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ECHL Transactions

Following are the ECHL transactions for Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006:

CONTRACTED PLAYERS RELEASED (eligible for waivers/waiver claims)

Long Beach:
Adam Hanna, G

OTHER TRANSACTIONS:

Dayton:
Delete Craig Rehage, G emergency backup goaltender, 12/18

Idaho:
Delete Lance Galbraith, F placed on the 3-day IR
Delete Jeremy Yablonski, F transferred to the 30-day IR

Johnstown:
Delete Maxime Boisclair, F recalled to Springfield (AHL)

Las Vegas:
Delete Aki Seitsonen, F recalled to Omaha (AHL)

Long Beach:
Delete Yutaka Fukufuji, G recalled to Los Angeles (NHL)

Reading:
Add Brian Gratz, G emergency backup goaltender
Add Jesse Pyatt, F activated off IR
Delete Jesse Pyatt, F suspended by team

Trenton:
Add Matt Conti, G emergency backup goaltender

Wheeling:
Add Sean Collins, F returned from Philadelphia (AHL)
Delete Curtiss Patrick, D placed on the 3-day IR
 

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ECHL Today

Augusta Lynx (12-15-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (12-11-2) 7:05 p.m. ET
- Lynx's Dave McKee is 3-0-0 with goals-against average of 1.94 in three starts against South Carolina.
- Stingray Jamie Fraser leads team and is third among ECHL rookies with 26 points (5g-21a).
- Augusta has won last three meetings with South Carolina, including two on the road.
- Stingrays' Chris Chaput has five points (3g-2a) against Augusta and a plus-minus rating of +4.

Idaho Steelheads (12-9-2) at Alaska Aces (15-8-0) 7:15 p.m. AT
- When Alaska leads after the second period they are 13-0-0 while Idaho is 6-0-1.
- Steelheads' Derek Nesbitt leads the team with 30 points (9g-21a) including 17 on the road (6g-11a).
- Alaska was 4-2-0 against Idaho in 2005-06, including 2-1-0 at home.
- Idaho defenseman Darrell Hay has seven points (1g-6a) in his last five games.

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

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Everblades Berg Named In Glas Co ECHL Player Of The Week

PRINCETON, N.J. - Florida Everblades right wing Reggie Berg is the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for Dec. 11-17, 2006.

Playing three road games in three nights, the 5-foot-10 and 175-pound Berg had two goals, a team-leading four assists and six points as the Everblades went 3-0-0 for the second week in a row and moved into a first-place tie with Texas atop the ECHL. After scoring a goal in a 6-5 win at Augusta on Dec. 12, Berg scored his league-leading fourth insurance goal in a 3-1 win at South Carolina on Dec. 16 and had three assists in a 5-2 win at Columbia on Dec. 17.

The 30-year-old has a six-game point streak (3g-8a) and is tied for the Everblades lead with 16 assists and is tied for second on the team with 26 points in 22 games. In the last six road games Berg has helped Florida go unbeaten while registering a team-high eight assists and 11 points.

Selected in the seventh round (178th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Berg has played all seven of his seasons in the ECHL with Florida and has also played in the International Hockey League for Orlando and Cincinnati and in the American Hockey League for Lowell.

On behalf of Reggie Berg, a case of pucks will be donated to a Florida 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: Jason Deitsch, Cincinnati (4 gp, 3g, 3a, 6 pts), Brad Schell, Gwinnett, (2 gp, 1g, 5a, 6 pts) and Justin Aikins, Phoenix (4 gp, 3g, 2a, 5 pts).

Also Nominated: Jim Dahl (Alaska), Shane Hynes (Augusta), Todd Griffith (Bakersfield), Luke Curtin (Fresno), Colin Hemingway (Pensacola), Greg Hogeboom (Reading), Marc Busenburg (South Carolina), Mike Lalonde (Stockton), Kevin Baker (Texas), Ken Magowan (Toledo), Gregg Johnson (Trenton) and Ryan Kinasewich (Utah).
 

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Rudkowsky Named RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL, a proud affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Antonio Rampage, are proud to announce that goaltender Cody Rudkowsky has been named the RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Dec. 11-17. The announcement was made earlier today at the ECHL offices in Princeton, N.J.

Rudkowsky, 28, went 2-0-1 in three starts last week with a 1.94 goals against average and a .945% save percentage, and posted his 16th career shutout and 12th lifetime in the ECHL by stopping a season-high 51 shots in a 2-0 win at Texas Friday. This is the fourth time in his eight-year career that Rudkowsky has been selected as the ECHL Goaltender of the Week.

Rudkowsky is 4-3-1 in eight starts for the RoadRunners with a 2.64 goals against average and a .920% save percentage this season following a three-year stint with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. The Willingdon, Alberta native became the 196th ECHL player to advance to the National Hockey League when he debuted as a member of the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 24, 2002 at Edmonton.

Lifetime, Rudkowsky is 127-97-35 in 274 career games. His 12 ECHL shutouts place him third among active ECHL goaltenders behind Las Vegas' Marc Magliarditi (25) and Charlotte's Alex Westlund (16).

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

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

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Stocking stuffers, $5 seats and Elvis

Augusta, GA - It's not too late to get in on some Augusta Lynx holiday cheer by taking advantage of some great deals on tickets - just in time for Christmas!

For Friday, December 22 against the Gwinnett Gladiators and Wednesday, December 27 against the Pensacola Ice Pilots, the Lynx are featuring $5 Mezzanine tickets! Bring the family out to a game and save while having a great time. Shake some of that holiday stress by yelling, screaming, and cheering the Lynx on to victory!

Also available at the December 22 game will be Lynx stocking stuffer gift packs. For season ticket holders, just $20 gets you four Lower Bowl tickets to an upcoming game and a puck to give this Christmas, while non-season ticket holders may purchase four Mezzanine tickets and a puck for $20 as well. These packs will be available at the merchandise booth only on December 22, so act fast!

Finally, start making plans for New Year's Eve with the Lynx! Elvis will be in the building for a post-game concert in the Lynx Den, along with a free traditional New Year's Buffet at midnight. Fans may take advantage of a full cash bar in operation following the game. Ring in 2007 with your friends and family as the Lynx take on the Charlotte Checkers.

All game times are at 7:35 pm, with tickets on sale now by calling the Lynx office at (706) 724-4ICE, on line at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more, and via all TicketMaster locations. Seats are $18, $15, and $11, with discounts for seniors, students, and military personnel. Don't forget $5 Mezzanine seats Dec. 22 and 27 - see you at the game!
 

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Dayton Bombers Weekly

BOMBERS NOTES

*Penalty Killers Are Back! The Bombers are 6-1-0 in the month of December and one of the main reasons has been the play on the penalty kill. Over those seven games, the Bombers have killed off 31/35 penalties (.886%) and are on a current streak of 14 consecutive kills.

*Bounce Back Ability! The Bombers have yet to lose back-to-back games this season and have an impressive record of 6-0-0 following a loss.

*Quick Strike Offense! The Bombers continue to sneak up on their opponents unexpectedly by scoring quick goals and taking over the lead in the game. On Friday vs. Toledo, the Bombers scored two goals in the final 12 seconds of the first period and then came right back with another goal within the first minute of the second period. Then on Saturday they took a 2-1 lead in the first period in Wheeling with two goals in 26 seconds. Later in the third period, the Bombers scored the game winning goal with only 39 seconds left in regulation.

* Bombs Away! The Bombers tied their season high with 40 shots on goal in both wins last weekend over Toledo and Wheeling. They have out shot opponents 577-460 on the season and continue to lead the ECHL in least shots against at 25.56 per contest.

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* Moving On Up! The Bombers continue to climb the standings in the North Division. They went from 7th to 5th place over the weekend and are only five points behind the first place Reading Royals. The Bombers have eight games in hand on Reading and lead the season series with the Royals 1-0.

IMPORTANT WEEK AHEAD! Dayton returns to the ice this weekend as they take on the Trenton Titans at the Sovereign Center, in Trenton, New Jersey at 7:30p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Bombers will then come home to play at Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio on Thursday, December 28, at 8:00 p.m. against the Cincinnati Cyclones, as both teams continue their on going battle for the Cricket Cup. The series is tied at 3-3; the Bombers are 1-1 against the Cyclones on home ice this season.

DROPPING DAYTON NOTES

- All Bombers Game Day Broadcasts Can Be Heard Online at Dayton Bombers : Miami Valley's Only Professional "AA" Hockey Franchise

Record: 11-6-1 23 pts. (5th North Division)

(Week Record 2-1-0) (Streak Won Six of Seven)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday December 12th at Cincinnati Cyclones (3-0 L)

Friday December 15th vs. Toledo Storm (5-3 W)

Saturday December 16th at Wheeling Nailers (3-2 W)

THIS WEEK'S EVENT

Friday December 22nd at Trenton Titans (7:30pm)

Saturday December 23rd at Trenton Titans (7:30pm)
 

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"Rex" the dog to drop first puck against Stockton

The Amtrak Battle of the 99 is on! Your Fresno Falcons host the first place Stockton Thunder this Friday at 7:30pm at the Save Mart in a Pacific Division Showdown! The Falcons are the defending Pacific Division Champions and are currently six points behind the First Place Stockton Thunder, enjoying a remarkable turnaround season following last year's inaugural season's last place finish in the division. The Falcons face off against Stockton four times in the next ten days.

The Falcons are proud to welcome "Rex" the dog to Friday's game to drop the ceremonial first puck on behalf of the supporters from Animal Rescue of Fresno (A.R.F.) The Falcons are celebrating A.R.F. Night at the Save Mart Center and the Fresno County Sheriffs Department's K-9 group will be represented by Deputy Ivan Janssens and his K9 partner, "Rex". This will mark the first time this season that a dog has dropped the first puck. (for more information on the Fresno County Sheriff's Department K-9 group please call Sgt. Golden(559) 292-1138 Desk, (559) 292-1104 Office)

Falcons leading goal scorer John Morlang, (14 goals) will sign autographs following Friday's game. John's wife Laura Morlang is a Volunteer for A.R.F. and they will be joined by their dog "Daisy" to meet and greet the fans after the game. For more information on Animal Rescue of Fresno (559-225-5715) please read below.

ATTENTION ALL KIDS! JOIN THE FALCONS FOR A HOLIDAY CAROLING PARTY ON THE ICE DURING THE FIRST INTERMISSION THIS FRIDAY AGAINST STOCKTON! JOIN LOCAL SINGER AND STARBUCK's EMPLOYEE OLIVIA MAY, ALONG WITH SANTA CLAUS AND THE FALCONS PROMOTIONS TEAM FOR THIS HOLIDAY CELEBRATION FRIDAY NIGHT! The Fresno Falcons salute Starbuck's District 539 "Ribbons for Kids Drive" Benefiting Children's Hospital of Central California. There will be several Starbuck's gift baskets being raffled off throughout the game courtesy of Starbuck's District 539. ALL KIDS TICKETS AND STUDENT TICKETS FOR THIS FRIDAY'S GAME AGAINST STOCKTON ARE HALF PRICE! Tickets are on sale at the Save Mart Center and Ticketmaster. For more information call 485-PUCK!
 

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Defenseman David Called up to Binghamton

Beaumont, TX (December 20, 2006) Texas Wildcatters Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has announced that defenseman J.F. David was recalled to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.

In 19 games with the Wildcatters this season, David has three goals and 20 assists for 23 points. He is third among ECHL defensemen in points. This is the second call up for David this year as he also played in one game for the Manitoba Moose this season, registering one assist.

This is the fifth time a Wildcatters player has been called up to the AHL. Forward Marco Rosa was recalled to the Houston Aeros twice and Kevin Baker was called up to Milwaukee.

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

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Rays vs. Lynx Tonight

N. Charleston, S.C. - The South Carolina Stingray and Augusta Lynx meet again tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. with doors opening for the season ticket holders at 5:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. for the general public.

This is the sixth meeting between the two teams with the Lynx winning the past three meetings, including the last two at the Coliseum. The Rays are 2-2-0-1 against Augusta this season and have an all-time record of 33-18-9.

The Stingrays are 12-11-0-2 this year for 26 points and fifth place in the division. The Lynx are 12-15-0 on the season for 14 points and sixth place in the division.

Both teams lost their last game with the Stingrays falling to the Florida Everblades 3-1 and the Lynx losing to Charlotte 5-3. Augusta is currently on a four-game losing streak.

Tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum is Carolina MedCare Night! The first 2,500 fans to walk in the door will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Carolina MedCare. The Dunkin Donut's Million Dollar Chuck-a-Puck is back one more time before the holidays. Will tonight be the night that someone walks away with a million?

Catch the game live on ESPN Radio 910 the Team beginning at 6:50 p.m. with Voice of the Rays Mike Kelly and the Benito's Pre-game Show. Stingrays Hockey - A Whole Lot Cooler!
 

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Berg named ECHL Player of the Week

ESTERO, FL - Florida Everblades forward Reggie Berg has been named the In Glas Co. ECHL Player of the Week for the December 11-17, the league announced today.

Berg closed out the week with two goals and four assists and a plus-1 rating as the Everblades finished with a perfect 3-0-0 record to run the team's winning streak to six games and help move the team into a first place tie with Texas in the South Division standings.

The 30-year-old began the week with a goal in Florida's 6-5 win at Augusta on December 15. The native of Anoka, Minnesota the chipped in a goal and an assist in the Everblades' 3-1 win at South Carolina on December 16 before finishing out the week with three assists in Florida's 5-2 win at Columbia on December 17.

Berg is currently riding a six-game point scoring streak (3g, 8a) and is tied for the Everblades lead with 16 assists and is tied for second on the team with 26 points in 22 games. The former 7th round draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996 is in his seventh professional season and has played all seven years with the Everblades, but has also skated with Cincinnati and Orlando of the International Hockey League and with Lowell of the American Hockey League. During his professional career Berg has amassed 307 points (136g, 169a) in 308 games. As an Everblade, Berg has notched 280 points (126g, 154a) in 244 games.

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

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Eagles Week in Review

Week In Review

Friday, December 15 Eagles 4 @ Rocky Mountain Rage 3 - OT

Ryan Tobler had two goals including the game-winning goal in overtime as the Colorado Eagles defeated the Rocky Mountain Rage Friday night 4-3 at the Broomfield Event Center. Craig Strain had a goal and an assist and Marco Emond saved 37 of 40 shots for his league-leading 13th win of the season. Nathan Rosychuk scored two goals for the Rage.

Saturday, December 16 Eagles 2 @ Rocky Mountain Rage 1

The Eagles won their sixth straight game Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the Rocky Mountain Rage at the Broomfield Event Center. Chris Hartsburg scored his third game-winning goal at the 9:47 mark of the third period and his ninth goal of the season. Seth Leonard scored the other goal for Colorado and Tim Boron made the start in net saving 26 of 27 shots for his fourth win of the season. Chip Dunleavy had Rocky Mountain's lone goal and David Guerrera stopped 50 of 52 shots against Colorado.

Week Ahead

Wednesday, December 20 vs. Wichita Thunder, 7:05 p.m. MST Radio: 107.9 The Bear

The Eagles take on the Thunder for the second time this season and 27th time in team history. Colorado beat Wichita in their first win of the season on October 27 in a 5-1 victory at the Budweiser Events Center. The Eagles are 13-10-3 all-time against the Thunder and Riley Nelson leads the team in scoring against Wichita with 32 points on eight goals and 24 assists in 26 games.

Friday, December 22 vs. Arizona Sundogs, 7:05 p.m. MST Radio: 107.9 The Bear

This is the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. Colorado is 2-1 against Arizona and the home team has won every game in the series. The Eagles defeated Arizona 5-4 and 5-2 on November 3rd and 4th at the Budweiser Events Center and the Sundogs beat the Eagles 7-2 on November 14th at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. Each team has scored six goals on 27 opportunities on the power play and Arizona is outscoring Colorado 13-12 in the series.

Saturday, December 23 vs. Rocky Mountain Rage, 7:05 p.m. MST Radio: 107.9 The Bear

The Eagles and Rage will play for the ninth time this season on Saturday night at the Budweiser Events Center. Colorado is 6-2-0 against the Rage after winning two one-goal games against them this weekend. 12 of Colorado's 34 points this season have come in wins against the Rage.

Streaks

Riley Nelson Six-game scoring streak (4-4-8)

Seth Leonard Three-game scoring streak (2-1-3)

New Year's Eve Gala- The Colorado Eagles Foundation and Community Foundation of Northern Colorado are hosting a New Year's Eve Gala entitled "The Eagles Strike Midnight" at the Fort Collins Marriott on December 31, 2006. Fans are encouraged to come enjoy an evening of music, fine dining and celebration with the Eagles players and coaches. It is going to be a great night and for a great cause benefiting Inspiration Playground. For more information, please visit the Eagles website at coloradoeagles.com: Home.

First OT- It took the Eagles 20 games this season to finally play in an overtime period. Colorado was the last team in the CHL to play an overtime game. Ryan Tobler scored the game winning against the Rocky Mountain Rage on Friday night to secure the Eagles victory in overtime.

Home Sweet Home- Since the Eagles opening night loss to the Rage at the Budweiser Events Center on October 20th, the Eagles have not lost a game at home. Colorado has reeled off 10 consecutive wins in which they have outscored their opponents 50-25 during that time. The Eagles record for consecutive wins at home is 12 set in 2004-05.

Six Straight- Since the Eagles lost two consecutive games by a combined score of 14-2, the team has reeled off six straight wins. Colorado has out scored their opponents 23-13 in that time.

Eagles on The Bear- Every Colorado Eagles game will be held on the new home of the Colorado Eagles, 107.9 The Bear. All Eagles games will also be streamed online at www.1079thebear.com.
 
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