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December 30, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

Denver Cutthroats Will Host Youth Hockey Clinic in Aspen: The Denver Cutthroats will host a free clinic presented by Rocky Mountain Health Plans for local Aspen Junior Hockey and other youth hockey players throughout the community on Saturday, January 4 from 1:00-3:30 PM at Lewis Ice Arena. Cutthroats Head Coach Derek Armstrong and Assistant Coach Brad Smyth will work with kids on the ice to teach everything from fundamentals to technique while physicians and guest speakers will address nutrition and safety off the ice. Rocky Mountain Health Plans medical staff will aid in providing the curriculum for the off-ice components of the clinic. The Cutthroats clinic will offer a unique learning experience for junior hockey players throughout the Aspen community.

TUESDAY'S GAME The Arizona Sundogs took the 2013-14 season series lead over the Denver Cutthroats on Saturday, December 28 with a 4-3 overtime victory at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The Sundogs will host the Cutthroats for the third and final game in the three-game series on Tuesday, December 31 in Arizona. The teams will meet a total of 11 games during the 2013-14 season, playing six of those games in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Denver and Arizona will meet next during the Cutthroats inaugural Colorado Tour in Vail, Colorado on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at Dobson Ice Arena.


Leading the League: Denver's Garett Bembridge is tied for first in the Central Hockey League in points (45), first in goals scored (24) and shots on goal (160) in 28 games. Troy Schwab is fifth in the league for points (39) and second in the league in assists with 33 in 28 games.

Power Play Production: Denver Cutthroats Garett Bembridge is first in the CHL in power play goals with 10 in 28 games. On offense, Troy Schwab leads the league in power play assists with 16 in 28 games. Amongst CHL defensemen, Denver's Steve Kaunisto is tied for second in power play assists with 10 in 28 games.

AHL Call Up: Denver Cutthroats Cam Reid and Michael Schumacher were called up to the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters on Monday, December 6. Reid posted his fourth goal in 21 games with the Denver Cutthroats on Saturday, December 7 against the St. Charles Chill. Rookie teammate Schumacher was seated second in the Central Hockey League for power play goals with six in 21 games and third in the rookie scoring leaders column with 18 points.

Reid and Schumacher join recent Cutthroats call ups Vincent Arseneau and Lee Moffie, who were called up to the Monsters on Monday, December 2. Arseneau was seated first in the Central Hockey League in penalty minutes, having tallied 71 in 19 games. Thirty of those minutes were posted on Friday, November 22 against the Brampton Beast. Fellow Fish Moffie suited up with the Cutthroats for 14 games and posted five assists and six penalty minutes during that time. He returned to the Cutthroats roster on Tuesday, December 12. Reid and Schumacher are the sixth and seventh players respectively called up to the AHL in the 2013-14 season.

Inaugural Season Recap: The Cutthroats second season kicked off on Friday, October 18 after the inaugural 2012-13 season. The team finished with 30 wins, 26 losses and 10 overtime losses for a total of 70 points. The first-year Cutthroats clinched a playoff berth but was eliminated during the opening round, best-of-seven series in five games against the Allen Americans.

2012-13 CHL Top Development Club: The Cutthroats had more players called up to the American Hockey League than any other team in league history. Nine different players from the Cutthroats roster appeared in games for the Lake Erie Monsters last season. Two of those players signed entry-level contracts with the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche midway through the 2012-13 season after spending more than half the season in the AHL.

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Derek Armstrong and Assistant Coach Brad Smyth have known each other since the age of 14. The two played hockey together as kids and also with the Amer- ican Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack. Smyth retired after over 20 years of professional hockey, including the inaugural season of the Cutthroats.

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