Callahan Brakes for Lubbock
LUBBOCK, TX: August 1, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) welcomed a new addition to the 2006/2007 roster with the signing of left wing Jimmy Callahan.
"Jimmy comes highly recommended to us from past teammates and opponents as a high energy player that will create scoring opportunities for himself and his linemates," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "He is an aggressive forward with good size and speed, which will allow him to contribute offensively."
Callahan is a 6'2" 210-pound forward heading into his fourth season of pro hockey and his first with Lubbock after spending the past season in the United Hockey League with the Missouri River Otters. He appeared in 72 games last season with Missouri tallying 10 goals and contributing 15 assists for 25 points. Callahan also served a career high 141 penalty minutes.
The Lexington, Massachusetts native began his pro career in 03/04 in the World Hockey Association 2 (WHA2) with the Lakeland Loggerheads. He posted 28 points (17g,11a) in 35 games before advancing to the ECHL. Callahan joined the Florida Everblades for a game before being traded to the Long Beach Ice Dogs, where he scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others in 22 games. He joined the inaugural Kansas City Outlaws of the United Hockey League (UHL) in 04/05 and finished tied for fourth in team scoring with 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points. His career totals include 43 goals and 47 assists for 90 points and 342 penalty minutes in 202 games. Prior to turning pro, Callahan was a member of the NCAA Div. I University of Massachusetts (UMass) hockey program. He spent two seasons on the ice with the Minutemen and combined for 5 goals and 21 assists for 26 points in 62 games from 00/01 - 01/02. Callahan played three and a half seasons of junior hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) with the Tyngsboro Huskies (now New England Huskies) and parts of two seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Omaha Lancers (Jr. A). In 1997, the two-time EJHL All-Star was the EJHL MVP and was awarded the Hockey Night in Boston "Junior Player of the Year" honor. With Omaha, Callahan collected 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 66 games spanning the 97/98 and 98/99 seasons.
The signing of Callahan places the Kings with seven players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Jason Beatty and forwards Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray and Brian Sutherland on the 06/07 roster.
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