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Checkers Add Hartman And Burgess

December 29, 2007 - ECHL (ECHL) Charlotte Checkers

Charlotte, N.C. - Head coach and general manager of the Charlotte Checkers, Derek Wilkinson, announced today that the team has signed former Checkers Mike Hartman and Steve Burgess.

Hartman, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, hails from Detroit, MI and was a drafted in the seventh round of the 1986 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Along with the Sabres, Hartman also played with the Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers where he would win a Stanley Cup in 1994. In 397 NHL games, he garnered 43 goals and 35 assists for 78 points with 1388 penalty minutes. Hartman's last season of professional hockey was during the 2003-04 season with the Charlotte Checkers where he totaled 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 36 games with 13 penalty minutes.

Burgess, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, is no stranger to the Charlotte Checkers organization. The Allen Park, MI defenseman played four season in the ECHL including two stints with the Checkers in 2002-03 and 2005-06 which was his last year of professional hockey. During that season, he totaled nine assists with 55 penalty minutes.

The Checkers are in their 15th season of play as a member of the ECHL. Their next home game takes place on Dec. 29 against the South Carolina Stingrays. In the team's 14-year history, the Checkers have made the playoffs 10 times including three consecutive playoff appearances to date. The Checkers will enter their third season of play at St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice at Charlotte Bobcats Arena this fall. Season tickets are on sale now with full-season packages starting at just $399. The Checkers are accepting deposits on all ticket packages. For season ticket information, please call 704-342-4-ICE or visit www.gocheckers.com.

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