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Bridgeport assigns four players to Jackalopes

October 6, 2008 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Odessa Jackalopes News Release

(Odessa, TX) - The Odessa Jackalopes announced today that they have been assigned four players from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Defenseman Russ Moyer, along with forwards Mike Lesperance, Jean Bourbeau and Marc Rechlicz, will join the Jackalopes training camp later this week.

"The Odessa players performed well in our camp," said Bridgeport head coach Jack Capuano. "All four of them played in AHL exhibition games over the last week and competed well. It will be interesting to watch their progress, as well as others in Odessa, as the season goes along."

Moyer, Lesperance, and Bourbeau signed with the Jackalopes earlier in the summer then were extended AHL training camp invitations. Marc Rechlicz (RECK-lish), a 6-4, 193-pound winger, will turn 20 years old in November and is on an AHL contract. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native is a rookie who last season played for Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"Our job with Marc is to try to develop him," said Odessa head coach Paul Gillis. "He's a big kid who likes the physical part of the game. He will be here to learn about the pro game and hopefully we'll be able to move him up and on."

The Jackalopes are practicing at Music City Mall through Wednesday, and will travel after Wednesday's workout to North Richland Hills, Texas. The Jacks have training sessions planned, as well as a working scrimmage with the Brahmas on Friday, followed by a full exhibition game vs. Texas on Saturday night.

The Odessa Jackalopes are the Central Hockey League affiliate for the NHL's New York Islanders and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team will begin its 12th season on October 17th against the defending champion Arizona Sundogs. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.

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