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All-Star Defenseman Stacy Bauman Re-signs

August 4, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: August 4, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) conducted a press gathering at Chick-Fil-A on Slide and 69th St. to welcome back CHL All-Star defenseman Stacey Bauman, who re-signed with the Kings this morning for the 2006/2007 season.

"We are very pleased to have Bauman return for a third year," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "He truly encompasses the spirit of minor pro hockey in that he is a proven leader and contributor off the ice. Stacey has always been solid being a part of the Lubbock community and the youth hockey program, and he will continue to devote time in those areas again this season."

Bauman returns to the Hub City for his fourth season of pro hockey and third with the Kings. Last season, Bauman led Cotton Kings defensemen in scoring with 24 points off 5 goals and 19 assists, and was named to the Southern Conference squad for the CHL All-Star Game. He appeared in 50 games last season, missing the final month of the season (March) due to a hand injury. The Cotton Kings also awarded Bauman the team's "Defensive Player of the Year" and "Mr. Cotton King" award. During the 2004/2005 season with the Cotton Kings, Bauman was one of eight Cotton Kings to appear in all 60 regular season games. The Hanover, Ontario native ranked third on the squad in scoring among defensemen in 04/05 with 23 points off of 4 goals and 23 assists. He also earned the Cotton Kings "Fan Favorite" honor.

The 6'1 190-pound rearguard joined the Cotton Kings after spending his rookie season (03/04) in the ECHL with the Greenville Grrrowl. Bauman co-led the Grrrowl in games played with 69, and ranked third on the squad in scoring amongst defensemen with 13 points from 3 goals and 10 assists. His pro career totals include 12 goals and 48 assists for 60 points in 179 games. Prior to turning pro, the 25 year-old Bauman was a four-year member of the Yale University hockey program from 99/00 to 02/03. The "Ivy Leaguer" majored in Economics and combined for 3 goals and 22 assists for 25 points in 115 games over his tenure at Yale. He earned the trip to Yale after a pair of "Jr. A" seasons with the Newmarket Hurricanes in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL).

Bauman's signature gives the Kings nine players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Jason Beatty and forwards Jimmy Callahan, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray and Brian Sutherland on the 06/07 roster. Bauman is also the third player returning from last season, joining Beatty and Koscielny. Media members, who were unable attend press gathering, seeking an interview with either Bauman or Head Coach Chris Dashney, can contact Chris Due at 806-549-4228.

HOME OPENER: The Lubbock Cotton Kings will open up the 2006/2007 season at home Saturday, October 21st hosting the Odessa Jackalopes at 7:05 PM inside the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The first 1,500 fans will receive magnetic schedules and the game is presented by McDougal Properties. Odessa will once again serve as division rivals in the Southwest Division, which is also joined by the Amarillo Gorillas, Arizona Sundogs and the New Mexico Scorpions for the 06/07 campaign. The CHL will release the complete 06/07 schedule Monday.

The Cotton Kings are currently preparing for their eighth season of professional hockey in the South Plains. Season ticket and corporate sponsorship information for the upcoming season is available by contacting the Cotton Kings office at (806) 747-7825. Additional 'Kings info can be found online via their official site at www.cottonkings.com.

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