Cotton Kings Activate Two, Release Two
LUBBOCK, TX: October 25, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings completed roster moves to comply with Central Hockey League (CHL) roster policy with the activation of forward Ross McCain and goaltender J.F. Perras, and the placement of goaltender Josh Gartner and forward JayDyn Murray onto waivers.
The CHL's Extended Training Camp List (Taxi Squad) expired Wednesday afternoon and all teams must have their active roster down to 18 players, which must consist of at least five developmental players and no more than four rookie veterans. McCain, a 5'9" 185-pound native of Florenceville, NB, spent four seasons at Dalhousie University (02/03 - 05/06) and produced 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points in 103 games. He attended training camp with the ECHL's Long Beach Ice Dogs and recorded a pair of assists in a preseason game. Perras (per-raw) comes to Lubbock after attending camp with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder, where he allowed one goal in two periods of work during exhibition action. He has extensive amateur playing experience and spent the past four seasons at Dalhousie University. Perras appeared in 80 games with the Tigers and posted a 3.14 GAA and a 90.4% save percentage in 80 games. Prior to Dalhousie, the 6'0" 190-pound Embrun, Ontario native played five seasons of junior hockey, appearing with the Smiths Falls Bears (97/98) of the Central Junior A Hockey League (Jr. A) for a season before advancing for four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Erie Otters (98/99 - 00/01) and the Ottawa 67's (01/02). At the major junior level in the OHL, he combined for a 78-57-17 record with a 3.17 GAA and an 89.8% save percentage in 170 games. He also posted 13 shutouts in the OHL.
Murray, a rookie from Melita, Manitoba, was activated off the Taxi Squad Saturday and appeared in Lubbock's season opener against Odessa. Gartner, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Gartner and Richmond Hill, Ontario native, appeared in one training camp contest and was on the Kings opening night roster dressing as a backup to starting goaltender Kyle Stanton. Perras and McCain will be with the Kings Friday in Austin, as they face the Ice Bats at the Chaparral Ice Center.
The Cotton Kings are competing in their eighth season of professional hockey in the South Plains. They return to action Friday in Austin and their next home game at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum is scheduled for 11AM on Tuesday. Season ticket and corporate sponsorship information is available by contacting the Cotton Kings office at (806) 747-7825. Additional 'Kings info can be found online via their official site at www.cottonkings.com.
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