Cotton Kings Want to see What Brown Can Do For Them... Again
LUBBOCK, TX: September 5, 2006 - The Central Hockey League's (CHL) Lubbock Cotton Kings conducted a press gathering at City Bank's Main Branch to announce that veteran forward Bobby Brown has re-signed with the Cotton Kings for the 2006/2007 season.
Brown was named the Cotton Kings Most Valuable Player last season by his teammates after leading the Kings in points (51), assists (31) and shots (266). He also co-led the club in unassisted goals (2) and ranked third in goals (20), power play goals (9) and game winning goals (tied with 3). The Kings January (3g,6a,9pts) and February (6g,11a, 17pts) points leader was also the Kings leader in road scoring with 27 points (11g,16a) away from Lubbock. Brown also had team season highs with an 8-game point streak (2/4/06 - 2/21/06) and tied season highs for multi-point games (12) and for consecutive games with a goal (3). His single-game marks included leading the team in shots (13 on 2/18/06), while also tying single-game highs for assists (4 on 1/29/06), power play goals (2 on 3/4/06) and plus/minus (4 on 2/11/06). The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was playing in his second season in Lubbock last season and his first since appearing on the club's inaugural roster in 99/00. Brown, who turns 31 on September 26th, was the inaugural Cotton Kings Team Captain in 99/00 and was a Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) All-Star. He spent the 99/00 season as a defenseman and he registered the organization's first goal by a defenseman on Oct. 14, 1999. In 68 games in 99/00, he posted 21 goals and 60 points with a plus-13 rating and 216 shots helping the team to a 42-24-4 record. The 21 goals scored by a defenseman continues to stand as a team single-season record. His Cotton Kings career totals includes 41 goals and 70 assists for 111 points in 122 games
The 6'0" 200-pound forward turned pro in 96/97 season with the Roanoke Express of the ECHL after closing out a memorable four season career (92/93 - 95/96) with the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Brandon Wheat Kings, where he produced 178 points (84g,94a) in 207 games over his junior career and was named the WHL Playoff MVP after leading the Wheat Kings to the WHL title in 95/96. Brown spent his first three pro seasons in the ECHL, split between Roanoke, Baton Rouge and Dayton before originally arriving in Lubbock. He appeared in the 1999 ECHL All-Star Game and received numerous call-ups during that time, receiving call-ups to Saint John (AHL), Manitoba (IHL) and Cincinnati (IHL). Brown also attended training camp with the Calgary Flames in 98/99 and with Rochester (AHL) in 99/00 prior to signing with Lubbock. He departed Lubbock after the 99/00 season to sign a two-way contract between the Houston Aeros (IHL) and the Austin Ice Bats. Brown split the 00/01 and 01/02 seasons between the two clubs and was part of the Ice Bats playoff run that ended in the President's Cup series to Memphis in 01/02. In 02/03, Brown returned to the ECHL and spent a pair of seasons with the Louisiana Ice Gators, combining for 70 goals and 81 assists for 151 points in 137 games. He led the IceGators in points with 72 (33g,39a) in 03/04 before heading to Germany in 04/05 to co-lead the German Division II Landshut Canibals in scoring (14g,25a,39pts.). The veteran heads into his 11th season of pro hockey with 240 goals and 330 assists for 570 points in 664 games.
Brown has a deep connection with not only the Kings, but also with the Lubbock community. He is married to Lacy, a Lubbock native, and also serves as an Assistant Golf Pro at Lake Ridge Country Club. The addition of Brown gives the Kings 14 players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Troy Neumeier and forwards Jimmy Callahan, Philippe Lacasse, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Corey Rutt, Brian Sutherland and Trevor Weisgerber on the 06/07 roster. With 664 pro games played, Brown surpasses the mark of 280 classifying him as a "veteran". He is the third veteran (joining Luciuk and Neumeier) under contract for the Kings, who are allowed a maximum of four veterans on the roster. Media members, who were unable to attend today's gathering at City Bank, seeking an interview with either Brown 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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