Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
It was a cool day in Lubbock Monday and the cool air was a signal that it is the beginning of hockey season. Players hitting the ice inside the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Monday also signified hockey season is underway, as Cotton Kings Training Camp opened its doors. Players are battling for the 18 available active roster spots, which must consist of at least five "developmental" players (128 games played pro or less) and no more than four may be "veterans" (280 or more pro games played). This season, the Kings have four veterans in camp and 18 developmental players in camp. Camp consists of fundamental drills and instructions from Head Coach Chris Dashney and will then climax into a trio of training camp games this weekend. The Cotton Kings travel to Amarillo Friday before returning home to host the Odessa Jackalopes on Saturday (7:05 PM) and the Amarillo Gorillas Sunday (5:05 PM). Final cuts will be made next week before the team opens the regular season on October 21st hosting Odessa.
3 DOLLAR BILL WEEKEND
The home exhibition dates for this weekend's games are set for Saturday night (vs. Odessa at 7:05 PM) and Sunday evening (vs. Austin at 5:05 PM). Clear Channel Radio Lubbock (KFMX, KFYO, KKAM, KKCL, KQBR, KZII) has made it possible to purchase tickets for the home exhibition games at a low price of $3 each. "3-Dollar Bill Weekend" discount tickets must be purchased at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Box Office on each of the home exhibition game nights (box office opens an hour prior to faceoff). Season ticket holders will be admitted into the game for free, as part of their season ticket holder benefits.
OFFICE LINE CHANGE
The Cotton Kings front office had made its move to a new location. The offices (formerly located at 13th and University) are now located at 3501 50th St. in Suite 124. The offices are on the south side of 50th St. just west of Indiana and United Market Street. Phone and fax numbers to reach the Cotton Kings offices have not changed.
SWING WITH THE KINGS
The annual Lubbock Cotton Kings Swing with the Kings Golf Tournament benefiting the Alzheimer's Association will tee off 11AM on Monday, October 23rd at Lake Ridge Country Club. Registration is currently underway with a $100 entry fee and the four-man scramble features a catered lunch and an opportunity to play a round of golf with a Lubbock Cotton Kings member. There will be many prize items awarded at the tournament, an awards banquet and several hockey oriented challenges, including a longest drive contest using a hockey stick. For more information or to signup, contact Stacey O'Brien with the Cotton Kings at 747-7825.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER PARTY
Lubbock Cotton Kings season ticket holders are invited to the annual Season Ticket Holder Party to pick up season tickets and meet the players. The event is scheduled for Monday, October 16th from 6-8PM at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. There will be food on hand and many opportunities to get autographs from Cotton Kings members. Season ticket holders unable to attend the event should contact the Cotton Kings offices (747-7825) to inquire about addition options on retrieving season ticket booklets.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
0 - Europeans - There are currently no Europeans on the Cotton Kings camp roster. It is the first time since the 00/01 season that there were no European born players on the Kings camp roster.
11 - Lefties- Of the 21 skaters (non-goalies) on the training camp roster, 11 of them are left handed.
20 - Years - The Kings camp roster features some young talented players on the squad. There are 3 players (Chris Barth, Michael Clements, Corey Rutt) on the Kings roster at the ripe age of 20 years-old.
Fri. Oct. 13 7:00 pm @ Amarillo Gorillas Radio: None TV: None
Notes: Lubbock opens up their preseason schedule Friday on the road facing the Amarillo Gorillas. It will be a new look for the Gorillas, who have former San Jose Sharks and Memphis RiverKings head coach Jim Wiley as their new bench boss. Amarillo won the season series last season with a 9-4-1 record against the Kings. Bobby Brown co-led the Kings in scoring against Amarillo last season with 8 points
Sat. Oct. 14 7:05 pm vs. Odessa Jackalopes Radio: None TV: None
Notes: Last season, the Kings and Jacks hooked up in Odessa for a preseason tilt, which saw the Jackalopes defeat the Kings 6-4 in a contest that featured over 30 combined power play opportunities. Odessa dominated the regular season between the two teams with a 9-2-1 record against Lubbock.
Sun. Oct. 15 5:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: None TV: None
Notes: The Cotton Kings final dress rehearsal before regular season action will come Sunday at home with the Kings hosting the Amarillo Gorillas.
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