heads into the week after beating the Manitoba Moose 5-3 in their home and season opener on Friday, October 6th.

BULLDOGS HONOUR BILL STURRUP

The original voice and legendary announcer of the Hamilton Bulldogs Bill Sturrup was honoured last week prior to the 2006-2007 home opener against the Manitoba Moose on Friday, October 6th. In a pregame ceremony, the 'Dogs renamed their press box: "The Bill Sturrup Press Box" in honour of the Dundas resident. Hamilton Bulldogs Honourary Ambassador and hockey hall-of-famer Harry Howell and City of Hamilton Councilor Phil Bruckler were on hand for the presentation.

Sturrup, who has mentored hundreds of voices in news, sports and entertainment; has been involved with many notary institutions that include the: Canusa Games, Golden Horeshoe Athlete of the Year, Hamilton Cardinals and Hamilton Thunderbirds. This will be Sturrup's 11th season announcing and introducing Hamilton players, officials and special guests with his unique and personal touch that he has crafted through numerous minor and professional sporting events over the many years.


DEREK WILLS ON "OTR"

Hamilton Bulldogs Manager of Broadcasting and Communications / Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills will be a guest on the popular TSN program "Off the Record" with Michael Landsberg tonight (Tueday, October 10, 2006) at 6:00 p.m.

Making his third appearance on "OTR" since June 16th, Wills is scheduled to be joined by TSN Hockey analyst Darren Dreger, former Florida Panthers defenceman Paul Laus, WBE U.S. Welterweight Champion Michael Post and Jeff Marek, Toronto Radio Co-Host of 'Leafs Lunch' on AM 640. Today's program will air at 6:00 p.m. and is scheduled to repeat at 3:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11th.


WEEK IN REVIEW

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th - MANITOBA MOOSE 3 @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS 5
Bulldogs Goals: Duncan Milroy, Michael Lambert, Jonathan Ferland, Zack Stortini, Maxim Lapierre
Moose Goals: Jesse Schultz, Brad Moran, Rick Rypien
Goaltending: Hamilton - Yann Danis (W - 32 shots, 29 saves) / Manitoba - Julien Ellis (L - 29 shots, 24 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 2-9 / Manitoba 1-7



PLAYER NOTES

- With a victory over the Manitoba Moose (Oct. 6th), G Yann Danis became the Bulldogs' all-time franchise leader with 48 career wins, surpassing former netminder Steve Passmore
- C Kyle Chipchura was named first-star against the Moose (Oct. 6th) after registering two points (0-2-2), including an assist on Zack Stortini's game-winning goal
- RW Duncan Milroy scored the first goal of the season for the Bulldogs with a power-play goal at 4:21 of the first period against the Moose (Oct 6th)
- C Maxim Lapierre recorded two points (1-1-2), including an empty-net goal versus Manitoba (Oct. 6th)


BULLDOGS PLAYER TRANSACTIONS: OCTOBER 2ND - OCTOBER 9TH

Monday, October 2nd, 2006
- D Mathieu Roy assigned to Hamilton (AHL) from Edmonton (NHL)

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
- D Patrick Traverse assigned to Hamilton (AHL) from Montreal (NHL)
- C Cory Urquhart assigned to Cinncinnati (ECHL) from Hamilton (AHL)
- LW Jimmy Bonneau assigned to Cincinnati (ECHL) from Hamilton (AHL)


UPCOMING GAMES

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH - HERSHEY BEARS @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS - 7:30 P.M. - COPPS COLISEUM
- This game marks the first of two meetings between the 'Dogs and the Bears this season
- In 20 all-time regular season meetings with Hershey, Hamilton has a record of 6-11-3-0
- Hershey posted a record of 2-0-0-0 over Hamilton last season
- The Bears were the Calder Cup Champions last season beating the Milwaukee Admirals in six games in the Calder Cup final
- Bears goalie Frederic Cassivi lead the American Hockey League last season with 34 wins

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ ALBANY RIVER RATS - 7:00 P.M. - PEPSI ARENA
- This game marks the first of four meetings between Hamilton and Albany this season
- In 48 all-time regular season meetings with the River Rats, the Bulldogs have a record of 25-19-4-0
- Hamilton and Albany did not meet last season
- The River Rats finished seventh in the Atlantic Division, 13th overall in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-48-4-3 in 80 games last season
- River Rats C Keith Aucoin was the Lowell Lock Monster's leading scorer last season with 85 points (29-56-85)


ALUMNI WATCH

There are over 50 former Hamilton Bulldogs currently playing for NHL teams. Here are a few highlights of the accomplishments of ex-'Dogs from this past week:

- C Chris Higgins and RW Michael Ryder both scored shootout goals as the Montreal Canadiens picked up their first victory of the season with a 3-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs
- LW Chad Kilger scored two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 6-0
- C Shawn Horcoff had two assists in two games with the Edmonton Oilers
- D Greg de Vries had an assist in a 6-0 victory for the Atlanta Thrashers over the Florida Panthers



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 www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. 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 will provide 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. Any fan purchasing "B2 Power Play" before October 1st will receive a rate of only $140, a savings of more than 67% off the individual game price. B2toGO, a service delivering live games and highlights to cell phones and hand held Pads, will be available for purchase today (Oct. 2nd) 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 www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or call (905) 529-8500 or 1-866-DOGS-TIX.


BULLDOGS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Friday, October 13th - Hershey Bears vs. Hamilton Bulldogs - 7:30 p.m. - Copps Coliseum
Saturday, October 14th - Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Albany River Rats - 7:00 p.m. - Pepsi Arena


BULLDOGS MOLSON CUP - THREE STAR LEADERS
(1st place vote - 5pts, 2nd place - 3pts, 3rd place - 1pt)

Player: Points:

1. Kyle Chipchura 5
2. Zack Stortini 3


'SPARKPLUG' OF THE GAME LEADERS (Hardest Working Bulldogs Player)

Player: Points:

1. Maxim Lapierre 10
 

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Stars Wing Named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week

Stars Wing Named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week
10/10/06 - American Hockey League (AHL) Iowa Stars

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DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, today announced that Iowa Stars Right Wing Junior Lessard has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending October 8th, 2006. In two games over the weekend, the third-year professional registered two goals and three assists in the Stars two road victories.

On Saturday, Lessard notched the Stars first goal of the season and then earned the primary assist on the game-winning goal midway through the third period in Iowa's 5-4 win in San Antonio. The Quebec-native then posted one goal and two assists on Sunday in Houston. Lessard gave Iowa the lead with a second-period goal, while the first of Lessard's two assists came on the eventual game-winner as Iowa registered a 6-3 victory. In all, Lessard had a hand in five of Iowa's 11 goals and was on the ice for six of those 11 goals.

"Obviously the offensive output is positive and key to Junior's and the team's success", commented White. "We look forward to his leadership both on and off the ice this season."

In recognition of his achievement, Lessard will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Stars home game

The 26-year old Lessard recorded 26 goals and 32 assists for 58 points in 66 games with Iowa last season. He also posted one goal in five NHL games with Dallas in 2005-06. Named the 2004 Hobey Baker Award winner as the Top U.S. Collegiate Hockey Player, Lessard has totaled 39 goals and 45 assists for 84 points in 139 career AHL contests.

IOWA STARS INFO: The Stars Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th against Houston. Wells Fargo Arena game time is 7:05 PM. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the Opening Night festivities. Season ticket packages are on sale now at the Stars office, located at 833 5th Avenue in Downtown Des Moines. Full season packages begin at only $336, with 12-game mini-plans as low as $168. Discounted group tickets are available for all 40 home dates. For more information, please contact an Iowa Stars ticket representative at 515-23-STARS.
 

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Wolves Launch Home Opener With Tailgate Party on October 14

The Chicago Wolves will host a tailgate party at the Allstate Arena before the puck drops on their 13th home opener against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sat., Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

Fans can enter the tailgate -- which runs from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Southwest Parking Lot -- with their game ticket and receive soft drinks courtesy of Pepsi and hot dogs courtesy of Vienna Beef and Chicago Baking Co. while supplies last. The event is headlined by the band "Billy Ray Valentine" who will perform at 3 p.m., and features interactive games and an appearance by Wolves mascot Skates. Free parking is available from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fans will also have the opportunity to take part in the Chicago's Department of Animal Care and Control's (ACC) Adopt-a-Dog program at both the tailgate party and the game. Fans can stop by the ACC's Animobile -- a mobile adoption unit and clinic staffed by veterinarians and adoption specialists that was donated by Wolves Chairman of the Board Don Levin, at the tailgate.

During the game, fans can visit "Brian's Barking Buddies" - named after Wolves defenseman Brian Sipotz, the team spokesman for the program - in the East Lobby by the Customer Service Booth. This marks the first of seven appearances the Adopt-a-Dog program will make at Wolves games this season.

The first 10,000 fans for the game will also receive magnetic schedules for the Wolves regular season, sponsored by Pepsi.
 

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Stanley Cup on display at Saturday's home opener

ALBANY, N.Y. - The most coveted prize in professional hockey - the Stanley Cup - will be on display at the Albany River Rats 2006-07 regular-season home opener Saturday, October 14 against the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m. at Pepsi Arena.

The Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, was donated by Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston and son of the Earl or Derby, in 1893. Lord Stanley purchased the trophy for 10 guineas ($50 at the time) for presentation to the amateur hockey champions of Canada. Since 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of the Stanley Cup, the trophy has been the symbol of professional hockey supremacy. It has been competed for only by NHL teams since 1926-27 and has been under exclusive control of the NHL since 1947. The River Rats new NHL affiliate - the Carolina Hurricanes - are the defending Stanley Cup champions.

All fans attending the home opener against Hamilton will have the opportunity to pose for pictures with the Stanley Cup on the Pepsi Arena concourse throughout the game. Arena doors open at 6:00 p.m. and fans are invited to bring their own cameras to the game, or for a nominal fee, have their pictures taken professionally.

Additional opening night highlights include:

* The first 2,500 fans will receive a River Rats Magnetic 2006-07 Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi.

* South Pearl Street in front of Pepsi Arena will be abuzz with a block party presented by 104.9 FM - The Edge from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with inflatable games, rock climbing and food. There will also be live music from Teknique.

* The home debut of the River Rats new uniforms, which feature a new logo and color scheme to commemorate the new affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes.

* The debut of the "new" Rowdy, the official mascot of the River Rats.

Individual game tickets for Saturday night's home opener as well as all River Rats home games can be purchased as the Pepsi Arena Box Office; online at www.pepsiarena.com or by calling 1-800-30-EVENT. For information on River Rats season tickets call (518) 487-2244 or visit www.albanyriverrats.com .
 

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Sharks announce details for Fan Fest opening night

WORCESTER - The Worcester Sharks are proud to announce that they will be holding a Sharks Fan Fest to enhance the fan experience on Opening Night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 to the DCU Center Box Office lobby.

Outside on the DCU Center plaza, enjoy the live sound of the WPI Marching Band, while WTAG hosts their live radio show called SportsNight with Mike Messina. The United States Army will give you the opportunity to test your football and car racing skills along with their H3 Hummer on display.

Activities in the DCU Center Box Office Lobby will include a Sharks Speed Shoot Out, face painting, a sign making station, and more...

The Boston Sports Museum and American Hockey League will have traveling displays on hand for fan enjoyment. Fans will also have the opportunity to spin a Sharks Prize Wheel for numerous prizes.

All fans will receive a U.S. Army Rally Towel and a Sharks Magnet Schedule courtesy of Charter Communications. The first 4,500 fans will also receive a Sharks Glow Stick, courtesy of the Telegram and Gazette.

A very limited amount of tickets are still available for purchase. To get your tickets for this exciting home-opener, please visit the DCU Center Box Office or call Ticketmaster at 617.931.2000. For more information, Crash the Net at www.sharksahl.com.
 

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Puck drops on AHL's 71st season

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... An exciting beginning to the American Hockey League's 71st season saw a reversal of fortune as the long road to the 2007 Calder Cup championship got underway. Teams that missed last spring's Calder Cup postseason got off to a quick start in 2006-07, going a combined 11-4-1-1 out of the gate.

The Rochester Americans, who failed to qualify for the playoffs last year for the first time since 1989, were impressive in opening their season with wins over Albany and Manitoba, outscoring their two opponents by a 12-3 margin. Drew Stafford, a first-round draft pick by Buffalo in 2004, picked up two goals and an assist in his pro debut on Friday, while Daniel Paille, a 2002 first-rounder, leads the club with five points in the two games.

Also on Friday night, the San Antonio Rampage opened their fifth season with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins, last year's regular-season champions in the AHL. The parent Phoenix Coyotes have given the Rampage a makeover in 2006-07, adding veteran leaders like 2006 league MVP Donald MacLean and Second Team AHL All-Star defenseman Bryan Helmer to a cast of bright prospects that includes Matt Jones, Matthew Spiller, rookie Enver Lisin and goaltender David LeNeveu.

The Philadelphia Phantoms and Hamilton Bulldogs, bystanders when the postseason came around six months ago, posted wins in their 2006-07 openers on Friday. And the Worcester Sharks debuted with a 4-3 shootout win at the reigning Atlantic Division champion Portland Pirates; San Jose's AHL club in Cleveland failed to qualify for the AHL postseason in both 2005 and 2006 before moving to Worcester this fall.

On Saturday night, the Springfield Falcons held on for a 3-2 win at Hartford, the Chicago Wolves handed Peoria a 5-0 setback, the Albany River Rats struck for a 5-3 decision at Lowell, the Binghamton Senators opened their campaign with a 4-1 victory over Syracuse and the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights thumped the defending Western Conference champions in Milwaukee, 7-1, in the Admirals' opener.

The week ahead begins on Thursday night when the Iowa Stars (2-0-0-0) open the home portion of their second season entertaining the Houston Aeros. Other home openers on tap for this weekend will be taking place in Manitoba, Norfolk, Providence and Syracuse on Friday, and in Albany, Chicago, Grand Rapids and Worcester on Saturday.

FACE LIFT FOR THEAHL.COM ... The beginning of the 2006-07 season also brought a new look for the official Web site of the American Hockey League, theahl.com. Partnering with Infinity Pro Sports, the AHL has made over its internet home with a bold new look, easier navigation and improved content. The re-design went live on Oct. 4, coinciding with the launch of the AHL's 71st season.

WELCOME TO THE PROS ... Rochester's Drew Stafford (see note above) was one of several AHL rookies to begin his professional career on the right foot over the weekend.

Omaha forward Dustin Boyd, Calgary's third-round pick in the 2004 NHL draft, recorded five points in his first two games, including two assists in the first period of his debut on Friday at Peoria. Portland's Drew Miller, who skated in one postseason game for the Pirates last spring, tallied a goal and three assists in his second regular-season contest, a 7-2 win over Providence on Saturday night. Bridgeport's Blake Comeau also got his feet wet during the 2006 playoffs, but made his regular-season pro debut on Sunday and dished out four assists in the Sound Tigers' 5-3 win at Binghamton.

ROSTER REVIEW ... The 27 AHL team rosters submitted to the league office on opening day included 687 players, from Abid (Milwaukee's Ramzi) to Zingoni (Philadelphia's Peter). The average age of an AHL player to start the 2006-07 season was 24 years and 3 months; the youngest player in the league is 18-year-old Toronto forward Jiri Tlusty, the Maple Leafs' first-round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft who was born on Mar. 16, 1988.

Tlusty was one of 10 teenagers on opening-night rosters in the AHL; five other players turned 20 during training camp. All told, 292 American Hockey League players (42.5 percent) were 22 years old and under as of Oct. 4, and 450 (65.5 percent) were under the age of 25.

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Stefan Ruzicka picked up a natural hat trick in Philadelphia's 5-4 win over Norfolk on Friday, including the game-tying goal at 19:45 of the third period and the winner 15 seconds into overtime

Carl Corazzini had two shorthanded goals in that game for the Admirals Brad Moran scored a goal in each of Manitoba's four road games to start the season, including his 100th career AHL tally on Friday night at Hamilton

Alexander Radulov, last year's Canadian major junior player of the year, scored a goal in his pro debut for Milwaukee on Saturday night Hershey began its Calder Cup defense by defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, 7-4; the last time the Bears scored seven goals on opening night was at Rochester in 1988, also coming off a Calder Cup championship

Friday's 6-0 win over Albany marked just the fourth time in 51 years that Rochester posted a shutout in its home opener

Worcester netted the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation in each of its first two games; both contests would go to a shootout, with the Sharks going 1-1

Sean Burke, who played five seasons with the NHL's Hartford Whalers from 1992-97, made his AHL debut for Springfield on Saturday and stopped 30 shots in the Falcons' 3-2 win at Hartford

Coincidentally, Wolf Pack head coach Jim Schoenfeld was also Burke's first NHL head coach with New Jersey in 1987-88

Saturday's loss marked Hartford's first opening-night defeat since their inaugural season opener in 1997

Former University of New Hampshire teammates Jason Krog (3g, 1a) and Darren Haydar (2g) led Chicago to a 5-0 win at Peoria on Saturday Grand Rapids had won 13 straight overtime decisions on the road (10 regular season, three playoffs) over nearly four years before Saturday's 5-4 OT loss in San Antonio

The Houston Aeros honored hockey great Gordie Howe by retiring his number 9 prior to their game Sunday against Iowa; Howe led Houston to a pair of Avco Cup championships (WHA) during his four seasons with the club.
 

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Radio show begins Wednesday

Peoria, IL (October 10, 2006) - "X's & O's with Coach Baseggio," the new Rivermen coach's radio show, will debut Wednesday, October 11 from 7-8:00 p.m. at Hammer's Bar & Restaurant in Bartonville and air on 95.5 GLO - Peoria's Classic Rock (WGLO - 95.5 FM). Special player guests this week include: Defensemen Aaron MacKenzie (Captain), Mike Stuart and Patrick Wellar, and left wing Cam Keith.

Rivermen Head Coach Dave Baseggio will highlight the show, which will also air on the following Wednesdays - November 15, December 13, January 22, February 27 and April 4, and Tuesday, February 27. Coach Baseggio will be joined by the "Voice of the Rivermen" Norm Ulrich and Rivermen beat writer Dave Eminian of the Peoria Journal Star.

Bud Light, in association with Brewers Distributing, is also co-sponsoring the coach's show. Food and drink specials will be available during each show.

The Rivermen host the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. Game times are 7:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively. On Friday, it is Coca-Cola/Insight Media Date Night, as fans receive two (2) Upper Bowl tickets, two (2) Cokes and a tub of popcorn for just $25. It is also the 25 Greatest Rivermen of All-Time, presented by U.S. Cellular, Card Set giveaway. The first card, Brian Shaw, will be handed out, along with a header card and a card set holder. On Saturday, it is Rivermen Hand Flag Night for the first 2,500 fans, courtesy of CEFCU - Your Credit Union. And the second player card, Kevin Miehm, will be handed out as part of the 25 Greatest Rivermen of All-Time, presented by U.S. Cellular.

Rivermen season ticket plans are on sale now with 1) a Full Season package (40 games), 2) the 25th Anniversary package (25 games), 3) a 12-game package, 4) a seven-game package and 5) undated voucher books (denominations of 20 vouchers). Packages start at just $75 per seat.

For more information, please contact Director of Ticket Operations Jim Small at 309-676-1040 x 106 or via e-mail at [email protected]
 

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Bear Tracks

The Hershey Bears, who won their season opener for the first time since the 2002-03 season, the only game they played last week, face a three-game road trip this week, playing each of the three teams in the opening game of a two-game season series. The Bears open the week Friday when they meet the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. The Bears then travel to Syracuse to face the Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial Stadium Saturday. The Bears return to Canada to play the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum Sunday in the final game of the road trip.

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Moose earn three points on four game trip

The Manitoba Moose opened the 2006-07 season on the road in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton versus the Penguins. The Moose tied the game late in the third period to send it into overtime only to lose in OT after giving up a penalty with less than two minutes left in the extra period. 3-2 was the final score as the Penguins were able to get the extra point in the standings. The Moose wrapped up their four game road trip with a three games in three nights stretch starting on Friday in Hamilton. The Moose were looking to improve on their dismal record at Copps Coliseum. The Moose trailed 4-3 with less than two minutes to play when the Bulldogs took a penalty to give Manitoba a great chance to tie the game. However, with the Moose net empty to give them a 6-on-4 advantage the Bulldogs scored a shorthanded empty-netter to seal the victory, 5-3. The second game of the "3 in 3" came in Toronto versus the Marlies, a team that the Moose have had success against in the past. Holding an overall 6-0-1-1 record vs the Marlies heading into the game the Moose were looking to earn their first win of the season. And win they did as the Moose special teams was the difference scoring four power play goals in 11 tries and going a perfect 7 for 7 on the penalty kill to earn the 5-2 victory, Scott Arniel's first as a head coach for the Moose. The Moose closed out their road trip in Rochester where they looked good for two-plus periods as they lead 3-2 early in the third. But the Americans stormed back with four unanswered goals to send the Moose home with a 1-2-1-0 record to start the season.

The Moose are back at the MTS Centre for their home-opener this Friday the 13th versus the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Moose will play their only two games of the week at home versus the Phantoms on Friday and Saturday before heading out on the road again.

MOOSE NOTES

Hansen gets his first: Rookie Jannik Hansen, the pride of Harlev, Denmark, scored the first goal of his professional career in Toronto on Saturday. Hansen took a cross-crease pass from Jesse Schultz to beat netminder Justin Pogge.

Moran hits 100: Moose forward Brad Moran scored the 100th goal of his AHL career on Friday vs the Hamilton Bulldogs. The goal was Moran's second of the season and second in a Manitoba Moose uniform. The first 98 goals of his career were scored as a member of the Syracuse Crunch. Moran has since gone on to finish the road trip with four goals and three assists to leave him as the league leader in points and goals after week one. Moran had spent the last few seasons playing in Europe before signing with Vancouver this season.

Moose continue dominance of Marlies: After starting the season with an overtime loss to Wilkes-Barre and then a regulation loss to Hamilton, the Moose took out their frustration on the Toronto Marlies. Manitoba improved on their impressive record against the Marlies as they defeated Toronto 5-2. That win moved the Moose's record versus the Marlies to 7-0-1-1 all-time, as they have earned at least a point from every game they have played against them.

UPCOMING OPPONENT

The Moose will play their home-opener on Friday, October 13th, the start of back-to-back games against the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Moose have a perfect 4-and-0 record versus the Phantoms in the limited history between the two teams. The last time they met was in Philadelphia on January 27th, 2006 where Moose forward Ryan Bayda scored in overtime to give Manitoba the victory. The last time the Phantoms played at the MTS Centre the Moose shut them out 2-0 thanks to a 42 save performance from Wade Flaherty.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

#20 Brad Moran - Centre

Brad Moran began his Moose career by scoring a goal in every single game the Moose played in the opening week of the season... After four games on the road, Moran has four goals and three assists for seven points... As a result, Moran leads the entire AHL in scoring and goal-scoring... He also fired 12 shots on net and ended the week even on the +/- ledger... Saturday night, Moran collected his 100th goal as a pro... He also collected two goals and two assists on the powerplay.
 

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Too many men are on the mend

For the second straight season, injuries are slowing the Manitoba Moose.

The AHL team began the season with 29 players on its roster and by the end of the schedule's first week and four games, the number of healthy skaters was 21.

The latest trouble is with winger Jesse Schultz, who left Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Rochester Americans with an unspecified lower-body injury and did not return.

Last season, the Moose were scrambling to find replacements in the first half-dozen games. This season, at least, they have an eager group of extras waiting for a chance.

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Monarchs Report

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
Worcester (10/7): The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Worcester Sharks, 5-4, in a shootout on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Left wings Jeff Giuliano and Noah Clarke and right wings Lauri Tukonen and John Zeiler scored for the Monarchs. Clarke, Tukonen and Zeiler scored on the power play. Center Craig Valette, left wing Mathieu Darche (2) and defenseman Mathieu Biron tallied for the Sharks. Valette's first goal of the season was shorthanded. Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera collected the win with 41 saves. Sharks goaltender Dimitri Patzold took the shootout loss stopping 26 shots. Manchester went 3-for-10 on the power play. Worcester was 2-for-10 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS
10/6/06: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed right wing Ryan Murphy and defenseman Bryan Schmidt to one-year contracts.
10/6/06: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed forward Doug Christiansen to a professional tryout agreement.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
The Monarchs (1-0-0-0) have won the season opener twice in team history.

Monarchs Season Opener History
October 5, 2001, 6-3 loss to Lowell
October 11, 2002, 7-3 loss to Lowell
October 10, 2003, 3-2 loss to Worcester
October 15, 2004, 5-2 win over Worcester
October 8, 2005, 4-3 loss to Hartford
October 7, 2006, 5-4 shootout win over Worcester

The only other season the Monarchs won the season opener, a 5-2 win over the Worcester IceCats on October 15, 2004. They went on to win 20 of their first 21 games.

The Monarchs are 4-for-2 on opening night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Saturday's game marked the fourth time in Manchester's history that the Monarchs opened the season at home. They opened on the road in 2001 and 2005.

Monarchs Home Opener History
November 16, 2001, 3-1 win over Lowell
October 11, 2002, 7-3 loss to Lowell
October 10, 2003, 3-2 loss to Worcester
October 15, 2004, 5-2 win over Worcester
October 15, 2005, 3-2 overtime win over Springfield
October 7, 2006, 5-4 shootout win over Worcester

Right wing John Zeiler tallied his first two professional points with a goal and an assist against the Sharks on Saturday, October 7, 2006. Both points came on the power play.

Left wing Jeff Giuliano scored the first goal of the 2006-07 season.

Defenseman Bryan Schmidt collected two assists in his Monarchs debut.

The Monarchs went 3-for-10 on the power play versus the Sharks on Saturday.

MONARCHS PROMOTIONS
Magnetic Schedule Night - Every fan attending the Monarchs game against the Providence Bruins on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at the Verizon Wireless Arena will receive a Monarchs magnetic schedule courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts

Union Leader Family Value Night - 4 tix + 4 hot dogs + 4 sodas for one low price at the Monarchs game on Sunday, October 15, at the Verizon Wireless Arena versus the Portland Pirates.

IN THE COMMUNITY
Youth Hockey - Center Gabe Gauthier and right wing Konstantin Pushkarev will be assisting the Manchester Flames Mite 1, Squirt 1, Squirt 2 and Pee Wee 2 youth hockey practices at the West Side Arena on Monday, October 16 from 4:15-7:00 p.m.

Youth Hockey - Left wing Lauri Tukonen and defenseman Peter Harrold will be assisting the Manchester Flames Pee Wee 1 and Pee Wee 3 youth hockey practices at the JFK Coliseum on Tuesday, October 17 from 4:15-5:30 p.m.

A LOOK AHEAD (all times EASTERN)
Day Date Opponent (Time) Radio (Time) Television (Time)
Sat. 10/14 PROVIDENCE (7:35 p.m.) WGIR-AM (7:05 p.m.) *
Sun. 10/15 PORTLAND (4:05 p.m.) WGIR-AM (3:35 p.m.) *

*Audio web casts of Monarchs games are also available at www.monarchshockey.com/multimedia and video web casts are available 10 minutes prior to every Monarchs game by clicking on the b2 networks icon at www.monarchshockey.com.

A LOOK BACK
Day Date Opponent Result Monarchs Goals Monarchs Goalie (Saves/Shots)
Sat. 10/7 Worcester 5-4 SOW Clarke, Giuliano, LaBarbera (41/45)
Tukonen, Zeiler

MONARCHS STATISTICAL LEADERS
This Season This Week
Points Schmidt, Zeiler - 2 Schmidt, Zeiler - 2
Goals Clarke, Giuliano, Tukonen, Zeiler - 1 Clarke, Giuliano, Tukonen, Zeiler - 1
Assists Schmidt - 2 Schmidt - 2
Power Play 3 of 10, 30% 3 of 10, 30%
Penalty Killing 8 of 10, 80% 8 of 10, 80%

GOALIES Games Played W-L-SOL GAA
Barry Brust 0 0-0-0 0.00
Yutaka Fukufuji 0 0-0-0 0.00
Jason LaBarbera 1 1-0-0 3.69
 

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Crunch Announce Details of Taco Bell's "Crunch Win; Win a Taco" Program

Syracuse, NY (October 10, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today the details of the Taco Bell "Crunch Win; Win a Taco" program.

When the Syracuse Crunch win a home game during the 2006-07 season, fans can bring their ticket stubs to a participating area Taco Bell location for a free Seasoned Beef Taco, courtesy of Taco Bell.

Winning ticket stubs can be redeemed at the following Taco Bell locations:

Carousel Mall -- Syracuse

Great Northern Mall -- Clay

168 Grant Ave. -- Auburn

3179 Erie Blvd. -- E. Syracuse

3500 W. Genesee St. -- Syracuse

8095 Oswego Rd. -- Liverpool

3716 Brewerton Rd. -- Syracuse

7881 Route 11 -- Cicero

222 Elmira Rd. -- Ithaca

1164 Erie Blvd. West -- Rome

#9 River St. -- Cortland

ShoppingTown Mall -- Dewitt

1038 Glenwood Ave. -- Oneida

The Crunch opens at home for the special Express Mart Opening Night on Friday, October 13 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Tickets will be 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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Marlies welcome Griffins, Bears

THE OPPONENTS:

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS

The Grand Rapids Griffins - AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings -make their first of four visits to Toronto this season as the Marlies play their penultimate Friday night home game of the campaign on Friday, October 13th. The first meeting between the clubs this season also marks the first time the teams have met since Game 5 of the 2005-06 North Division semifinal series. Griffins' captain Matt Ellis scored his second goal of the game at 20:11 of overtime on April 28th as Grand Rapids eliminated Toronto in five games. After falling 3-1 in the first-ever meeting between the clubs last November 20th in Toronto, the Marlies won the next three contests between the clubs and finished the season-series with a record of 3-2-1-0 versus the Griffins last season. Grand Rapids comes into the game with a record of 1-0-1-0 on the young season. They opened the year with a 5-4 overtime setback last Friday evening in San Antonio before defeating Houston 3-1 at the Toyota Center on Saturday. Toronto went 1-1 last weekend in defeating Syracuse on Friday and falling to Manitoba on Saturday. On Ricoh Coliseum ice, the Marlies are 1-1-0-0 this season, 1-1-0-0 versus North Division opponents, and 0-0-0 versus Grand Rapids. Leading the Griffins in scoring through 2 games are: (C) Brendan Brooks (2g-1a=3pts), (C) Krystofer Kolanos (1g-2a=3pts). Stefan Liv has the team's lone victory in goal after recording 33 saves in last Saturday's game against the Aeros. Notables: The Griffins play their home-opener on Saturday evening against Omaha. Former Marlie John Pohl led the team in scoring versus Grand Rapids last season with eight points (four goals, four assists) and appeared in all six games between the clubs. Grand Rapids' Tomas Kopecky led the Griffins in scoring with seven points (two goals, five assists) and also appeared in all six games. The Marlies will play Grand Rapids eight times this season. The teams will meet in Michigan for the first time on October 27th.

HERSHEY BEARS

The Marlies battle the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears - AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals - in the first of two meetings between the clubs on Sunday afternoon in Toronto. The teams split last season's series with both clubs winning on home-ice. The Marlies won 4-3 in a shootout on October 29th at Ricoh before falling 4-1 in Chocolatetown on March 1st. Kris Newbury had the lone goal for the Marlies in front of a sellout crowd of 10,639 at Giant Center. Brad Leeb had the shootout-winning goal in addition to one goal in regulation in the Marlies win over the Bears earlier in the season. Hershey played only one game on opening weekend and emerged as 7-4 winners at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Former Sarnia Sting forward Joey Tenute was the game's first star with two goals on the evening. On Ricoh Coliseum ice, the Marlies are 0-0-0-0 versus East Division opponents, and 0-0-0 versus Hershey. Leading the Bears in scoring through 1 game is: (D) Lawrence Nycholat (0g-3a=3pts). Frederic Cassivi has the team's lone victory in goal after recording 33 saves in last Saturday's game against the Penguins. Notables: Tenute played 258 games in a four year Ontario Hockey League career with Barrie and Sarnia. The Hamilton native registered 271 points (95 goals, 176 assists) including a 112 point campaign with Sarnia in 2002-03. He made his NHL debut by appearing in one game with Washington last season. Brad Leeb, Andy Wozniewski and Jay Harrison shared the team lead with two points versus the Bears last season. Leeb was the lone player to appear in both games. Hershey's Boyd Kane had two goals and an assist and appeared in both games. The team's will conclude the season-series on Saturday, December 16th in Pennsylvania.

CCM/VECTOR AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
For the week ending October 8th, 2006, the Toronto Marlies have nominated goaltender Jean-Francois Racine for consideration as the CCM/Vector AHL Player of the Week. Racine earned his first shutout as a Marlie in helping the team defeat the Syracuse Crunch by a 6-0 score last Friday evening. Racine turned aside 20 Crunch shots and is now the all-time leader in franchise victories with 20. This week's award was ultimately won by Iowa's Junior Lessard.

MARLIES ON THE WEB Follow the Marlies all season long on their official web site, torontomarlies.com

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Friday, October 6
Toronto Marlies defeat Syracuse Crunch 6-0
Marlies Goals: Westrum (GWG, 1a), Engelhardt, Tlusty (PP), Newbury (PP), Fussey, D'Amour (PP, 1a) Crunch Goals: None Shots on Goal: Marlies 32, Crunch 20 Penalty Minutes: Marlies 27, Crunch 39 Goaltender (saves): Marlies - Racine (20 sv, 0 ga)
Crunch - Popperle (26 sv, 6 ga) Three Stars: Erik Westrum TOR (1), J-F Racine TOR (2), Dominic D'Amour TOR (3) Attendance: (4,218 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto)
Saturday, October 7

Manitoba Moose defeat the Toronto Marlies 5-2
Marlies Goals: Earl (1g), Westrum (1g)
Moose Goals: Shultz (1g,1a), Hansen (PP, 1a), Jaffray (2 PPG, GW), Moran (PP)
Shots on Goal: Marlies 32, Moose 30
Penalty Minutes: Marlies 31, Moose 36
Goaltender (saves): Marlies - Pogge (25 sv, 5 ga)

Moose - MacIntyre (30 sv, 2 ga) Three Stars: Brad Moran MAN (1) Jason Jaffray MAN (2), Jesse Schultz MAN (3) Attendance: (3,650 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto)

MARLIES NOTES

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First year Marlie Erik Westrum is the early leader in team scoring after having notched two goals and one assist on opening weekend. Westrum was Friday's first-star following his one goal, one assist performance versus Syracuse. He also tallied a goal on Saturday afternoon in an eventual loss to Manitoba. Westrum finished second in AHL scoring last season when he recorded 98 points with Houston. The Marlies were led in scoring by fellow Minnesotan John Pohl last season. Pohl recorded his first point of the young NHL season last Thursday evening in a 6-0 Maple Leafs' win at Ottawa.

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Defenceman Tyson Marsh skated in the team's opening-night victory over Syracuse on Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum. Marsh, who missed the team's first 68 games of last season with a groin injury, recorded an assist after being held pointless in 12 games at the end of last year.

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Forward Robbie Earl scored his first professional goal in Saturday's 5-2 loss versus Manitoba. The Californian recorded his first pro point in Friday's shutout win over the Crunch when he assisted on Brett Engelhardt's first period tally. After starring at the University of Wisconsin for three seasons, Earl made his AHL debut by playing one game for the Marlies late last season. He was held pointless in a 5-4 SO loss to Syracuse on April 16.

COMING THIS WEEK
Fri., Oct. 13 Grand Rapids Griffins @ Toronto Marlies
Sun., Oct. 15 Hershey Bears @ Toronto Marlies

BOX OFFICE REPORT
7:30 p.m. Ricoh Coliseum TICKETS 416-597-7825
4:00 p.m. Ricoh Coliseum TICKETS 416-597-7825
All start times are listed in Eastern Time Marlies' home & away games broadcast on AM 640 Toronto Radio or torontomarlies.com
 

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Stars to televise 11 games

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars President John Pettit announced today that the Iowa Stars have again partnered with Mediacom to televise the Iowa Stars Home Opener on Thursday, October 12th as well as 10 additional Iowa Stars regular season home games.

"The Iowa Stars are excited to again have such an opportunity to reach thousands of households throughout Iowa via Mediacom's statewide network," commented Iowa Stars President John Pettit. "This is keeping with our goal to expose as many people to Iowa Stars hockey and to truly make them feel like this is Iowa's team."

Stars radio broadcaster Jason Shaver will provide the play-by-play. Shaver will be joined in the booth by Mediacom personality Walt Lehmann. Lehmann will serve as the color commentator. Colleen from Star 102.5 FM will handle in-game reports and interviews.

"We're thrilled to use Mediacom's statewide fiber network to provide Iowans with live broadcasts of Iowa Stars Hockey. In more than 300 communities, residents can go the Connections Channel to enjoy fact-paced action and enjoy the excitement that is Iowa Stars hockey," said Mediacom regional vice president Steve Purcell.

"The Connections Channel was developed because our company supports community and Iowa-specific initiatives, and we want to ensure that access is not limited to larger cities." Purcell encourages sports fans to go to the Connections Channel Web site to view sports programming at all levels of competition: www.connections22.com

Television Broadcast Schedule for 2006: Thurs., October 12th - 7:05 PM; Tue., November 14th - 7:05 PM; Sat., December 2nd - 7:05 PM; Tue., December 26th - 7:05 PM. The 2007 portion will be released at a later date.

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 Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th against Houston. Wells Fargo Arena game time is 7:05 PM. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the Opening Night festivities. Season ticket packages are on sale now at the Stars office, located at 833 5th Avenue in Downtown Des Moines. Full season packages begin at only $336, with 12-game mini-plans as low as $168. Discounted group tickets are available for all 40 home dates. For more information, please contact an Iowa Stars ticket representative at 515-23-STARS.
 

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American Idol Finalist to Sing Anthem at Crunch Home Opener

2006-07 RECORD: 0-2-0-0, 0 points (0-0-0-0 home, 0-2-0-0 road), sixth place, North Division

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday, October 13 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1-1-0-0), 2 points, tied-first place, East Division

Saturday, October 14 vs. Hershey (1-0-0-0), 2 points, tied-first place, East Division

EIGHT MAKE DEBUTS: The Syracuse Crunch had multiple players make their professional and Crunch debuts during their opening weekend.

Right wing Adam Pineault made his professional debut on Friday, October 6 against Toronto, while defenseman Kyle Wharton, center Philippe Dupuis and right wing Olivier Labelle all made their professional debuts on Saturday, October 7 against Binghamton. Goaltender Tomas Popperle, defensemen Tomas Kloucek and Filip Novak and center Eric Boguniecki made their Crunch debuts Friday night, while goaltender Ty Conklin made his Syracuse debut Saturday.

AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST KEVIN COVAIS TO SING ANTHEM AT CRUNCH HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, COMPLIMENTS OF COCA-COLA: American Idol finalist Kevin Covais will be on hand at the Crunch's home opener on Friday, October 13 to sing the National Anthem.

Fans can register at Coca-cola displays at area Express Mart locations to win an invitation to a pre-game party with Kevin Covais. In addition, Covais will be available during the first intermission to sign autographs in Memorial Hall.

Covais was born and raised in Levittown, New York on Long Island. He started singing at the age of 10 and has taken voice lessons for four years. He is a member of his high school drama club and has won competitions such as Eisenhower Park's Reach in 2003.

Covais auditioned for American Idol in Boston, Massachusetts. On March 9, 2006, he made it into the top 12 of American Idol.

Express Mart Named Title Sponsor of Crunch's Opening Night: Express Mart has been named the title sponsor of Express Mart Opening Night.

Syracuse opens the home portion of their 13th American Hockey League season on Friday, October 13 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a rally towel, compliments of Express Mart.

Coupons for discounted tickets to Express Mart Opening Night are now available at area Express Mart locations.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS): The Crunch host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their home opener on Friday, October 13 for the first of eight regular season meetings. Last season Syracuse went 4-4-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Lifetime, the Crunch are 33-22-7 against the Penguins.

HERSHEY (WASHINGTON CAPITALS): The Crunch host Hershey on Saturday, October 14 for the first of two regular season meetings. Last season Syracuse went 2-0-0 against Hershey. Lifetime, the Crunch are 26-32-12 against the Bears.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

Wednesday, October 11

Crunch to Sign Autographs at Ashley Furniture: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that Crunch right wings Adam Pineault and Brandon Sugden will be at Ashley Furniture on Wednesday, October 11.

Pineault and Sugden will be at Ashley Furniture, located in the Northern Lights Mall, to sign autographs from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11.

CRUNCHABLES: Right wing Joe Motzko moved into an eighth place tie (Tim Jackman) on the teams' games played list this past weekend with 214 games... With two penalty minutes on Friday night, right wing Brandon Sugden is now 78 penalty minutes shy of tying Jeremy Reich for first on the Crunch's all-time penalty minutes list... Despite not converting on nine power play chances, Syracuse's penalty kill unit went 14-for-17 over the weekend.
 

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No doubts about the new captain

The decision had probably been pretty much made by that point, at least on the part of Hershey coach Bruce Boudreau, but if he needed any affirmation of that decision, it came in the third period of Hershey’s final preseason game.

The Bears were playing poorly, and in the process of losing 4-1. Still, it was just an exhibition game, meaningless in the scheme of things. Yet there was Lawrence Nycholat, standing on the bench and yelling at his teammates between his shifts, trying to coax some life into what was unquestionably a lethargic performance.

Leadership?

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Yearling Foundation Announces Fourth Annual Flatlander's Beer Festival

Today, the Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth annual Flatlander's Beer Festival will be held October 18th - 20th, 2006 at the Delta Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

This unique public tasting event will focus on a wide range of incredible beers from some of the finest breweries in the world. It will also educate beer drinkers about these unique products. In total, over 100 brands of beer from 25 countries are featured at the festival. Last year, over 1,300 people took in the festival at the public tastings.

Flatlander's Beer Dinner

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Blaze Bistro - Delta Winnipeg

Tickets: $99.00/person

This unique and memorable evening will be the ultimate food and beer experience. Each course is paired with a beer specifically chosen to provide the perfect complement to each dish. Guiding you through the many styles of beer included in this five-course gourmet dinner is Stefan Tobler, Brewmaster from Sleeman Breweries Ltd. Each beer will be served in its own proper branded glassware and a silent auction will also be featured. Tickets to this exclusive event will be limited to approximately 140 people.

Public Beer Tastings

Thursday, October 19th & Friday, October 20th, 2006

Winnipeg Convention Centre (Second level)

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20.00/person (includes five free sample tickets).

Additional sample tickets are available for purchase at the event at five for $2.00.

The Public Beer Tastings will give the general public the opportunity to visit at least 30 booths with over 100 beers from 25 countries featured. The $20.00 general admission fee includes five free sample tickets, which attendees will receive at the event. Additional sample tickets are five for $2.00 and can be purchased onsite at the public tastings.

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.
 

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WWE superstar Mick Foley to be Falcons special guest October 21st

Springfield, MA - The Springfield Falcons, proud members of the American Hockey League, announced today that WWE Superstar Mick Foley will be the Falcons special guest for their home game on Saturday, October 21st against the Binghamton Senators.

As part of this special evening, Foley will drop the ceremonial first puck, as well as sign autographs and meet with fans during the game. Foley has more than 20 years of wrestling experience and has also been a New York Times Bestselling Author.

Individual game tickets are currently on sale for the 2006-07 Falcons season. To purchase tickets, please log onto www.ticketmaster.com. Group sales and ticket package information for the 2006-07 season is also available by logging onto www.falconsahl.com.

The Falcons are currently accepting deposits on full, half, and 10-game season ticket packages for the 2006-07 season, in addition to 40 and 10-Flex Packs. For more information please contact the Falcons office at 413-739-3344.
 
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