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Rivermen Open 2006-07 AHL Training Camp

Peoria, IL (September 21, 2006) - Peoria Rivermen General Manager of Hockey Operations Kevin McDonald announced today that 22 players will open the team's 2006-07 Training Camp, which will begin with morning physicals for camp invitees and the first on-ice practice session at 1:00 p.m. at Carver Arena.

Former Rivermen Captain Trevor Baker and Peoria native Aaron Dawson will add local flavor to the camp, which also boasts eight players who skated for the Rivermen last season in their inaugural campaign as the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

Baker, recently named one of the 25 Greatest Rivermen of All-Time, presented by U.S. Cellular, was a late addition to the camp roster from the United Hockey League's (UHL) Bloomington Prairie Thunder, for whom he will serve as player/assistant coach this year. Baker, who is entering his eighth professional season, is second all-time in Rivermen franchise history in penalty minutes (PIM-1099) behind Rivermen Hall of Famer Doug Evans (1,441) and tied for eighth in games played with 352, which came over six Rivermen ECHL seasons. Dawson, a 21-year-old, 6-foot-5, 220-pound rookie defenseman, completed a four-year career with the Peterborough Petes in the Major Junior Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season.

The AHL Rivermen returnees are: veteran enforcer and forward/defenseman Rocky Thompson, who is entering his 10th professional season after leading the team in PIM (247) last season; goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu; left wings Charles Linglet and Ryan Ramsay; and defensemen Doug Lynch, Zack FitzGerald, Patrick Wellar and Gerry Burke. Both Beckford-Tseu and Wellar were part of the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship won by the Alaska Aces, Peoria's ECHL affiliate.

Right wings Greg Mauldin and Konstantin Zakharov (3rd rd, 101st overall, 2003), center Alexei Shkotov (2nd rd, 48th overall, 2002), rookie left wings Michal Birner (4th rd, 116th overall, 2004) and Gino Guyer and rookie defenseman Ryan MacMurchy (9th rd, 284th overall, 2002) were all assigned to the Rivermen from the Blues on Monday, September 18.

Defensemen Stephen Wood and Steven Later and rookie right wing Kevin Croxton, who all signed two-way American Hockey League (AHL)/ECHL contracts with the Rivermen and the Aces, will also vie for a roster spot.

Rookie center Julian Talbot and rookie goaltender Isaac Reichmuth, who were signed by Alaska in the off-season, will participate as camp invitees, and second-year defenseman Jeff Mushaluk and rookie left wing Brock Becker, who were signed by UHL Bloomington this off-season, also arrive as camp invitees.

The current Rivermen training camp roster follows this release. For a complete training camp schedule, which includes four Rivermen preseason games, please refer to the outline below.

The Rivermen host the Chicago Wolves in preseason action on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Carver Arena in the front end of a home-and-home set between the clubs. And on Tuesday, September 26, Peoria faces off against the Iowa Stars at 7:00 p.m. at Carver Arena in the opening salvo of a home-and-home affair.

The Rivermen open the 2006-07 AHL regular season on Friday, October 6 against the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights at Carver Arena at 7:30 p.m. It's Heritage Bank Magnet Schedule Night for the first 5,000 fans. On Saturday, October 7, Peoria welcomes the rival Chicago Wolves to Carver Arena at 7:00 p.m. on the first of two Maui Jim Sunglasses Night, in which 25 random winners will receive a free pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses.

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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2006-07 Peoria Rivermen Training Camp & Preseason Schedule


Wednesday, September 20 Player Arrival & Check-in

Thursday, September 21 Player Physicals 9:00 a.m.

Practice #1 1:00 p.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Friday, September 22 Practice #2 10:00 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Saturday, September 23 Pre-game Skate 10:00 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Preseason Game No. 1

vs. Chicago Wolves 7:00 p.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Sunday, September 24 Pre-game Skate 8:30 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Preseason Game No. 2

@ Chicago Wolves 3:00 p.m. Glacier Ice Arena, Vernon Hills, IL

Monday, September 25 Practice #3 10:00 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Tuesday, September 26 Pre-game Skate 9:00 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Preseason Game No. 3

vs. Iowa Stars 7:00 p.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Wednesday, September 27 Practice No. 4 10:00 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Thursday, September 28 Practice No. 5 10:00 a.m. Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Friday, September 29 Pre-game Skate TBD Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center

Preseason Game No. 4

@ Iowa Stars 7:00 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

*Schedule Subject to Change

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Rick Burrill Joins Pirates Staff

PORTLAND, ME- The Portland Pirates announced today that Rick Burrill has been named the Pirates Athletic Trainer. Burrill comes to Portland from his position as an Athletic Trainer with the Los Angles Kings, where he served the past six seasons assisting the club with orthopedic assessment, traumatic injury treatment procedures and rehabilitation. Burrill has 14 years of experience as an Athletic Trainer and has compiled over 1,000 games in professional hockey.

"I am very happy to be coming home. My father was a season ticket holder for the Maine Mariners and I grew up watching hockey in the Cumberland County Civic Center, so to come back to that very same building and be part of the Pirates franchise again is a big thrill. I am also excited to be coming back to Maine in front of family and friends, it's going to be terrific," said Pirates Athletic Trainer Rick Burrill.

Burrill, 46, started his career as an Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer with the Portland Pirates and Washington Capitals during the 1993-94 season before he became the Head Certified Athletic Trainer & Equipment Manager for the Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) from 1993-1996. Following his time with the Admirals, he spent the next three seasons as the Head Certified Athletic Trainer for the Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL) before joining the Los Angles Kings as a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1999.

During his career, Burrill also worked in the UHL during the NHL lockout in 2005 as the Head Certified Athletic Trainer for the Muskegon Fury Colonial Cup Championship team. His accolades also include, serving as an Athletic Trainer for the ECHL All-Star Game (1994) the IHL All-Star Game (1999) and the NHL All-Star Game (2002).

A native of Freeport, Maine, Burrill earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Northeastern University and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Professional Hockey Trainers Society.

Burrill will replace Angel Soutuyo who served as the Pirates Athletic Trainer for the past eight seasons. Soutuyo is now employed as an Athletic Trainer at Orthopedic Associates in Portland.

Season ticket plans for the 2006-07 season are now on sale at the Pirates office, located at 94 Free Street in Portland. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. Fans can also purchase tickets over the phone by calling (207) 828-4665 or by e-mailing [email protected] Ticket plans start at just $60. Individual tickets go on sale Saturday, September 30, 2006.

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Bulldogs back on 820 CHAM

The Hamilton Bulldogs, in partnership with Standard Radio Inc. announced today that for a fifth-straight season, the hockey club will broadcast all preseason, regular season and Calder Cup Playoff games on 50,000-watt Hamilton radio station 820 CHAM 'The Legend'. Derek Wills, the American Hockey League's James H. Ellery Memorial Award winner in the radio category in 2004-2005, will return for his sixth season as the Bulldogs' Play-By-Play Announcer, while popular Hamilton sportscaster Al Craig returns for his fifth full season as Colour Commentator for all home games and select road games.

"I am elated that the Hamilton Bulldogs will not only be extending our partnership with Standard Radio, but that we'll also be expanding on it. The promotional and broadcast agreement that we've reached with Standard Radio will give hockey fans throughout Southern Ontario the opportunity to tune into our team of Derek Wills and Al Craig for their unique and entertaining call of every 'Dogs game this season". Lewis added "after a long summer of discussions, I would like to personally thank Tom Cooke, the Vice-President and General Manager of Standard Radio, and Jason Daleo, the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hamilton Bulldogs, for working so diligently on this partnership, and for the sense of community that inspired them to get this deal done".

Drew Keith, Operations Manager for Standard Radio Hamilton stated "we are thrilled to have the Hamilton Bulldogs as broadcast partners again this season. Make sure you listen to Derek Wills and Al Craig on 820 CHAM 'The Legend' for all the Hamilton Bulldogs games, stats, and hockey information you'll need. Your team, your community - the Hamilton Bulldogs and 820 CHAM 'The Legend'.

"Following four successful seasons, I'm ecstatic that 820 CHAM 'The Legend' will once again be carrying every preseason, regular season and post-season Hamilton Bulldogs game in 2006-2007", said Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills. Wills added "I am really looking forward to once again working with the staff at Standard Radio, and of course my good friend and broadcast partner Al Craig to bring every thunderous hit, sensational save, and great goal to our season ticket holders and every other Hamilton Bulldogs fan this season".

Coverage of the 2006-2007 season will kick-off on Wednesday, September 27th, when the Hamilton Bulldogs will travel to Oshawa, Ontario for their preseason opener versus the Toronto Marlies. Game-time is 7:30 p.m. Hamilton's second preseason contest is scheduled for Friday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. in Syracuse, New York, where they will combat the Crunch. The Bulldogs' third preseason tilt will take place on Saturday, September 30th at 4:00 p.m., when they will host the Toronto Marlies at the Southwood Arena at the Woodstock District Community Complex in Woodstock, Ontario. The 'Dogs fourth and final preseason match-up is set for Sunday, October 1st at 4:00 p.m., when they will welcome the Syracuse Crunch to the Niagara Falls Memorial Arena in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

All four Hamilton Bulldogs preseason games will be broadcast live on 820 CHAM "The Legend" and online at

Broadcasts of the 'Dogs' 80-game regular season schedule will begin on Friday, October 6th, when the team will take on their North Division rival the Manitoba Moose in their 2006-2007 home and season-opener at Copps Coliseum. Game-time is 7:30 p.m.

All preseason and regular season broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 20 minutes prior to the scheduled game-time.

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

You can see tomorrow's NHL stars develop their skills in the AHL by purchasing 2006-2007 Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets today! Prices start at just $11 per game. For more information, please call 905-529-8500, or visit

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Wolf Pack Training Camp Opens Tomorrow

Hartford, September 21, 2006: The Hartford Wolf Pack announced today its schedule for this season's training camp, to be held at the Hartford Civic Center. All players will report to Hartford today, Thursday, September 21st and have physicals. The Pack will have their first on-ice workout TOMORROW, Friday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please refer to the full training camp schedule and player roster (attached) for further details. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will report to Hartford for the camp's opening on Friday.

The Wolf Pack will kick off a four-game pre-season schedule on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30 PM, taking on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Danbury Ice Arena. Two days later, on Thursday, September 28, they will face the Worcester Sharks at the International Skating Center in Simsbury, CT with a 7:00 PM game start. The next night, Friday, September 29 at 7:30 PM, the Pack will match up with the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. They will complete their pre-season schedule re-matching with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday, October 1 at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT. Game time is 4:00 PM and there will be a team autograph session with the Pack players following the game. Admission to the Wolf Pack "home games" in Cromwell and Simsbury will be $5.00 with proceeds from the Simsbury game going to Chariots of Hope Sled Hockey, CT Lazers, Northern Lights & Simsbury Youth Hockey and proceeds from the Cromwell game benefiting the Connecticut Clippers. Tickets will be available at the door only.

The Wolf Pack will open its special 10th Anniversary Season on Saturday, October 7th at 7:00 PM at the Hartford Civic Center, taking on the Springfield Falcons.

Season tickets are on sale now starting as low as $496 for adults and $248 for youth aged 16 and under. For information on all of the Wolf Pack's ticketing options, including full season, five, 10 and 20-game packages, coupon books and group discounts, contact the Wolf Pack Ticket Office at (860) 548-2000.

Additionally, individual tickets are available at the Hartford Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, including Filene's at the Buckland Hills Mall and at the Westfarms Mall. Tickets may also be charged by phone at (860) 525-4500, (203) 744-8100, (203) 624-0033 or (413) 733-2500 or on-line at

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Atlanta Sends Four More To Wolves

The Atlanta Thrashers have assigned goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT and left wing COLIN STUART to the Chicago Wolves, both members of last year's squad.

In addition, the Thrashers have assigned right wing JOEY CRABB and defenseman SCOTT LEHMAN.

GARNETT led Wolves goaltenders with 15 wins, 35 appearances, 1,892 minutes played and 785 saves last season. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native also made his National Hockey League debut with Atlanta last year, notching a 10-7-4 mark, two shutouts and a 3.45 goals-against average in 24 contests.

Last year, the 23-year-old netminder established a Wolves franchise record with 13 consecutive starts from March 15 to April 9 last season. Overall, he has appeared in 74 games spanning four seasons with Chicago (2002-2006), recording a 33-25-6 mark, two shutouts and a 3.06 goals-against average.

STUART, an Oak Park native, accumulated career-highs with 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points and 65 penalty minutes in 78 tilts with the Wolves last season. The 24-year-old forward shared second on the team and fifth in the American Hockey League with four short-handed goals. He has registered 32 points (16G, 16A) and 77 penalty minutes in 117 outings with Chicago over the past two seasons.

CRABB notched his first professional goal in Atlanta's preseason victory against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night. Last season, the 23-year-old forward ranked second on Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a career-best 18 markers and third with 25 assists and 43 points - both career-highs - in 42 games.

LEHMAN, Atlanta's third choice (76th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, ranked fourth among Ontario Hockey League defensemen with 50 assists and shared eighth with 55 points in a career-best 68 games with Toronto St. Michael's last season. Overall, the 20-year-old blueliner collected 106 assists, 121 points and 603 penalty minutes spanning four seasons (2002-2006) with Toronto St. Michael's.

The Wolves will play their first of three local preseason games when they host the Peoria Rivermen at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills on Sun., Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. For more information call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or log on to

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Habs assign a dozen to Dogs

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today that the club has assigned 12 players to the Hamilton Bulldogs. The players who will report to Hamilton are goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, forwards Mathieu Aubin, Jimmy Bonneau, Matt D'Agostini, Michael Lambert, Francis Lemieux, Eric Manlow, Duncan Milroy, Gregory Stewart and Cory Urquhart, as well as defenceman Andrew Archer and Jon Gleed.

Desjardins, 20, appeared in 41 games for the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) last season, posting a record of 28-10-0 with a 2.95 goals-against average, and a 0.906 save percentage. The native of Edmunston, New Brunswick helped the Remparts capture the 2006 Memorial Cup.

Aubin, a 20-year-old native of Sorel, Quebec, produced 103 points (47 goals, 53 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 70 games last season for the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL).

Bonneau, a 21-year-old native of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, earned six points (one goal, five assists) and 137 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL) in 2005-06.

D'Agostini, a 19-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, played 66 games for the Guelph Storm (OHL) in 2005-06 and ranked second on the team with 79 points (25 goals, 54 assists).

Lambert, 22, skated in 39 contests with the Bulldogs in 2005-06, recording 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) and 25 penalty minutes. The native of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, also appeared in 20 games for Long Beach, collecting 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists) and 16 penalty minutes.

Lemieux, a 22-year-old native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, played in 67 games for Hamilton last season, posting 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) and 76 penalty minutes.

Milroy, a 23-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta, posted 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Bulldogs last season.

Manlow, a 31-year-old native of Belleville, Ontario, ranked third on the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) with 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) in 80 games. He signed a two-year American Hockey League Contract with Hamilton on July 10, 2006.

Stewart, a 20-year-old native of Kitchener, Ontario appeared in 60 games for the Peterborough Petes (OHL), posting 39 points (24 goals, 15 assists) and 83 penalty minutes.

Urquhart, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, played two games for Hamilton last season, producing one assist and two penalty minutes. In 67 games with Long Beach, the 21-year-old collected 52 points (26 goals, 26 assists) and 42 penalty minutes.

Archer, a 23-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta, was limited to 42 games with Hamilton in 2005-06 due to injuries and recorded three assists along with 62 penalty minutes.

Gleed, a 22-year-old native of Milton, Ontario, spent last season with Cornell University (ECAC) and recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) and 26 penalty minutes.

The Hamilton Bulldogs open their 11th annual training camp on Saturday, September 23 at the newly-renovated Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, located at 25 Hester Street on Hamilton Mountain. Training camp will run from Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 until Thursday, October 5th, 2006. All on-ice training camp sessions will be open to the public.

In addition, the Bulldogs will play four exhibition games prior to the regular season. The 'Dogs will open the pre-season on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:30 p.m., when they will travel to the Oshawa Civic Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, to take on the Toronto Marlies. Hamilton's second pre-season game will take place on Friday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m., when they will visit the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse, New York, where they will combat the Crunch. The Bulldogs third pre-season contest is set for Saturday, September 30th at 4:00 p.m., when they will meet the Toronto Marlies at the Southwood Arena at the Woodstock Community Complex in Woodstock, Ontario. The 'Dogs fourth, and final pre-season match-up is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st at 4:00 p.m., when they will battle the Syracuse Crunch, at Niagara Falls Memorial Arena in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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

The Hamilton Bulldogs will open the 2006-2007 season on Friday, October 6th versus their North Division rival, the Manitoba Moose. Tickets for all 'Dogs home games (except home game #32) are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, online at, or through charge-by-phone at 905-527-7666.

You can see tomorrow's NHL stars develop their skills in the AHL by purchasing 2006-2007 Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets today! Prices start at just $11 per game. For more information, please call 905-529-8500, or visit

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Philadelphia Oudistanced By Lowell

VOORHEES, NJ - The Phantoms spread the wealth Thursday with five different players scoring, but ended up dropping their home opener in overtime, 6-5, to the Lowell Devils, the new AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, at the Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees. Stephen Gionta chipped home his second goal of the game with just over 22 seconds remaining in the extra frame to take the win.

The teams were tied 3-3 at the end of the first period, 4-4 at the end of the second and 5-5 at the end of regulation. Eric Meloche, Ryan Potulny and John Slaney collected first period goals, with Tony Voce scoring in the second period and Matt Ellison in the third. Scott Munroe played the first two periods in net before giving way to Jere Myllyniemi in the third period.

The Phantoms and Devils will meet in another exhibition contest tomorrow night at 7:00 at the Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange, NJ. Updates will be posted after the game to

After tomorrow's game, the Phantoms play two more exhibition games in the Delaware Valley. They'll host the Hershey Bears on Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 at the Virtua Heath Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees, and will conclude their exhibition slate with a matchup against Norfolk on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2:00 at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone at Northeast. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the respective Skate Zone facilities.

With kids tickets only $8, the Phantoms will begin the 2006-07 regular season on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 PM, against the Norfolk Admirals at the Wachovia Center. Individual tickets are on sale now at or by calling 800-298-4200.

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Worcester Sharks Announce Release of Training Camp Schedule and Roster

The Worcester Sharks announced today the release of their Inaugural Training Camp schedule. Approximately 30 players will take to the DCU Center ice on Monday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. Team President Michael T. Lehr made the announcement.

On Monday, some notable attendees of the Worcester Sharks Training Camp with New England ties are Tom Cavanagh, a Harvard University product from Rhode Island, Tyler McGregor, former Holy Cross standout, Brady Leisenring from the University of Vermont, and Brennan Evans from the Lowell Lock Monsters.

Training Camp will be open to the public on Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A White vs. Teal scrimmage will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Player's will practice from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in various sessions on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27.

The following three days the Worcester Sharks will play three preseason games.

On Thursday, September 28 at 7:05 p.m. the Sharks will take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Simsbury Skating Center.

On Friday, September 29 the Sharks will play host to the Manchester Monarchs at the New England Sports Center for an 8:00 p.m. start time. A limited number of tickets are still available to the public for $5 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the New England Sports Center front desk at 121 Donald Lynch Blvd. in Marlborough or at the Sharks front office in the DCU Center at 50 Foster St. in Worcester.

Finally, the Sharks will then travel up to Hooksett, NH the following day on Saturday, September 30 to take on the Monarchs at the Tri-Town Ice Arena for a 7:00 p.m. slate.

Training Camp will wrap up on October 2nd and 3rd beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the DCU Center.

On Saturday, October 14, the Worcester Sharks will swim back to the DCU Center in Worcester for the first home game of their inaugural season against the Portland Pirates at 7:05 p.m., powered by the U.S. Army. Full and half season ticket packages as well as 10-game, and Flex packs at affordable prices are still available for purchase. Please call the Worcester Sharks office at 508.929.0500 or visit for more information.

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Worcester Sharks Announce Individual Ticket Sales Party

The Worcester Sharks are pleased announce the date of their Individual Tickets Sales Party. Individual Tickets to their 2006-07 inaugural hockey season will go on sale this Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at the DCU Center Box Office. Team President Michael T. Lehr made the announcement today.

The Sharks staff, along with Finz, will be on hand with Coffee and Donuts as well as the recently "Sharkized" WRTA Bus. The Sharks wrapped a transit bus that has already been rolling around the City of Worcester and its surrounding towns.

There will be a raffle for various Sharks merchandise as well as games and contests. Information will also be available on season tickets and group packages.

The Sharks Booster Club will be on hand providing information regarding membership to their club.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event from 10-12 p.m. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to get your tickets to Opening Night on October 14th, powered by the U.S. Army. Tickets are going fast, so you will want to hurry!

The Worcester Sharks are set to open at the DCU Center on Saturday, October 14 against the Portland Pirates at 7:05 p.m., powered by the U.S. Army. Full season, half season, Sharks packs, and flex packages are still available for affordable prices by calling 508.929.0500 or visiting

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Iowa announces training camp dates

DES MOINES, IA - Iowa Stars President John Pettit and Stars Director of Hockey Operations Scott White today announced that the club will officially begin their American Hockey League (AHL) training camp on Sunday, September 24th at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, marking the start of the Stars sophomore season in the AHL.

The Iowa Stars camp roster will be announced in the coming days, but should consist of approximately 35 to 40 contracted and tryout players. The Wells Fargo Arena-based camp will run from September 24th to October 1st, consisting of on-ice workouts and four exhibition games.

On Sunday, September 24th, the Iowa Stars have scheduled a Pick-A-Seat event beginning at 3 PM. Fans can also relax and enjoy the first on-ice practice of Iowa Stars Training Camp beginning at 5:30 PM. The event is FREE and open to the public. In addition to a special sale on selected merchandise, the Stars will also be showing a copy of their Hockey 101 video. The event will also run from 4:45 to 7 PM on Monday, September 25th.

The Stars will host two exhibition games during training camp. On Friday, September 29th the Stars will welcome the Peoria Rivermen to Wells Fargo Arena for a 7:05 PM game. On Sunday, October 1st the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights will visit Iowa. Wells Fargo Arena face-off is 5:05 PM.

The Iowa Stars training camp schedule is included below.

IOWA STARS INFO: The Stars Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th against Houston. Wells Fargo Arena game time is 7:05 PM. 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.

Date Event Site Time

Sun., Sept. 24 **Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 5:30 PM**

Mon., Sept. 25 Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 10:45 AM

**Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 4:45 PM**

Tue., Sept. 26 Training Camp - On-Ice Metro Ice Facility 9:30 AM

Exhibition Game @ Peoria Peoria, Illinois 7:05 PM

Wed., Sept. 27 Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 11 AM

Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 3:30 PM

Thurs., Sept. 28 Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 11 AM

Fri., Sept. 29 Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 10:45 AM

Exhibition Game vs. Peoria Wells Fargo Arena 7:05 PM

Sat., Sept. 30 Training Camp - On-Ice Wells Fargo Arena 11:30 AM

Exhibition Game @ Omaha Omaha, Nebraska 7 PM

Sun., Oct. 1 Exhibition Game - vs. Omaha Wells Fargo Arena 5:05 PM


September 24th - Open House and Pick-A-Seat

3 to 7 PM

September 25th - Open House and Pick-A-Seat

4:45 to 7 PM

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Sharks sign right wing Ashton Rome

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed right wing Ashton Rome to a three-year deal. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

After attending the 2006 Pacific Division Shootout with San Jose, Rome was assigned to the Worcester Sharks camp on Sept. 15.

Rome split the 2005-06 season between Red Deer and Kamloops, finishing as the Blazers leading scorer with 64 points (30 goals, 34 assists) in 65 games, along with 130 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-two, 205-pound native of Nesbitt, Manitoba was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (143rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Rome was previously chosen by the Boston Bruins in the third round (108th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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Boston Assigns Eight Players to Providence

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, member of the American Hockey League, announced that the Boston Bruins have assigned eight players to the P-Bruins' training camp, which begins on September 22 at 10:00a.m at the Rhode Island Sports Center, Rte. 146, North Smithfield, RI. Training camp is open to the public. The group of eight includes forwards Chris Collins, Nate DiCasmirro, Dennis Packard, Wacey Rabbit, Jeremy Reich and T.J. Trevelyan, and goaltenders Mike Brown and Jordan Sigalet.

Reich, 27, rejoins Providence after a 23-point (8g, 15a), 77-game season in which the left wing also totaled a career-high 235 penalty minutes. The seventh-year pro has 149 points (58g, 91a) and 1,109 PIM in 419 games, all but nine spent in the AHL with Providence, the Houston Aeros and Syracuse Crunch. The other nine games came in 2003-04 with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL. From Craik, Saskatchewan, Reich was drafted 39th overall (second round) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Brown, 21, begins his second professional season following a stint in Providence last year and much of 2005-06 spent in the East Coast Hockey League with the Dayton Bombers and South Carolina Stingrays. With the P-Bruins, the goaltender from Baldwinsville, New York, saw action in a pair of games, playing 42 minutes while blocking 11 of 13 shots for a 2.87 goals-against-average and not receiving a decision. In the ECHL, the goalie played in 21 contests, finishing with a 4-13-4 record and a 3.83 GAA. Brown was selected by Boston 153rd overall (fifth round) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Sigalet, 25, begins his second professional season after a 19-11-2, 2.55 GAA showing in net for Providence a year ago. The goaltender's season was highlighted by a pair of five-game winning streaks, along with a one-game call-up to Boston. A product of Bowling Green State University, where he was the first ever goalie to be named team captain, Sigalet had a 34-46-16 record for the Falcons with three shutouts, a .915 save percentage and a 2.98 GAA. From Surrey, British Columbia, Sigalet was Boston's sixth pick (seventh round) and 209th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Collins, 22, an undrafted signing by Boston, is a four-year product of Boston College. While playing for the Eagles, the Fairport, New York, native, tallied 122 points (63g, 59a) in 162 collegiate games. Last year, the left wing posted career-highs with 34 goals and 29 assists en route to leading the Hockey East in scoring and being named one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Along the way, Collins was named the Hockey East's Player of the Year, a member of the All-Star First Team and a NCAA East All-American.

DiCasmirro (DEE-caz-meer-o), 28, begins his sixth pro season with his fifth AHL club. In 270 career games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Toronto Roadrunners turned Edmonton Roadrunners and the Grand Rapids Griffins, the undrafted right wing and product of St. Cloud State has 129 points (45g, 84a). Last season, the native of Atikokan, Ontario, doubled his previous single-season best in assists with 36 and also tallied a career-highs with 52 points and 97 penalty minutes. His plus-27 rating also ranked third in the AHL.

Packard, 24, begins his third professional season after back-to-back seasons split between the Springfield Falcons (AHL) and Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL). In 124 pro games, the left wing and native of Kingston, Pennsylvania, has 37 points (10g, 27a). Previously, Packard spent four seasons at Harvard University, tallying 65 points (32g, 33a) in 131 Crimson games. He was drafted 219th overall (seventh round) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Rabbit, 19, begins his professional career after five junior seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, during which the center accumulated 186 points (80g, 106a) in 259 games. Last season, the Lethbridge, Alberta, native captained the Blades following his selection by Boston, 154th overall (fifth round), in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Trevelyan, 22, begins his first professional season after four years with the St. Lawrence University Saints of the ECAC. The undrafted left wing from Mississauga, Ontario, posted a career-high in points last season with 48 (20g, 28a) in 40 games. In 150 collegiate games, Trevelyan had 154 points (78g, 76a) and 204 PIM. During his senior season, Trevelyan led the ECAC in scoring, he was named a First-Team All-American, the ECAC Player of the Year, an ECAC First-Team All-Star and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

The Providence Bruins' home opener for the 2006-07 season is October 13 versus the Worcester Sharks at 7:05 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Information on the home opener and Providence Bruins season ticket packages for the upcoming 2006-07 regular season can be obtained by calling the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging onto

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Irmen, Quesada, Thelen assigned by Wild

HOUSTON, Texas - Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned the following three players to the training camp for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL): left wing Danny Irmen, goaltender Tony Quesada and defenseman A.J. Thelen. The Aeros' training camp is set to open Wednesday, September 27, from 1-3 p.m. at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center.

Irmen, 22 (9/6/84), totaled two assists in four regular season games and four penalty minutes in seven playoff games for Houston in 2005-06, after signing an amateur tryout on April 5. He compiled 38 points (16-22=38) in 30 games for the University of Minnesota, where he totaled 103 points (54-49=103) in 117 games over three seasons. The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Fargo, N.D., was Minnesota's third-round pick (No. 78 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Irmen saw action in one pre-season game for Minnesota this month without recording a point.

Quesada, 23 (11/7/82), is coming off four standout collegiate seasons at Holy Cross. He went 22-6-2 with a 2.30 gaa and a .925 save pct. in 2005-06. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of South Freeport, Maine, helped orchestrate arguably the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history, making 35 saves in the Crusaders' 4-3 win over Minnesota and new Aeros teammate Danny Irmen. Holy Cross became the first-ever No. 4 seed to upset a No. 1 team. Quesada was named Atlantic Hockey All-Conference Second Team, and also to the Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team. He holds five of Holy Cross' six goaltending records. Quesada signed an AHL deal with the Aeros on July 31.

Thelen, 20 (3/11/86), played one regular season game with Houston in 2005-06, notching two penalty minutes. He spent the season with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, picking up 36 points (13-26=39) in 72 games. Thelen was a Second Team All-American at Michigan State University in 2003-04, racking up 29 points (11-18=29) in 42 games. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Savage, Minn., was taken in the first round (No. 12 overall) by the Wild in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
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