August 1, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL)
The Central Hockey League is proud to announce that Steve Mears, the voice of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs for the past four seasons, has accepted a position with the New York Islanders and will serve as the play-by-play voice of the National Hockey League club.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native joined the Mudbugs in 2002 after spending three seasons as the broadcaster for the Bowling Green State University Falcons in Bowling Green, Ohio. In his four seasons in Bossier-Shreveport, he broadcast nearly 300 games including the 2004 and 2006 Ray Miron President's Cup Finals. In 2005, Mears was selected as the "CHL Broadcaster of the Year", and also was named a finalist for \'CHL Public Relations Executive of the Year" on multiple occasions.
The Islanders hiring of Mears is one of several recent promotions by former Central Hockey League staff and players. Joe Ferras, coach of the Amarillo Gorillas for the past five seasons, accepted an Assistant Coaching position with the American Hockey League\'s Bridgeport earlier this month, and Adam Kaufman, also formerly with the Gorillas, joined the AHL\'s Providence Bruins as Manager of Marketing & Public Relations. Former CHL players Scott Kelman (Laredo, 2003-2004), Keith Aucoin (Memphis, 2004-2005) and Dave Gove (Laredo, 2002-2003) all have signed two-way contracts with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes during this off-season.
The CHL will begin celebration of its 15th season of play on October 20th, 2006, welcoming three clubs joining the League in new state-of-the-art arenas for the 2006-2007 season. The expansion Arizona Sundogs (Prescott Valley Convention & Events Center) and Rocky Mountain Rage (Broomfield Event Center) will open new facilities this fall along with the New Mexico Scorpions, returning from a one year hiatus in conjunction with the opening of the Santa Ana Star Center. The CHL has led all of \'AA\' professional hockey in average attendance for the past five consecutive seasons of play.
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