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Chiefs Acquire Size and Grit

January 17, 2006 - ECHL (ECHL) - Johnstown Chiefs News Release

Johnstown, PA (January 17, 2006) - Johnstown Chiefs General Manager, Toby O'Brien announced today that the Johnstown Chiefs have acquired defenseman Jim Hakewill and center Brad Thompson from the Idaho Steelheads in exchange for winger Paul Caponigri and defenseman Tyler Kindle.

"This deal makes our team more physical. We are sad to lose talented players like Paul (Caponigri) and Tyler (Kindle), but we're excited to add size to our blue-line and a true center," said O'Brien.

"The new ownership and I have the same goal-to improve the Johnstown Chiefs and pursue an ECHL championship," O'Brien continued.

Hakewill, 23, a 6'5, 225 pound rookie from St. Lawrence University, has one goal, six assists and 44 PIM's this season for Idaho. He was a fifth round draft choice by the Calgary Flames in 2001. O'Brien said Hakewill is not only a big body, but strong and agile, as well.

Thompson, 24, has 8 goals and ten assists in 34 games. The 6'0 and 190 pound center is known for his work ethic and speed.

"Thompson's work-ethic will fit in well with Johnstown fans. He plays center, which addresses a need," O'Brien said.

Caponigri, 26, has 17 points, including 7 goals in 30 games this season. Caponigri was acquired from Atlantic City after last season.

Kindle, 27, in his fifth ECHL season, had 12 points, including ten assists in 32 games this season.

Johnstown fans will get their first look at Hakewill and Thompson tomorrow night, when the Chiefs host the Reading Royals. Face-Off is 7:30 p.m.

The Johnstown Chiefs 2005-06 season presented by First National Bank resumes Wednesday night against the Reading Royals. The game will feature the Pittsburgh Pirate Caravan, including Oliver Perez, Jose Castillo, Ryan Doumit, and Paul Maholm. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-Slapshot.

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