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December 19, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release


The Lubbock Cotton Kings grabbed three out of a possible four standing points with a 1-0-1 record during the week to maintain themselves atop of the jam packed Southwest Division in the CHL. The Kings opened the week Friday in Corpus Christi and fell 3-2 in an overtime shootout before an overnight return trip home to shutout Laredo 3-0. Only four standing points separate the division leading Kings and the Amarillo Gorillas, who are at the bottom of the division. Lubbock is in sole possession of first place, entering the week, with Arizona and Odessa each one standing point back. The Kings will have a north to south three-in-three weekend this week, which opens with a road trip to Broomfield, Colorado to face the Rocky Mountain Rage Thursday before closing out the road trip against the New Mexico Scorpions Friday and returning home to host Amarillo Saturday.


The Central Hockey League announced their Oakley CHL Players of the Week for Week Nine and selected Cotton Kings goaltender J.F. Perras as the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week. The Embrun, Ontario native went 1-0-1 on the week and stopped 73 of 75 shots on goal for a 97.3% save percentage for the week. Thirty-three of the saves were registered Saturday night against the Laredo Bucks, as Perras recorded his first professional shutout. Perras, who leads the CHL in assists by goaltender with two, has an active shutout sequence at a Kings season high mark of 105:55. The honor is Perras' first and it marks the ninth time a Kings goaltender has received the award in franchise history. He is the sixth different individual to receive the accolade for the Kings (Darcy Austin, Mike Brusseau, Brett Koscielny, Lance Leslie and Kyle Stanton). Lubbock is the first team this season to have two different goaltenders receive the honor this season.


Just prior to gametime Saturday night, the Lubbock Cotton Kings added a new face to the roster with the signing of John Miller to a contract. The 5'10 180-pound right-handed defenseman from Grand Ledge, Michigan joins the Kings after arriving back to North America from Sweden. He suited up with the Kings Saturday and earned a +2 plus/minus rating. Miller began his rookie season this season in Sweden with the Div. II's Boro Vetlanda HC. He appeared in 12 games and had 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points. The 25 year old spent the four prior seasons with Northern Michigan University, where he combined for 3 goals and 19 assists in 115 games played. Prior to UNM, Miller played junior hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with Sioux City (99/00) and in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with Bozeman (00/01 - 01/02) and Capital Centre (00/01).


The Lubbock Cotton Kings will be dining together Tuesday from 4-6 PM at Texas Roadhouse on South Loop 289 and are inviting season ticket holders and fans to come eat with them. Meals are not provided (not free), but fans are able to take part in a raffle for the "King for a Day" prize package. The raffle tickets are for the package will be drawn for at the March 3rd game and they must be present to win. The package includes dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse, two tickets to the game on March 24th, Limo ride to and from the game and a one night stay at Residence Inn. Tickets are $2 or 6 for $10.


The Lubbock Cotton Kings have once again teamed up with the United States Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program during the holiday season. The Kings are encouraging fans to bring toys on December 23rd to be donated to unprivileged children. Individuals bringing donations will receive a free game program. It is encouraged to drop toys in specially marked Toys for Tots barrels inside the coliseum, unless the toys are plush. Plush items (stuffed animals) should be thrown onto the ice after the Kings score their first goal.


If your looking for a special Christmas gift for your friend or loved one, take a look at the Cotton Kings Entertainment Stocking Stuffer. The Entertainment Pack includes a ticket to Cotton Kings home games on December 26, 29 and 31st, a free round of miniature golf at Lights Out Golf located in South Plains Mall, a free pass to a Lubbock City Museum (Buddy Holly Center / Silent Wings) and a limited edition signed photo of the Cotton Kings captains. All for the price of $40. The Entertainment Pack can be purchased at the Cotton Kings offices and additional info can be found by calling the Kings offices at 747-7825.


Each week a member of the Cotton Kings is selected as the "Wienerschnitzel Top Dog of the Week" for their performance in the previous week's games, and this week's recipient for their effort last week is goaltender J.F. Perras. The first year pro was previously highlighted with his Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week honor. It is the third consecutive week Perras has claimed the Weinerschnitzel weekly honor and his December play has been tremendous. Despite the 2-2-1 record he has during December, he has a 1.30 GAA and a 96.3% save percentage in 6 games played during the month. Perras is also 3-0-0 at home.


4 - Game Winning Goals - Simon Watson not only leads the Kings in game winning goals, but his fourth of the season on Saturday places him tied for second in the CHL and leading all CHL rookies in the category.

11-1-1 - Record - The Kings are 11-1-1 this season when scoring at least 3 goals in a game.

200 - Games - Cotton Kings defenseman Stacey Bauman will play in his 200th career pro game on Saturday at home against Amarillo.


Dec. 15 @ Corpus Christi OTL(so) 2-3 Top Star: CRP - Kevin Watters (2 goals)

Dec. 16 vs. Laredo W 3-0 Top Star: LUB - J.F. Perras (33 saves, SO)


PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tue: 9:30 - 11AM, Wed: Depart for Road Trip...

Thu. Dec. 21 8:05 pm @ Rocky Mountain Rage Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: None

Notes: The Kings open their three-in-three weekend Thursday night with their first ever venture to Broomfield, Colorado to face the Rocky Mountain Rage. It is their first of two visits on the season to Broomfield and the second of three eventual meetings. Lubbock leads the season and all-time series 1-0-0 after a 3-0 shutout on November 11th in the only prior match-up. Simon Watson led all scorers offensively in the game with 2 points (1g,1a).

Fri. Dec. 22 8:35 pm @ New Mexico Scorpions Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: The game will be the second of eight match-ups on the season between the two teams and the second of four at the Santa Ana Star Center. New Mexico won the prior match-up this season 4-2 on November 9th for a 1-0-0 season series lead, and this match-up will be the 59th all-time meeting. Kyle Nosan had each of Lubbock's goals in the loss. Lubbock holds a 28-22-8 all-time record against the Scorps with former King Jan Melichercik leading the all-time series with 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, while New Mexico barely holds the season advantage with a 29-20-8 mark. Former Scorpion Peter Ambroziak leads the series offensively with 59 points (20g,39a).

Sat. Dec. 23 7:05 pm vs. Amarillo Gorillas Radio: KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM

Notes: It's "Christmas in the Kingdom" as the Kings close out the week with a contest against the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas in Lubbock. It is the fifth of 11 meetings on the year, the third of five in Lubbock and the 79th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 44-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-38-6 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 4-0-0 and is led by Trevor Weisgerber (4g,3a) and Kyle Nosan (2g,5a), who each have 7 points in the series. The Gorillas are led by Bill Vandermeer, who has five goals in the series. Former King Jan Melichercik (10g,34a) has 44 points against Amarillo to stand as the all-time leader in scoring against Amarillo for the Kings. Amarillo's all-time leader in scoring against Lubbock is former Gorilla Derek Hahn, who has 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points.

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