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Checkers Receive Players from Hartford

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Checkers announced today that goalie Alex Westlund and forward Mike Ouellette were released from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League and assigned to the Checkers. The Checkers also invited several players to attend training camp after they were released from AHL camps.

Westlund helped lead the Checkers to the American Conference Finals during the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs. A former Yale University Eli and a veteran of seven professional seasons, Westlund played last season in Russia's Vysshaya Liga compiling a 2.09 goals-against average in 41 games. The 30-year-old Flemington, N.J. native spent the 2004-05 campaign the Checkers. In 51 ECHL games that season, Westlund went 27-15-5 with a 2.72 goals-against average, a 91.2% save percentage and one shutout. The 5-9, 180-pound backstop finished tied for fifth in the league in wins and ranked fifth in minutes-played (2,932) and saves (1,372). Following that season, he helped represent the United States at the IIHF World Championships, appearing in one game.

Ouellette is 24-year-old who enters his first full professional season. Ouellette played in three games last season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL after finishing his four-year career at Dartmouth College. The 6-foot-1-inch, 187 pound native of Kamloops, British Columbia, racked up 138 points (58g, 80a) in 136 games at Dartmouth.

The Checkers also invited Kenny Smith (D), Ren Fauci (D), Adam Nightingale (F), Daymen Rycroft (F), Dan Murphy (F) and Cole Byers (D) to attend training camp after they were released by the Wolf Pack. Nathan Gillies (F) was also invited to camp with the Checkers after being released by the Albany River Rats of the AHL.

The Checkers will open training camp Saturday, October 7 at Extreme Ice Center. The Checkers will face the Columbia Inferno in an exhibition game on Thursday, October 12 in Columbia and then host the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, October 14 at 1:30 pm at Extreme Ice Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Checkers front office at (704) 342-4-ICE.
 

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Stanley Cup champ Hurricanes send three players to Everblades

Taking a cue from the Florida Everblades' other NHL affiliate, the Florida Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes sent their first batch of players down to the ECHL this weekend.

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Holy Toledo! We need broader vision

A trip to cover the Victoria Salmon Kings last ECHL hockey season brought me to Toledo. While its Ohio big brother, Cleveland, has been famously derided as the Mistake by the Lake, Toledo is maybe the Little Mistake by the Lake.

Okay, that's a little unfair. I was impressed by the many plucky efforts to revitalize the downtown area and Victoria could do well to take note. The ECHL Toledo Storm's home rink, however, is what is charitably described in these instances as reeking with character. Not even the big Red Wings logo on the wall (the Storm is the ECHL farm team of the nearby Detroit NHL club) could cover it up. Think of a cross between the creaky Civic in Nanaimo and Queens Park in New Westminster and you get the picture.

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Goaltender Ryan Munce Assigned To Reading For Training Camp

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, today announced that goaltender, Ryan Munce (pronounced as in "once"), has been re-assigned to the Royals for training camp. In his rookie season last year, Munce (6'2"/185 lbs.), who hails from Mississauga, Ontario, set a Bakersfield Condors' team record for a rookie goaltender by racking up thirty wins (30 - 18 - 5, 2.78/.919). That was one of twelve Condor team records set or tied last year by Munce (6'2"/185 lbs), who was selected by the Kings in the third round (82nd overall) of the NHL's Entry Draft in 2003.

Munce, who turned twenty-one last April, sprang onto the goaltending prospect lists during his 2002-03 season with the Sarnia Sting, when he won the F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy, which is awarded to the Ontario Hockey League's first year goaltender with the best goals against average (2.64). At the conclusion of that season, Munce was selected to the OHL's All-Rookie First Team, as well as the All-Rookie Team for the Canadian Hockey League. In April of 2003, Munce's stock value took another leap when he led Team Canada's Under 18 team to a Gold Medal in the World Junior Championships. In 2003-04, Munce was a part of the first team in Sarnia Sting history to win the Bumbacco Trophy, which is awarded to the West Division Champions in the OHL. In July of 2005, Munce signed a three year deal with the Kings and prior to the start of last season was assigned to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. During the regular season, Munce paced the Condors to a second place finish in the Pacific Division (40 - 26 - 6 = 86), playing in 55 regular season games. The team records set by Munce last season include saves in a single game (63 in a 2-1 overtime win against the Long Beach Ice Dogs on January 6, 2006), saves in a single season (1705), and save percentage for a rookie goaltender (.919)-which tied the marked established by Yutaka Fukufuji in 2004-05. Eight of Munce's twelve Condor team records were actually set during the playoffs last year (including single season and career playoff starts-11-and wins-5), which saw the Condors defeat the Long Beach Ice Dogs in the first round before succumbing in the Pacific Division Finals to the Fresno Falcons in seven games.

Full season tickets and total choice flex plans and individual game tickets for the 2006-07 season of Royals' hockey are currently on sale. For more information, contact the Royals' office at 610-898-7825 or visit the Royals website, www.royalshockey.com.
 

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Ice Pilots Single Game Tickets go on Sale Tuesday

PENSACOLA, FL - The Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL announced that their single game tickets for all 36 home games will go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 am.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets at the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office from 10 am to 5 pm or charging by phone at (850) 434-7444. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $23 for glass seats, $16 for sides, $14 for goal seats and $10 upper level. Children 12 and under, as well as Military with a valid Military ID are as follows $12 for sides, $10 ends and $7 for upper level.

The Pensacola Ice Pilots have a terrific home schedule with twenty-three of the 36 home games being played on Friday (10) and Saturday (13) nights, while the remaining 13 will be contested on Tuesdays (9) and Sundays (4).

Full and partial Ice Pilots Season Tickets are still available giving fans the best way to enjoy the coolest game on the Gulf Coast. Ice Pilots Group Tickets are also a great method to enjoy the excitement of a game at the Civic Center. For further information on Season Ticket plans and Group Tickets, please call the Ice Pilots Corporate Office at (850) 432-PUCK.

The Ice Pilots home opener is set for Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:05 pm when they host the Texas Wildcatters at The Hanger. Fans will get a second opportunity to see the team on Sunday at 6 p.m. when the Ice Pilots entertain the Columbia Inferno at 6:05 p.m.
 

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Salmon Kings size up centre slot with big league prospect

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with 6-foot-6, 233-lb Centre, Kiel McLeod.

McLeod was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (#53 overall) of the 2001 National Hockey League (NHL) entry draft. In his professional career, the 23-year-old has logged 212 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and 10 games in the ECHL.

"Kiel is a big and strong Centre with great offensive abilities, who is motivated to help the Salmon Kings succeed," said Dan Belisle, Vice-President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. "We are very happy to have such a high calibre player join our club."

Prior to turning professional, the native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta played five seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1998-99 to 2003-04, and recorded 261 points (123 goals, 138 assists) and 467 penalty minutes in 288 regular season games. He was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team following the 2002-03 season after posting 90 points (39 goals, 51 assists) and 163 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. He added 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in eight playoff games as Kelowna won the 2003 WHL Championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup Finals.

He was signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) on June 9, 2003. Over three seasons in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons, Utah Grizzlies, and San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' AHL affiliate, McLeod registered 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 178 regular season games.

In December 2005, he was traded from the Coyotes to the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), and reported to the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.

McLeod rounded out the 2005-06 season with the ECHL's Trenton Titans, posting 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 8 regular season games.

"He has all the tools needed to be a great player and leader for us this season," said Tony MacAulay, Salmon Kings Head Coach. "We are looking forward to helping him excel and move up the ranks."

"A main reason for wanting to play for Victoria is because of Tony MacAulay," said McLeod. "Even in the short stint with Trenton last season, I could see Tony is a hard-working coach, and I will do my best to come in and contribute to the Salmon Kings."

"Because I had settled into Kelowna while playing for the Rockets, I am happy to be back in British Columbia again," he added.

McLeod is the 15th Forward added to the Salmon Kings roster, and wastes no time in preparing for the training camp, as he arrives in Victoria today for an informal skate.

Check out the Salmon Kings "Annual Blue and White game" during training camp at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Admission is free to the intra squad matchup which begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 11th.

Purchase the United Way Home Opener pack to help donate $6 to the United Way campaign. You get a ticket to each of the games of the Salmon Kings home opener series starting October 25th, for only $40! Call (250) 220-7777.
 

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Veteran Defenseman Joins Storm

(Toledo, Ohio) The Toledo Storm, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, announced today that they have added defenseman Dan Watson for the 2006-2007 season.

"Watson is a steady, solid defenseman," said Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Nick Vitucci. "He's a well-traveled player that produces on the ice, but can also provide great leadership to our younger guys,"

The 2006-07 season will be Watson's 17th of his career, during which time he has skated for nine different hockey clubs including the ECHL's Dayton Bombers and the Long Beach Ice Dogs. The native of Glencoe, Ontario also spent six seasons in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch, Cleveland Barons, and the Providence Bruins. During his 16-year playing career, Watson has accumulated 123 regular season points (23 G, 100 A) while racking up nearly 400 minutes in penalties - 114 of which came during the 2004-2005 season with Long Beach. He has also appeared in 33 career playoff games, tallying 3 points (2 G, 1 A) in those games.

The 16th Season of Toledo Storm Hockey debuts on October 20th at the Toledo Sports Arena when the Storm take on the archrival Dayton Bombers at 7:35. Season Tickets are on sale for the 2006-07 season. Contact the Storm office at 419-691-0200 or visit www.toledostorm.com for more information. Toledo Storm Hockey...Great Team, Great Time!
 

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Falcons Add Scoring Punch to Blue Line

Fresno, Calif. - The Fresno Falcons announced today that the team has signed defenseman Tyler Kindle to a contract for the 2006-07 season.

Kindle comes to Fresno with impressive offensive credentials. He has scored at least 32 points in each of his first three seasons, totaling 101 points in 195 games. He enjoyed his best statistical season with the Pee Dee Pride in 2004-05, leading the team with a +9 rating, and finishing tied for 17th among all ECHL defenseman with 34 points.

Prior to turning pro, Kindle played four years of college hockey at Wayne State University, and graduated as the school's all-time leader among defensemen in goals (29), assists (69) and points (98).

"With an expected increase in special-teams play this season, we needed another offensive-minded defenseman," Falcons Head Coach and General Manager Matt Thomas said. "Tyler's numbers speak for themselves and he should be a good compliment to the type of team-game we want to play this season."

Your Pacific Division Champion Fresno Falcons are back on home ice for the Carl's Jr. Opening Weekend Extravaganza, Friday, October 20 and Sunday, October 22 against the Las Vegas Wranglers at the Save Mart Center. The first 3,000 fans in attendance Friday will receive a mini Pacific Division Championship Banner. The first intermission features Darren and Sandee's wedding. The extravaganza continues on Sunday, October 22 with free magnet schedules and a post-game skate with the players.

Season tickets for the 2006-07 season are now available. Guarantee yourself great seats to all 36 action-packed Falcons' home games at Save Mart Center. Ticket packages start as low as $162. For more information on the Falcons' ticket packages, contact the Falcons' office at (559) 485-PUCK.
 

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Another K-Wing heads to Trenton

TRENTON, NJ (October 2, 2006) - The Trenton Titans announced on Monday that forward Mike Manley has accepted an invitation to training camp for the 2006-07 season.

Manley, 24, joins goaltender Joel Martin as the second member from the United Hockey League's Kalamazoo Wings - last year's Colonial Cup Champions - to head to Trenton. Now a third-year pro, the 5'11", 175-pound forward totaled 28 goals, 35 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 82 games over two seasons with the K-Wings.

"Mike adds a dimension of speed to the ice", said Titans' Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, Rick Kowalsky. "He has the ability to put some pucks into the net and also brings some more championship experience to the locker room."

Hailing from London, Ontario, Manley skated with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League before enrolling for one year at the University of Manitoba, where he notched 22 points (8g, 14a) in 32 games.

Manley becomes the seventeenth player to join the Titans' 2006-07 training camp, including forwards Scott Bertoli, Alex Goupil, Les Haggett, Jim Henkel, Gregg Johnson, Justin Maiser, Brian McConnell, Scott Selig, Scott Sheppard, Rob Sich and Peter Zingoni; defensemen Chris Cava, Jerramie Domish, Peter Tormey and Brian Yandle and goaltender Joel Martin.

The Trenton Titans open the 2006-07 season on Friday, October 20 at 7:30pm against the Reading Royals at the Sovereign Bank Arena. For tickets call a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500.

TRENTON TITANS - The Buzz is Back!!! - Full and partial season tickets plans for the 2006-07 season are now available by calling a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500.

The Trenton Titans are a member of the ECHL - North America's Premier "AA" Hockey League. The Trenton Titans are owned and operated by the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils.
 

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Another K-Wing heads to Trenton

TRENTON, NJ (October 2, 2006) - The Trenton Titans announced on Monday that forward Mike Manley has accepted an invitation to training camp for the 2006-07 season.

Manley, 24, joins goaltender Joel Martin as the second member from the United Hockey League's Kalamazoo Wings - last year's Colonial Cup Champions - to head to Trenton. Now a third-year pro, the 5'11", 175-pound forward totaled 28 goals, 35 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 82 games over two seasons with the K-Wings.

"Mike adds a dimension of speed to the ice", said Titans' Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, Rick Kowalsky. "He has the ability to put some pucks into the net and also brings some more championship experience to the locker room."

Hailing from London, Ontario, Manley skated with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Hockey League before enrolling for one year at the University of Manitoba, where he notched 22 points (8g, 14a) in 32 games.

Manley becomes the seventeenth player to join the Titans' 2006-07 training camp, including forwards Scott Bertoli, Alex Goupil, Les Haggett, Jim Henkel, Gregg Johnson, Justin Maiser, Brian McConnell, Scott Selig, Scott Sheppard, Rob Sich and Peter Zingoni; defensemen Chris Cava, Jerramie Domish, Peter Tormey and Brian Yandle and goaltender Joel Martin.

The Trenton Titans open the 2006-07 season on Friday, October 20 at 7:30pm against the Reading Royals at the Sovereign Bank Arena. For tickets call a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500.

TRENTON TITANS - The Buzz is Back!!! - Full and partial season tickets plans for the 2006-07 season are now available by calling a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500.

The Trenton Titans are a member of the ECHL - North America's Premier "AA" Hockey League. The Trenton Titans are owned and operated by the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils.
 

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Cincinnati Cyclones Announce Training Camp Schedule, Invite Matt Rogers To Camp

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, announced their training camp schedule on Monday (Oct. 2). A total of 25 players are anticipated to be in camp to earn a spot on the 2006-07 team roster. It is expected that 16 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders will participate in training camp.

The players will begin arriving this week and camp officially opens on Saturday (Oct. 7) at 11am at SportsPlus (10765 Reading Rd., Evendale). There will be six on-ice practice sessions and three preseason games to help decide the team. All practices are open to the public. A full schedule of the preseason is at the bottom of this release.

The Cyclones have also invited forward Matt Rogers to camp. Rogers was released on Friday (Sept. 29) from Manchester's (AHL) camp and is expected to arrive in time for the start of camp this weekend.

The Cincinnati Cyclones are an affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Montreal Canadiens. The Cyclones begin the 2006-07 regular season on Friday night, October 20 against Pensacola at U.S. Bank Arena. Catch the action of all 72 regular season games on the team's website www.cycloneshockey.com.
 

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Bombers receive two more from Syracuse

Dayton, OH- Dayton Bombers Head Coach and General Manager Don MacAdam announced today that forward Trevor Frischmon and defenseman Brad Farynuk have been assigned to Dayton by the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Frischmon, a 5'11", 197-pound native of Ham Lake, Minnesota, enters his rookie season of professional hockey after completing his collegiate career at Colorado College. He appeared in 160 games and scored 94 points (30 G, 64 A).

Farynuk, a 6'0", 200-pound native of Enderby, British Columbia, will also make his professional debut this season after completing his collegiate career at R.P.I. He appeared in 146 games and scored 79 points (18 G, 61 A).

Season tickets and advertising opportunities are available! Individual game tickets are on sale now. Opening Night is November 4th vs. Florida. For more information contact the Bombers office at 775-4747 or log on to www.daytonbombers.com. The Dayton Bombers are the proud affiliate to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.
 

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Titans' 2006 training camp schedule announced

TRENTON, NJ (October 2, 2006) - The Trenton Titans announced on Monday their 2006 training camp schedule.

The Titans open camp on Saturday, October 7 with player meetings and physicals before taking ice for the first time this season at the Lavino Field House on the campus of the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ at 7:00pm.

The Trenton Titans and Reading Royals will go head-to-head two times during the preseason. The Titans will visit the Royals at 7:00pm on Saturday, October 14 at the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex in Wyomissing, Pa. Trenton will in turn host Reading at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 15 at Grundy Recreation Center in Bristol, Pa.

Tickets to the second game of the preseason series are available for $6 with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Grundy Senators Youth Ice Hockey Organization. All tickets are general admission and will be available at Grundy Recreation Center Box Office (215-788-3311).

All practices during training camp are open to the media and general public. For more information contact Mike O'Brien at 609.599.9500 x115.

TRENTON TITANS - The Buzz is Back!!! - Full and partial season tickets plans for the 2006-07 season are now available by calling a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500.

The Trenton Titans are a member of the ECHL - North America's Premier "AA" Hockey League. The Trenton Titans are owned and operated by the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils.

Trenton Titans 2006 Training Camp Schedule

Saturday, October 7th 7:00pm - 9:00pm - On-Ice practice, The Lawrenceville School

Sunday, October 8th 12:15pm - 2:15pm - On-Ice practice, Grundy Recreation Center

Monday, October 9TH 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland

Tuesday, October 10TH 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland

Wednesday, October 11th 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland

Thursday, October 12th 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland

Friday, October 13th 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland

Saturday, October 14th 10:00am - Pre-game skate, Iceland 7:00pm - Game vs. Reading Royals, Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex

Sunday, October 15th 3:00pm - Game vs. Reading Royals, Grundy Recreation Center

Monday, October 16th Day off

Tuesday, October 17h 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland

Wednesday, October 18th 10:00am - 12:00pm - On-Ice practice, Iceland
 

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Nailers Announce "New Voice of the Nailers"

Wheeling, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, the 'AA' affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announce today that they have hired new broadcaster Brendan Burke.

Burke, 22, is a recent graduate of Ithaca College in New York State has a degree in Journalism and a minor in sports studies. He replaces former broadcaster, Gary Sharp, who has moved on because of personal reasons.

Burke was the broadcaster for most of Ithaca's collegiate sports and also for Cornell's women's hockey. His most recent job was broadcasting for the Batavia Muckdogs, a New York-Penn League 'A' affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I was looking for a hockey broadcasting job," the Fair Lawn, NJ native said. "I sent a tape and resume to every team in the ECHL and the Nailers called me back. I didn't even know there was an opening."

"We were very impressed with Brendan's work," Nailers president Rob Brooks said. "We're excited to have him as a part of our organization, and we think he's a great addition."

Burke has also played hockey since he was four-years-old, including at the collegiate club level.

"I know the game of hockey, that's for sure," he said. "And I'm excited to start. It's a great opportunity and the Nailers are going to be a strong team this season."

His first broadcast won't be until the regular season opener on October 20th because he is traveling to Austria to visit his sister, who is a graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.

"It's a small world, I know," he said. "My sister used to go to Nailers games when she was in college."

Burke brings his style to an area of die hard hockey fans, and he wants to work hard to win them over.

"I try to provide as much detail on every play. Hockey is a fast game so I like to describe everything I can without falling behind the action," he said. "I want to bring people not only into the game with me, but into the arena too."

The Wheeling Nailers would like to wish Gary Sharp the best of luck in all of his endeavors.

Individual game tickets are on sale now. They are available for purchase at the Nailers team store located in their office at 1315 Main St. in downtown Wheeling, by calling 304-234-GOAL or online at www.WheelingNailers.com.
 

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Manitoba Moose send three more to Victoria

Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Moose, affiliate of the Victoria Salmon Kings and Vancouver Canucks, has reduced their roster after a weekend of exhibition games versus the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, and has assigned three more players to Victoria.

The Salmon Kings welcome back recent acquisition Warren McCutcheon, and received Forward Francois-Pierre Guenette and Defensemen Matt Kelly.

A native of Carmen, Manitoba, McCutcheon led the University of Manitoba Bison last season with 60 points (27 goals, 33 assists) in 41 games.

A 7th round pick (#222 overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Guenette scored 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) in 68 games with the Columbia Inferno (ECHL) last season. From 2001-2005, the 6-foot, 183-lb native of Laval, PQ, played in the QMJHL between the Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and tallied 244 points (95 goals, 149 assists) in 246 games. With 85 points in 69 games, Guenette led the Screaming Eagles scoring charts in 2003-04.

"Francois-Pierre is a good two-way player with very good offensive skills," said Tony McAulay, Salmon Kings Head Coach. "He is a shifty forward, whose natural position is Centre, which is a bonus to us and our scoring lines."

Kelly, who played three games with the Moose last season, hails from Tottenham, ON and played four seasons (2002-2006) in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 201 games with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, the 6-foot-2, 195-lb Defenseman earned 71 points (21 goals, 50 assists) in the regular season, plus 4 points in 6 playoff games in 2005-06.

"Matt's assets are his strength and size," said McAulay, "and he is a young prospect who is eager to move up to the next level."

"We are excited to have all three of these players part of our developmental system," added MacAulay.

The Moose will open their sixth season in the American Hockey League Wednesday, October 4th in Wilkes-Barre against the Penguins at 6:05 p.m. CST.

The Salmon Kings training camp begins October 5th, with on-ice sessions starting on Friday October 6th. Check out the Salmon Kings "Annual Blue and White game" at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Admission is free to the intra squad matchup which begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 11th.

Purchase the United Way Home Opener pack to help donate $6 to the United Way campaign. You get a ticket to each of the games of the Salmon Kings home opener series starting October 25th, for only $40! Call (250) 220-7777.
 

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Center Bolduc; Goaltender Taylor Assigned To The Condors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - With training camp slated to start Friday, the Bakersfield Condors added some major depth to their roster. Centerman Alexandre Bolduc was assigned to Bakersfield from the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose and netminder Danny Taylor was assigned by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.

The 21-year-old Bolduc played 24 games for the Condors last season (his rookie year), posting 16 points (10g, 6a). He also notched eight points (4g, 4a) in 11 playoff games, helping Bakersfield advance to the Pacific Division Finals. He was selected to the 2006 ECHL All-Star Team, but was re-called by Manitoba and didn't play.

Bolduc also appeared in 29 games for Manitoba last season, recording 10 points (3g, 7a). The 6- foot-2-inch, 200-pound native of Montreal spent the previous four years playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. During his QMJHL tenure, he posted 156 points (57g, 99a) in 257 games. Bolduc was a fourth round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

"Alex was a big help to our club last season and contributed nicely in the playoffs," said Head Coach Marty Raymond. "We're looking forward to seeing him booster the offense, but we'd also like to see him get called back up to Manitoba."

Taylor, who's been in training came with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs, becomes the third goaltender in as many years to be assigned to the Condors by the Kings. (Yutaka Fukufuji and Ryan Munce were the other two)

The 20-year-old begins his professional career in 2006-07 after spending the previous three seasons playing juniors in the Ontario Hockey League. In 57 appearances for the Kingston Frontenacs last season, Taylor went 32-15-6 with a 3.11 goals- against average and .911 save percentage.

Taylor spent the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons with the Guelph Storm, posting a combined record of 29-18-6. The 6-foot-1-inch, 177-pound netminder from Ottawa was a seventh round selection of the kings in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Condors open their 2006-07 regular season at Rabobank Arena Friday, Oct. 20 against the Stockton Thunder. For more information or to reserve season tickets, mini-plans and book group outings contact the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825). Season ticket packages start as low as $30

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Season tickets for the 2006-07 Condors season are on sale now at the Condors office located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue or by calling at 324-PUCK (7825).
 

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ECHL Has Two NHL Head Coaches, Nine NHL Assistants

PRINCETON, N.J. - When the National Hockey League season opens on Wednesday there will be 11 coaches with an ECHL background working behind the benches of teams in the NHL, including Peter Laviolette, who is the head coach of defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina, and Jim Playfair, who is head coach of the Calgary Flames.

The Premier 'AA' Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07. There have been 303 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, including a record 47 in 2005-06. There have been 158 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL in the past five seasons and there were 13 former ECHL coaches behind the benches of NHL teams in 2005-06.

Laviolette, who began his coaching career with Wheeling, became the first former ECHL coach to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup after leading the Carolina Hurricanes to the NHL championship in 2005-06. Laviolette was also head coach of the 2006 United States Olympic Men's Ice Hockey team. Carolina is owned by Peter Karmanos, Jr., who is part owner of the Florida Everblades, who are the ECHL affiliate of the Hurricanes.

Playfair, who was ECHL Coach of the Year in 1994-95, became the fifth former ECHL coach to become a head coach in the NHL when the Calgary Flames named him to replace Darryl Sutter. The Las Vegas Wranglers are the ECHL affiliate of the Flames.

Brian McCutcheon, who was ECHL Coach of the Year with Columbus (Ohio) in 1996-97, was promoted to associate head coach with the Buffalo Sabres while Dave Farrish, who was ECHL Coach of the Year in 2002 and coach of Louisiana from 2000-04 and Pensacola in 2004-05, is an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks, whose ECHL affiliate is the Augusta Lynx.

Charlie Huddy, who coached Huntington in 1996-97, is an assistant coach for Edmonton while former Arkansas head coach Geoff Ward is Development Coach for the Oilers, whose ECHL affiliate is the Stockton Thunder.

Barry Smith, who was assistant coach in Erie from 1992-95 and head coach in 1995-96 and assistant coach for Baton Rouge in 1997-2000, is an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks, whose ECHL affiliate is the Victoria Salmon Kings, while Peter Horachek, who coached Louisville in 1990-91 and Trenton in 2001-02, is an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators.

Jamie Kompon, who played for Hampton Roads in 1989-90 and for Cincinnati and Winston-Salem in 1990-91, is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings, whose ECHL affiliate is the Reading Royals. Daniel Lacroix, who helped Atlantic City advance to the conference finals in its inaugural season, is an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, whose ECHL affiliate is the Pensacola Ice Pilots, and Ryan Stewart, who was general manager for Greenville in 2005-06, is video coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, whose ECHL affiliate is the Toledo Storm.

ECHL

The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

The ECHL will open its 19th season on Oct. 20 with 25 teams in 15 states and one Canadian province and welcomes both the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Texas Wildcatters back to the ice in 2006-07.

The ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League in 2006-07 and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion. The ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined each of the past four seasons with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players.

The ECHL raised its average attendance for the third straight year in 2005-06 drawing 3,934,794 for 900 games which is an average of 4,372 per game, an increase of more than nine percent from 2004-05 and the largest per-game average since 1999-2000. Six teams surpassed 200,000 and nine teams averaged 5,000 per game for the first time since 1999-2000 as the league welcomed 39 sellout crowds and 13 of the 22 returning teams raised their average attendance from a year ago.

Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.
 

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Titans Pep Rally and ticket pick-up October 13

TRENTON, NJ (October 2, 2006) - The Trenton Titans announced on Monday that they will be hosting their 2006-07 Season Kick-Off Pep Rally for full and partial season ticket holders only on Friday, October 13, 6pm - 8pm at the Sovereign Bank Arena.

This will be the first opportunity for Titans' season ticket holders to meet the newest Titans players and pick up their tickets for the 2006-07 season.

In addition, Sovereign Bank Arena and Ovations Food Service are proud to announce they will be featuring several new delicious food items at all events this coming year. Prior to the official unveiling of these new items to the public, free samples will be available for all in attendance at the Pep Rally.

The Trenton Titans open the 2006-07 season on Friday, October 20 at 7:30pm against the Reading Royals at the Sovereign Bank Arena. For tickets call a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500.

TRENTON TITANS - The Buzz is Back!!! - Full and partial season tickets plans for the 2006-07 season are now available by calling a Titans Ticket Representative at (609) 599-9500. Tickets are also available at the Sovereign Bank Arena Box Office or by logging onto www.comcasttix.com

The Trenton Titans are a member of the ECHL - North America's Premier "AA" Hockey League. The Trenton Titans are the ECHL affiliate to the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms.
 

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Denny Hamlin Visits Cincinnati Cyclones on January 6

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones announced Monday (Oct. 2) that NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Denny Hamlin will join in the festivities of the team's NASCAR Night on January 6, 2007. Full details of Hamlin's visit will be coming in the next few weeks, but he will be at U.S. Bank Arena that night for the game against Reading. A special meet and greet dinner will be held before the game, details for that dinner will follow shortly.

Hamlin, 25, is currently in second place in NASCAR's premier division, trailing Jeff Burton by 69 points for the circuit's point lead. Denny has claimed two victories this season and has 15 top ten finishes.

NASCAR Night has been a popular fixture in previous Cyclones seasons. Among the drivers to visit the team and U.S. Bank Arena include: Matt Kenseth, Sterling Marlin, Steve Park and Tony Stewart.

The full list of Cyclones promotional dates will be released shortly.

All 72 regular season Cincinnati Cyclones games can be heard on the club's website www.cycloneshockey.com. The Cincinnati Cyclones are an affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Montreal Canadiens.

The Cyclones begin the 2006-07 season on Friday night, October 20 against Pensacola at U.S. Bank Arena.
 
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