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Silvertips to Unveil New Alternate Jersey Saturday Night

Everett, WA- September 27 2006: Adding some spice during the Everett Silvertips home opening weekend, the hockey club will unveil their Saturday night forest green alternate jersey on Saturday, September 30 against the Kamloops Blazers at 7:05 p.m. at the Everett Events Center. The alternate jerseys will have a retro jersey feel with a tie up front and the alternate bear claw logo on the front of the jersey in the white and forest green color. The Silvertips will be the only team in the Western Hockey league to wear two different alternate jerseys throughout this season and the playoffs

The only time that the Silvertips have worn a non- traditional jersey was last season when the Silvertips wore a special jersey to help public address announcer Dave Piland in his fight against cancer.

"This is an exciting day for the Silvertips," said team Vice-President / General Manager Doug Soetaert. "Both of our alternate jerseys are terrific looking and we believe players and fans alike will be proud to wear it."

"We wanted our alternate jersey; to be worn as much as possible this season and that is why we wanted to have something that we could wear both on the road and at home." added Soetaert.

"It has been a fun process," said Silvertips Director of Operations Zoran Rajcic. "It's been quite collaboration between the team, the Western Hockey League and Reebok." The initial designs underwent several changes with Reebok producing all jerseys.

Rajcic said work began on the jersey design more than a year and a half ago with Reebok. Originally Reebok was hesitant to produce two alternate jerseys for the same season as no team has done that in the past but based on upon the Silvertips jersey sales in the past, Reebok but will use the Silvertips concept as a test market for the NHL.

The new jerseys will be available exclusively for fans attending the game on Saturday night through the Silvertips Team Store before and during the Silvertips game when the Everett Events Center doors open at 6:00 p.m. Jerseys will be available to the general public starting on Monday, October 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

The authentic "alternative" jerseys will retail for $156.00 The replica alternate jerseys will go on sale at the team store at a later date. Silvertips fans may custom-order their jerseys with the name and number of their favorite player or their own names displayed on the back. Please not that personalization orders will take 3-4 weeks.
 

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Wheaties deal Courchene to Chiefs

Brandon, Manitoba - The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings solved their overage dilemma late Tuesday night, as they dealt 20-year old left-winger Corey Courchene to the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a third round draft choice in the 2007 bantam draft.

The move leaves the Wheat Kings with the WHL limit of three overage players - captain Teegan Moore, left-winger Mark Derlago and center Jeff Topilko.

Courchene had played in one of Brandon's two games this past weekend, collecting an assist in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Warriors in Moose Jaw.

A 3-year WHL veteran, the former fourth round pick (66th overall, 2001) had scored eighteen goals and 46 points in 174 career games.

A former member of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Southeast Blades, the Sagkeeng First Nation product had 11 goals, 24 points and 150 penalty minutes in 56 games during the 2005-06 campaign.

The Wheat Kings, who open up a mini 2-game weekend home stand Friday night against the visiting Red Deer Rebels, currently have 27 players on their roster - three goalkeepers, nine defenceman and 15 forwards.

Tickets to this weekend's games against the Rebels on Friday and the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday are on sale now at the Keystone box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca.
 

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Cougars Make Roster Moves

PRINCE GEORGE, BC- The Prince George Cougars have announced the addition of 18 year old forward Kyle Klym ("Klimm") to the team's active roster.

Klym, a 6'1", 184 lbs. product of Winnipeg, MB, will be arriving in Prince George today.

In other Cougar news, forward Kirk Meaver has been reassigned to the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.
 

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Warriors Fall 1-2-0-0

In the third game of the season "The Tribe" suffered a lose to the Saskatoon Blades.

The boys took an early lead when Riley Holzapfel scored in the first. Saskatoon seen it as a gaining point when they responded with two quick goals by Walker Wintoneak and Justin Mecrae. The Warriors pull even with a goal by Andre Hherman but Saskatoon wanted to end the first with a lead when Walker Wintoneak scored his second of the game. "The Trive" came out strong in the second what were out fought when the blades scored right off the bat with a goal from Michael MacAngus. To bring the Warriors back with in one Andre Herman scored his second of the game. Ryan Menei came back with a response for the Blades and Kendal MacArdle added another one for the Warriors. To add the icing on the cake the Blades had Ryan Menei add his second of the game.

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Broncos Prepare for Tough Weekend

The Broncos play a pair of former division rivals this weekend.



The Medicine Hat Tigers pay visit Friday night to the Civic Center before hosting the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday.

The Broncos are 1-1 to start the year after splitting games on opening weekend. After this weekend's action, the team then departs Monday for their annual west coast tour through B.C. They will play all five B.C. Division teams starting with Kelowna and ending in Prince George.

The next home action for the Broncos after the weekend isn't until October 13th when the Saskatoon Blades make the trip to the Civic Center.
 

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T-Birds and Amiga announce content deal

Seattle, September 26, 2006 - The Seattle Thunderbirds and Amiga, Inc., today announced a cooperative marketing deal that will give T-Birds fans access to a variety of games, puzzles, and arcade applications for personal computers, gaming devices, mobile handsets, set top boxes, and other computing devices.

Amiga's technologies are being designed to integrate consumers' favorite T-Bird images and hockey-based content into the most entertaining and challenging mobile games, video and music.

Fans will be able to see demonstrations of, and purchase, T-Bird-branded Amiga products at the T- Birds 2006-07 home opener on Saturday, September 30, at KeyArena at 7:05 p.m. The T-Birds will take on the Vancouver Giants in their home opener. "Amiga's ability to offer high quality T-Birds branded multimedia to the phones, PCs and TVs of our fans fits well with our commitment to provide the most enticing entertainment package," said Colin Campbell, T-Birds Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing.

"The T-Birds bring excitement to their loyal and enthusiastic fan base both on and off the ice. Amiga further enhances the value of the Thunderbird brand and lets fans take their team with them everywhere", said Vince Pfeifer, Amiga Vice President of Operations.

The T-Birds and Amiga are pursuing joint marketing and sponsorship opportunities throughout the Seattle community. Amiga will also sponsor several T-Bird promotions throughout the season, including the official team poster and the magnetic schedules giveaway on opening night.
 

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bruins win opener

Chilliwack Bruins goaltender Alex Archibald did everything but stand on his head on Saturday night at Prospera Centre, but his heroic 25-save effort wasn’t enough to upset one of the top-ranked junior teams in Canada.

Everett Silvertips keeper Leland Irving, a Calgary Flames first-round pick, was the victor in a heated goaltending duel, and the Washington squad escaped with a 2-1 win.

“It was kind of a goalie’s battle,” Archibald acknowledged. “I know going into the game that I’ve got to play my best because I’m going up against a very good goaltender, so that kind of gets me going.

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Giants veterans in Hay's doghouse

Still suffering the effects of a nasty stomach virus, Don Hay's mood seemed to have gotten worse on Tuesday. It's a sure sign the Vancouver Giants head coach is feeling better.

Despite improving to 2-0 on the season, the relentless taskmaster was back to his critical best following Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs in front of 5,219 fans at Pacific Coliseum.

The third-year Giants bench boss didn't have a lot of good things to say about his club and went so far as to chastise the team's veterans for their lack of urgency against a Chiefs team that refused to quit.

"I thought our top players were soft tonight," said Hay. "We didn't think the game very well and made some soft mistakes because of it. The Chiefs are a quick team and we needed to be harder on the puck and can't turn over the puck like we did."

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Blades resilient

BLADES 6, WARRIORS 4

Saskatoon Blades centre Chris Cloud registered four assists Tuesday, but he preferred to take credit for only three.

His unwanted helper came on an owngoal in the fi rst period. Cloud's teammate, Justin McCrae, also had an unfortunate assist that led to a Moose Jaw goal.

Nonetheless, Saskatoon (2-1) overcame both miscues and posted a 6-4 victory over the Warriors (1-2) in Western Hockey League action at Credit Union Centre.

"We made some mistakes," Blades head coach Lorne Molleken said through a smile, "but we stuck with it for 60 minutes and did a lot of the little things that were necessary." Rookie Walker Wintoneak rode shotgun for Cloud and potted the fi rst two goals of his WHL career. Winger Dustin Cameron also had two assists as that line combined for seven points.

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Vancouver doubles Spokane

Michal Repik had a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants rode a quick start to a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday in the Western Hockey League.

Repik had an assist on the opening goal 38 seconds into the game and added an empty-net insurance goal for the Giants (2-0-0), who built a 2-0 lead just 2:48 into the game. Tim Kraus, Kyle Lamb and Garet Hunt also scored for Vancouver while rookie netminder Tyson Sexsmith earned his first victory of the season with 16 saves.

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Goaltending duel wows the crowd

Chilliwack Bruins goaltender Alex Archibald did everything but stand on his head on Saturday night at Prospera Centre, but his heroic 25-save effort wasn’t enough to upset one of the top-ranked junior teams in Canada.

Everett Silvertips keeper Leland Irving, a Calgary Flames first-round pick, was the victor in a heated goaltending duel, and the Washington squad escaped with a 2-1 win.

“I know going into the game that I’ve got to play my best because I’m going up against a very good goaltender, so that kind of gets me going,” Archibald said. “(Irving) should be happy with the way he played, and I’m pretty happy with the way I played, too.”

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Perfect Hitmen need to improve

The Calgary Hitmen know the value of getting off to a quick start.

Last season, the Hitmen busted out of the gates and posted a 7-0 record en route to a 101-point campaign.

Hitting triple digits again in '06-07 might be a bit of a stretch in the ultra-competitive Central Division.

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Meaver demoted to BCHL

The Prince George Cougars made two transactions Tuesday that might as well have been rolled into one.

The Cats demoted unproductive veteran forward Kirk Meaver, 19, to the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, and added winger Kyle Klym, a year younger than Meaver. Klym arrived in Prince George on Tuesday.

Klym, who has the distinction of being one of few players to ever be taken twice in the WHL’s bantam draft, costs the Cougars nothing since he was released by the Saskatoon Blades during training camp.

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Blades wallop Warriors

Ryan Menei scored twice, including the game winner midway through the second period, as the Saskatoon Blades held on to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-4 Tuesday night in the Western Hockey League.

Both of Menei's goals came with the man advantage as Saskatoon (2-1-0) finished 3-for-12 on the power play. Walter Wintoneak scored a pair of first-period goals, Justin McRae had a goal and two assists and Michael MacAngus added a single for the Blades. Chris Cloud chipped in three assists.

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Brewer’s intent to keep Cats in P.G.

Eric Brewer’s thoughts about the Prince George Cougars are single-minded – he wants to see his former junior team remain in this city.

The St. Louis Blues defenceman, who played for the Cats from 1995-98, said he allowed his name to be included with a purchase offer of the Western Hockey League franchise because he’d heard rumblings the team might leave the market.

“I’m pro-P.G., keeping the team there,” Brewer said Tuesday from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, just outside St. Louis, where Blues players were taking part in a pre-season team-building camp.

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Fast start for Fransoo

Jason Fransoo has gotten right to the point.

Last weekend the Everett Silvertips defenseman showed that perhaps the Tips won't miss Shaun Heshka as much as previously anticipated. The 20-year-old recorded five points in Everett's first two games, giving an indication that the Silvertips may have found a solution to their dilemma of who plays the point on the power play.

"We need somebody to do it," Fransoo said. "I'm going to try to do the best I can do and hopefully help out on the power play so we can be a top power-play team again this year."

Fransoo had a goal and four assists in Everett's opening two games at Chilliwack and Kamloops. That included a four-point game - the first of his career - in the Silvertips' 4-0 victory over the Blazers on Sunday. Three of the points came on the power play, where he's been given added responsibility as one of Everett's center-point men.

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The puck starts here

There will be lots of pyrotechnics at the Everett Events Center on Friday before the Everett Silvertips play their home opener against the Kelowna Rockets.

Fortunately for the sellout crowd that is expected for the 7:35 p.m. puck drop, all the extra hype for this season isn't really needed.

The Silvertips are loaded and despite all their success in their first three years of existence, they were built to be ready to make a championship run this season.

The Silvertips have a roster full of 18-year-old players who are now entering their third season in the league.

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