Coyotes Prospect Assigned to Cotton Kings
LUBBOCK, TX: March 22, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings welcome a new addition to their roster today, as the San Antonio Rampage, which serves as the Phoenix Coyotes top affiliate in the American Hockey League, assigned forward John Zeiler to the Cotton Kings.
Zeiler (zy-ler) joins the Cotton Kings after closing out a four-year career this season with St. Lawrence University. He became property of the San Antonio Rampage after signing an Amateur Tryout Offer (ATO) with the Rampage on 3/18/06. The 6'0 200-pound Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania native is a fifth round 2002 NHL Entry Draft selection of the Phoenix Coyotes (7th choice, 132nd overall). A member of the 100-point club at St. Lawrence, Zeiler closed out his college tenure with 40 goals and 83 assists for 123 points in 144 games from. St. Lawrence is the alma mater of Kings Head Coach Chris Dashney, and current Kings Matt McDonald and Josh Anderson were teammates of Zeiler. The 23 year-old rookie forward received several accolades while at St. Lawrence, as he was named to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Rookie team in 2003 and earned the program's Pelletier-Stewart Rookie of the Year Award. This season, Zeiler ranked tied for second in scoring for SLU with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points while appearing in just 28 games. Prior to SLU, Zeiler played junior hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Sioux City Musketeers. He was the Musketeers Rookie of the Year in 00/01 with 8 goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 56 games, and returned the following season to help Sioux City claim the USHL title with 23 goals and 27 assists for 50 points in 60 games. Was a product of Thomas Jefferson High School and was part of three state championship teams.
The Kings newest addition will join them on the road tonight for their contest with the Wichita Thunder. The Kings have been eliminated from playoff contention, but tonight's game does have playoff implications riding on it for the Thunder. Wichita sits three standing-points ahead of Oklahoma City with the third playoff seed, as the Thunder and Oklahoma City have each qualified for the playoffs and are jockeying for playoff positioning.
Lubbock is currently on the road with games tonight in Wichita and Friday in Oklahoma City before the home finale Saturday against Odessa. Ticket information for the final home game of the 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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