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Oilers Edge Flames In Preseason, 4-3

Calgary, AB - Eric Godard did the punching, a lot of punching. Matthew Lombardi did the scoring. Both made Thursday's Battle of Alberta exhibition game at the Pengrowth Saddledome what we expect -- entertaining hockey.

Lombardi, centering the Calgary Flames top two guns, Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, stole the offensive show, potting two goals in the first period of a 4-3 overtime Edmonton win over the Flames.

Godard the Flames new heavyweight, who happens to be wearing the same No. 17 as the Flames last heavyweight, served notice that he means business.

He absolutely demolished Zachery Stortini, one of the heavyweights auditioning to become the Oilers new tough guy.

As auditions go, Stortini failed as Godard repeatedly landed haymakers. Give the kid credit though, he did stay on his feet and he didn't bleed. But we wouldn't want to be his face Friday morning.

Lombardi, meanwhile, scored two nifty goals, one on the power play when he walked out from the corner and slid a puck past goalie Jussi Markkanen and then, on a five-on-three breakway, he tucked a backhand underneath the Oilers goalie.

The crafty Lombardi almost had a natural hat trick in the first period but his backhand just went over the net. He also had a decent chance in overtime, driving hard to the net and just missing.

The Oilers scored with 1:02 left in overtime when Shawn Horcoff scored shorthanded (yes, that's four-on-three in overtime) on a breakaway.

Iginla, on a backhand from the crease with the man advantage, also scored for the Flames in the first period. Iginla, Tanguay and Lombardi saw some power play time together and, with a couple of more games under their belts, could likely gel into a pretty potent line offensively.

"It's great to play with those guys but things can get changed up pretty quick," said Lombardi, not reading much into being the first line center.

Iginla and Tanguay teamed up with rookie Dustin Boyd on a power play late in the third period and, after working the puck neatly behind the net, Iginla fed Boyd a pass on the crease but Boyd rang it off the post.

While Iginla scored and Lombardi shone, Tanguay wasn't very happy. The Horcoff goal came as a result of a giveaway by Tanguay in the Oilers zone. It was the second giveaway in a sequence Tanguay would rather forget -- he had to hustle back to prevent Steve Staios from getting a breakway after coughing up the puck in the neutral zone.

"That's pretty much as bad as I can play," said a very straightforward Tanguay. "Nothing was working."

Marc Antoine-Poulet, Patrick Thoresen and Jarret Stoll, with a great wrister to the short side, also scored for the Oilers.

Flames No. 1 goalie Mikka Kiprusoff started the game and allowed three goals, one where he didn't close his hand on a shot quick enough, on 15 shots. He was replaced by Brent Krahn in the second period. Krahn was steady, allowing just one goal on 10 shots.

ICING: Flames D Rhett Warrener is considered day-to-day with a knee injury. He went for an MRI on Thursday afternoon.
 

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Moose Release 2006 Training Camp Roster

Today the Manitoba Moose announced their current roster for the 2006 training camp which gets underway on Sunday, September 24th with medicals and physicals beginning at noon at the MTS Centre.

The current training camp roster includes a total of 10 returning players from the 2005-06 season, including the likes of Alexander Bolduc, Jason Jaffray, Mike Keane, Adam Keefe, and Nathan Smith up front with James DeMone and Maxime Fortunus on the blueline. The roster does not currently include any players still with the Vancouver Canucks and their training camp.

The current training camp roster also features 15 new players who have a total of close to 1500 games of American Hockey League experience at some point in their career. Players such as Justin Mapletoft (Bridgeport), David Masse (Bridgeport), Patrick Yetman (Hartford), Tyler Beechey (Toronto), or defencemen Dustin Wood (Syracuse), Nick Kuiper (Norfolk), and Phil Cole (Philedelphia) could be new, yet experienced faces in the Moose line-up this year, along with goaltender Mike Ayers (Syracuse).

The Moose will also currently welcome eight Manitobans to camp, including a pair of University of Manitoba Bisons in forward Warren McCutcheon who hails from Carmen, MB and defenceman Rob Smith who is a Steinbach, MB native. Other players in camp from Manitoba include veteran Mike Keane, along with newcomers Cole, Steve Crampton, Tyler Mosienko, Reagan Rome, and Travis Wight.

The Moose will begin on-ice sessions on Monday, September 25th at River Heights Arena. On Tuesday, September 26th, training camp will shift back to the MTS Centre and remain there until Thursday, September 28th. Each day will consist of two different groups practicing in two different on-ice sessions in the morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.. Both sides will then participate in intra-squad games each day at 2:00 p.m. at either the MTS Centre or River Heights Arena.

This season, the Moose will face the Lakehead University Thunderwolves in a pair of prospect games in Thunder Bay, ON on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th at the Fort Williams Garden. Both games will begin at 6:30 p.m. CST. The Thunderwolves finished last season ranked third in the nation in CIS Men's Hockey and advanced to the National Championship game in Edmonton, AB. However, they were defeated 3-2 in the final by the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

Following the exhibition games, the Moose will then resume daily practices until the season opener on Wednesday, October 4th at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Current 2006 Training Camp Roster

FORWARDS S Ht Wt Born Place 96-97 Team 2005-06 Statistics YR

NO. NAME HT WT Shot BORN BIRTHPLACE 2005-06 TEAM (LG) GP G A PTS PIM PR

18 Beechey, Tyler 5'11 180 Left 06/05/81 Edmonton, AB Toronto (AHL) 47 13 18 31 27 5

49 Bolduc, Alexandre (C) 6'2 200 Right 06/25/85 Montreal, PQ Bakersfield (ECHL)

Manitoba (AHL) 24

29 10

3 6

7 16

10 56

35 2

44 Contois, Andrew 6'1 186 Left 10/11/81 Marquette, MI Northern Michigan (NCAA)

Idaho (ECHL) 37

6 16

1 15

6 31

7 36

0 R

57 Craig, Matt (C) 6'0 195 Left 03/17/82 London, ON Utah (ECHL)

Manitoba (AHL) 59

6 27

1 27

1 54

2 40

2 2

46 Crampton, Steve (RW) 6'2 192 Right 04/12/82 Winnipeg, MB Las Vegas (ECHL)

Lowell (AHL)

Norfolk (AHL) 54

2

7 20

0

2 29

0

2 49

0

4 140

4

9 5

40 Gajic, Milan (RW) 6'0 180 Right 06/01/81 Burnaby, BC Providence (AHL)

Gwinnett (ECHL) 17

41 0

25 1

33 1

58 10

14 2

15 Jaffray, Jason (LW) 6'1 205 Left 06/30/81 Olds, AB Manitoba (AHL) 73 12 35 47 58 5

12 Keane, Mike (RW) 5'10 185 Right 05/29/67 Winnipeg, MB Manitoba (AHL) 69 3 11 14 66 18

20 Keefe, Adam (RW) 5'10 195 Right 04/26/84 Kingston, ON Manitoba (AHL)

Toledo (ECHL) 31

28 3

11 2

10 5

21 158

174 2

50 Kinasewich, Ryan (LW) 6'2 202 Left 08/20/83 St. Albert, AB Utah (ECHL) 60 39 46 85 48 3

54 Lloyd, Darryl (C) 5'10 195 Left 02/10/84 Pickering, ON Youngstown (CHL)

Cleveland (AHL) 62

5 17

0 26

1 43

1 201

6 3

16 Mapletoft, Justin (C) 6'1 202 Left 01/11/81 Lloydminster, SK Jokerit (FNL)

Soderatje (SEL) 18

31 1

14 3

7 4

21 8

34 6

32 Masse, David (LW) 6'0 175 Left 12/02/82 Montreal, PQ Bridgeport (AHL) 71 17 14 31 51 4

47 McCutcheon, Warren (C) 6'4 200 Left 08/6/82 Carmen, MB U of Manitoba (CIS) 41 27 33 60 115 R

28 Mosienko, Tyler (C) 5'8 175 Left 03/21/84 Winnipeg, MB Greenville (ECHL) 72 13 34 47 87 2

**19 Smith, Nathan (C) 6'2 190 Left 02/09/82 Strathcona, AB Manitoba (AHL)

Vancouver (NHL) 20

1 5

0 4

0 9

0 57

0 5

52 Wrigley, David 6'0 200 Left 06/1/80 Washago, ON Muskegon (UHL) 76 42 42 84 89 2

29 Yetman, Patrick (RW) 5'10 172 Right 11/17/80 St. John's, NF Kaufbeuren (2.Gbun) 42 42 26 68 16 6

DEFENCEMEN YR

NO. NAME HT WT Shot BORN BIRTHPLACE 2005-06 TEAM (LG) GP G A PTS PIM PR

56 Cole, Phil 6'4 205 Left 10/06/82 Winnipeg, MB Philadelphia (AHL)

Augusta (ECHL) 10

48 0

1 0

11 0

12 20

91 5

42 DeMone, James 6'6 230 Left 07/01/82 St. Albert, AB Manitoba (AHL)

Columbia (ECHL) 55

10 1

0 8

1 9

1 121

8 3

27 Fortunus, Maxime 6'1 190 Right 07/28/83 La Prairie, PQ Manitoba (AHL) 76 3 10 13 36 4

55 Fritshaw, Luke 6'4 208 Left 07/04/84 Tisdale, SK Long Beach (ECHL) 59 2 7 9 103 2

**45 Heshka, Shaun 6'1 195 Right 07/30/85 Melleville, SK Everett (WHL) 66 10 49 59 91 R

26 Kelly, Matt 6'2 195 Right 03/23/85 Tottenham, ON Belleville (OHL)

Manitoba (AHL) 63

3 12

0 25

1 37

1 61

0 R

5 Kuiper, Nick 6'2 210 Right 02/12/82 Montreal, PQ Norfolk (AHL) 70 2 7 9 104 3

24 Naumenko, Nick 5'11 185 Right 07/07/74 Chicago, IL Chicago (AHL) 39 1 16 17 29 11

4 Rome, Reagan 6'2 211 Left 12/29/81 Nesbitt, MB Reading (ECHL)

Manchester (AHL) 49

13 6

0 24

4 30

4 77

23 5

53 Smith, Rob 6'2 220 Right 03/11/83 Steinbach, MB U of Manitoba (CIS) 37 6 15 21 92 R

51 Wight, Travis 5'10 180 Left 07/04/82 Fannystelle, MB U of Maine (NCAA) 41 2 9 11 24 R

23 Wood, Dustin 6'1 208 Left 05/21/81 Scarborough, ON Houston (AHL)

Syracuse (AHL) 64

14 1

0 6

3 7

3 48

14 5

GOALTENDERS YR

NO. NAME HT WT Catches BORN BIRTHPLACE 2005-06 TEAM (LG) GP W L SO AVG PR

31 Ayers, Mike 5'11 185 Left 01/16/80 Hingham, MA Dayton (ECHL)

Syracuse (AHL) 25

23 8

12 16

9 0

0 3.43

2.66 3

35 Bridges, Bryan 5'11 170 Left 12/27/85 Victoria, BC Seattle (WHL) 42 24 16 3 2.59 R

30 Centomo, Sebastien 6'1 196 Left 3/26/81 Laval, PQ Oklahoma City (CHL)

Manitoba (AHL) 18

12 9

5 8

5 2

2 3.01

2.64 6

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AHL, B2 Networks announce B2 Power Play package

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League and B2 Networks announced today the introduction of B2 Power Play, a new service that will provide complete coverage of AHL action to fans on a worldwide basis.

Included in the B2 Power Play package are access to watch every regular-season game of your favorite AHL 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.

Today's announcement marks another step forward in the partnership between the AHL and B2 Networks. Last season more than 1,000 AHL games were broadcast on the network to hockey fans around the world, including the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic and every game of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. As the 2006-07 season approaches, AHL fans now have more options than ever to follow their favorite team.

Fans interested in B2 Power Play can go to www.b2now.com/SubMarketPage/AHL/signupsplash.html for sign-up.

"We are very excited to announce B2 Power Play as we enter the second year of our partnership with B2 Networks," said Chris Nikolis, AHL vice president of sales and marketing. "We hope AHL fans around the world will continue to make the AHL on B2 one of the ways they stay close to the excitement and energy of AHL hockey."

B2 Power Play will go on sale Friday, Sept. 22. A full regular-season package costs $160 billed in eight installments, or fans can pay for the regular season in full for $150. Any fan purchasing B2 Power Play before Oct. 1 will receive a rate of only $140, a savings of more than 70 percent off the individual game price. B2toGO, a service delivering live games and highlights to cell phones and hand held PDA's, will be available for purchase on Oct. 2 for a full regular-season price of $56 over eight installments or $50 if paid in full. Fans who purchase B2 Power Play will be eligible to add B2toGO for only an additional $25.

Individual broadband games are still available for the same $6 price as last season.

"This new ticket packaging is a great way to begin the second year of our partnership with the AHL," said Greg P. Bell, B2 Networks owner and CEO. "AHL fans made it clear that they wanted greater flexibility in the way games were purchased. Now they have multiple options plus premium services such as exclusive highlights and video to cell phones."

The American Hockey League's 71st regular season begins on Wed., Oct. 4, as 27 teams begin competition for the prestigious Calder Cup.
 

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"Rockin' the Rink" with the Griffins

"Rockin' the Rink" with the Griffins
09/22/06 - American Hockey League (AHL) Grand Rapids Griffins

Grand Rapids Griffins
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins will usher in their second decade of hockey at Van Andel Arena this October with the debut of the team's "Rockin' the Rink" Entertainment Series.

During 14 nights over the course of the 2006-07 season presented by Comcast, "Rockin' the Rink" will highlight various musical genres and celebrate those who rock, with live music, celebrity guest appearances and giveaways. The fun begins with the home opener versus Omaha on Saturday, Oct. 14, as the Griffins look to extend their opening-night sellout streak to an unprecedented 11 years. All fans will receive a concert-style "Rockin' the Rink" T-shirt with the series schedule printed on the back. Details on all series dates can be found below.

Single-game tickets for these 14 contests, as well as each of the Griffins' 40 regular season home games at Van Andel Arena, will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices remain unchanged from last season: $13 and $15 in the arena's upper bowl, and $17, $20 and $25 in the lower bowl. A limited number of upper bowl tickets also go on sale for just $5 two weeks prior to each game.

Griffins tickets can be purchased in advance of game night through the following methods (all purchases subject to a convenience charge):

- In person at The Zone at Van Andel Arena;

- In person at Star Tickets Plus outlets, including all Meijer stores;

- By phone through Star Tickets Plus at 1-800-585-3737;

- Via the web through a link at griffinshockey.com.

On game night, tickets may be purchased without a convenience charge at the Van Andel Arena box office, beginning 90 minutes before game time. Fans who attend multiple games can avoid charges and receive a discount from the single-game price by purchasing a five-, 10- or 20-game mini plan. These plans, along with full season and group ticket packages, may be ordered through the Griffins' office at (800) 2-HOCKEY.

The Rockin' the Rink Entertainment Series will be highlighted by celebrity appearances by former Heisman Trophy winner and Detroit Lions running back Billy Sims (Nov. 4), Nickelodeon's Drake Bell from "The Drake and Josh Show" (Dec. 2), NASCAR "Chase for the Cup" contender Denny Hamlin (Jan. 13), "American Idol" Ace Young (Jan. 27), Roger Hazzard from A&E's "Sell this House" (Feb. 24), and a rising country music star (March 17), as well as a celebration of the Griffins' affiliation with the Detroit Red Wings (Feb. 3). The Griffins will retire their first jersey number during the Travis Richards Tribute (Nov. 24), and the New Year's Eve Extravaganza returns with West Michigan's largest indoor fireworks display.

In addition to the Rockin' the Rink Entertainment Series, other key promotions include a pair of P.O.D.S. magnetic schedule giveaways (Oct. 21 and 22) and the annual Matinee Game presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union (Nov. 14).

Several popular recurring promotions will also be featured throughout the Griffins' schedule, including 12 post-game skates and 13 post-game autograph sessions with Griffins players. All Friday games will feature both the Wendy's Family Four Pack and the new Student Night, enabling students to purchase a lower bowl ticket for just $10. In conjunction with Rockin' the Rink, Bud Light Friday nights will provide live music for fans on the concourse prior to the start of six selected Friday games. Finally, a new premium seating area called the Talsma Terrace will be introduced, providing fans with La-Z-Boy chairs and a host of amenities to enjoy while they watch the Griffins.

All promotions and dates are subject to changes. For more information, visit griffinshockey.com or call (800) 2-HOCKEY.

ROCKIN' THE RINK

Oct. 14: Opening Night presented by Comcast

Local Musicpalooza, featuring five local bands performing around the arena during pre-game, intermissions and post-game
The Griffins will raise a banner commemorating their 2005-06 AHL regular season championship
All fans receive a concert-style "tour" T-shirt with the 14 Rockin' nights schedule printed on the back

Nov. 4: Football Fest with Billy Sims presented by MC Sports

Special appearance by former Heisman Trophy winner and Detroit Lions running back Billy Sims
Performance by Christian Rock band Downhere

Nov. 24: Travis Richards Tribute presented by Grand-Craft

The Griffins will retire the no. 24 jersey of "Mr. Griffin," long-time defenseman Travis Richards
The annual Teddy Bear Toss

Dec. 1: Calvin/Hope Hockey Showdown

6:30 p.m. Griffins start, followed by a college hockey showdown between rivals Hope and Calvin
Christian Rock concert between games

Dec. 2: Rockin' Scout Night

- Special appearance by Drake Bell of Nickelodeon's "The Drake and Josh Show"

- Annual scout night, with a post-game skate for all scouts

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Extravaganza presented by Centennial Securities

- Post-game firework show: West Michigan's largest indoor firework display

- Griffins players will wear tuxedo-style jerseys that will be auctioned for charity

Jan. 13: NASCAR Nation

Special appearance by current "Chase for the Cup" contender Denny Hamlin

Jan. 27: Idol Rocks presented by Lighthouse Insurance Group

Special appearance from American Idol star Ace Young, with performances at both intermissions

Feb. 2: Red Wings Rock

Special appearance by a current or recent Red Wings player

Feb. 17: Back in Black

The first 1,500 kids 12 and younger receive a Griffins youth jersey presented by Comerica
Griffins players will be wearing special "Back in Black" jerseys to be signed and auctioned off after the game

Feb. 24: Way Out/House Party

Stock Building Supply and Andersen Windows present a special appearance by Roger Hazzard from A&E's "Sell This House"
Contemporary Christian band hosted by WAY-FM
Appearance by the Veggie Tales

March 16: St. Patty's Poker Party presented by W.S. Reed Company

WYCE St. Hat Trick Party
Strolling bag pipers perform on the concourse
Irish style Celtic Bands will play during intermissions
Full House Poker events

March 17: Nashville Rocks

Special appearance and performances by a rising country music star

April 14: The Grand Finale presented by Western Michigan Chrysler Jeep Dealers

SEASON-LONG PROMOTIONS

Bud Light Friday Nights: Enjoy live music on the concourse for one hour prior to the start of the games on Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 6.

Wendy's Family Four Packs: For all Friday games, get 4 tickets and 4 Wendy's Single combos for just $44.

Student Night: Every Friday, students can visit the arena box office to purchase a lower bowl ticket for $10 (student ID required).

The Talsma Terrace: Located on the terrace level above section 118, this new section provides fans the best seat in the house, with La-Z-Boy chairs and an array of unprecedented amenities.

Griffins Post-Game Skates: Oct. 14 and 28; Nov. 4 and 24; Dec. 31; Jan. 13 and 27; Feb. 3, 24 and 25; March 17; April 14.

Griffins Post-Game Autograph Sessions: Oct. 14 and 28; Nov. 4 and 10; Dec. 1 and 30; Jan. 13; Feb. 3, 16, 24 and 25; March 16 and 31.

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Rivermen Change Torrie Wilson Appearance Date

Peoria, IL (September 22, 2006) - Peoria Rivermen President/CEO Bart Rogers announced today that the appearance for World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) RAW Superstar Torrie Wilson has been moved from Friday, October 13 to Friday, December 15, when the Rivermen battle the Iowa Stars at 7:30 p.m. at Carver Arena.

Wilson will sign autographs and be available for pictures during her two-hour fan session from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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In addition, Rogers also announced that the team's January 27 road game time against the Milwaukee Admirals has been changed from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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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 Nights, 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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Syracuse Crunch Announce 2006-07 Training Camp Roster

Syracuse, NY (September 22, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today its training camp roster for the 2006-07 season.

On-ice workouts will begin at 10:30 a.m. on September 23 and continue through October 3. The Crunch will play four preseason games during training camp: September 26 vs. Rochester, September 27 @ Rochester, September 29 vs. Hamilton, October 1 @ Hamilton.

All practices are open to the media.

GOALTENDERS
Pos. Ht. Wt. C. Birthplace Birthdate 2005-06 Team 2005-06 Regular Season

71 FRANCK, Andy G 6-0 175 L Lakewood, OH 7.4.81 Wheeling (ECHL) 55 33 15 5 2.28
66 LaCOSTA, Dan G 6-1 186 L Labrador, NFLD 3.28.86 Barrie (OHL) 59 36 17 1 2.55
71 ROBERTS, Brad G 5-10 190 L Cassville, NY 7.31.82 Army (AHA) 36 12 18 6 2.52

DEFENSEMEN Pos. Ht. Wt. Sh. Birthplace Birthdate 2005-06 Team 2005-06 Regular Season

53 FARYNUK, Brad D 6-0 210 L Enderby, BC 1.22.82 R.P.I. (ECAC) 30 4 16 20 34
54 FLOOD, Mark D 6-1 190 R Charlottetown, PEI 9.29.84 Syracuse (AHL) 9 1 1 2 2
Dayton (ECHL) 50 11 14 25 20
56 HENDRIKX, Trevor D 6-2 205 R Russell, ON 3.29.85 Peterborough (OHL) 60 9 47 56 123
55 REDLIHS, Jekabs D 6-1 190 L Riga, Latvia 3.29.82 Boston University (HE) 27 1 5 6 34
Syracuse (AHL) 4 0 0 0 6
65 TREMBLAY, Luis D 6-0 195 R Val d'Or, PQ 6.28.83 Wheeling (ECHL) 71 14 16 30 123
63 WINCHESTER, Jeff D 6-3 220 L Dalhousie, NB 11.6.81 U. of Alabama-Huntsville (CHA) 34 0 13 13 58
San Diego (ECHL) 5 0 2 2 6

FORWARDS Pos. Ht. Wt. Sh. Birthplace Birthdate 2005-06 Team 2005-06 Regular Season

61 FRISCHMON, Trevor C 5-11 197 L Ham Lake, MN 8.5.81 Colorado College (WCHA) 41 7 9 16 41
GENOVY, Jeff C 6-2 202 L Kalamazoo, MI 12.4.82 Clarkson (ECAC) 36 12 15 27 70
62 KELLY, Paul C 6-2 230 L West Peabody, MA 10.4.80 Augusta (ECHL) 31 5 6 11 16
Dayton (ECHL) 42 13 13 26 31
60 KONSORADA, Tim RW 6-0 201 R Fort Saskatchewan, AB 3.21.84 Syracuse (AHL) 20 3 2 5 7
Dayton (ECHL) 54 16 32 48 8
70 LABELLE, Olivier RW 6-0 190 R St. Eustache, PQ 7.15.85 Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 67 50 50 100 185
57 LANDOLT, Shaun C 6-1 205 R Cloverdale, BC 10.2.84 Pensacola (ECHL) 57 12 16 28 65
Toronto (AHL) 4 0 0 0 4
69 MacLEAN, A.J. C 6-0 170 R Antigonish, NS 8.31.83 Dayton (ECHL) 70 9 17 26 24
74 POHL, Petr RW 5-11 188 R Prostejov, Czech 8.28.86 Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 62 27 43 70 44
59 RYPIEN, Wes LW 6-2 190 L Coleman, AB 11.5.82 Dayton (ECHL) 30 1 4 5 129
72 SZWEZ, Jeff RW 6-3 220 L Etobicoke, ON 7.16.81 Syracuse (AHL) 21 5 6 11 52
Dayton (ECHL) 51 25 22 47 90
46 THOMSON, Kelly LW 5-10 200 L London, ON 4.14.85 London (OHL) 4 1 0 1 17
Oshawa (OHL) 47 5 17 22 139
75 VERNARSKY, Kris C 6-3 210 Warren, MI 4.5.82 Motor City (UHL) 75 10 21 31 100
52 WALTON, Brent RW 5-9 180 R Elmira, ON 11.9.83 Western Michigan (CCHA) 40 25 17 42 18
Syracuse (AHL) 6 0 0 0 7


Head Coach: Ross Yates Athletic Trainer: Mike Derecola
Assistant Coach: Trent Cull Equipment Manager: R.I. Blachford
NHL Affiliation: Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant Equipment Manager: Red Coughlin

The Crunch open their 13th AHL season on October 6 in Toronto. The clubs home opener is Friday, October 13 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Express Mart Opening Night. 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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Bourque, Daigneault assigned to Hershey

HERSHEY - The 2006 Calder Cup Champion HERSHEY BEARS have announced in conjunction with the NHL's Washington Capitals that left wing Chris Bourque and goaltender Maxime Daigneault have been assigned to HERSHEY'S 69th training camp. The announcement was made jointly today by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst and Capitals VP/General Manager George McPhee.

Bourque, a member of HERSHEY'S 2006 Calder Cup Championship team, scored eight goals in 52 games for the BEARS last season. Daigneault appeared in three AHL games in 2005-06 while playing the majority of last season for South Carolina (ECHL). Both players are expected to join on-ice practices Saturday morning at GIANT Center.

The BEARS will take to the ice for the club's first exhibition game of the season Monday, September 25 at Voorhees, NJ against the Philadelphia Phantoms at 1:00 p.m. Following a game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, September 29 at 7:05 p.m., the BEARS will play home exhibition games on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. HERSHEY will face the Norfolk Admirals on the 30th at 7:00 p.m. before facing the Penguins October 1 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for all BEARS home games are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 508-BEAR.

The Washington Capitals will face the New Jersey Devils this Sunday at GIANT Center at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. Washington goaltender Olie Kolzig is expected to face legendary New Jersey backstop Martin Brodeur in the contest.
 

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Worcester Sharks and AHL announce premium service with B2 Networks

WORCESTER - The Worcester Sharks are excited to announce the agreement between the American Hockey League and the B2 Power Play. The B2 Network will give Sharks fans the opportunity to log onto www.sharksahl.com from anywhere and watch their games.

Included in the B2 Power Play package are access to watch every regular-season Sharks game, 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.

Today's announcement marks another step forward in the partnership between the AHL and B2 Networks. Last season more than 1,000 AHL games were broadcast on the network to hockey fans around the world, including the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic and every game of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. As the 2006-07 season approaches, AHL fans now have more options than ever to follow their favorite team.

Worcester Sharks fans will also have the opportunity to tune into WTAG 580 AM locally to hear play-by-play of each and every game by the "Voice of the Sharks," Jamie Smock. Smock can also be heard through WTAG on the Sharks website at www.sharksahl.com.

On Sunday mornings, Smock will be a frequent contributor with Sherman Whitman on the WTAG 580 AM station where the "Worcester Sharks Today" radio show can be heard at 7:00 a.m.

For select games, fans will also have the opportunity to watch Sharks Hockey on Charter's WCTR-3 Television station. Check www.sharksahl.com for details.

Fans interested in B2 Power Play can go to www.b2now.com/SubMarketPage/AHL/signupsplash.html for sign-up.

"We are very excited to announce B2 Power Play as we enter the second year of our partnership with B2 Networks," said Chris Nikolis, AHL vice president of sales and marketing. "We hope AHL fans around the world will continue to make the AHL on B2 one of the ways they stay close to the excitement and energy of AHL hockey."

B2 Power Play will go on sale Friday, Sept. 22. A full regular-season package costs $160 billed in eight installments, or fans can pay for the regular season in full for $150. Any fan purchasing B2 Power Play before Oct. 1 will receive a rate of only $140, a savings of more than 70 percent off the individual game price. B2toGO, a service delivering live games and highlights to cell phones and hand held PDA's, will be available for purchase on Oct. 2 for a full regular-season price of $56 over eight installments or $50 if paid in full. Fans who purchase B2 Power Play will be eligible to add B2toGO for only an additional $25.

Individual broadband games are still available for the same $6 price as last season.

The Worcester Sharks inaugural season begins on Friday, October 6 against the Pirates in Portland. The Sharks open at home on the 14th of October against the Portland Pirates for a 7:05 p.m. slate.
 

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Griffins Training Camp Starts Monday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League will begin their 11th annual training camp on Monday, Sept. 25 at Griff's IceHouse at Belknap Park (30 Coldbrook NE). Approximately 30 players will begin preparations for the Griffins' fifth season as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, under the guidance of head coach Greg Ireland and assistant coach Jim Paek.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will feature identical schedules, with a 9-10:30 a.m. practice followed by a 2:30 p.m. scrimmage. All training camp sessions at Griff's IceHouse are open to the public.

Most of the players expected to comprise Grand Rapids' 2006-07 roster will still be with the Red Wings as camp opens. Seventeen players who skated for the Griffins' 2005-06 AHL regular season championship squad are currently in Detroit's camp, including several who may play a part in defending that title this season: goaltenders Jimmy Howard, Logan Koopmans and Joey MacDonald; defensemen Derek Meech and Kyle Quincey; and forwards Darryl Bootland, Matt Ellis, Valtteri Filppula, Eric Himelfarb, Ryan Keller and Ryan Oulahen.

Headlining the players expected to be in Griffins camp on Monday is center Kip Miller, whose 1.09 scoring average ranks first in franchise history. He enters his fourth Grand Rapids campaign after playing for the Chicago Wolves last season.

After three days of camp, Grand Rapids will commence its two-game road preseason slate. On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Griffins will visit the Wolves for an 8 p.m. EDT faceoff at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows, Ill. They'll head north the following night to take on the Milwaukee Admirals in an 8 p.m. EDT start at the Kern Center in Milwaukee. Tickets for both games will be available at the door on game night ($6 in Chicago, $10 in Milwaukee).

Grand Rapids will open the 2006-07 regular season on Friday, Oct. 6 at San Antonio, before hosting the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 14. Game time at Van Andel Arena is set for 7 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 23, tickets for all 40 Griffins regular season home games can be purchased in person at The Zone at Van Andel Arena and all Star Tickets Plus locations (including Meijer stores), by phone through Star Tickets Plus at 800-585-3737, or via the web at griffinshockey.com. Full season tickets, five-, 10- and 20-game value plans, and group ticket packages are available through the Griffins office at (800) 2-HOCKEY.

2006 Grand Rapids Griffins Training Camp Schedule

Monday, Sept. 25 GRIFF'S ICEHOUSE AT BELKNAP PARK

Practice 9-10:30 a.m. Scrimmage 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 GRIFF'S ICEHOUSE AT BELKNAP PARK

Practice 9-10:30 a.m. Scrimmage 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27 GRIFF'S ICEHOUSE AT BELKNAP PARK

Practice 9-10:30 a.m. Scrimmage 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28 GRIFF'S ICEHOUSE AT BELKNAP PARK

Practice 10-11 a.m. Bus to Chicago 2 p.m. Preseason Game #1 at Chicago Wolves (West Meadows Ice Arena) 8 p.m. Bus to Milwaukee 11 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29 KERN CENTER (MILWAUKEE)

Practice 11:15 a.m.-Noon Preseason Game #2 at Milwaukee Admirals (Kern Center) 8 p.m. Bus to Grand Rapids 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 GRIFF'S ICEHOUSE AT BELKNAP PARK

Practice 2-3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1 GRIFF'S ICEHOUSE AT BELKNAP PARK

Practice 9:30-11 a.m.

All times are Eastern. Times and locations subject to change.
 

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Regular season tickets on sale; AHL, B2 Networks to offer premium service

HOUSTON, Texas - Individual tickets for all 40 Houston Aeros regular season home games are now on sale. Tickets are available by calling 1.866.GO.AEROS, at the Toyota Center Box Office and select area Randalls locations and also online via Aeros.com. Ticket prices begin at just $12 for single game tickets.

Toyota Center Box Office hours are as follows: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (except event days when open until event) Sunday: Opens at noon on event days only

The Aeros open up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Toyota Center at 7:35 p.m. against Grand Rapids, with a tribute to their inaugural 1994-95 team. Mark Freer, the Aeros' all-time leader in every major offensive category, will return along with Al Conroy and Graeme Townshend. The trio will partake in the ceremonial puck drop and will sign autographs during the first intermission. The first 3,000 fans will also receive Aeros camouflage hats as part of the opening weekend festivities.

Mr. Hockey ® Gordie Howe returns to Houston on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 5:05 p.m. when the Aeros take on the Iowa Stars. This game marks the return of the wildly popular Aeros Family Day! Get four tickets, $20 in Toyota Bucks, four Aeros gifts, free parking and a post-game family activity (shot on goal) all for as little as $67! Call 713.974.PUCK.

You can reserve your priority group seating for Opening Weekend today by calling 713.974.PUCK. It's also not too late to order your 2006-07 season tickets and receive 10 of the 40 regular season games free! Call 713.974.PUCK.

AHL, B2 NETWORKS ANNOUNCE PREMIUM SERVICE

"B2 Power Play" to include season passes, option for mobile broadcasts SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey League and B2 Networks announced today the introduction of B2 Power Play, a new service that will provide complete coverage of AHL action to fans on a worldwide basis.

Included in the B2 Power Play package are access to watch every regular-season game of your favorite AHL 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.

Today's announcement marks another step forward in the partnership between the AHL and B2 Networks. Last season more than 1,000 AHL games were broadcast on the network to hockey fans around the world, including the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic and every game of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. As the 2006-07 season approaches, AHL fans now have more options than ever to follow their favorite team.

Fans interested in B2 Power Play can go to www.b2now.com/SubMarketPage/AHL/signupsplash.html for sign-up.

"We are very excited to announce B2 Power Play as we enter the second year of our partnership with B2 Networks," said Chris Nikolis, AHL vice president of sales and marketing. "We hope AHL fans around the world will continue to make the AHL on B2 one of the ways they stay close to the excitement and energy of AHL hockey."

B2 Power Play will go on sale Friday, Sept. 22. A full regular-season package costs $160 billed in eight installments, or fans can pay for the regular season in full for $150. Any fan purchasing B2 Power Play before Oct. 1 will receive a rate of only $140, a savings of more than 70 percent off the individual game price. B2toGO, a service delivering live games and highlights to cell phones and hand held PDA's, will be available for purchase on Oct. 2 for a full regular-season price of $56 over eight installments or $50 if paid in full. Fans who purchase B2 Power Play will be eligible to add B2toGO for only an additional $25.

Individual broadband games are still available for the same $6 price as last season.

"This new ticket packaging is a great way to begin the second year of our partnership with the AHL," said Greg P. Bell, B2 Networks owner and CEO. "AHL fans made it clear that they wanted greater flexibility in the way games were purchased. Now they have multiple options plus premium services such as exclusive highlights and video to cell phones."

The American Hockey League's 71st regular season begins on Wed., Oct. 4, as 27 teams begin competition for the prestigious Calder Cup.
 

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Columbus Assigns Olivier Labelle and Brent Walton

Syracuse, NY (September 20, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today that the Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned right wings Olivier Labelle and Brent Walton to the Crunch.

Labelle, 21, appeared in 67 games with Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) last season, recording 50 goals, 50 assists and 187 penalty minutes. A native of St. Eustache, Quebec, Labelle signed an AHL contract with Syracuse this off-season.

Walton, 22, appeared in 40 games with Western Michigan (CCHA) last season, tallying 25 goals, 17 assists and 18 penalty minutes. In six games with Syracuse last season, the Elmira, Ontario native registered seven penalty minutes.

The Crunch open their 13th AHL season on October 6 in Toronto. The clubs home opener is Friday, October 13 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Express Mart Opening Night. 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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Voting for Opening Weekend National Anthem Singer Now on 93Q Website

Syracuse, NY (September 22, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch, along with 93Q, announced today that audio clips from the five National Anthem casting call finalists are now on the 93Q website, www.93q.com, for voting until Friday, September 29.

Fans will be able to listen and vote for their favorite choice on www.93Q.com (on the Ted and Amy page) until Friday, September 29. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 3 on the Ted and Amy Morning Show at 7:20 a.m. The winner will be invited to a pre-game party and will then make their debut on Saturday, October 14. The winner, along with the finalists will make up the Crunch's National Anthem singers list.

The five finalists are as follows:

Elizabeth Fallon

Susan Carey

Katherine Ball

Natalie Byrdsong

Diane Parr

The Crunch open their 13th AHL season on October 6 in Toronto. The clubs home opener is Friday, October 13 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Express Mart Opening Night. 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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Sharks assign four players to Worcester camp

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has assigned four players from the San Jose Sharks training camp to the Worcester Sharks, San Jose's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, who open their training camp on Sept. 25.

PLAYER POS TEAM ASSIGNED TO STATUS

Thomas Greiss G Worcester 2004 NHL Entry Draft, third round

(94th overall)

Mike Iggulden RW Worcester Signed as a free agent, Jan. 16, 2006

Lukas Kaspar RW Worcester 2004 NHL Entry Draft, first round

(22nd overall)

Dimitri Patzold G Worcester 2001 NHL Entry Draft, fourth round

(107th overall)
 

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Important Changes to Admirals Training Camp

NORFOLK, VA - Due to construction delays at Norfolk Scope Arena, the Norfolk Admirals' Training Camp will be held at the Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake. The Annual Red vs. White Intra-squad Scrimmage Game will also be held at Chilled Ponds on Friday, September 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Chilled Ponds, the Official Training Facility of the Norfolk Admirals, is located at 1416 Stephanie Way in Chesapeake.

Players will report to Scope on Monday, September 25 for physicals. Beginning on Tuesday, September 26, all practices will be held at Chilled Ponds and are open to the public.

From Tuesday though Thursday, September 26-28, the team will be on the ice at Chilled Ponds from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

On Friday, September 29, the team will be on the ice from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. The Annual Red and White Intra-squad Scrimmage Game will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (please note the time change). The game is open to the public and free of charge. Youth hockey players from Chilled Ponds will be collecting donations for their youth hockey program during the game.

For the second straight year, the Admirals will face the defending Calder Cup Champions in their first preseason exhibition game. On Saturday, September 30, the Admirals will travel to Hershey to face the Bears at Giant Center at 7:00 p.m. The next day, Sunday, October 1, Norfolk will face the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia at 2:00 p.m.

The Admirals will also practice on the ice at Chilled Ponds Monday through Friday, October 2-6, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Admirals open their seventh season of AHL hockey in Philadelphia on October 6 before heading to Scope for their home opener on Friday, October 13 versus the Springfield Falcons at 7:15 p.m. Season tickets, 20-game plans, ten-packs and group tickets are on sale now through the Admirals' office and through the Admirals' website. For more information, contact the Admirals at (757) 640-1212 or visit them online at norfolkadmirals.com.
 

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Preds Assign Seven to Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI- Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forwards Kaleb Betts, Paul Brown, Bracken Kearns, Rich Peverley, John Vigilante and Kelsey Wilson and defenseman T.J. Reynolds to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Brown posted four points (3g-1a) and 59 penalty minutes in 41 games for the Admirals last season. He had five points (3g-2a) in 20 games for the Ads in 04-05. In his rookie campaign last season Peverley notched 12 goals and 34 assists for 46 points in 65 games in the regular season for Milwaukee, before totaling 11 points (2g-9a) in 21 playoff contests. Reynolds picked up two assists and 130 PIMs in 50 games for the Admirals in 05-06.

Kerns had an assist in his lone AHL contest last year with the Cleveland Barons. He spent the rest of the year with Toledo of the ECHL where he had 33 goals and 36 assists.

Betts, Vigilante, and Wilson all enter their first professional season.

The Admirals open the regular season on the October 7th at 7:30 pm versus the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (414) 276-4545 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Season tickets for the 2006-07 season are on sale now starting at just $135. For more information or to order season tickets fans can call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.
 

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Monarchs Announce 2006 Training Camp Roster

MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, on Friday announced that 34 players have been invited to the Monarchs 2006 Training Camp, which opens on Sunday, September 24 with equipment fitting and pickup at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

The first on-ice workouts for training camp participants will take place on Monday, September 25 at the Verizon Wireless Arena following physicals. The first on-ice session will start with group one at 10:00 a.m., followed by an intra-squad scrimmage at 11:00 a.m. and then group two's on-ice session at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Manchester-Worcester exhibition game on September 30 at the Tri-Town Ice Arena are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets for $5.00 at the Monarchs Pro Shop, located in the main entrance of the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (555 Elm Street) or at the Tri-Town Ice Arena.

The Monarchs open their sixth AHL season at home against the Worcester Sharks on Saturday, October 7 at 7:35 p.m. Individual tickets for the Monarchs 2006-07 season go on sale Thursday, September 21. Monarchs Full, Half or Ten-game season ticket packages are currently available. For season ticket information, visit the Monarchs on-line at www.monarchshockey.com or call (603) 626-7825.

Manchester Monarchs 2006-07 Training Camp Roster (as of 9-22-06)

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Place of Birth DOB 2005-06 Club GP MIN GA SO GAA W-L-T
1 Munce, Ryan G 6'2" 177 Mississauga, ON 4/16/1985 Bakersfield Condors 55 3234 150 2 2.78 30-18-5
33 Brust, Barry G 6'2" 216 Swan River, MB 8/8/1983 Manchester Monarchs 35 1970 89 2 2.71 19-14-1
Reading Royals 6 360 18 0 3.00 3-3-0
44 Fukufuji, Yutaka G 6'1" 186 Tokyo, Japan 9/17/1982 Manchester Monarchs 2 120 6 0 3.00 1-1-0
Reading Royals 29 1691 82 1 2.91 15-9-4
46 Taylor, Daniel G 5'11" 186 Plymouth, England 4/28/1986 Kingston Frontenacs 57 3310 172 3 3.11 32-15-6

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Place of Birth DOB 2005-06 Club GP G A PTS. PIM
3 Harrold, Peter D 5'11" 190 Kirtland Hills, ON 6/8/1983 Boston College 40 7 23 30 30
4 Schmidt, Bryan D 6'3" 209 Bloomington, MN 7/27/1981 Providence Bruins 15 2 2 4 13
Merrimack College 29 6 10 16 57
5 Mormina, Joey D 6'6" 220 Montreal, PQ 6/29/1982 Manchester Monarchs 61 0 13 13 70
7 Buckley, Brendan D 6'1" 205 Needham, MA 2/26/1977 Peoria Rivermen 73 2 9 11 104
8 Werner, Eric D 5'10" 185 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 1/26/1983 Manchester Monarchs 15 0 7 7 10
Reading Royals 58 12 30 42 38
14 Trick, Chris D 6'4" 210 Troy, MI 8/12/1984 Pensacola Ice Pilots 15 2 4 6 20
Notre Dame 33 0 3 3 37
20 Balan, Scott D 6'3" 205 Red Deer, AB 5/29/1982 Bakersfield Condors 62 3 26 29 125
32 Nolan, Doug D 6'2" 210 Quincy, MA 1/5/1976 Manchester Monarchs 58 1 3 4 92
63 Thompson, Shawn D 6'2" 190 Melville, SK 5/28/1980 HC Gardena 44 11 9 20 81
71 Deschamps, Matt D 6'0" 195 Poughkeepsie, NY 4/23/1980 Cleveland Barons 2 0 0 0 4
Fresno Falcons 63 2 9 11 59

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Place of Birth DOB 2005-06 Club GP G A PTS. PIM
19 Hogeboom, Greg C 6'0" 190 Etobicoke, ON 9/26/1982 Manchester Monarchs 42 9 10 19 18
Reading Royals 19 9 18 27 4
21 Ryan, Matt C 5'11" 182 Sharon, ON 11/12/1983 Los Angeles Kings 12 0 1 1 2
Manchester Monarchs 68 12 12 24 79
27 Korchinski, Chris C 6'0" 185 Rama, SASK 10/1/1985 Yorkton Terriers 54 33 46 79 79
28 Gauthier, Gabe C 5'9" 200 Buena Park, CA 1/20/1984 University of Denver 38 15 24 39 35
48 Deitsch, Jason C 5'10" 185 Cincinnati, OH 4/21/1980 Kalamazoo Wings 72 38 49 87 131

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Place of Birth DOB 2005-06 Club GP G A PTS. PIM
10 Kanko, Petr LW 5'10" 190 Pribram, Czech Rep. 2/7/1984 Manchester Monarchs 60 15 12 27 52
Los Angeles Kings 10 1 0 1 0
16 Giuliano, Jeff LW 5'9" 205 Nashua, NH 6/20/1979 Manchester Monarchs 19 5 6 11 17
Los Angeles Kings 48 3 4 7 26
23 Lukacevic, Ned LW 6'0" 200 Podgorica, Serbia 2/11/1986 Swift Current Broncos 63 25 28 53 71
Manchester Monarchs 0 0 0 0 0
25 Stephenson, Shay LW 6'4" 200 Outlook, SK 9/13/1983 Reading Royals 62 19 22 41 42
Manchester Monarchs 6 0 0 0 4
75 Roussin, Dany LW 6'2" 200 Quebec City, PQ 1/9/1985 Manchester Monarchs 29 4 2 6 24
Reading Royals 41 22 23 45 14

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Place of Birth DOB 2005-06 Club GP G A PTS. PIM
15 Jackman, Tim RW 6'4" 210 Minot, ND 11/14/1981 Phoenix Coyotes 8 0 0 0 21
San Antonio Rampage 50 7 13 20 127
Manchester Monarchs 18 2 3 5 31
18 Murphy, Ryan RW 5'11" 185 Rumson, NJ 1/23/1983 Manchester Monarchs 68 7 7 14 34
40 Zeiler, John RW 6'0" 196 Jefferson Hills, PA 11/21/1982 San Antonio Rampage 8 0 1 1 10
Lubbock Cotton Kings 4 2 0 2 16
St. Lawrence University 28 13 15 28 28
47 Hiebert, James RW 5'10" 195 Hay River, NWT 6/5/1982 Laredo Bucks 59 23 52 75 275
52 Asselin, Kevin RW 5'11" 211 St. Hyacinthe, PQ 2/9/1985 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 67 44 44 88 92
58 Saurette, Kevin RW 6'0" 190 Winnipeg, MB 6/26/1980 Reading Royals 3 1 0 1 2
University of Manitoba 41 20 39 59 113
81 Pushkarev, Konstantin RW 6'0" 180 Ust-Kamenogorsk, KZ 2/12/1985 Los Angeles Kings 1 0 1 1 0
Manchester Monarchs 77 19 19 38 95

NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Place of Birth DOB 2005-06 Club GP G A PTS. PIM
49 Zappala, Joe F 6'0" 205 Medford, MA 5/7/1983 Trenton Titans 7 0 2 2 11
Yale University 31 7 15 22 72
51 Rogers, Matt F 6'0" 195 Manchester, NH 5/26/1982 N/A 0 0 0 0 0
56 Reid, Matt F 5'10" 190 Massena, NY 7/13/1978 South Carolina Stingrays 51 24 30 54 96
Belfast Giants 7 4 0 4 30
General Manager: Ron Hextall
President: Jeff Eisenberg
Director of Hockey Operations: Hubie McDonough
Head Coach: Mark Morris
Assistant Coach: Scott Pellerin
Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach: Michael Muir
Equipment Manager: Mike Holden
Assitant Equipment Manager: Chris Kelley
NHL Affiliate: Los Angeles Kings
ECHL Affiliate: Reading Royals
 

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Four more 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 four players to the training camp for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL): defenseman Peter Ratchuk, and forwards Matt Foy, Joey Tetarenko and Riley Emmerson. The Aeros' training camp is set to open Wednesday, September 27, from 1-3 p.m. at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center.

Ratchuk, 29 (9/10/77), spent the last three seasons playing in Germany. Last season for the Mannheim Eagles, Ratchuck posted 36 points (12-24=36) an 88 penalty minutes in 52 games. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Buffalo, N.Y., has played five AHL seasons with New Haven, Louisville, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Rochester, totaling 142 points (48-94=142) in 338 games. He has 32 games of NHL experience with Florida, with two points (1-1=2). Ratchuk was Colorado's first-round pick (No. 25 overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Minnesota signed Ratchuk as a free agent on June 6.

Foy, 23 (5/18/83), is entering his fourth season with the Aeros. The 6-foot-2, 219-pound native of Oakville, Ont., set career-highs in Houston last season in goals (15), assists (25), points (40) and penalty minutes (122) in just 51 games. He began the season with the Wild, totaling five points (2-3=5) in 19 games. Foy has accumulated 87 points (37-50=87) and 284 penalty minutes in 171 career games with the Aeros. Minnesota selected Foy in the sixth round (No. 175 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Tetarenko, 28 (3/3/78), has played 55 games with the Aeros over the past two seasons, totaling three points (1-2=3) and 174 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Prince Albert, Sask., was re-signed by the Aeros as a free agent on June 21. He was Florida's fourth-round pick (No. 82 overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Emmerson, 20 (2/7/86), played his second season of major junior hockey last season with Tri City, posting two points (1-1=2) and 109 penalty minutes in 66 games. In two seasons with the Americans, the 6-foot-8, 230-pounder from Burnaby, B.C., put up two points (1-1=2) and 170 penalty minutes in 101 games. Emmerson is the tallest player ever in the Wild organization. He was Minnesota's seventh-round pick (No. 199 overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
 

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St. Louis Blues Assign Three More to Rivermen

Peoria, IL (September 22, 2006) - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defensemen Aaron MacKenzie and Jeff Woywitka, along with rookie goaltender Marek Schwarz, have been assigned to the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. The additions bring Peoria's 2006-07 AHL Training Camp roster total to 26.

MacKenzie, 25, registered nine points (2g, 7a) in 51 games during the 2005-06 season. The 6-foot, 187-pound backliner, who missed a combined 29 games due to injury, served as one of the team's alternate captains.

Woywitka, 23, collected two assists in 26 total games with the Blues last season over three reassignments, two early-season and one late-season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound rearguard, in his fourth professional season, notched 15 points (1g, 14a) in 53 games in 2005-06.

Schwarz, 20, posted a 7-8-0 record with 2.57 goals against average (GAA) and .920 save percentage for HC Sprata Praha of the Czech Republic Elite League (Extraliga). The 6-foot, 180-pound native of Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, also saw time with the HC Berounsti Medvedi of the Czech First Division (1.liga) and HC Sparta Praha's U-20 team.

With the arrival of MacKenzie and Woywitka, there are now 10 AHL Rivermen returnees from last season, including: 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. Lynch, Beckford-Tseu and Wellar were part of the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship won by the Alaska Aces, Peoria's ECHL affiliate.

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 Nights, 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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Flames Make First Assignments To Omaha

Omaha, NE - The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights announced today that the Calgary Flames, their National Hockey League affiliate, have assigned 19 players to Omaha. The announcement was made by Flames' General Manager Darryl Sutter. All 19 players are expected to be on the ice when the Knights begin training camp on Monday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Those players assigned include:

Goaltenders (1) - Matt Keetley

Defensemen (5) - Tim Hambly, Steve Marr, Brett Palin, Adam Pardy, Tim Ramholt

Forwards (13) - Kris Chucko, Derek Couture, Adam Cracknell, Cam Cunning, Ryan Donally, Carsen Germyn, Tomi Maki, David Moss, Chris Neiszner, Warren Peters, Aki Seitsonen, Justin Taylor, David Van der Gulik.

The Flames now have 31 players remaining in training camp: four goalies, nine defensemen and 18 forwards.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights' 2006-07 season begins on Friday, October 6th when they visit the Peoria Rivermen. They will host their home opener on Friday, October 20th when they welcome the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a magnetic schedule courtesy of Alegent Health. The complete season schedule can be found on-line at omahaaksarbenknights.com.

Season tickets and 22-Game Mini Plans for the 2006-2007 season are on sale now. Season tickets start as low as $10 per seat per game. For more information on pricing and benefits, visit the Knights' office at the Omaha Civic Auditorium or call (402) 344-4625. Ticket information is also available on-line at omahaaksarbenknights.com.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights are currently offering a special on group tickets. Any group of 15 or more that purchases tickets for the home opener, for Saturday, November 4th or Saturday, December 16th will receive complementary tickets in the same seating area for another game during the season. The seats must be reserved and a deposit placed by October 1st.
 

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Philly Tops Lowell 2-1 In Second Exhibition

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Phantoms took the Lowell Devils beyond 60 minutes for the second consecutive day, but came out on the right end this time. Matt Ellison provided the only goal of a five-round shootout to give Philadelphia a 2-1 victory at the Richard Cody Arena at South Mountain in West Orange, NJ.

David Printz gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, firing home a blast from the left circle at 16:37. Jussi Timonen recorded the lone assist.

Lowell tied it in the second period when Justin Papineau flipped a puck high in the air from center ice, just over the outstretched arm of Rosario Ruggeri, and was able to find Stephen Gionta. Gionta gloved the puck to the ice and went in on a breakaway, beating Rejean Beauchemin.

It was the only blemish on an otherwise solid night for Beauchemin, who stopped 15 of 16 saves over the first two periods. Jere Mylleniemi played the third and was stellar, making five saves before stopping all five Lowell shooters in the extra session. The Phantoms outshot the Devils on the night, 28-22.

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 phantomshockey.com or by calling 800-298-4200.
 
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