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ECHL Makes Rules Enforcement Video Available Online

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL announced that the video presentation explaining the new standard of rules enforcement being adopted in 2006-07 can now be viewed on the league's official web site at www.ECHL.com/Rule_Book.shtml.

ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Rod Pasma traveled to the National Hockey League office in Toronto to develop the video, which is narrated by NHL Senior VP & Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, for a new standard of officiating under the one-man referee system.

"We encourage our fans to watch this video as the new standard of rules enforcement will change how the game is played in the ECHL," said Pasma.

ECHL coaches watched the video at their annual meeting, and each coach received copies of the video with instructions to show and review it with their players during training camp. It was also shown to the Board of Governors at their Preseason Meeting on Sept. 28.

ECHL on-ice officials will view and receive a copy of the video at the annual On-Ice Officials Training Camps, scheduled for Oct. 6-8 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa. and Oct. 13-15 at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif.

Fans can also view the NHL video "The New Standard of Rule Enforcement 2006-07," which is also narrated by Walkom, on ECHL.com.

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

The Premier 'AA' Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 23 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.

The ECHL was represented for the sixth consecutive year on the National Hockey League championship team, including Carolina Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette, who is the first ECHL coach to win the Stanley Cup.

The ECHL has affiliations with 22 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.

The Idaho Steelheads and the 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.

In 2005-06 the ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds, including those benefiting victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, while also making thousands of appearances by players, coaches, team personnel and mascots at schools, hospitals, libraries and charity functions.

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

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Shantz arrives in goal

Four weeks of shooting at an empty net can get old fast, which is why the arrival of rookie goaltender David Shantz at Germain Arena this week was met with smiles by the veteran Florida Everblades.

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Grizzlie roster lists a new goalie, some familiar faces

There will be new goalies and a new captain, yet to be determined, but the local guy, two of the top scorers and a couple of the best defensemen are back for a second year with the Utah Grizzlies.
And popular forward Justin Cox will play for a fifth season in Utah after missing last season, Utah's first at the AA level in the ECHL.
Utah's training-camp roster was released late Tuesday afternoon, and the club will hold its first practice at 10 a.m. Friday at West Valley City's Acord Ice Center. All Grizzly practices are open to the public.
The captain, Louis Dumont, is not coming back, nor are goalies Alfie Michaud or Justin Eddy.
But coach Jason Christie has returned ECHL-leading goalscorer Ryan Kinasewich, who had 38 markers to tie for the league title and set a franchise record.

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Titans open camp Saturday

With 17 players under contract, and more coming from the NHL and AHL affiliates, the Titans will open training camp Saturday night at Lavino Field House.

New coach Rick Kowalsky's first camp will start on the campus at The Lawrenceville School with a 7 p.m. practice.

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Gladiators sign Stepp, Bennefield

The Gwinnett Gladiators increased their toughness by a factor of two with the signing of Blue Bennefield and Joel Stepp on Tuesday.
Both are familiar — and popular — names to hockey fans in Gwinnett.
Bennefield was a crowd favorite in the Gladiators inaugural season, especially as he racked up 38 points and 222 penalty minutes in 72 games. The 27-year-old is back in black and maroon after bouncing around a bit for the last two seasons.
Bennefield, a lively addition to the locker room to be sure, spent 2004-05 with Victoria of the ECHL and split last year between the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League and the American Hockey League Lowell Lock Monsters. He appeared in 12 games with Lowell and had two goals, two assists and 35 penalty minutes, and also had a team-high 273 penalty minutes in 53 games with Adirondack.

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Chiefs unveil new players and new threads

The Johnstown Chiefs unveiled special third jerseys on Tuesday, then announced the names of 14 players to wear them.

The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning assigned those players to the Chiefs’ training camp that opens on Saturday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Last season’s 17-win goaltender Morgan Cey and netminder Gerald Coleman, who has NHL experience with the Lightning, were on the list.

Rookie forward Maxime Boisclair had back-to-back 100-point seasons with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 130 points last season. Former Tampa fifth-round draft pick Stanislav Lascek had 135 points last season with Chicoutimi.

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Attard returning to Storm

The Toledo Storm is bringing back its eighth-leading scorer who has averaged 16 goals and 42 points in a three-year ECHL career.

Center Jeff Attard, who tallied 39 points (17 goals and 22 assists) last season, will be back for the Storm when it opens Oct. 20 at the Sports Arena. Attard, 6-2 and 205 pounds, had fi ve goals and six assists on the power play.

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S-Kings just got a whole lot faster

When Francois-Pierre Guenette of Laval, Que., came to Halifax to play major-junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Mooseheads, he became simply "F.P."

"It was easier for the English people," smiled Guenette, whose dream of making it to the NHL continues through famously-English Victoria with the Salmon Kings of the ECHL.

Under contract to the Vancouver Canucks, the 2003 seventh-round draft pick begins his second season in the Canucks farm system in the ECHL. Now, however, that's not with the Columbia Inferno of South Carolina after the Canucks switched their ECHL affiliation over the summer to the more logical Victoria location.

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Gomez builds speed, assets

Gathered in the grass beside the Wendler Middle School track one morning in early July, about a dozen teenaged distance runners, sinewy of body and giddy of spirit, laughed and stretched casually before heading out for an easy run on nearby trails.

In Lane 1 of the track, a couple of thin, middle-aged runners slowly, stoically ran 400-meter lap after 400-meter lap.

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ECHL Names Lappan Coordinator Of Hockey Operations

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL announced that it has hired Mike Lappan as coordinator of hockey operations.

Lappan replaces Bill Scott, who was hired as manager of hockey operations for the American Hockey League.

Lappan will be responsible for the organization and release of team rosters, including the daily monitoring of contracts salary cap and player background while also overseeing all transactions, including trades, waivers, recalls and injuries. He will be responsible for the administration and tracking of all player fines and will assist with league and player immigration matters.

Lappan was an account executive for the San Diego Gulls in 2005-06. He worked as an intern for San Diego in the summer of 2003 and was also an intern for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Lappan played amateur and college hockey, leading Nickel Centre in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association in points per game 2000-01 while also playing for Milford Academy in Connecticut.

The native of Levack, Ontario received his bachelor of commerce in sports administration from Laurentian University.
 

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55 ECHL Players On NHL Opening-Day Rosters

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL has 55 players on National Hockey League opening-day rosters surpassing the record 54 players a year ago and marking the fourth consecutive season that there have been more than 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

The total does not include Bates Battaglia, Curtis Brown, Scott Gomez and Mark Smith, who all played in the ECHL for the first time during the NHL lockout in 2004-05.

The Premier 'AA' Hockey League, the ECHL has a former player on 29 of the 30 teams and has affiliations with 24 of the 30 teams in the NHL.

There were a record 47 former ECHL players who made their NHL debut last season, including five goaltenders who played in both leagues. As the NHL season opens, there have been 303 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL, including 158 in the last five seasons. Last season 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 ECHL was represented for the sixth consecutive year on the Stanley Cup champion by Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette, who is the first ECHL coach to hoist the coveted trophy, Chad LaRose, Andrew Hutchinson and assistant athletic trainer Chris Stewart.


Former ECHL Coaches and Players On NHL Opening Day Rosters:

Anaheim (Augusta Lynx) - Assistant coach Dave Farrish (Louisiana, 2000-04 and Pensacola, 2004-05), Francois Beauchemin (Mississippi, 2001-02) and Todd Fedoruk (Trenton, 1999-2000).

Atlanta (Gwinnett Gladiators) - Eric Boulton (Charlotte, 1996-98; Florida, 1998-99 and Columbia, 2004-05), Shane Hnidy (Baton Rouge, 1996-97 and Florida, 2004-05) and Glen Metropolit (Nashville, 1995-96 and Pensacola, 1996-97).

Boston - Assistant coach Wayne Cashman (Pensacola, 1999-2000) and Tim Thomas (Birmingham, 1997-98).

Buffalo - Associate coach Brian McCutcheon (Columbus, 1996-97) and Martin Biron (South Carolina, 1997-98).

Calgary (Las Vegas Wranglers) - Head coach Jim Playfair (Dayton, 1994-95) and Jamie McLennan (Richmond, 1991-92).

Carolina (Florida Everblades) - Head coach Peter Laviolette (Wheeling, 1997-98), Andrew Hutchinson (Toledo, 2002-03) and Chad LaRose (Florida, 2003-04).

Chicago (Toledo Storm) - Video coach Ryan Stewart (Greenville, 1998-2002 and 2003-04 and Florida, 2002-03) and Reed Low (Baton Rouge, 1997-98).

Colorado - Andrew Brunette (Hampton Roads, 1993-94), Antti Laaksonen (Charlotte, 1997-98), Brett McLean (Johnstown, 1999-2000) and George Parros (Reading, 2003-04).

Columbus (Dayton Bombers) - Geoff Platt (Atlantic City, 2004-05), Jody Shelley (Johnstown, 1998-2000) and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (Dayton, 2004-05).

Dallas (Idaho Steelheads) - Mike Smith (Lexington, 2002-03).

Detroit (Toledo Storm) - Joey MacDonald (Toledo, 2001-02 and 2005-06).

Edmonton (Stockton Thunder) - Assistant coach Charlie Huddy (Huntington, 1996-97) and development coach Geoff Ward (Arkansas, 1999-2000).

Florida (Florida Everblades) - Alex Auld (Columbia, 2001-02).

Los Angeles (Reading Royals) - Assistant coach Jamie Kompon (Hampton Roads, 1989-90; Cincinnati, 1990-91 and Winston-Salem, 1990-91), Jeff Cowan (Roanoke, 1996-97) and Raitis Ivanans (Pensacola, 1999-2000 and Toledo and Baton Rouge, 2001-02).

Minnesota - Derek Boogaard (Louisiana, 2002-03).

Montreal (Cincinnati Cyclones) - Aaron Downey (Hampton Roads, 1995-97), Michael Ryder (Tallahassee, 2000-01 and Mississippi, 2001-02) and Mark Streit (Tallahassee, 1999-2000).

Nashville - Assistant coach Peter Horachek (Louisville, 1990-91 and Trenton, 2001-02), Vernon Fiddler (Arkansas, 2000-01 and Roanoke, 2001-02), Jerred Smithson (Trenton, 2000-01) and Tomas Vokoun (Wheeling, 1995-96).

New Jersey (Trenton Titans) - Scott Gomez (Alaska, 2004-05).

New York Islanders (Pensacola Ice Pilots) - Assistant coach Daniel Lacroix (Atlantic City, 2001-02).

New York Rangers (Charlotte Checkers) - Thomas Pock (Charlotte, 2004-05).

Ottawa - Joe Corvo (Hampton Roads, 1998-99) and Chris Neil (Mobile, 1999-2000).

Philadelphia (Trenton Titans) - Boyd Kane (Charlotte, 1998-2001) and Riley Cote (Dayton, 2003-04).

Phoenix (Phoenix RoadRunners) - Josh Gratton (San Diego, 2003-04 and Trenton Titans, 2004-05), Mike Morrison (Columbus, 2002-03 and Greenville, 2004-06) and Joel Perrault (Augusta, 2005-06).

Pittsburgh (Wheeling Nailers) - Eric Cairns (Birmingham, 1994-95 and Charlotte, 1995-96), Michel Ouellet (Wheeling, 2002-03) and Andre Roy (Charlotte, 1997-98).

St. Louis (Alaska Aces) - Mike Glumac (Pee Dee, 2002-03), Manny Legace (Richmond, 1996-97), Curtis Sanford (Peoria, 2000-02), Matt Walker (Peoria, 2000-01) and Trent Whitfield (Hampton Roads, 1998-99).

San Jose (Fresno Falcons) - Curtis Brown (San Diego, 2004-05), Patrick Rissmiller (Cincinnati, 2002-03), Nolan Schaefer (Fresno, 2003-04) and Mark Smith (Victoria, 2004-05).

Tampa Bay (Johnstown Chiefs) - Ryan Craig (Pensacola, 2003-04), Ruslan Fedotenko (Trenton, 1999-2000), Johan Holmqvist (Charlotte, 2002-03) and Nolan Pratt (Richmond, 1995-96).

Toronto (Columbia Inferno) - Jean-Sebastien Aubin (Dayton, 1997-98) and Bates Battaglia (Mississippi, 2004-05).

Vancouver (Victoria Salmon Kings) - Assistant coach Barry Smith (Erie, 1992-96 and Baton Rouge, 1997-2000), Alexandre Burrows (Greenville, 2002-03; Baton Rouge, 2002-03 and Columbia, 2003-05) and Wade Flaherty (Greensboro, 1989-90).

Washington (South Carolina Stingrays) - Olaf Kolzig (Hampton Roads, 1990-92).
 

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Storm Returns Top Defenseman

(Toledo, Ohio) The Toledo Storm, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, announced today that defenseman Jason Maleyko will return for the 2006-07 season.

"We're really excited about having Jason back for us," said Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Nick Vitucci. "He was a solid defenseman and leader for us last year and is a tremendous playmaker."

Since joining Toledo in 2004, Maleyko has played in all but 9 regular season games. Last year, he logged 67 games with the Storm, tallying a career-high 46 points (6 G, 40 A), which led all Toledo defenseman. He also accumulated 109 penalty minutes. Maleyko, a 6th round draft choice of the Ottawa Senators, also added a pair of goals and six assists during Toledo's playoff run. He served the last half of 2005-06 as the team captain.

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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Ice Pilots sponsor full Take Stock in Children Scholarship

PENSACOLA, FL - The Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL are proud to announce today the sponsorship of a $5,000 Take Stock in Children Scholarship through the Foundation for Excellence of Escambia County, and in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. The donation was made through the Ice Pilots Pensacola Community Fund which provides sponsorships to various charitable organizations in the community. The donation was also matched by the Florida Prepaid Foundation to purchase the tuition paid scholarship.

The Ice Pilots are a proud affiliate of the New York Islanders and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Take Stock in Children Scholarship will provide one low-income, at-risk student with a scholarship and weekly mentor at school. If the student maintains a certain grade-point average, attends school regularly and maintains a clean discipline record, then he or she will receive a full-paid college education at a Jr. College and State University in the state of Florida.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida provides one-to-one mentoring to children ages 6 to eighth-grade age who come primarily from single-parent homes. Ice Pilot Account Executive Dan Kaufmann will serve as the mentor for the student. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program will allow the mentor and student to see each other outside of the school setting with supervised case management. The student will be able to attend hockey games, go out for dinners and play sports as a reward for achieving his goals.

The partnership and scholarship was announced at a recent Pre-Season Ticket Holder Party at Tuscan Oven. The Grade 7 Student, mentor Dan Kaufmann, and representatives from both organizations were introduced to over 200 fans at the event. The fans will be able to keep up with the student's progress throughout the student's senior year in high school.

"As a long time Ice Pilots season ticket holder, I'm especially proud of this Ice Pilot sponsored scholarship," says Sally Lee, Program/Mentor Coordinator for Take Stock in Children. The partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters allows Mikal and Dan to have a mentoring relationship that extends beyond the at-school-only contact that is the normal mentoring component of Take Stock in Children. We hope others will be inspired to help provide scholarships, mentors & hope to other deserving students like Mikal."

"We are very pleased that Dan stepped up to the challenge of mentoring Mikal through our program in addition to the Take Stock in Children program, and we look forward to watching their friendship grow," says April Phillips, Marketing & Fund Development Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. "There are dozens of young men like Mikal across Northwest Florida who could benefit from having a Big Brother. We just need the men to step up and volunteer."

"I am enjoying my weekly school visits and getting to know my Mikal through the Take Stock In Children program," said Ice Pilots Account Executive Dan Kaufmann. "We are looking forward to participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program where we will be able to spend quality time together outside of the school setting and especially at 'the Hangar' enjoying an exciting season."

The Pensacola Ice Pilots Home Opener is set for Friday, Oct 27 at 7:05 pm when they host the Texas Wildcatters at 7:05 p.m. at The Hangar. The Ice Pilots will then host the Columbia Inferno on Sunday at 6:05 pm.

Single Game tickets are available at the Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and by charging by phone at (850) 434-7444. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Full and Partial Season Tickets are still available giving you the same seat for of the Ice Pilots 36 home games. For further information on Season Tickets, Group Tickets or Corporate Advertising, please call (850) 432-PUCK.
 

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Condors Educational Programs Underway

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -The Bakersfield Condors are offering several educational opportunities for grade school and junior high students that provide them with the chance to make learning fun by merging education and hockey. These opportunities will allow students to earn free tickets to hockey games and the chance to meet players, coaches and mascots. Also, the Condors will once again hold the third annual Field Trip Day on Nov. 14. In addition to these great benefits, students and PTA's are encouraged to take part in fundraising opportunities for their school through various Condors fundraisers and Family Fun Nights.

The Educational programs include

T.H.I.N.K. (Turn Hockey Into New Knowledge) sponsored by Mercy and Memorial Hospitals and AARC Technology. The T.H.I.N.K. program is geared towards academic achievement. The purpose of this program is to reward students who reach their scholastic and/or behavioral goals with a ticket to a pre-determined T.H.I.N.K. night game. Each school and/or teacher will be able to set criteria requirements that the students must meet. All schools who sign up for the T.H.I.N.K program will be entered into the grand prize drawing to win a computer donated by AARC Technology.

Condors Classroom Champions sponsored by SC Architect, Inc. and 29 The Eyewitness News Station. Classroom Champions is dedicated to excellent attendance levels at school. Students who meet attendance requirements will be rewarded with a ticket to a pre-determined Classroom Champions game night. Attendance criteria will be managed by each individual school and/or teacher.

The Third Annual Field-Trip Day with the Condors sponsored by Bakersfield Californian, KERN 1410 AM and Arrival Communications. The Field Trip day is designed to provide students with a fun and educational opportunity that they will never forget. The Condors have purposely changed the start time of the hockey game on Tuesday, Nov. 14 to 10:30am to offer a educational day at Rabobank Arena. Educational booklets will be handed out to each individual student that links hockey to each subject in school including math, science, geography, and health-fitness.

Fundraising and Family Fun Nights with the Condors: Help raise money for your school through Condors fundraising. There are several options to choose from, each beneficial and rewarding. Specially priced tickets are also available for groups of 20-or-more. Family Fun Nights are happening at all Condors games so don't let your school miss out on the excitement!

To sign-up for any of the Condors educational programs please contact the Condors Community Relations office at 324-PUCK (7825) or click here and fax your form to Jill Watts at 324-6929.

To stay up to date with all the off-season events log on to www.bakersfieldcondors.com and sign up for Face Off, the Condors E-newsletter.

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

Just for Kids! Don't forget to sign up for the coolest club in Condorstown for only $20. The Condors Kids Club is running from now until March 31 and provides members, age 12-and-under, with admission to six pre-determined games, several opportunities to meet the players, coaches and mascots, a Kids Club T-shirt, an exclusive badge for members only and cool prizes courtesy of the Bakersfield Californian, Brighthouse Networks and Wells Fargo Bank.

Buy Tickets

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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Rediker, DiPace and Perras Agree To Terms

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, an ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers, has announced the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Frank Rediker, right wing John DiPace, and goaltender J.F. Perras. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

FRANK REDIKER AGREES TO TERMS

Rediker, 21, recently completed a five-year (2001-06) junior hockey career, split between the Windsor Spitfires and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League where he scored 66 points (22g-44a) with 463 penalty minutes in 194 career games. A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan and a fourth round selection (118th overall) of the Boston Bruins in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Rediker scored two assists in 21 career playoff games with Windsor and London, and is slated to make his professional debut in Stockton.

JOHN DiPACE AGREES TO TERMS

DiPace, 24, enters Stockton training camp following three seasons (2002-06) in the United Hockey League with the Flint Generals and Richmond Riverdogs. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Clinton Township, Michigan native has scored 159 points (67g-92a) with 537 penalty minutes in 223 career UHL games, while achieving career highs in all scoring categories with Richmond in 2005-06, scoring 31 goals, 36 assists and 67 points.

J.F. PERRAS AGREES TO TERMS

Perras, 25, recently spent his four-year (2002-06) college hockey career with Dalhousie University (CIS), posting a 3.14 goals-against-average in 56 career games for the Tigers, along with a .882 save percentage and a 15-40-4 record. A native of Embrun, Ontario, Perras was in net for 10 of Dalhousie's 11 wins as a 2003-04 sophomore, posting a career-high .909 save percentage in 22 games while helping the Tigers go undefeated in five of their final six games (3-1-2).

As a 2005-06 senior, Perras tallied a career-best 729 saves in 24 games for Dalhousie, while playing in a career-high 1,407 minutes.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound netminder split his four-year (1998-02) junior hockey career in the Ontario Hockey League between the Erie Otters and Ottawa 67's, posting a 78-57-17 record in 170 career games along with 13 shutouts, a 3.16 goals-against-average and .898 save percentage. Perras registered a career-best 2.65 goals-against-average and career-high tying .906 save percentage in 33 games with the Otters in 2000-01, tallying a 19-7-4 record while guiding the Otters to a Midwest Division title and OHL regular season championship.

Perras' final junior season in 2001-02 produced a career-best 25 wins and 1,459 saves in 52 games with Ottawa, tying a career-high .906 save percentage while notching a 2.99 goals-against-average.

The Thunder opens 2006-07 training camp on Friday, October 6 at Stockton Arena and faces the Fresno Falcons in a 4:00 p.m. PT pre-season game on Sunday, October 15 at Stockton Arena. General admission tickets for the Thunder's only pre-season home game are on sale and can be purchased by calling the Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visiting www.stocktontickets.com.

The Thunder begins the 2006-07 ECHL season Friday, October 20 on the road against the Bakersfield Condors at 7:00 p.m. PT, and faces the Long Beach Ice Dogs on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. PT in the home opener at Stockton Arena.

The Thunder drew 228,364 fans to Stockton Arena in its inaugural season, the ECHL's best attendance mark for 2005-06. Thunder season tickets and mini-plans for the 2006-07 season are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.stocktonthunder.com.
 

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Flames send three to Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV- The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League have assigned forwards Chris Neiszner, Adam Cracknell and Aki Seitsonen.

Neiszner returns to Las Vegas after spending his rookie campaign with the club in 2005-06. The second-year pro blossomed in the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs with five goals and six assists for 11 points in 12 games. During the regular season, Neiszner scored 11 times and added 20 assists for 31 points in 58 games played. The Craik, SK native finished second on the team among rookies with a +19 rating in 2005-06. Neiszner was recalled to the American Hockey League's Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in mid-January for a seven game stint. The 22-year old netted his first AHL goal and added an assist with Omaha. Prior to turning pro, Neiszner played four seasons with the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels, scoring 49 goals and adding 52 assists for 101 points in 286 games played. Neiszner attended training camp for the second straight year in Calgary and Omaha.

Adam Cracknell was Calgary's ninth round pick (#279 overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Cracknell played his last four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, piling up 94 goals and 119 assists for 213 points in 283 games. Last season, Cracknell finished second in the league in scoring with 93 points (42G-51A) in 72 games played. The Victoria, BC native finished last season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the AHL, scoring one goal and adding three assists in six games. Cracknell attended Calgary's Training Camp and Omaha's Training Camp in 2006.

Aki Seitsonen (pronounced - Ah-key, Site-so-nen) was Calgary's fourth round pick (#118 overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Seitsonen spent his last three seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. During his three seasons with the Raiders, Seitsonen tallied 60 goals and 67 assists for 127 points in 204 games played. The Riihimski, Finland native was held scoreless in the final seven games of the 2005-06 season with Omaha. Seitsonen attended training camp in Calgary and Omaha in 2006.

Training camp opens on Thursday, October 5th when players report to Las Vegas for the beginning of camp. The team will hit the ice for the first time this Friday at 9:00 am at the Las Vegas Ice Center. Training camp includes two preseason games against the Phoenix Roadrunners. Las Vegas hosts Phoenix on Thursday, October 12th at the Orleans Arena at 7:05 pm. The Wranglers will play in Phoenix on Friday, October 13th at 7:15 pm. All practices at the Las Vegas Ice Center are open to the public. The Las Vegas Ice Center is located at 9295 West Flamingo Rd.

The Wranglers play all 36 home games at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue. The Wranglers host the Victoria Salmon Kings for the home opener on Friday, November 3rd at 7:05 pm. Seat packages to see the Wranglers play at the Orleans Arena for the upcoming 2006-07 season are now on sale, starting as low as $157. Call (702) 471-PUCK (7825) for more information or visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com.
 

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Condors annual golf tournament set for Tuesday, November 7

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors Professional Hockey Club announced their ninth annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Rio Bravo Country Club.

Proceeds from the tournament, presented by Faast Pharmacy, will once again benefit Condors Charities. This fund enables the Condors to make monetary donations to local agencies, schools and other non-profit organizations. More than $25,000 has been raised for various charities in Kern County throughout the tournament's history.

There will be 18 groups, each made up of a foursome and one Condors player. Registration for all Condors season ticket holders is open now. Non- season ticket holders wishing to participate should contact the Condors office about season ticket opportunities.

The sign-up fee is $125 per person or $500 for a full foursome and includes green fees, cart, commemorative golf shirt, as well as complimentary beverages, snacks and a post-tournament banquet. To register, contact Angelese Reed at the Condors office at 324-PUCK (7825) or [email protected] Space is limited and sign-ups will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This season Condors season ticket holders will also have an opportunity to bid on a chance to play with four players, as Mike Hofstrand, Reagan Leslie, Kevin St. Jacques and Sean Venedam are up for auction this year. All other players will be randomly assigned to groups.

Bids must be submitted as a foursome; individual bids will not be accepted. Only foursomes, who have sent in their complete registration and sign-up fee, will be able to bid. Bids will not be accepted from any foursome that has not registered for the tournament.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. There will be unique activities and prizes on select holes, such as putting with a hockey stick and "birdie or better."

Rio Bravo Country Club is located at 15200 Casa Club Drive and can be contacted at 871-4900. You van visit the club's web site at www.riobravocountryclub.com

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

Buy Tickets

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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Herrington brings veteran presence to Dayton

Dayton, OH- Dayton Bombers Head Coach and General Manager Don MacAdam announced today that the Bombers have signed forward Jamie Herrington. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Jamie's been a top contributor in this league before," said MacAdam. "We are looking for him to come here and be that same kind of player."

The 28-year-old native of Cornwall, Ontario, has appeared in 80 career games, scoring 58 points (20 G, 38 A) for the Richmond Renegades and the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL.

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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Vellinga Invited to Training Camp

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 4, 2006) - Head Coach Troy Mann has announced that defenseman Mike Vellinga has accepted an invitation to training camp for the 2006-07 season.

The 28-year-old Chatham, Ontario native played in 64 regular season games for the Long Beach of the ECHL last year, scoring three goals and 14 assists for 17 points while recording 69 penalty minutes. Vellinga also played in seven playoff games for the Ice Dogs, notching one goal and two assists for three points and eight penalty minutes.

"Mike is an established defenseman at our level and we are looking for him to provide solid play at both ends of the rink," said Coach Mann. "His combined +17 in 2005-06 and +23 in 2004-05 certainly demonstrate his ability to contribute to his team."

The 6'2, 212-pound Vellinga has played in 441 games during his seven-year ECHL career, netting 25 goals and 116 assists for 141 points while tallying 675 penalty minutes. Vellinga has also appeared in 39 career ECHL playoff games, potting two goals and 10 assists for 12 points while recording 64 penalty minutes. Prior to turning professional, Vellinga played 186 regular season games for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 15 goals and 60 assists for 75 points while sitting for 206 penalty minutes. In 46 career playoff games for the Storm, Vellinga had four goals and 23 assists for 27 points and 68 penalty minutes.

Season and partial ticket packages are now on sale for the 2006-07 season by calling 256-7825 or visiting the Inferno website at www.columbiainferno.com.
 
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