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Steelheads fans raise $14,340 for MDA

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Steelheads Community Foundation kicked off the fifth annual Pepsi Jersey Auction benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) last week raising $14,340 for the non-profit organization.

The team wore one-of-a-kind Tenth Anniversary jerseys during the three-game series against the Phoenix Roadrunners. Fans had the opportunity to bid on their favorite players' jerseys, which started at $150. Both Scott Burt's and Marty Flichel's jerseys were bought outright for $1,500, and seven jerseys sold for $500 or more including Lance Galbraith's, Jeremy Yablonski's, Darrell Hay's, Kyle Peto's, Travis Wight's, D'Arcy McConvey's, and Colin Peter's.

The winning bidders were awarded their game-worn jerseys immediately following Saturday's game and were also given the opportunity to pose for a photo with the player.

"The Muscular Dystrophy Association is very grateful to Nagel Beverages (Pepsi), the Idaho Steelheads and everybody who participated in the event for their continued support and generosity throughout the year, said Jennifer Damiano, MDA's District Director. "It is because of these great sponsorships that we are able to provide clinics, support groups, assistance with the purchase of wheel chairs, leg braces, communication devices, and our MDA Summer Camp in McCall.

In five years, the Steelheads/Pepsi Jersey Auction has raised $52,465.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho serves over 450 adults and children with neuromuscular diseases including ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). MDA works in this community to combat 43 neuromuscular diseases through basic and applied scientific investigation, local comprehensive programs of medical services and clinical care the Idaho Elks Center, a local children's summer camp in McCall, and widespread professional and public health education. As MDA does not receive any government or United Way funding, these critical services are financed through a variety of fundraising events attended by private and corporate donors. All funds raised in Idaho, stays in Idaho to serve families living with neuromuscular disease right here in your community.
 

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Houle Becomes 310th Player To Play In NHL After ECHL

PRINCETON, N.J. - Former Trenton Titans goaltender Martin Houle made his National Hockey League debut on Wednesday with the Philadelphia Flyers, stopping two shots while playing 2:12 in the second period in relief of Antero Niittymaki, in an 8-4 loss at Pittsburgh.

Houle becomes the 310th player overall and the seventh this season to play in the NHL after playing in the ECHL. He is the fifth former ECHL goaltender to play his first NHL game this season, joining former Reading goaltender Barry Brust (Los Angeles on Nov. 30), former Toledo goaltender Joey MacDonald (Detroit on Oct. 19), former ECHL All-Star goaltender Mike Smith (Dallas on Oct. 21) and former Augusta goaltender Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26). The other two players to make their NHL debut are former Columbia right wing Jesse Schultz (Vancouver on Nov. 28) and former Florida center Drew Larman (Florida on Nov. 13).

Houle had dressed as the Flyers backup goaltender for last six games after being recalled on Dec. 4 from the American Hockey League where he is 5-4-0 with a goals-against average of 3.67 and a save percentage of .893 in 10 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Selected in the eighth round (232nd overall) by the Flyers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old was 4-3-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .935 in seven games for Trenton as a rookie in 2005-06. He was named Rookie of the Year with the Phantoms in 2005-06 after finishing 18-18-1 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.54 and a save percentage of .914 in 40 games.

The Premier 'AA' Hockey League, the ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2006-07, marking the 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. 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 164 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.

There are two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette and Jim Playfair) and nine NHL assistant coaches who have an ECHL background. The ECHL was represented for the sixth consecutive year on the Stanley Cup champion in 2006 by Laviolette, who is the first ECHL coach to hoist the coveted trophy, Chad LaRose, Andrew Hutchinson and assistant athletic trainer Chris Stewart.

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

The ECHL has affiliations with 24 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 40 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 ECHL - Premier 'AA' Hockey League.
 

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The Puck Stops Here

Bakersfield, Calif - The Bakersfield Condors Professional Hockey Club is proud to announce Jamie Hodson has been awarded ECHL Goaltender of the Week Honors for Dec. 4-10.

The 26-year-old, Lenore, MAN native was 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .938 as the Condors went 2-1-0 on a three-game east coast road swing. Hodson made 38 saves in a 4-2 win at North Division leader Trenton on Dec. 8 and had 22 saves in a 3-2 win at Johnstown on Dec. 10.

"I'm proud to accept this award. I couldn't have done it without my teammates," said Hodson. "I've been very fortunate this season and am just trying to give the guys a chance to win every night I'm on the ice."

He is 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .933 in his last four starts and 6-0-1 with a goals-against average of 2.26 and a save percentage of .928 in his last seven starts.

Hodson is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 wins and is 10-2-2 with a goals-against average of 2.91 and a save percentage of .914 in 14 games for the Condors.

"He's very deserving and has been working hard," said Condors Head Coach, Marty Raymond. "He's been improving everyday. He's probably one of our hardest working players in practice."

Selected in the third round (69th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Hodson has played four previous seasons in the ECHL with Greensboro, South Carolina and Fresno and is 74-36-9 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.85 and a save percentage of .921 in 126 career regular season games while also playing parts of three seasons in the American Hockey League for the St. John's Maple Leafs.

Bakersfield returns to The Nest Saturday, Dec. 16 when the Victoria Salmon Kings come to town for a special noon start. Huge Condors fan Diego, Dora the Explorer's cousin from the Go Diego Go Show, is visiting Condorstown and will be available for pictures, courtesy of La Preciosa 105.3, Bright House Networks and Rio Bravo Country Club. All fans in attendance will receive a Condors Holiday Poster featuring forwards Alexandre Bolduc, Rane Carnegie, Todd Griffith, Josh Liebenow and defensemen Tyler Scott and Steve Rodberg.

You can catch all Condors games live on KGEO Hot Talk AM1230 with Jake Stevens calling all the action. Saturday's game against Victoria can also be seen live on Bright House Networks (cable channel 21). Most games are also available to view courtesy of B2 Networks. Just click the "Watch the Game Live" link on the Condors home page. Live streaming for all Condors games is also available via their web site, Official Website of the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.

Season tickets, mini-plans and group outings are available at the Condors office located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue or by calling 324-PUCK (7825).
 

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Condors Hodson Named Rbk Hockey ECHL Goaltender Of The Week

PRINCETON, N.J. - Jamie Hodson of the Bakersfield Condors is the Rbk Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 4-10.

The 26-year-old was 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .938 as the Condors went 2-1-0 on a three-game east coast road swing. Hodson made 38 saves in a 4-2 win at North Division leader Trenton on Dec. 8 and had 22 saves in a 3-2 win at Johnstown on Dec. 10.

He is 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .933 in his last four starts and 6-0-1 with a goals-against average of 2.26 and a save percentage of .928 in his last seven starts.

He is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 wins and is 10-2-2 with a goals-against average of 2.91 and a save percentage of .914 in 14 games for the Condors.

Selected in the third round (69th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Hodson has played four previous seasons in the ECHL with Greensboro, South Carolina and Fresno and is 74-36-9 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.85 and a save percentage of .921 in 126 career regular season games while also playing parts of three seasons in the American Hockey League for the St. John's Maple Leafs.

Runners Up: Derek Gustafson, Alaska (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save pct.) and Julien Ellis, Victoria (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .947 save pct.).

Also Nominated: Dave McKee (Augusta), Alex Westlund (Charlotte), Dave Caruso (Gwinnett), Morgan Cey (Johnstown), Mike McKenna (Las Vegas), Mike Ayers (Pensacola), Mike Morrison (Phoenix), Jeff Pietrasiak (Reading), Davis Parley (South Carolina), Devan Dubnyk (Stockton), Dominic Vicari (Toledo) and Gregg Naumenko (Trenton).
 

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Royals Hogeboom Named In Glas Co ECHL Player Of The Week

PRINCETON, N.J. - Reading Royals right wing Greg Hogeboom is the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for Dec. 4-10, 2006.

After scoring a goal and registering an assist in a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati on Dec. 6, the 24-year-old had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the Cyclones on Dec. 8 and scored a goal in a 3-2 overtime win against Johnstown on Dec. 9. He ended the week with a career-high four assists and a career-best four points in a 7-4 win against Trenton that moved the Royals into second place in the North Division.

Selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) by Los Angeles in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Kings, the 24-year-old leads the Royals with 20 assists, 32 points and a plus-minus rating of +8. He is tied for the ECHL lead with four shorthand goals and four shorthand points and is tied for fifth in scoring and tied for sixth in assists. He has also played in the American Hockey League where he has one assist and two penalty minutes in three games for Manchester.

The 6-foot and 190-pound Hogeboom opened the 2005-06 season with the Royals and had 27 points (9g-18a) in 19 games before being recalled to Manchester where he had 19 points (9g-10a) in 42 regular season games and also played in one playoff game. He had one goal and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with Manchester in 2004-05, but missed most of the season due to a wrist injury, and one assist in three games after signing with the Monarchs after completing his season at Miami University (Ohio) in 2003-04.

On behalf of Greg Hogeboom, a case of pucks will be donated to a Reading area youth hockey organization by In Glas Co, the exclusive puck supplier for the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, In Glas Co has donated more than 15,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Runners Up: Sean Venedam, Bakersfield (3 gp, 4g, 1a, 5 pts), Jamie Tardif, Toledo (3 gp, 3g, 2a, 5 pts) and Mike Pandolfo, Trenton (3 gp, 3g, 6a, 9 pts).

Also Nominated: Stephen Wood (Alaska), Shane Hynes (Augusta), Mark Lee (Charlotte), Jason Deitsch (Cincinnati), Brent McDonald (Florida), Scott Mifsud (Gwinnett), Randy Rowe (Johnstown), Chris Neiszner (Las Vegas), Brad Bonello (Long Beach), Mike Wirll (Pensacola), Justin Aikins (Phoenix), Stephen Werner (South Carolina), Troy Bodie (Stockton) and Jordan Krestanovich (Victoria).
 

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Wheeling Nailers Power Hour Now Available on the Internet

WHEELING,WV - The Wheeling Nailers weekly radio show, "The Nailers Power Hour" is now

available on the worldwide web by logging onto wheelingnailers.com. With streaming provide by Stratuswave Communications you can now enjoy the show anywhere you have an internet connection.

Join Brendan Burke and Bo Cheesman each Thursday night live from Generations Pub in Wheeling as they interview Coach Glenn Patrick and your favorite Nailers Players.

This weeks guest will be Head Coach Glenn Patrick and Nailers goaltender Andy Franck.

The Nailers return to home ice Friday night as they host the Reading Royals. To order your tickets call 304-234-4625 or online at Wheeling Nailers Hockey.
 

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ECHL Transactions

Following are the ECHL transactions for Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006:

CONTRACTED PLAYERS RELEASED (eligible for waivers/waiver claims)

Pensacola:
Matt Carmichael, G

OTHER TRANSACTIONS:

Dayton:
Add Mike Berry, F traded from Toledo

Idaho:
Delete Ryan Smyth, F suspended by team

Johnstown:
Add John Toffey, F activated off IR, 12/13
Delete Gus Katsuras, F placed on the 3-day IR, 12/13

Pensacola:
Delete Mike Ayers, G suspended by team, 12/13

Phoenix:
Add Lance Monych, F assigned by San Antonio (AHL)
Delete Alex Rouleau, D recalled to San Antonio (AHL)

Texas:
Delete Marco Rosa, F loaned to Houston (AHL), 12/13

Toledo:
Delete Mike Berry, F traded to Dayton, 12/13

Trenton:
Add Pierre-Luc Leblond, F activated off IR
Delete Pierre-Luc Leblond, F recalled to Lowell (AHL)
 

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Cyclones beat Chiefs 3-2 in shootout

Cincinnati, Ohio (December 14, 2006) - The Cincinnati Cyclones defeated the Johnstown Chiefs by a score of 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday evening at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After a scoreless first period where Johnstown killed off four Cyclones power plays and Cincinnati outshot the Chiefs by a margin of 21-4, Sam Ftorek ripped a one-timer past Chiefs goaltender Morgan Cey at the 1:45 mark of the second period. Eric Przepiorka took a pass along the left-side boards from Maxime Boisclair and fired it through the legs of Desjardins to even the score at one-apiece. Boisclair's assist extended his point-scoring streak to 12 games.

With the Chiefs on the power play, P.J. Atherton scored to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead at 16:09. Jean Desrochers picked up an assist on the goal, notching a point in his first game since being reassigned to Johnstown from Springfield of the American Hockey League. At 18:14 of the second period, Cincinnati's Jason Deitsch tipped a shot by Greg Stewart past Morgan Cey to even the score at two.

Morgan Cey carried the Chiefs through the third period and overtime, making 13 saves as the game went into a shootout.

Jean-Michel Daoust scored as the first shooter for Cincinnati. On Johnstown's fourth attempt, Andre Deveaux scored to keep the Chiefs alive, but Eric Przepiorka failed to score on Johnstown's fifth and final attempt as Cincinnati pulled out the shootout win.

The Chiefs return home on Saturday to face Cincinnati at 7:00 P.M. Good seats are still available and can be purchased at the War Memorial box office or by callin (814) 536-5156 or 1 (800) CHF-TIXX.
 

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Blackhawks send goalie to Lynx, Jaeger traded to Long Beach

Augusta, GA - The Augusta Lynx announced today that the Chicago Blackhawks has assigned goaltender Mike Brodeur to the team, effective immediately. Subsequently the club traded goaltender Brett Jaeger to the Long Beach Ice Dogs in exchange for cash considerations.

The 23-year-old Brodeur was drafted in the seventh round, #211 overall, by the Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-1, 171 lb. goaltender appeared in 24 games with the ECHL's Greenville Grrrowl last season, posting a 14-8-2 record, .916 save percentage, and a 2.58 goals against average.

Brodeur turned pro in 2004-05, splitting time with Greenville (19-15-1, 2.68, .927) and the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals. The Calgary, Alberta native saw action in just part of one game that season for the Admirals, registering the loss in 38 minutes of play and allowing four goals on 11 shots.

Jaeger, who was acquired in the off-season from the Pensacola Ice Pilots in exchange for forward Dan Sullivan, had posted a 1-8-0 record with the Lynx this year after earning All-Star honors last year with the Fresno Falcons. Jaeger made 35 saves in a 3-2 win at Pensacola November 25, and carried a 4.24 GAA and .870 save percentage this season.

Augusta gets back to game action this weekend against the Florida Everblades on Friday, December 15th and the Charlotte Checkers come to town Saturday, December 16th on Teddy Bear Toss Night! Both games face off at 7:35 pm, with tickets on sale now through the Lynx office at (706) 724-4ICE, on line at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more, and at all TicketMaster locations. Seats are $11, $15, and $18, with discounts available for seniors, students, and military personnel.
 

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Lynx deal Byfuglien to Ice Pilots

Augusta, GA - Continuing to be active on the transaction front, the Augusta Lynx today announced they have traded defenseman Derrick Byfuglien to the Pensacola Ice Pilots for future considerations while activating several players for tonight's game against the Florida Everblades.

In preparation for tonight's contest, Augusta has activated goaltender Dave McKee, defenseman Jason Platt, and forward Aaron Slattengren from the injure reserve list. McKee will share netminding duties with newly-assigned Mike Brodeur, who is under contract to the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks.

Byfuglien appeared in 23 games while with Augusta with one goal and eight points, a -5 rating, and 27 minutes in penalties. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old Roseau, Minn. native had not played a pro game since 2003-04 before returning to the ice this season.

The Lynx and the Everblades clash for the first time this season tonight at 7:35 pm at the James Brown Arena. Tickets are $11, $15, and $18 and are on sale now through the Lynx office at (706) 724-4ICE, via all TicketMaster locations, and on line at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and military personnel with valid ID. Radio coverage begins one half-hour before faceoff on your Home for Lynx Hockey, NEWSTALKSPORTS 1630.
 

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Ice Pilots news and notes edition

KIDS CLUB T-SHIRTS ARE IN: The Ice Pilots Kids Club Presented by Oops Alley T-shirts have just arrived and will be available for members to pick up next Friday, Dec. 22 when the Ice Pilots host the Texas Wildcatters at 7:05 pm. If Kids Club members would like to pick up their t-shirts prior to that game they can call 432-7825 or drop the Ice Pilots office at the Pensacola Civic Center

UPCOMING APPEARANCES:

BLOOD DRIVE: Selected Pensacola Ice Pilots Players will be at the NW Florida Blood Center on 9 Mile Road to sign autographs from 1 pm to 3 pm. On that day all donors will receive a poinsettia from the Blood Center.

TOY DRIVE: The Pensacola Ice Pilots and Oops Alley are joining forces to collect toys for the Gulf Coast Kids House. Fans are encouraged to drop by Oops Alley on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 2 pm to 4 pm and drop off a new toy. Each person who makes a donation will receive a ticket voucher to any home game and entered into a draw to win autograph Ice Pilots merchandise.

UPCOMING GAME PROMOTIONS:

SATURDAY, DEC. 23 - TEXAS WILDCATTERS @ PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS - 7:05 PM - The Ice Pilots will wear Christmas Jerseys courtesy of the Booster Club. The jerseys will be auctioned off immediately after the game.

FRIDAY, DEC. 29 - GWINNETT GLADIATORS @ PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS - 7:05 PM - The Zooperstars will be at the Ice Pilots game to entertain fans during the game. It's a night for the entire family.

ICE PILOTS ON THE AIR THIS WEEKEND:

FRIDAY, DEC. 15 - PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS @ GWINNETT GLADIATORS - 6:35 PM CENTRAL TIME, 7:35 PM EASTERN TIME -- This will be an internet only broadcast through the Ice Pilots website due to the High School all-star football game. Fans can click on the sportsjuice logo at 6:15 pm to listen to Ice Pilots Countdown to Face-off and then the play-by-play at 6:30 pm.

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 - PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS @ COLUMBIA INFERNO - 6 PM CENTRAL, 7 PM EASTERN - The Ice Pilots return to Classic Country AM1620 with pre-game show coverage starting at 5:45 pm, followed by the puck drop at 6 pm.

MONDAY, DEC. 18 - ICE PILOTS RADIO SHOW PRESENTED BY THE MONTGOMERY PAINT COMPANY - This is the final Ice Pilots Radio show until January 8th and fans are invited to drop by Granny Cantrell's located on Brent Lane and I-110 in Pensacola for a recap of the week. The show is aired live on Classic Country AM1620 and at Pensacola Ice Pilots :: Home of your Pensacola Ice Pilots from 6 pm to 7 pm.
 

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Greg Hogeboom Named In Glas Co ECHL Player of Week

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 right wing Greg Hogeboom ("HOE geh boom") was named the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for December 4 through 10, 2006.

Hogeboom (6'0"/204 lbs), a fifth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2002, scored three goals, assisted on six others, and played to a +4 as the Royals went 3 - 1 - 0 in four games last week. Hogeboom, a third year pro who had a stellar four year career at Miami University (Ohio), racked up three multi-point games, including back-to-back one goal-one assist performances against the Cincinnati Cyclones a week ago Wednesday (December 6; loss, 3-2) and Friday (December 8; win, 5-2). After scoring the Royals' second goal in the 3-2 overtime win in Johnstown last Saturday, Hogeboom racked up a career high four assist performance in Reading's 7-4 win over Trenton on Sunday. Hogeboom, who is currently riding a six game point streak (3g - 8a = 11pts), leads the Royals with 32 points (12g - 20a = 32pts) and is also playing to a (+8) in 22 games this year with Reading. In his last 41 ECHL games over the past two seasons, Hogeboom has racked up 59 points (21g - 38a = 59pts). A case of pucks will be donated on behalf of Hogeboom to a Reading area youth hockey organization by In Glas Co, the exclusive puck supplier for the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, In Glas Co has donated more than 15,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

The Royals begin a five game road trip in Wheeling on Friday (7:30 pm). 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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National Lacrosse League debuts in Victoria Saturday

Victoria, BC - The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre announced today that the Minnesota Swarm and Portland Lumberjax will conduct open practices Friday, December 15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in preparation for their National Lacrosse League exhibition game Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

The media is encouraged to attend and coaches and players will be available to answer questions and conduct interviews. Media availability will begin at 7:45 p.m. and interviews should be conducted beside the home team bench at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Both teams will also have pre-game practices between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Ticket prices are as follows: Side sections-Adult $15, Students/Seniors/Kids $10, Groups $10 per person. End sections-Adult $10, Students/Seniors/Kids $7.50, Groups $7.50 per person.

Purchase tickets at the Select Your Tickets box office at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, by phone at (250) 220-7777, or online at Select Your Tickets - RG Properties.
 

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Ice Dogs acquire goaltender Brett Jaeger from Augusta

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL, a proud affiliate of the Boston Bruins, have announced they have acquired goaltender Brett Jaeger from the Augusta Lynx for cash considerations. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Jaeger, 23, has a career record of 41-23-14 in 2+ seasons in the ECHL with the Fresno Falcons and the Augusta Lynx. Before turning pro, the 5-10, 190 pound goaltender from Manning, ALTA played with Medicine Hat, Vancouver, and Saskatoon in the WHL. Jaeger had a career high in wins (21) with the Fresno Falcons last season in 37 games while being voted to the ECHL All Star Game.

"At this point of the season we need more experience in net for the Ice Dogs," Said Head Coach and General Manager Rick Adduono. "Jaeger brings experience and success over the last two years with the Falcons. Bottom line, Jaeger is going to help our team."

The Ice Dogs, fresh off a seven game road trip, return home to play the Victoria Salmon Kings on Friday, December 15th at 7:30pm on "Fishing Night." Fans in attendance will receive an Ice Dogs Fishing Tackle and will enjoy the $2 beer garden and $2 hot dogs. AUDIO portion of all games will be available on The Official Site of the Long Beach Ice Dogs : by click 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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Cyclones Kick Off Three Game Series With Johnstown With 3-2 Shootout Win Thursday

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones extended their winning streak to two games with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Johnstown Chiefs. Jason Deitsch's shootout goal provided the margin of victory.. Cyclones netminder Cedrick Desjardins made 17 saves in winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The teams battled to a scoreless draw through the first period, although the Cyclones kept the pressure up by outshooting the Chiefs by a 21-4 margin. It marked the second time this season that Cincinnati held Johnstown to four shots in a period this season.

In the second period, the scoring opened when Cyclones veteran Sam Ftorek tallied his second goal in three games at 1:45. Mathieu Aubin and Torry Gajda picked up the assists. Johnstown responded with goals from Maxime Boisclair at 8:23 and P.J. Atherton at 16:09, to take a 2-1 lead.

Cincinnati native Jason Deitsch scored his tenth goal at 18:46 of the frame to knot the game at 2-2. Aubin and Ftorek collected the assists. The Cyclones outshot Johnstown, ten to six in the frame. Cincinnati outshot Johnstown by a 45-19 margin in the contest.

The Cyclones improve to 11-10-1, third in the North Division-two points out of first place. Johnstown is now 10-10-3 and is also in third place in the North Division.

The teams meet again at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday (Dec. 15) at 7:30pm. It will be 'Big Ben Helmet Safety Night'. The Ohio Dept. of Public Safety will provide information on motorcycle safety to all in attendance, along with $50 gift certificates to The Plastic Surgery Group--with a grand prize winner getting a $500 gift certificate. The first 1500 kids will receive Cyclones foam goalie helmets and two lucky ticket holders will receive Pocket Rocket motor bikes (complete with safety helmets).

The game kicked off a stretch of three games in three nights between the teams.

The game will be broadcast on the team's website Cincinnati Cyclones : Cyclones-Hockey.com.

Tickets for all Cyclones games can be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, charge by phone at 513-562-4949 or online at ticketmaster.com. The most up-to-date information and broadcast of the games can be found on our website Cincinnati Cyclones : Cyclones-Hockey.com.
 

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Baker Continues Goal Scoring Tear as 'Catters Win 3-2

Beaumont, TX (December 14, 2006) League leading goal scorer Kevin Baker scored twice as the Texas Wildcatters (16-4-2) powered past the Phoenix Roadrunners by a score of 3-2 in front of 1,181 at Ford Arena. Baker scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season. The second was the game winner which came at the 8:56 mark of the second period.

Jonathan Paiement opened the scoring with a shot from the blue line to give the 'Catters a 1-0 lead in the first. It was a power play goal from Sparre and Albers. Tommy Maxwell would tie the game just 31 seconds later at the 14:35 mark of period 1. Baker got his first of the night from Madill and Bayrack just a couple minutes later to give the 'Catters a 2-1 lead after one period. Baker scored to open the second from Bayrack and Rosa to make it 3-1, but Brett Smith scored his 10th of the season with 3:31 left in the second period to cut the lead to 3-2. 'Catters goalie Matt Yeats kept Phoenix scoreless in the third period as he made 35 saves in all to help Texas to the 3-2 win. The 'Catters finished the game 1 for 6 on the power play while Phoenix went 0 for 6.

The Texas Wildcatters are the ECHL affiliate for the AHL's Houston Aeros. The next Wildcatters home game is on Friday, December 15 vs. the Phoenix Roadrunners. It is Playstation 3 Night where the hottest selling item this Christmas will be given away to one lucky fan. 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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Wildcatters Lasso RoadRunners 3-2

BEAUMONT, Tex. - Kevin Baker tallied a pair of goals and goaltender Matt Yeats stopped 35 shots to propel the Texas Wildcatters to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix RoadRunners before 1,181 at Ford Arena in ECHL action Thursday.

Texas (16-4-2) opened the scoring at 14:04 of the first period on the power play. Jonathan Paiement lifted a wrist shot from the blue line through traffic and over the glove of RoadRunners' goaltender Mike Morrison to give the Wildcatters a 1-0 lead. Tommy Maxwell netted the equalizer just 31 seconds later at 14:35 as he pounced on the loose puck in the slot and snapped a shot by Yeats to tie the score at 1-1. Baker netted his ECHL-leading 17th goal of the season at 16:06 of the first jamming a rebound through Morrison to give Texas a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.

Baker potted his second of the game at 8:56 of the second period putting a back-hand shot through the pads of Morrison to extend the Wildcatters lead to 3-1. Brett Smith brought the RoadRunners (13-11-0) back to within one when he stuffed Maxwell's rebound just over the end-line and behind Yeats at 16:29 to cut the deficit to 3-2 after two periods, but the RoadRunners would not come any closer.

Phoenix out-shot Texas 37-33. Morrison stopped 30 shots but fell to 2-2-0 on the season. The RoadRunners went 0-6 on the power play while Texas was 1-6 with the man advantage.

Notes: With a goal in his seventh straight game, Smith tied Texas' Olivier Proulx for the longest goal streak in the ECHL this season. Proulx tallied a goal in seven consecutive games from Nov. 11 - Nov. 28...Phoenix failed to score a power play goal for just the third time this season and the first time since Nov. 7 against Stockton, ending a streak of 14 consecutive games with at least one power play goal...The RoadRunners lost a player to the AHL for a second consecutive day as defenseman Alexandre Rouleau was recalled to San Antonio before the game. Center Scott May was loaned to Iowa on Wednesday.

The RoadRunners continue a three-game series with the Texas Wildcatters at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ford Arena in Beaumont. Catch all the action live at phxroadrunners.com: Home beginning with "RoadRunners Countdown" at 6:10 p.m.

Phoenix returns to US Airways Center at 7:11 p.m. Thursday, December 21 as they welcome back the Victoria Salmon Kings. 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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Falcons battle Condors tonight for Red Cross

Your defending Pacific Division Champion Fresno Falcons are back on home ice tonight at 7:30pm against the Evil Bakersfield Condors at the Save Mart Center. All fans are encouraged to donate at least 2lbs of non perishable food at this game to benefit the Community Food Bank. The Falcons are wearing holiday jerseys to be auctioned off after the game for the American Red Cross Save A Family Campaign. During the first intermission at tonight's game the Falcons will honor the local Red Cross Volunteers and the Fresno City College Rams Championship Wrestling team. The Falcons also welcome back to Fresno, Freddie's good friend Jumpin' Jack!

REMEMBER FANS, BAKERSFIELD MAY HAVE PASSED OUT FALCONS TOILET PAPER ON DECEMBER 1ST, BUT WE PASSED OUT PACIFIC DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS ON OPENING NIGHT! GO FALCONS BEAT THE EVIL CONDORS!

Sunday the Falcons battle Victoria at 5pm. Sunday is a Comcast Cable/Pump it Up Kids Day. All kids 14 and younger may purchase tickets for half price. Sunday features the return of Freddie Falcon presented by Bingham Toyota. MEET THE NEW FREDDIE SUNDAY AT 5PM! Sunday also features a post game holiday skate with the Falcons. A limited supply of free skate rentals will be provided at the game but fans are encouraged to bring their own skates. The Falcons also welcome to Sunday's game Dora Mora of Art by Dora. Dora will be on hand to teach the kids about painting. The Falcons also welcome a group from the District 6 High School Rodeo. High School Rodeo is a National Organization established to preserve the history of ranching and the old west. High School Rodeo offers scholarships and many of the kids being recognized at Sunday's game are offered opportunities to participate in the sport of rodeo at the collegiate level. Many of the Fresno area high school champions have gone on to become college and professional champions.

Tickets for both games are on sale at the Save Mart Center and Ticketmaster. For more information call the Falcons at (559) 485-PUCK!
 

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Royals Road Warriors Preparing For Trek To Trenton

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals of the ECHL today announced that the organization will host the Second Annual Road Warriors' Trek to Trenton on Sunday, January 28, for the Royals game against the Trenton Titans at 4:00 pm at the Sovereign Bank Arena. Fans can join the Royals' Road Warriors' team for just $35.00. Road Warriors not only receive bus transportation to and from Reading and Sovereign Bank Arena and a ticket to that afternoon's game in Trenton, but also a limited edition "Proud To Be A Road Warrior" purple t-shirt to proudly display the Royals' team colors in Trenton that afternoon. The buses depart from the Fairgrounds Square Mall parking lot at 1:30 pm., and complimentary snacks will be served on the bus. Space on the buses is limited so it is suggested that you reserve your spot immediately. Reservations can by made with a credit card by calling Theresa Woods at 610-898-7211; or with cash or credit card at the Customer Service Booth of the Sovereign Center or the Royals office (645 Penn Street, 3rd Floor). More information on the Royals' Road Warriors' Trek To Trenton is available on the Royals' website, (http://www.royalshockey.com/promotions/RoadWarriors.asp).

The Royals begin a five game road trip in Wheeling tonight (7:30 pm) and are in Toledo against the Storm tomorrow (7:35 pm). 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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Teddy Bear Toss Tomorrow Night

Beaumont, TX (December 15, 2006) It will be a sight to see tomorrow night as teddy bears will litter the ice after the Wildcatters score their first goal. The Wildcatters have teamed up with Buckner Children's Village and the Southeast Texas Toys for Tots for the annual "Teddy Bear Toss." Fans are encouraged to throw new, plush, unwrapped toys onto the ice, to be collected and given to the Southeast Texas Toys For Tots program and Buckner Children's Village.

Fans can also purchase the new Wildcatters "Critters" plush toy to donate to "Toys for Tots." The "Critters" can be purchased at the Wildcatters' office at Ford Arena or at the Merchandise booth during the game for $10.

Don't miss our first annual Teddy Bear Auction, benefiting various charities in southeast Texas. Wildcatters players have created stuffed bears from the Wacky Bear Factory to raise money during a silent auction which begins tonight. The auction will come to an end at tomorrow night's game. Come by and view the unique personalities of each bear and raise money for charity, as well!

The Texas Wildcatters are the ECHL affiliate for the AHL's Houston Aeros. The next Wildcatters home game is on Friday, December 15 vs. the Phoenix Roadrunners. It is Playstation 3 Night where the hottest selling item this Christmas will be given away to one lucky fan. 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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