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October 17, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

The Lubbock Cotton Kings completed the preseason with a 2-1-0 record, splitting a pair of games against Amarillo (3-2L, 7-4W) and dropping a solo match against Odessa (5-4L), and they made their first roster moves Monday releasing a trio of players. The Kings released forward Pat Doherty and defensemen Noel Henck and Nick Grove. Doherty, a second-year pro from Wakefield, Massachusetts was scoreless in two games played. Rookie Noel Henck was also scoreless in three games played, while Grove, a New York City native, registered three assists in three games. Leading the Kings during the preseason was Bobby Brown. The third-year King forward registered 5 points (1g,4a) in two preseason tilts.

NASCAR

Thanks to Pennzoil/Quaker State, the Cotton Kings have a pair of tickets to give away to the Dickies 500 Nascar race at the Texas Motor Speedway on November 5th, which is part of the Nextel Cup series. Beginning Monday, October 23rd, log onto the Cotton Kings homepage (www.cottonkings.com) and register for the drawing for a chance to win the pair of tickets.

NEW CHL RULES FOR THE 06/07 SEASON

CHANGE OF PLAYERS

If a team ices the puck, they are not permitted to make a line change. The determining factor of which players may change is their location on the ice when the puck leaves the stick of their teammate. If a player on the defending team unintentionally (non-deflected) shoots the puck over the glass from their defending zone, they are not permitted to make a line change, unless a delay of game penalty is being issued to a player from that team. This no change rule is in effect regardless of the numerical strength of the team.

GOALKEEPER EQUIPMENT

Goalkeepers will be required to wear smaller equipment this season. Goaltenders who did not play last season in the NHL, AHL, CHL, UHL, ECHL will have until January 1st, 2007 to comply.

SHOOT-OUTS

Should the game enter a shoot-out during regular season games, the home team shall now have the choice of shooting first or second. The teams shall still alternate shots in that order until a winner has been determined.

TAXI SQUAD

Due to the delays immigration processing, the Central Hockey League has allowed roster adjustments for all teams. Teams, should they choose, will be able to name up to three players on an Extended Training Camp List which will be submitted along with the CHL Season Opening Roster. The period of Extended Training Camp for the designated players will run from October 19th to October 25th. It should be noted that the Extended Training Camp List is separate from the Season Opening Roster. All season opening and regular season roster regulations will remain in effect. The league is allowing all teams, should they choose, the ability to place up to three players on this list so that they can be evaluated through October 25th. During the Extended Training Camp period, players on the Extended Training Camp List may be added to the active roster only with prior CHL Hockey Operations approval. The team must make the necessary roster (active roster player is waived, traded, recalled, placed on IR or team suspension), immigration and salary adjustments that conform to current 2006-2007 Lex Scripta guidelines to make room for the player being added. Should a player be moved from the Extended Training Camp List to the active roster, his vacant Extended Training Camp List slot can not be filled by another player. By October 25th, all Extended Training Camp List players must be either signed to a Standard Player Agreement and added to the roster, placed on waivers or traded to another CHL team.

COACH'S SHOW

The new home for the Lubbock Cotton Kings Call-In Show with Chris Dashney is Mesquite Grill and Sports Bar located at the corner of University and Broadway next to Cold Stone Creamery. Beginning Monday, October 23rd, Chris Due and the Head Coach of the Cotton Kings, Chris Dashney, will be live from Mesquite Grill and Sports Bar from 7-7:30 PM on Sports Radio 1340AM talking the latest in Cotton Kings news and taking phone calls from the listeners. In January, the show will be extended to an hour.

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.

OPENING NIGHT

Lubbock opens their eighth season Saturday night against the Odessa Jackalopes and it is their only game during the CHL's opening weekend. The Kings are 3-3-1 all-time in season openers and 4-2-1 all-time in home openers. Here is a breakdown of their season and home openers:

10/14/99 VS AMA 10-2 W

10/13/00 VS AMA 5-4 OTL

10/20/01 VS AMA 7-4 L

10/18/02 @ AMA 6-0 W Home Opener: 10/26/02 VS LAR 4-2-L

10/18/03 VS AMA 3-2 W

10/23/04 @ AMA 4-2 L Home Opener: 10/29/04 VS AMA 3-1 W

10/21/05 @ RIO 5-3 L Home Opener: 10/29/05 VA AMA 3-2 W

THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"

7 - First Timers - Of the 21 players on the Kings roster, 7 will be seeking action Saturday for their first pro game played.

10 - Goal Scorers - The Cotton Kings received goal production from 10 different players during the preseason.

17 - Years - Cotton Kings defenseman Troy Neumeier will prepare for his 17th season to begin Saturday and enters the game among the top 10 active players in games played (currently at 924) in all of North American minor pro hockey.

WEEK AHEAD

Sat. Oct. 21 7:05 pm vs. Odessa Jackalopes Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: For the first time in franchise history, the Lubbock Cotton Kings will host the Odessa Jackalopes in a season and home opening contest. Odessa is the defending Southwest Division champs and they were 9-2-1 last season against the Kings and they also lead the all-time series with a record of 46-20-4. Lubbock is 24-41-5 all-time against Odessa and former King Jan Melichercik is the Kings all-time leader against the Jacks with 43 points (16g, 27a). Bobby Brown is the Kings active series leader with 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 17 games. This is the 71st all-time meeting between the two clubs.

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