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Clayton, Carroll Named To CHL All-Decade Team, Carroll Earns All-Star Nod

December 31, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs News Release

BOSSIER CITY, LA - As 2009 comes to a close tonight, the Central Hockey League has completed the announcement of its All-Decade teams, with two current members of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs garnering appointments on the First Team. Forward Travis Clayton and goaltender Ken Carroll have both been honored by the league for their CHL achievements over the past ten years.

Carroll has also been named to his sixth career Central Hockey League All-Star Game, the league announced today. Carroll was selected by All-Star Head Coach Kevin McClelland (Colorado) and the CHL Hockey Operations Department as one of the reserves for the 2010 CHL All-Star Team, which will take on the South Texas All-Stars on Wednesday, January 13 at the Laredo Entertainment Center.

Joining Carroll and Clayton on the CHL All-Decade First Team are forwards Jeff Bes (Laredo) and Greg Pankewicz (Colorado) and defensemen Bernie John (Indianapolis/Corpus Christi) and Derek Landmesser (Mississippi).

The All-Decade Second Team consists of forwards Jason Duda (Wichita), Riley Nelson (Colorado), and Don Parsons (Memphis), defensemen Hardy Sauter (Oklahoma City) and Aaron Schneekloth (New Mexico/Austin/Colorado), and goaltender Rod Branch (New Mexico/Tulsa/Topeka/Oklahoma City).

Clayton, 33, is currently in his 13th year playing in the Central Hockey League. Over 11 seasons with the Wichita Thunder and now two more with the Mudbugs, Clayton has appeared in a league-record 788 CHL games. Including his 12 games played in the IHL in 2000-01, the Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan native has appeared in exactly 800 professional games.

Clayton ranks second all-time in CHL history with 357 career goals, 552 assists and 909 points. He has played in seven CHL All-Star Games, a mark which also places him second in league history. Since breaking into the CHL in 1997-98, Clayton has averaged 29 goals and 74 points per season. He is currently Bossier-Shreveport's second-leading scorer with 23 points (10g, 13a) in 28 appearances this season.

Carroll, 33, gets the All-Decade nod after seeing action in 289 CHL/WPHL games during the past decade, with every one coming as a member of the Mudbugs. Over his team-record nine seasons in Bossier-Shreveport, Carroll has become the third-winningest goaltender in league history with 180 career victories and stands only 14 shy of Branch's career record for wins. The Oil City, Ontario native currently reigns as the league's all-time shutout king with an unmatched 30 career CHL shutouts.

Carroll has twice won the league's most outstanding goaltender award (2001, 2006) and been named to six All-Star games, with his most recent selection coming just today. The 5-10, 175-pound netminder also helped the Mudbugs capture the 2001 WPHL President's Cup Championship on his way to winning the league's Rookie of the Year award. In nine seasons and nearly 17,000 minutes in Mudbugs purple and teal, Carroll owns a career record of 180-78-22 with a 2.15 goals-against average and.928 saves percentage.

Coming off last night's shootout win in Texas, #34 sports a 7-5-0 record this season with one shutout. His.925 SV% ranks him second in the CHL and 2.44 GAA is currently fourth-best in the league.

Carroll will join 17 other All-Stars from 12 CHL teams to form this year's CHL All-Star Team, which will come together in just under two weeks to face a team of South Texas All-Stars comprised of players from the Corpus Christi IceRays, Laredo Bucks and Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the 2010 CHL All-Star Game.

The Mudbugs are in Corpus Christi today preparing for a New Year's matchup with the IceRays at 5:05 pm tomorrow at the American Bank Center. Live radio coverage will follow LSU Tiger football on AM 1130 KWKH at approximately 4:45 pm, and the game will also be shown live on CHL TV.

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