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CHL Welcomes Evansville, IN For 2010-11 Season

June 23, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Odessa Jackalopes News Release

Central Hockey League (CHL) Commissioner Duane Lewis announced today that the Evansville IceMen (Evansville, Indiana) will participate in the league beginning in the fall of 2010.

The IceMen will hit the ice in the CHL for the 2010-11 season becoming the 18th team in the league and will play their home games for the upcoming season in the Swonder Ice Arena in Evansville. IceMen owner Ron Geary has finalized the transaction to purchase and transfer the Muskegon Lumberjack team to the Indiana city joining IHL teams Bloomington, Dayton, Fort Wayne and Quad City in the CHL after the two leagues affiliated on June 1, 2010.

"The chance to bring a storied team like Muskegon with its 50-year pro hockey history to Evansville was an opportunity that we could not pass up," said Mr. Geary.

"We are very excited to welcome the IceMen into the IHL/CHL collaboration," said Lewis. "Evansville is a great sports town with passionate fans and I know they will be a great fit for our league. We are thrilled to have Mr. Geary as a new owner and governor in our league as we know he will provide great insight and strengthen our already strong base of leadership."

The CHL and IHL announced earlier in June that they would affiliate for the upcoming season and play under the CHL moniker.

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 14th season in the Permian Basin in October 2010. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.

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