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Cotton Kings Land Rookie Defenseman

July 13, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: July 13, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) completed a roster move with the signing of defenseman Brian Sutherland for the 2006/2007 season.

"Brian is another good young defenseman that I expect to have an immediate impact for the Cotton Kings next year," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "His best attributes, skating, body position and the ability to move the puck makes him a valuable part of our team."

Sutherland comes to Lubbock as a rookie after completing his college career last season at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) with their Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) hockey program. He participated in 17 games last season and contributed three assists during the regular season, and was a valuable asset in the postseason with a goal and four assists for five points in five Atlantic University Sport (AUS) postseason games to help the Axemen to the Telus University Cup (CIS National Hockey Tournament). The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was also part of the Axemen squad that claimed the AUS regular season title in 04/05. In four seasons (02/03 - 05/06) with the Axemen, Sutherland combined for 3 goals and 12 assists, and had a 13 plus/minus rating over the past three seasons.

The 5'9 180-pound blueliner comes from a hockey rich bloodline family and has been able to play for some top programs in far eastern Canada. He is a product of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League's Dartmouth Subways, which is the same program that produced NHL'ers Olaf Kolzig and Sydney Crosby. Sutherland and Crosby are first cousins. Prior to joining hockey powerhouse Acadia, the 25 year-old Sutherland played in the Maritime Jr. A Hockey League (MJAHL) with his hometown Halifax Oland Exports. He produced 42 points (13g,29a) in 50 games during the 00/01 season and returned as the Team Captain in 01/02 to lead Export defensemen in scoring with 33 points (7g,26a). The 01/02 Exports strived under Sutherland's on-ice leadership, becoming the second MJAHL team ever to claim a National Title in Canadian Jr. A Hockey, as they claimed the MJAHL title, the Fred Page Cup and the Royal Bank Cup. Brian's twin brother (Robbie) served as a teammate and Team Captain for Acadia University.

The signing of Sutherland places the Kings with five players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defenseman Chris Barth and forwards Paul McBrien and Jaydyn Murray on the 06/07 roster. With no games of professional experience, Sutherland qualifies as a developmental player (128 games or less played). Each CHL team must have at least five developmental players on their roster. Media members seeking interviews or graphics of Sutherland, or interviews with Head Coach Chris Dashney, can contact Chris Due at 806-549-4228.

The Cotton Kings are currently preparing for their eighth season of professional hockey in the South Plains. The Central Hockey League has not released the schedule for the 06/07 season, but the 64-game schedule will be announced soon. The home opener is set for Saturday, October 21st against an opponent to be named later. Season ticket and corporate sponsorship information for the upcoming season 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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