Cotton Kings Sign Three with Three Days to Go until Camp
LUBBOCK, TX: October 6, 2006 - With three days remaining until the beginning of training camp, the Central Hockey League's (CHL) Lubbock Cotton Kings added three players to the 2006-2007 roster, as they agreed to terms with forwards Paul D'Agostino, Ryan Scapinello and defenseman Nick Grove.
D'Agostino comes to Lubbock directly from the American Hockey League (AHL), where he was attending camp with the Providence Bruins (Boston's top affiliate). The 5'11" 180-pound Walpole, Massachusetts native turns pro after spending the past two seasons with NCAA Div. I UMass-Lowell, where he combined for a pair of assists in 21 games. D'Agostino, 22, was also an Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) All-Star as a member of the Albany, New York area based Capital District Selects in 2003. While in Providence, D'Agostino suited up in one preseason game with the Bruins.
Grove, a 24 year-old New York City native patrolled the blueline last season for NCAA Div. II Johnson & Wales University, where he served as the Team Captain. In 26 games last season, Grove knocked in 3 goals and assisted on 15 others for 18 points in 26 games. The 5'11" 180-pound defenseman began his college career in 01/02 at NCAA Div. III SUNY-Fredonia, where he played a pair of seasons before transferring to Johnson & Wales. His overall college numbers combine for 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 point in 91 games.
Scapinello, 26, jumps aboard the Kings roster after turning pro last season in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with the Jacksonville Barracudas. The Guelph, Ontario native appeared in two games last season with the Barracudas and calculated 22 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, he participated at NCAA Div. III Lake Forest College from 01/02 - 04/05. His college totals accumulate to 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points in 108 games. The 5'8" 170-pound forward never missed a game over his final three seasons at LFC.
The trio of additions gives the Kings 26 players announced for the 06/07 season. They join goaltender Michael Clements, Josh Gartner, Brett Koscielny and Kyle Stanton, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Marc Bianchi, Noel Henck, Craig Minard, Troy Neumeier and forwards Bobby Brown, Jimmy Callahan, Pat Doherty, Philippe Lacasse, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Kyle Nosan, Corey Rutt, Simon Watson, Trevor Weisgerber and Michael Young on the 06/07 roster. All three of the new acquisitions qualify as developmental players (128 games or less played). Each CHL team must have at least five developmental players on their roster.
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