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Cotton Kings Sign Pair of Players

September 27, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: September 27, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) added a pair of players to their 2006/2007 roster with the signings of forward Pat Doherty and defenseman Noel Henck.

"Pat brings a year of pro experience in which he scored 25 goals and he is another forward that brings more offense for us this season," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "Noel is a tenacious defenseman that moves the puck well, and he will be battling for one of the last spots on defense."

Doherty is a 6'1" 190-pound forward who co-led the Southern Professional Hockey League's (SPHL) Jacksonville Barracudas in scoring with 46 points off 25 goals and 21 assists in 55 games. He opened last season with the SPHL's Pee Dee Cyclones (Florence, SC) and tallied 13 goals and 8 assists for 21 points in 27 games before being traded to Jacksonville, where he contributed 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 28 games. Doherty ranked tied for second in SPHL in rookie goal scoring (25) and tied for fourth in rookie point totals (46). He also led SPHL rookies in shots (203). The Wakefield, Massachusetts native turned pro last season after closing out a stellar college career at NCAA Div. II Southern New Hampshire University. Doherty was the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year following the 2004/2005 season and was a Joe Concannon Hockey Award Finalist after producing a conference leading 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 points in 28 games. The 24 year-old racked up 56 goals and 46 assists for 102 points in 104 college games from 01/02 to 04/05.

Henck, 24, comes to Lubbock after closing out a five-year college career last season at NCAA Division I Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Long Beach, New York native served as the Team Captain for Sacred Heart last season while registering 3 assists in 33 games. He leaves Sacred Heart ranking second all-time in games played with 139 games over the five seasons. The two-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team member tallied a goal and 21 assists for 22 points during his college career. Prior to enrolling at Sacred Heart, the 6'0" 180-pound blueliner played with Suffolk PAL of the Metropolitan Jr. B Hockey League.

The additions of Doherty and Henck gives the Kings 18 players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Michael Clements, Brett Koscielny and Kyle Stanton, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Marc Bianchi, Craig Minard, Troy Neumeier and forwards Bobby Brown, Jimmy Callahan, Philippe Lacasse, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Corey Rutt and Trevor Weisgerber on the 06/07 roster. Doherty and Henck will each qualify 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 an interview with either Doherty, Henck or 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 season opener is set for Saturday, October 21st, as Lubbock hosts the Odessa Jackalopes at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. 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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