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Chiefs Announce 08-09 Protected List

June 3, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Johnstown Chiefs News Release

Johnstown, PA - The Johnstown Chiefs, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Providence Bruins, announced its protected list for the 2008-09 season. The list includes 17 players as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association.

The protected players include: defenseman Vincent Zaore, defenseman Greg Gallagher, forward Joey Olson, left wing Randy Rowe, center Ryan Garlock, defenseman Michael Knight, center Jean Desrochers, forward Joel Gasper, left wing Jason Spence, forward Alexandre Imbeault, goalie Ryan Nie, left wing Mike Sgroi, defenseman Andrew Martens, forward Kris Kasper, defenseman Brian Deeth, defenseman Justin Coutu, center Domenic Maiani.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and was recalled to the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League or an International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Received a 2007-08 Qualifying Offer for the current season, and DID NOT sign a Standard Players Contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the team or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2007-08 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released

Protected lists may exceed 20 players. Teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15. Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2007-08.

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