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Eagles Sign Goaltender

June 21, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Colorado Eagles News Release

WINDSOR, CO- The ColoradoEagles today announced the signing of goaltender Jeff Blair for the 2006-07 Central Hockey League season. Blair marks the fourth signing for Colorado this off-season.

The Kamloops, British Columbia native made 21 appearances with the Eagles in 2005-06 and earned a career-best winning percentage (.700) going 14-3-3. He also set a career high with a .925 save percentage, while posting 2.63 goals against average. From January 14 to February 18, Blair was 8-0-2 in a ten game stretch, which included a 3-0 shutout of the Corpus Christi Rayz.

On March 3 in Lubbock, the 5'10", 175-pound goaltender was injured in overtime of a 3-3 game and never returned to full strength. During the playoffs, Blair, 28 started in only two games and left the second game by re-aggravating his injury. In his two playoff starts he went 1-0, with a 2.37 GAA.

"We want to make sure we have the best goaltending in the league in 2006, and we feel by signing Jeff, he can be a big part of that," said Vice President and Head Coach Chris Stewart.

Prior to the trade from the Mudbugs, he appeared in 47 games in Bossier-Shreveport over two seasons going 29-11-7. Since his trade to the Bugs in 2003 from Odessa, he is 43-14-3 with a save percentage of over .920 and a goals against under 2.50. He turned pro in 1999 after four seasons in the Western Hockey League spending most of his time with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Jeff is entering his eighth season as a pro.

The back-to-back Governors' Cup Champion Colorado Eagles will begin their fourth season of play in October 2006. Colorado has been the winningest team in the Central Hockey League over the past three seasons compiling a 130-40-18 record, and has set the "AA" record for consecutive sellouts at 94 regular-season games and counting. For more information, call the Eagles office at (970) 686-SHOT.


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