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Junior Blue Jackets select 12 players in USHL Futures Draft

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets selected 12 players in the United States Hockey League Futures Draft Wednesday. The club selected Jimmy Hayes from Dorchester, Mass., with the first overall pick in the draft, General Manager Don Harkins announced today.

Hayes, 6-5, 210 pounds, is regarded as one of the top players in his age group and has already chosen to play his college hockey at Boston College, beginning in 2008. Some hockey analysts project Hayes will be selected in the top 10 of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

"Jimmy is a big time NHL Prospect," GM Don Harkins said. "We are very excited to have won the Draft Lottery and to have been able to select him. Jimmy is the kind of player who is going to make an impact for our franchise."

With its second pick, 13th overall, Ohio tabbed defenseman Steve Spinell. The 6-0, 190 pounder from Vernon Hills, Ill., played last season with Team Illinois (midget).

The next two rounds, the Junior Blue Jackets selected forwards, Mark Goggin from Glen Ellyn, Ill., with the 25th overall pick and Broderick Brown from Coppell, Texas, with the 37th overall selection. Goggin played last season at Choate Prep. and Brown, a 6-4 winger, played for the AAA Texas Attack.

In the fifth round, with the 49th overall pick, Ohio chose Tommy Cross, a 6-3, 195 pound defenseman from Simsbury, Conn., who is on the United States-Under 18 Team with Hayes. The team's sixth round choice was Zach Dalpe, a center from Paris, Ontario, who is committed to play for Ohio State University in 2008.

The next four selections were all forwards, rounds 7-10, picks 73, 85, 97 and 109 overall. In order Ohio slected: Belle Tire's Chad Rutkowski from Harrison Township, Mich.; Brett Perlini, from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; C.J. Severyn from Beaver, Pa., who plays for the National Team Development Program; and Andrew Glass from Wrentham, Mass.

The Junior Blue Jackets final two picks were Luke Witkowski, 121st overall, a defenseman from Hudsonville, Mich., and George Michalke, 133rd overall, a forward from Parma, Ohio, who played for the Cleveland Barons Midget Major last season.

"We are very excited about the players that we drafted today, who will be a big part of our future and what we are trying to build (in Columbus)," Harkins said.

"Jimmy Hayes and Tommy Cross, along with current Junior Blue Jacket Adam Comrie are as impressive of a group of players on one team that there is in Junior Hockey," Harkins added in reference to the 2008 NHL Draft potential of the three players.

JUNIOR BLUE JACKETS 2006 FUTURES DRAFT PICKS/Round (Overall): 1 (1) - F Jimmy Hayes, NTDP; 2 (13) - D Steve Spinell, Team Illinois; 3 (25) - F Mark Goggin, Choate Prep.; 4 (37) - F Broderick Brown, Texas Attack; 5 (49) - D Tommy Cross, Westminster Prep.; 6 (61) - Zach Dalpe, Stratford Jr. B; 7 (73) - F Chad Rutkowski, Belle Tire Midget; 8 (85) - F Brett Perlini, Soo Thunderbirds; 9 (97) - F C.J. Severyn, NTDP; 10 (109) - F Andrew Glass, Mass. Nobles Prep.; 11 (121) - D Luke Witkowski, Team NXI; 12 (133) - F George Michalke, Cleveland Barons Midget Major.

The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets open their inaugural season 7 p.m. Saturday at Nationwide Arena against the Waterloo Black Hawks.

Ohio Junior Blue Jackets individual game tickets for 2006-07 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, The Chiller Ice Rinks, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and www.BlueJackets.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
 

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Stars' Camper makes presence felt

Lincoln Stars forward Carter Camper had an easy time earning the respect of one opposing team. Playing against the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets in a preseason game at the Ice Box, the first-year Blue Jackets knew they were in trouble when they saw Camper, a Cleveland native, with the puck.

“(The Ohio players) said as soon as they saw me on the breakaway it was their worst nightmare,” Camper said.

The nightmare came true, as Camper scored the first goal of the preseason, in a game Lincoln won 4-3. Camper said he knew some of the players on the Columbus, Ohio- based team and scoring a goal against them was “the best feeling.”

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Musketeers tumble to 0-5 for exhibition schedule

Two third-period goals weren't enough to erase a 5-1 deficit and catch Cedar Rapids here Saturday as the Sioux City Musketeers suffered their fifth exhibition game loss in five outings.

The Musketeers lost all three of their games in the United States Hockey League's annual Buc Bowl competition after dropping a pair of contests to Sioux Falls over a week ago.

Sioux City, which outshot Cedar Rapids 44-28, opens regular-season play here Saturday night against the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Cedar Rapids got first-period goals from Jacob Cepis, Andy Miele and Rob Bordson and Kevin Wehrs scored early in the second period to open a 4-0 lead.

Andrew Rowe's unassisted goal at 12:35 of the second period broke up C.R. goaltender Pat McGann's shutout bid.

Veteran Sioux City goaltender Jerry Kuhn permitted all five Cedar Rapids goals.

Mike Seidel's power play goal at 8:27 of the final period restored a four-goal Cedar Rapids lead, but the Musketeers, who held a 23-9 shot advantage in the final 20 minutes, rallied with power play goals by rookies Max Pacioretty and Eddie Olczyk at 10:17 and 13:09, respectively.

Kevin Lohry and Alex Stuart provided assists on the Pacioretty goal and defensman Mike Beck assisted on the Olczyk goal.

In other Buc Bowl games on the final day of the competition, Tri-City beat Ohio (3-2), Omaha topped Indiana (4-1), Lincoln turned back Green Bay (5-2), Sioux Falls clipped Chicago (4-1) and Waterloo slipped past reigning USHL Clark Cup playoff champ Des Moines (3-2).
 

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ESPNU to show Lancers games

he Omaha Lancers have reached an agreement with ESPN to broadcast 10 games this season, starting with Saturday night's home opener against Tri-City at 7 at the Mid-America Center.

ESPNU will carry the games at noon - on a tape-delay basis - on the Wednesday following the game. Former UNO goalie Kendall Sidoruk will provide color commentary for the games, while Jeff Degan will do play-by-play.

In other Lancers news, third-year defenseman Corey Toy announced he'll play next year at Ohio State, giving the team 14 Division I commitments on the roster.
 

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Former goalie Spillane wins Todd Scholarship

The Omaha Lancers have announced that former Lancer goaltender Mike Spillane has been awarded the Phil Todd Memorial Scholarship for the 2005 - 2006 season. The scholarship, now in it's second year of existence, is given in honor of former Lancer Phil Todd who passed away prior to the start of the 2003-2004 season.

The scholarship is given to a Lancer player who possesses similar qualities reflective of Phil's character: determination and a desire to reach goals, and the focus of developing not only as a hockey player, but as a person. The award is also given based on financial need.

Mike is now a freshman at the University of Vermont. Congratulations, Mike!
 

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Corey Toy commits to Ohio State University

The Omaha Lancers have announced that defenseman Corey Toy has committed to the Ohio State University for the 2007-2008 season.

The native of Round Hill, Virginia is a third-year veteran for the Lancers. He will be looked to once again this year to provide leadership and experience on the blue line for the Lancers. Toy will join Lancer teammate Patrick Schafer as a member of the Buckeyes next season.

"Corey has worked very hard to get the opportunity to play at the next level," said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Hastings. "He's developed as a player and as an individual each and every year that he's been in Omaha. I'm happy for Corey and his family and I'm excited that he'll be playing his college hockey at a reputable program in the Ohio State University."

Toy's commitment brings the Lancers scholarship total up to 14.
 

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Meet Bucs Players for Dinner at Mustards

The Des Moines Buccaneers Booster Club, along with Mustard's Restaurants, will be hosting a "Dine with the Bucs" night this Thursday, October 5th, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Fans are invited to come out to Mustard's at 6611 University Avenue in Windsor Heights and have dinner with your favorite Buccaneers player as they gear up for the 2006-07 regular season.

Mustard's will honor the season ticket holder's Mug Club drink specials during the event as well as any time throughout the season. Mug Club food specials will be honored at Mustard's on game days for the "Pre-Game Frozen Tailgate" throughout the season. Buccaneers players look forward to sitting side-by-side with our fans Thursday night, so get there early.

The Buccaneers Booster Club will also be taking registrations for those interested in joining the booster club. New Booster Club members will receive a $5 coupon to Mustard's when you sign up during the event. If you have additional questions regarding the event, or the booster club, contact Nancy Yeager at 515-971-5973.
 
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