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THE WEEK THAT WAS:

Friday, December 15th Inferno 2 - SOUTH CAROLINA 4

The Inferno dropped their third straight game against the Stingrays 4-2. Bryson Busniuk and Anthony Battaglia each scored a goal in the third period as the Inferno tried to come back but could not hold on. Rob Gherson stopped 21 of 25 shots on goal.

Saturday, December 16th Inferno 2 - PENSACOLA 3

Anthony Battaglia scored only 1:05 into the game as the Inferno took a fast lead. Pensacola tied it up at 6:38 with a goal by Hemingway. Luke Fulghum scored his eighth goal of the season at 7:44 of the second period as the Inferno regain the lead 2-1. Pensacola scored two goals in the third period to steal the 3-2 win.

Sunday, December 17th Inferno 2 - FLORIDA 5

Jeff Miles and Brad Ralph each scored for the Inferno as they drop to the Everblades 5-2. Chris Thompson and Luke Fulghum each had an assist on both goals. Rob Gherson stopped 36 of 40 shots on goal. Florida outshot the Inferno 41-25.

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THE WEEK THAT WILL BE:

Friday, December 22nd @ 7:05 p.m. Inferno vs. Reading Royals Carolina Coliseum This is the first time in franchise history that the Inferno will face off against the Reading Royals. Reading is in first place in the North Division of the American Conference with 28 points (12-10-0-4). The Royals are currently on a two game winning streak.

Saturday, December 23rd @ 7:35 p.m. Inferno @ Gwinnett Gladiators The Arena at Gwinnett Center

Gwinnett is in third place in the South Division with 34 points (15-7-3-1). This is the fourth of nine games against these two teams this season. The Inferno is 0-3-0-0 this year against the Gladiators.

TRANSACTIONS LAST WEEK:

LW Battaglia, Anthony activated off Injured Reserve

G Ford, Todd recalled to Toronto Marlies

D Thompson, Chris activated off Injured Reserve

D Marsh, Tyson reassigned from Toronto Marlies

Stocking Stuffer - 3 Any Game, Any Time Tickets - One Inferno T-shirt - One Souvenir Puck $49 $42 for Season Ticket Holders

UPCOMING PROMOTIONAL EVENTS:

Friday, December 22nd: Everyone Gets A Gift Night: Everyone who enters through the doors with a ticket will receive a gift. Santa Claus will also be in attendance.

Saturday, December 30th: Bad Gift Night: Received a gift you didn't like? Bring it to the game and donate it as we give all the gifts to local charities. Receive $3 off any ticket with your donation. Guns & Hoses Night: Firefighters and police officers will be in attendance. The Columbia Fire Department will showcase their smokehouse to educate children about fire. Family Night: 4 for $40 - 4 loge seats, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas.

BY THE NUMBERS:

Record: 7-11-1-3, 18 points, seventh in South Division
Home: 2-5-0-2
Road: 5-6-1-1
Most Goals: Mac Faulkner (11)
Assists: Jeff Miles (14)
Leading Scorer: Miles 23 pts (9 G, 14 A)
Power Play: 24 for 151 (15.9%), 15th in ECHL
Power Play Goals: Brad Ralph, Miles (6)
Penalty Kill: 116 of 144 (80.6%), 23rd in ECHL
Shorthanded Goals: Faulkner (1)
Game Winning Goals: Faulkner (2)
Penalty Minutes: Barr (48 PIM)
Goaltending: Gherson 1-9-0-1, 3.98 GAA, .876 save pct.

HOTTER THAN BLAZES:

Tyson Marsh has two assists in his last three games...Derek Martin has three assists in his last four games...Jeff Miles has three points (2g-1a) in his last four games...Luke Fulghum has a goal and an assist in his last two games...After coming off the IR, Anthony Battaglia has two goals in his last three games.

FEATURED PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

LW Anthony Battaglia

3 games 2 goals
 

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Ice Pilots Insider

On Behalf of the Ice Pilots management, staff, coaching staff and players we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

TOY DRIVE: The Pensacola Ice Pilots are teaming up Oops Alley to collect toys for to the Gulf Coast Kids House. The event takes place tomorrow (Thursday) from 2 pm to 4 pm at Oops Alley located on Hwy 90 in Pace.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new toy and get a picture taken with an Ice Pilot. A ticket voucher will be given to everyone that makes a donation.

SCHEDULE CHANGES: The Pensacola Ice Pilots announced that their Tuesday, Jan. 9 game in Charleston, South Carolina against the Stingrays has been changed to Thursday, Jan. 4. The game will be played at 7:05 pm eastern, 6:05 pm central time.

In another change, the Ice Pilots announced that the Saturday, Feb. 24 game versus the Columbia Inferno at The Hangar has been changed to Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:05 pm. All tickets printed for the Saturday, Feb. 24 date will be honored on Feb. 22.

The Ice Pilots also wanted to remind fans that the Sunday, Dec. 31 game in Charleston, South Carolina will take place at 6 pm eastern, 5 pm central.

JANUARY 19TH BIG NIGHT: It will be a busy night at The Hangar on Friday, Jan. 19 when the Pensacola Ice Pilots entertain the Texas Wildcatters at 7:05 pm. There are several big group nights planned.

The Ice Pilots will hold another Baptist Health Care Group Night for employees and their families. Baptist Health Care employees and their families can enjoy discounted tickets for $9 and sit in a designated area (section 120).

It's also College Alumni group night. Local alumni chapters will receive a discounted first level ticket. (The local alumni chapters must attend the game as groups and the discounted tickets will not be available at the Box Office). Some of the alumni chapters include: Alabama, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Mississippi, Ohio State, Penn State, Troy University, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Bikers are also invited out to the Hangar for Bike Night. It's a great opportunity for bikers to show off their bikes prior to the game in the Plaza and visit with other bike owners. There will be tickets available on the first level for $9 and $12.

The College Alumni Night and the Biker Group nights are only available by calling Charlie at the Ice Pilots office at 432-PUCK, and will not be available at the Box Office.

UPCOMING GAMES AND PROMOTIONS:

FRIDAY, DEC. 22 VS. TEXAS WILDCATTERS - 7:05 PM - THE HANGAR - There will be a full team autograph session immediately after the game and the Ice Pilots will wear their Christmas jerseys.

SATURDAY, DEC. 23 VS. TEXAS WILDCATTERS - 7:05 PM - THE HANGAR - Ice Pilots will again wear the Christmas jerseys and an auction will follow after the game.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27 @ AUGUSTA LYNX - 6:35 PM CENTRAL, 7:35 PM EASTERN - Game will air live on Classic Country AM1620 and the World Wide Web at Pensacola Ice Pilots :: Home of your Pensacola Ice Pilots by clicking on the Sportsjuice logo. The broadcast begins with Ice Pilots Countdown to Face-off at 6:15 pm followed by all of the action at 6:30 pm with Denis J. Puska.

FRIDAY, DEC. 29 VS. GWINNETT GLADIATORS - 7:05 PM, THE HANGAR - The Zooperstars will be in attendance for the game and perform during both Intermissions. The Zooperstars are animal characters using funny names from professional athletes such as: Dominik Hashark, Mario Lemule, Harry Canary, Snail Earnhardt, Jr, Whale Gretzky and Rusty Walrus These characters flip, bounce, shake, and dance and will be fun for all ages. The Zooperstars have performed around the country at several major league, minor league and college events, including all-star games and conference tournaments. For further information on the Zooperstars fans can check out ZOOperstars! Entertainment Shows Louisville, Kentucky.

RADIO SHOW RETURNS JANUARY 8TH: The Ice Pilots Radio Show Presented by The Montgomery Paint Company returns on Monday, Jan. 8 live from Granny Cantrell's located on Brent Lane and I-110 in Pensacola. Fans can come out from 6 pm to 7 pm and hear from Ice Pilots Head Coach Joe Clark, broadcaster Denis J. Puska and Ice Pilots players. The show is aired live on Classic Country AM1620 and the World Wide Web at Pensacola Ice Pilots :: Home of your Pensacola Ice Pilots by clicking on the sportsjuice logo.

NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP: If you have not yet signed up for the Ice Pilots newsletter and insider, it's very easy to do so. Just click on the Insider on the front page or select mailing list from contact menu. Fill out the appropriate information and you will receive emails from the hockey club when press releases are sent out.

For further information on the Pensacola Ice Pilots please contact Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Denis Puska at (850) 432-7825 or [email protected].
 

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Checkers out in the community

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Checkers are busy in the community this holiday season beginning with an appearance tonight at the inaugural 'Hooters Happy Hour' from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Hooters on South Boulevard. The Checkers will continue their community appearances at 6:00 pm on Friday at WBT's Holiday on Ice at The Green Uptown.

Join Dan Murphy, Zdenek Bahensky, Corey Potter, Ryan Constant, Kenny Smith and Daymen Rycroft at the first 'Hooters Happy Hour' from 7:00 to 9:00 pm tonight at the Hooters located at 9807 South Boulevard. The players will be signing autographs.

Alex Westlund and Kenton Smith, along with Chubby the Checkers mascot, will be at WBT's Holiday on Ice at The Green Uptown to skate with fans and sign autographs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Friday.

The Checkers are back at home at 7:00 pm Thursday vs. the Reading Royals. Tickets for tomorrow's game can be purchased by calling 704.342.4.ICE or purchase and print your tickets at home by visiting Charlotte Bobcats Arena :: Home.
 

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2007 Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game Announcement Schedule

PRINCETON, N.J. (Dec. 20, 2006) - The ECHL announced on Wednesday that the announcements for the 2007 Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game will be made as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 21
American Conference Starting Lineup and Roster

Friday, Dec. 22
National Conference Starting Lineup and Roster

Tuesday, Jan. 2
American Conference Coaches and National Conference Coaches

Wednesday, Jan. 3
Equipment Managers and Trainers

The 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

The Skills Competition is at 7 p.m. MT on Jan. 16 and the All-Star Game is at 7 p.m. MT on Jan. 17.
 

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KSLX, Coach & Willie's Host "Guys Night Out" Saturday

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL, a proud affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Antonio Rampage, will host the first of six "Guys Night Out" presented by Classic Rock 100.7 FM KSLX and Coach & Willie's at 7:11 p.m. Saturday when the RoadRunners welcome the Victoria Salmon Kings to US Airways Center.

"Guys Night Out" includes a ticket to the game, a voucher good for a 16 oz. beverage at the main US Airways Center concessions stands, and a t-shirt voucher good for an official "Guys Night Out" t-shirt all for just $13 by logging on to phxroadrunners.com: Home.

Listen to Classic Rock 100.7 FM KSLX for your chance to win a RoadRunners' "Guys Night Out" prize package. Also, be sure to visit Coach & Willie's before each "Guys Night Out" game and receive two-for-one dinner specials on pasta and pizza.

The remaining "Guys Night Out" games will be Dec. 30 vs. Long Beach, Jan. 6 vs. Las Vegas, Feb. 17 vs. Alaska, March 17 vs. Las Vegas, and March 24 vs. Fresno.

Phoenix returns to US Airways Center at 7:11 p.m. Thursday as they welcome back the Victoria Salmon Kings. It's another "Thirsty Throwback Thursday" presented by Alice Cooper'stown. Head to Cooper'stown following the game, present your RoadRunners' game ticket, collect your special "Thirsty Thursday" cup, and enjoy $2 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts and free soda for the rest of the evening. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Individual game tickets for the 2006-07 regular season start as low $7 in the lower section and can be purchased at the US Airways Center Box Office and at all Ticketmaster outlets including Ticketmaster.com. Information on season tickets, half-season packages, and flex plans are available by calling (602) 462-GOAL.
 

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ECHL Transactions

Following are the ECHL transactions for Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006:

Alaska:
Add Steven Later, D activated off IR
Delete Florian Iberer, D placed on the 3-day IR

Augusta:
Add Eric Lundberg, D activated off IR

Johnstown:
Add Chris Cuppett, G emergency backup goaltender

Phoenix:
Add Justin Aikins, F activated off IR
Delete Paul Ballantyne, D placed on the 3-day IR

Texas:
Add Riley Emmerson, F assigned by Houston (AHL)
Add Paul Albers, D assigned by Houston (AHL)
Delete J.F. David, D loaned to Binghamton (AHL)
 

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MacLean scores twice to help Stingrays past Lynx 3-1

North Charleston, SC - South Carolina Stingrays captain Cail MacLean scored twice in the first period, including the game winner, to pace his club past the visiting Augusta Lynx on Wednesday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.

MacLean scored the first of two goals in the opening frame just 1:48 into the game, putting home the rebound of a Matt Stefanishion shot to give the Stingrays a 1-0 lead. Later in the period Jamie Fraser and Evan Schwabe would set up MacLean alone at the side of the Lynx net during a South Carolina power play at 18:15 for a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play.

Peter Szabo stretched the Stingrays' lead to three goals at 5:21 before Mike Erickson potted his fifth goal of the year at 8:47, a power play marker from Jamie Johnson and Nathan Saunders.

Despite several good scoring chances in the third period, Davis Parley was equal to the task and kept Augusta to just one goal on 28 shots in the game for the win. Dave McKee finished with 38 saves to take the loss.

Augusta gets back to action Friday night when they host the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7:35 pm. Mezzanine tickets are just $5 each by calling the Lynx office at (706) 724-4ICE - get yours and join us for some pre-Christmas cheering with Santa!
 

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Stingrays Roll Over Lynx 3-1

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Cail MacLean scored two goals and Davis Parley made 27 saves to lead the South Carolina Stingrays past the Augusta Lynx 3-1 in front of 3,945 fans at the North Charleston Coliseum.

"It was a good team effort," South Carolina coach Jason Fitzsimmons said. "MacLean set the tone with the opening two goals, but Parley was the difference. He played terrific down the stretch to preserve the win. Stephen Werner was injured and it looks like we will lose him for two to three weeks."

South Carolina (13-11-2, 28 points) hit stride at 1:48 of the first period. MacLean sent a backhand shot past goaltender Dave McKee for his ninth goal of the season. Helpers went to rookies Matt Stefanishion and Jamie Fraser, who returned from a two-game stint with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

MacLean went back to work and deposited his second of the game on the power play at the 18:15 mark of the first to make it 2-0 for South Carolina assisted by Evan Schwabe and Fraser.

Peter Szabo gave the Stingrays a 3-0 lead, scoring his fourth tally of the campaign at 5:21 of the second. Scott Romfo and Stefanishion collected assists.

Augusta (12-16-0, 24 points) got on the scoreboard with the man advantage. Mike Erickson buried a shot past Parley from Jamie Johnson and Nathan Saunders at 8:47.

In the third, Parley made 15 saves to hold off the Lynx pressure and register his 11th victory of the season.

South Carolina converted on 1-of-7 power play opportunities, while Augusta went 1-for-3 on the man advantage. Stingrays outshot the Lynx 41-28.

The Stingrays take to the road for games on Friday and Saturday at 7:35 p.m. against the Florida Everblades at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

For live play-by-play action join Mike Kelly, "Voice of the Stingrays" on ESPN Radio 910 The Team and online at stingrayshockey.com: Home beginning at 7:20 p.m. with the Benito's Pregame Show. Watch the game live on the web telecast for $6 each at stingrayshockey.com: Home, courtesy of B2 Networks.

South Carolina's next home game is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 versus the Pensacola Ice Pilots. It's the New Year's Eve game sponsored by Piggly Wiggly, which features free parking and special tuxedo jerseys to be worn by the Stingrays.

Give the gift of hockey with the new Holiday Package. Purchase four upper level tickets and a T-shirt for only $49 or upgrade to lower level seats for only $10 more.

Don't miss the fast-paced, action-packed, family affordable fun! Purchase your flex package today. You pick the games; you pocket the savings! Call 744-2248 to talk to a ticket sales manager for more information.

Individual tickets can be purchased at the North Charleston Coliseum box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 554-6060 and online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more.

Discounted groups tickets, birthday packages, Kids Club information and fundraiser opportunities are available by calling 744-2248 or by visiting online at stingrayshockey.com: Home. Stingrays Hockey - A Whole Lot Cooler!
 

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Kip Brennan makes home debut Friday, Ice Dogs to give away 10 PS3's Saturday

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL, a proud affiliate of the Boston Bruins, have an exciting weekend planned, as former NHL enforcer Kip Brennan makes his Long Beach Arena debut when the Ice Dogs host Phoenix on Friday, December 22nd at 7:30pm. The Ice Dogs will be giving away Sony PlayStation 3's to 10 lucky fans on Saturday when the Ice Dogs' host the Stockton Thunder at 7pm.

Former NHL tough guy, Kip Brennan, will make his long awaited Long Beach Arena debut for the Ice Dogs on "Bah-Hum-Bug-Night" when the Ice Dogs host the Phoenix RoadRunners on Friday night at 7:30pm. This is the first meeting between the two clubs after combining for 11 fighting majors and 143 penalty minutes back on November 25th in Phoenix. All fans in attendance will receive a free raffle ticket to be redeemed at Saturday night's home game vs. the Stockton Thunder (must be present to win/must have ticket to game) for a chance to walk away with one of ten PS3's. The $2 beer garden and $2 hot dogs will also be made available during Friday night's game.

The Ice Dogs will be in the holiday spirit on Saturday night at 7pm vs. the Stockton Thunder as 10 lucky fans will leave the arena with a PS3! All fans in attendance will receive an Ice Dogs' Holiday ornament when the Ice Dogs look to take two points from the Thunder for the first time this season. Along with the 10 PS3's raffled off for free, the Ice Dogs will be giving away one PS3 during the "Chuck-a-Puck" promotion with portions of the proceeds being donated to long time Ice Dogs fan and twelve year-old Brandon White, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in April and is currently in treatment.

AUDIO portion of all games will be available on The Official Site of the Long Beach Ice Dogs : by clicking on the TEAMLINE logo and VIDEO will be available at all home games for $6. Season tickets and group sales for the 2006-07 season are still on sale now. Call (562) ICE-DOGS or visit The Official Site of the Long Beach Ice Dogs : for more information.
 

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Steelheads' Slide Continues With 4-0 Loss To Aces

Anchorage, AK - The Alaska Aces used tallies from four different skaters and 32 saves from goaltender Derek Gustafson, as the defending Kelly Cup Champions coasted to a 4-0 blanking of the Steelheads at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday night.

It's the seventh loss in the last eight games for the Steelheads (12-10-1-1), who were shut out for the first time in the regular season since Derek Laxdal took over as head coach at the start of last season. Meanwhile, the first-place Aces (16-8-0-0) have now won five straight games and their West Division lead stands at three points over the Phoenix RoadRunners and six points over the Steelheads.

The Aces got the only goal of the first period, using a four-on-four situation to take a 1-0 lead. At 13:49, defenseman Corbin Schmidt was the recipient of a give-and-go passing play with veteran forward Kimbi Daniels, with Schmidt's one-timer from the slot beating Steve Silverthorn (nine saves) to the blocker side.

Three, second period goals helped the Aces take a 4-0 advantage heading into the second intermission. At 6:02, defenseman Joey Hope took Daniels' feed in the high slot and beat Silverthorn, with Matt Robinson collecting the second assist. Then late in the frame, the Aces scored twice in 23 seconds off goals by Julian Talbot and Robinson. Daniels drew the lone helper on Talbot's eighth of the season, while Robinson went sliding to his stomach to sweep home a rebound off forward Ryan MacMurchy's offering to make it 4-0.

Through two periods, the shots favored the Steelheads at 16-13, but their deficit was four goals.

Neither team scored in the third period, in which Steelheads' rookie goaltender John Daigneau (four saves) came in to start the frame, replacing Silverthorn. Gustafson stopped 16 shots in the third period for his first shutout of the season. The final shots favored the Steelheads, 32-17.

The Steelheads continue their three-game series at Sullivan Arena on Friday, December 22. The puck drops at 9:15 p.m. MST. The game can be viewed in its entirety via the B2 Networks for $6. Visit Happy Holidays! - idahosteelheads.com for more details. Locally in Boise, the start of Friday's game will be pre-empted on KTIK "The Ticket, The Sports Station". The Steelheads' next home game is Thursday, December 28 versus Bakersfield. Steelheads' single-game tickets can be purchased via Happy Holidays! - idahosteelheads.com (using the all-new, print-at-home feature), by calling 331-TIXS or from the Qwest Arena box office.
 

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Alaska blanks Idaho 4-0, takes fifth straight

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Derek Gustafson stayed hot between the pipes, stopping all 32 shots he faced, while Kimbi Daniels assisted on the first three Alaska goals in an eventual 4-0 victory over Idaho in front of 4,251 Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.

The first period offered little in the way of scoring chances until barely six minutes remained, when Daniels fed Corbin Schmidt off the rush at 13:49, as the latter slid a wrist shot past Steelheads goalie Steve Silverthorn blocker side. The Aces pushed their lead to 2-0 when, operating from the left corner of the offensive zone, Daniels found Joey Hope all alone between the circles. Hope fired top left corner for his second goal in three games and fifth in four professional seasons.

Alaska finally broke the game open with two goals in a 23-second span late in the middle frame. Julian Talbot stuffed home a Daniels rebound with 2:25 remaining for his eighth of the year, and Matt Robinson followed up a Ryan MacMurchy shot for his second goal in as many games. Robinson, in fact, has four points (2g-2a) in his last two outings.

Gustafson kept the 4-0 margin intact, piling up 16 saves in the final period as Idaho ended up with a 32-17 bulge in shots on goal yet never found the range. The 17 shots were a season-low for the Aces, who nevertheless have won a season-high five straight games, eight of their last nine, and 10 of their previous 12. At 16-8 overall, Alaska owns a three-point lead in the West Division over Phoenix and a six-point spread over the struggling Steelheads (12-10-2), who have dropped seven of their last eight contests.

The teams practice tomorrow before returning to game competition Friday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m., with both tilts broadcast live on KFQD 750 AM. The Aces will wear their special holiday jerseys Saturday, with a post-game auction scheduled for immediately after the series finale. Tickets are now available at the Aces office, alaskaaces.com: Home, and all Fred Meyer locations in Anchorage.
 

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Rosa Called up to AHL for Third Time This Season

Beaumont, TX (December 21, 2006) Texas Wildcatters Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has announced that forward Marco Rosa was recalled to the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

In 18 games with the Wildcatters this season, Rosa has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. He is second on the Wildcatters in scoring per game. He averages 1.28 points per game. This is the third time Rosa has been called up to the AHL this season. Earlier this year, he played in five games for the Aeros. Rosa registered a goal and an assist. His goal was a game winner in a 6-1 win against Grand Rapids on November 26.

This is the sixth time a Wildcatters player has been called up to the AHL. Defenseman J.F. David was recalled to the Manitoba Moose as well as the Binghamton Senators and Kevin Baker was called up to Milwaukee.

The Texas Wildcatters are the ECHL affiliate for the AHL's Houston Aeros. The next Wildcatters home game is on Thursday, December 28 vs. South Division rival, the Florida Everblades. Both teams are tied for the most points in the ECHL. Don't miss any hard-hitting Wildcatters hockey action. 2006-07 Season Tickets are still available. Wildcatters' season tickets start at just $9 per game and feature numerous benefits including free parking and discounted merchandise. Group discount plans are also available by calling (409) 951-5500. For single game tickets stop by the Ford Park Box Office, call (409) 951-5440 or log on to ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit the Wildcatters online at Welcome to WildcattersHockey.com.
 

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ECHL Today

Reading Royals (12-10-4) at Charlotte Checkers (15-10-1) 7:00 p.m. ET
* First meeting since Royals won 4-0 at Reading on Jan. 16, 2004.
* Checkers have won the last two meetings at Charlotte and are 6-4-1 all-time against the Royals.
* Reading rookie Jeff Pietrasiak is 3-0-0 with goals-against average of 1.98 in three road games.
* Charlotte rookie Zdenek Bahensky has two points (1g-1a) in his last two games.

Toledo Storm (12-9-1) at Cincinnati Cyclones (12-10-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Cyclones won last meeting 2-1 on Nov. 22 to improve to 2-0-0 at home and 2-2-0 overall against Storm.
* Ken Magowan leads Toledo the last three games with four goals and four points.
* Cyclone rookie Cedrick Desjardins is 2-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against average of 0.50 against Toledo.
* Storm's Jamie Tardif is tied for fifth among ECHL rookies with 20 points (8g-12a).

Victoria Salmon Kings (9-15-1) at Phoenix RoadRunners (14-11-1) 7:11 p.m. MT
* RoadRunners won 4-2 on Dec. 12 to improve to 4-1-0 at home and 6-1-0 overall against Victoria.
* Wes Goldie has four goals in his last five games and leads the Salmon Kings with 14 goals in 25 games.
* Phoenix's Brett Smith has nine-game goal streak (10g) and is looking to become first player to have 10-game goal streak since Mathieu Benoit of Charlotte scored 14 goals from Dec. 23, 2000-Feb. 2, 2001.
* Francois-Pierre (F.P.) Guenette leads Victoria with 19 assists and 26 points in 24 games.

Premier 'AA' Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 310 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 165 have made NHL debut in the last five seasons, including goaltenders Barry Brust, Martin Houle, Joey MacDonald, Mike Smith and Mike Wall, center Drew Larman and right wing Jesse Schultz this season, and a record 47 in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* For each of the past four seasons, ECHL has had more players called up to AHL than all other professional leagues combined. From 2002-06 the ECHL had 1,646 call ups, involving almost 1,000 players, including 416 call ups involving 263 players last season.
* Idaho Steelheads and City of Boise will host the 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 17 and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 16 at Qwest Arena.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.
 

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Happy Holidays from the Nailers

The Wheeling Nailers Offices will be closed on Friday December 22nd through Monday December 25th so that our employees may enjoy the holiday with their families. Our Offices will reopen on Tuesday December 26th at 9:00 A.M.

Nailers merchandise will be available at the Ohio Valley Mall Kiosk in the JC Penny Concourse during normal mall hours.

The Nailers return to WesBanco Arena on Wednesday December 27th when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones. Face off is set for 7:00 P.M. To order your individual or group tickets call 304-234-GOAL or online at Wheeling Nailers Hockey.
 

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Everblades complete trade with Phoenix

ESTERO, FL - Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Gerry Fleming announced today that the team has completed a trade with the Phoenix Roadrunners for forward Dan Baum. Phoenix will receive financial considerations in return.

Baum joins the Everblades after playing in 11 games with the Roadrunners this season, where he picked up two assists and 27 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old began the 2006-07 season with the Dayton Bombers where he collected three points (2g, 1a) and eight PIM in seven games.

"Dan is a player that will bring lots of energy to our lineup." Head Coach Gerry Fleming said. "He is a smart player, a good skater and most importantly finishes his checks. He is the type of player that will make the other players on this team feed off his energy."

The 6-1, 197 pound winger was selected in the seventh round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers and saw action in 24 games with the Greenville Grrrowl in 2005-06, picking up six points (1g, 5a) and 121 PIM. Prior to that Baum spent the entire 2004-05 campaign in the American Hockey League with Edmonton where he scored three goals and added four assists while compiling a career high 206 PIM in 48 games.

The Biggar, Sask. native began his professional career in 2003-04 splitting time with the Toronto Roadrunners of the AHL and the Columbus Cottonmouths of the ECHL. Baum notched a career high ten points (4g, 6a) in 37 games with Toronto and saw action in three games with the Cottonmouths.

Prior to joining the pro ranks, Baum spent three seasons at the junior level with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. In four seasons with the Cougars, Baum notched 179 points (79g, 100a) and 666 PIM in 258 games.

The Florida Everblades, proud affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers, return to the ice on Friday, December 22 when they host the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:30 p.m. from Germain Arena. Florida Everblades individual & group tickets are now available! Reserve your seat for all the exciting action today by calling (239) 948-7825. Visit Florida Everblades - ECHL and Germain Arena for more information on group ticket packages, pricing and upcoming Germain Arena events.
 

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Storm Usher In Holiday Weekend With Three Games

(Toledo, Ohio) The Toledo Storm, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, will begin a stretch of three games in three days versus a pair of North Division Rivals. Tonight the Storm will travel down to Cincinnati, Ohio to battle the Cyclones at U.S. Bank Arena at 7:30pm. The two teams will then reunite in Toledo on Friday at 7:35pm from the Toledo Sports Arena. Finally, on Saturday night, the Storm will welcome in the Johnstown Chiefs with a 7:35pm opening face-off.

The Cyclones and Storm have split four meetings this season, with the home team emerging victorious in each contest. The Cyclones took the last meeting on November 22nd by a 2-1 score at U.S. Bank Arena with Jamie Tardif netting the lone goal for Toledo. The season series has been a violent one, as the teams have combined for 295 total penalty minutes. Those numbers equate to more than 25 percent of the teams combined PIM numbers for the entire season. Friday, the scene switches to Toledo, where the Storm are 2-0-0 against the Cyclones.

Following the home-and-home series with the Cyclones, the Storm will welcome in the Johnstown Chiefs to Toledo Sports Arena for a Saturday night meeting at 7:35pm. Saturday will also be the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Buckeye Cable System. After the Storm score their first goal, fans will throw the teddy bears onto the ice. The bears will be collected and donated to Lucas County Children's Services. In addition to the Teddy Bear Toss, the Storm will be wearing special BCSN Holiday Jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game, with proceeds also going to Lucas County Children's Services.

Lucas County Children's Services' mission is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is accomplished by working with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable and permanent families for children.

Great Tickets for both weekend home games are available by calling 419-691-0200 or online at the all-new Toledostorm.com. Fans can hear all the action of both Thursday and Friday's games on 1520 AM Jams or watch the game LIVE online at The Toledo Storm - Great Team. Great Time. Saturday night, fans can listen LIVE at The Toledo Storm - Great Team. Great Time or along the B2 Network. Coverage of all three games begins 15 minutes prior to the opening face-off. Toledo Storm Hockey...Great Team, Great Time!
 

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Brunette Named MeiGray ECHL Alumnus Of The Month

PRINCETON, N.J. - Former Hampton Roads and current Colorado Avalanche left wing Andrew Brunette is the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for November.

It marks the second straight November and the fourth time overall that the award has been presented to Brunette, who also received the honor in May 2006 and October 2002.

Selected in the seventh round (174th overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 1993 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Brunette had 30 points (12g-18a) and 32 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1993-94.

Brunette scored two goals and had 10 points in 14 games for the Avalanche in November. He scored the game-winning goal and tied his season high with two goals against Vancouver on Nov. 4 and tied his season high with two assists on Nov. 7 against Los Angeles and again on Nov. 20 at Dallas.

He played in his 300th consecutive game on Oct. 29 against Minnesota and ended November having played in 316 consecutive games which is the fourth-longest current streak in the NHL. Beginning December, Brunette was fourth on Colorado with 12 assists and was fifth in scoring with 19 points and tied for fifth with seven goals.

Brunette has played 11 seasons in the NHL and has 436 points (156g-280a) and 232 penalty minutes in 658 regular season games with Atlanta, Colorado, Minnesota, Nashville and Washington. He has played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs three times and has 26 points (11g-15a) and 12 penalty minutes in 33 games with Colorado, Minnesota and Washington.

The ECHL is the top developmental league for both the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League. It has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL, marking the 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL, and with 24 of the 27 teams in the AHL. There have been 310 former ECHL players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL. There were a record 47 former ECHL players who made their NHL debut in 2005-06, including five goaltenders who played a game in both leagues. Since 2000-01 there have been more than 160 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL and in 2005-06 there were 112 former ECHL players who played in the NHL and all 30 teams had a former ECHL player take the ice for at least one game.

The leading distributor of game-worn hockey jerseys and "Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL," MeiGray has sold almost 3,000 game-worn ECHL jerseys since the program began in 2002-03, including almost 900 each of the past two seasons.
 

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Royals, Bombers and Y102 Join Forces To Ring In the New Year

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals of the ECHL and Y102 today announced that they will join forces to host a New Year's Day Celebration when the Royals take on the Dayton Bombers on Monday, January 1, 2007, at 4:35 pm at the Sovereign Center in Reading. The two teams will accentuate the festive mood by wearing special "tuxedo-styled" jerseys-Reading in white and Dayton in blue-which will be auctioned off for charity. The Royals' tuxedo jersey auction will take place at the Sovereign Center immediately following the game, while the Bombers will return to Dayton with their 'tuxedos' to be auctioned at a later date.

During the week of December 26-the week before the New Year's Day Game-fans are encouraged to tune into Y102 between the hours of 6 and 10 am, when Y102 will conduct a special "VIP Fan" Promotion during which one lucky listener will be chosen to receive four rink side seats to the New Year's Day game, a tour of the Sovereign Center, and a tuxedo jersey autographed by the entire Royals' team. Listen to Y102 for more information on how to participate in the "VIP Fan" Promotion. On New Year's Day, SMG Food & Beverage will offer the local traditional favorite of pork roast with sauerkraut (and other special menu items) at the Sovereign Center, while the game day activities will be focused upon the "Ring In The New Year" theme. Consistent with this theme, the first 1500 fans in attendance that afternoon will receive a champagne glass courtesy of the Royals and Y102. More information on the Royals/Y102 New Year's Day Celebration is available at the Royals website, Home Page - Reading Royals.

The Royals' five game road trip continues on Thursday night in Charlotte, when the team makes their first trip in team history to Charlotte Bobcats Arena to take on the Charlotte Checkers (7:00 pm). On Friday, the Royals take on the Columbia Inferno at Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina, for the first time ever. Royals' game night broadcasts can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1240 am (and on the internet through the Royals' website, www.royalshockey.com), beginning thirty minutes before the opening face-off. Streaming video is also available for $6.00 per game through the B2 Networks, which can be accessed through the Royals' website.
 

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RoadRunners Trade Dan Baum To Florida

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL, a proud affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Antonio Rampage, have traded forward Dan Baum to the Florida Everblades in exchange for future considerations.

Baum, 23, tallied one goal, two assists, and 27 penalty minutes in 11 games with the RoadRunners since being acquired from Dayton on Nov. 20. The Biggar, Saskatchewan native has two goals, three assists, and 35 penalty minutes in 18 games this season.

"Dan was a valuable teammate in the locker room and someone who led by example through his strong work ethic," said RoadRunners Head Coach Ron Filion. "Unfortunately, with the glut of forwards on the roster, we had to move someone to create space and Dan was the likely candidate. Florida is getting a very good hockey player and we wish Dan nothing but continued success in his professional career."

Phoenix returns to US Airways Center at 7:11 p.m. tonight as they welcome back the Victoria Salmon Kings. It's another "Thirsty Throwback Thursday" presented by Alice Cooper'stown. Head to Cooper'stown following the game, present your RoadRunners' game ticket, collect your special "Thirsty Thursday" cup, and enjoy $2 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts and free soda for the rest of the evening. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Individual game tickets for the 2006-07 regular season start as low $7 in the lower section and can be purchased at the US Airways Center Box Office and at all Ticketmaster outlets including Ticketmaster.com. Information on season tickets, half-season packages, and flex plans are available by calling (602) 462-GOAL.
 

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Checkers Race Night to benefit Junction Gang Camp

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Checkers have partnered with several organizations to help raise money for Victory Junction Gang Camp at the team's AutoTrader.com Race Night game on Friday, Jan. 19. AutoTrader.com, Papa John's Pizza and The VUE Charlotte are amongst several sponsors for the night.

The entire game will have a racing theme including several show cars on display and the debut of Extreme Ice Center's bumper cars which will be used during an intermission in a NASCAR style race on the ice.

The Checkers will kick off Race Night during the day at the corner of Trade and Tryon by displaying their Zamboni and show cars from the Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon Racing Schools. The Checkers will try to fill the Zamboni with donations to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

The Checkers have partnered with:

103.7 WSOC AutoTrader.com Papa John's Pizza

The VUE Charlotte Penske Truck Rental Family Dollar

Premier Hospitality Services Skanska USA Building Inc. Daryl's Lawn Care

Andretti and Gordon Racing Schools Belmont Abbey College Office Environments

Connelly's on Fifth Pub Littler Mendelson, P.C. Rhino Times

7zero4Events.com Wachovia Jersey Mike's Subs

Diamond Springs The Graduate Food and Pub Metrographics

If you, or your organization, would like to sponsor or donate to this event please contact Marc Bochicchio at 704-444-1875 or [email protected].

The Checkers are back in action at 7:00 pm Thursday vs. the Reading Royals. Tickets for Thursday's game can be purchased by calling 704.342.4.ICE or purchase and print your tickets at home by visiting Charlotte Bobcats Arena :: Home.

About Victory Junction Gang Camp

The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15. Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation. For more information, visit Victory Junction.
 
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