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Cotton Kings Go Holy... Sign Marc Bianchi

September 6, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: September 6, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) added another defenseman to the 2006/2007 roster with the signing of Marc Bianchi.

"Marc has great size and will play with an edge as he focuses on his first full season," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "He is another player that comes in highly recommended to us from his previous coaches, so we are looking forward to him being a part of our revamped defensive corps."

Bianchi (bee-an-key) is an Ithaca, New York native heading into his second professional season and his first full season at the pro ranks. Last season, Bianchi joined the Adirondack Frostbite on an amateur agreement for two games after closing out a memorable college season at Holy Cross. He spent four seasons at Worcester, Massachusetts based College of the Holy Cross (02/03 - 05/06) and was a two-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team member (04/05, 05/06). Last season, Bianchi was part of Holy Cross history, as the Crusaders claimed the American Hockey Association (formerly the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) title and then garnered their first ever postseason victory with an overtime win over the University of Minnesota to become the first ever #4 seed to knock off a #1 seed in NCAA postseason action (since the 16-team format was introduced). The game was coined as the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history. Bianchi, 23, finished with a personal best 7 points last season with a goal and six assists. His college totals include 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points and 72 penalty minutes served in 106 games.

The 6'3" 200-pound defenseman was a product of Ithaca High School's 99/00 New York State Division I Championship squad. He moved to Lake Placid, New York prior to enrolling to Holy Cross to attend Northwood Prep. Bianchi was at Northwood Prep in 2001 and 2002 and combined for 8 goals and 58 assists for 66 points in 72 games.

The addition of Bianchi gives the Kings 15 players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Troy Neumeier and forwards Bobby Brown, Jimmy Callahan, Philippe Lacasse, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Corey Rutt, Brian Sutherland and Trevor Weisgerber on the 06/07 roster. With two games of professional experience, Bianchi qualifies as a developmental player (128 games or less played). Each CHL team must have at least five developmental players on their roster.

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