Bossier-Shreveport Wins Ray Miron Presidents' Cup
May 28, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) News Release
TEMPE, AZ (May 27, 2011) - The Central Hockey League's (CHL) Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals concluded on Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs earning a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Eagles in the fifth Game 7 in league Finals history giving the âBugs their fourth championship. Bossier-Shreveport, 10 years after winning their last title, defeated the Eagles four games to three in their best-of-7 series.
2011 Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals (best-of-7)
Colorado Eagles vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Game 1 - Fri., May 13 - EAGLES 3, Mudbugs 2 (OT)
Game 2 - Sat., May 14 - Mudbugs 5, EAGLES 3
Game 3 - Tue., May 17 - Eagles 4, MUDBUGS 2
Game 4 - Thu., May 19 - MUDBUGS 5, Eagles 4 (OT)
Game 5 - Fri., May 20 - MUDBUGS 7, Eagles 2
Game 6 - Wed., May 25 - EAGLES 8, Mudbugs 1
Game 7 - Fri., May 27 - Mudbugs 2, EAGLES 1
The Mudbugs won three of the last four games in the series after falling behind two games to one. In Game 4, the âBugs erased a 4-2 deficit to eventually win in overtime propelling them to their turnaround in the series that also included a 7-2 win in Game 5 and the deciding game 2-1 victory in Game 7. The âBugs already were the only league member to have three CHL/WPHL championships and with their victory now extend their own record to four championships.
Bossier-Shreveport was a three-time champion of the WPHL (Western Professional Hockey League) capturing the title in consecutive seasons (1999, 2000, 2001). The âBugs have played in two Finals since winning their last championship but fell to Laredo on both occasions (2004, 2006).
The Mudbugs win their first Game 7 in five chances in the history of the franchise, while the Eagles lose their first Game 7 in team history, now sitting at 1-4.
Led by head coach Scott Muscutt, the Mudbugs finished the regular season second in the Berry Conference with a 37-26-3 record (77 points). The title marks the second as Bossier-Shreveport head coach for Muscutt (2001) and his fourth CHL/WPHL championship as he was a player on the âBugs 1999 and 2000 championship squads.
The path to the championship for Bossier-Shreveport included a 3-1 best-of-5 series win over the Arizona Sundogs in the opening round, a 3-2 best-of-5 series win over the Tulsa Oilers in the conference semi finals where they won two elimination games, a 4-1 best-of-7 series win over the Governors' Cup champion Allen Americans in the conference finals and the 4-3 series win over the Colorado Eagles in the Presidents' Cup Finals.
Bossier-Shreveport forward Jeff Kyrzakos was named the 2011 CHL Playoff Most Valuable Player. The Toronto native finished the post-season with 19 points (12-7=19) tied for the league lead with 12 goals and three game winning goals. In the Finals, Kyrzakos scored goals in four games and accounted for the game winning goal in three of the âBugs four wins. The 6-2, 200-pound forward had 20 goals and 41 points during the regular season.
CHL Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Champions
2011 - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
2010 - Rapid City Rush
2009 - Texas Brahmas
2008 - Arizona Sundogs
2007 - Colorado Eagles
2006 - Laredo Bucks
2005 - Colorado Eagles
2004 - Laredo Bucks
2003 - Memphis RiverKings
2002 - Memphis RiverKings
2001 - Oklahoma City Blazers (WPHL - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs)
2000 - Indianapolis Ice (WPHL - Shreveport Mudbugs)
1999 - Huntsville Channel Cats (WPHL - Shreveport Mudbugs)
1998 - Columbus Cottonmouths (WPHL - El Paso Buzzards)
1997 - Fort Worth Fire (WPHL - El Paso Buzzards)
1996 - Oklahoma City Blazers
1995 - Wichita Thunder
1994 - Wichita Thunder
1993 - Tulsa Oilers
CHL Playoff Most Valuable Player
2011 - Jeff Kyrzakos, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
2010 - Les Reaney, Rapid City Rush
2009 - Jason Deitsch, Texas Brahmas
2008 - Rob McVicar, Arizona Sundogs
2007 - Greg Pankewicz, Colorado Eagles
2006 - Jeff Bes, Laredo Bucks
2005 - Chris Hartsburg, Colorado Eagles
2004 - David Guerrera, Laredo Bucks
2003 - Kahlil Thomas, Memphis RiverKings
2002 - Don Parsons, Memphis RiverKings
2001 - Rod Branch, Oklahoma City Blazers (WPHL - Jason Campbell, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs)
2000 - Jamie Morris, Indianapolis Ice (WPHL - Hugo Hamelin, Shreveport Mudbugs)
1999 - Derek Puppa, Huntsville Channel Cats (WPHL - John Vecchiarelli, Shreveport Mudbugs)
1998 - Mike Martens, Columbus Cottonmouths (WPHL - Billy Trew, El Paso Buzzards)
1997 - Steve Plouffe, Fort Worth Fire (WPHL - Chris MacKenzie, El Paso Buzzards)
1996 - Jean-Ian Filiatrault, Oklahoma City Blazers
1995 - Ron Handy, Wichita Thunder
1994 - Ron Handy, Wichita Thunder
1993 - Tony Fiore, Tulsa Oilers
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