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Former UHL All-Star and Rookie of the Year Luciuk Signs in Lubbock for Two

August 3, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: August 3, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) inked their first veteran for the following two seasons, as forward Andrew Luciuk signed a two-year contract with the Cotton Kings through the 07/08 season.

"Andrew exemplifies what we are trying to accomplish," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "He is a proven consistent performer and one that our fans will come to admire."

Luciuk (lucy-uk) comes to Lubbock after spending parts of each of his eight year pro career in the United Hockey League (UHL). Last season, the Barrhead, Alberta native split the season between the UHL and the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in England. He began the year with the EIHL's Sheffield Steelers and registered 11 goals and 6 assists for 17 point in 22 games before returning to the United States and suiting up for 55 games with the Fort Wayne Komets, where he produced 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points in 55 games.

The 6'1" 205-pound forward began his career splitting the 98/99 season between the Asheville Smoke (UHL) and the ECHL's Florida Everblades. The UHL awarded Luciuk the league's "Rookie of the Year" honor after tallying 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 38 games. "Lucky" spent the following four seasons (99/00 - 02/03) with the Muskegon Fury and combined for 117 goals and 162 assists for 279 points in 287 games. Highlights of his tenure in Muskegon featured the UHL Colonial Cup title in 01/02, a spot in the 01/02 UHL All Star Game and leading the Fury in scoring during the 99/00 season with 72 points (34g,38a). He also received four separate call-ups to higher levels, earning calls to the International Hockey League's (IHL) Detroit Vipers (99/00) and the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans (99/00), Manitoba Moose (01/02) and Grand Rapids Griffins (02/03). His AHL/IHL totals include a goal and an assist in five games. In 03/04, Luciuk joined the Kalamazoo Wings for a pair of season and combined for 46 goals and 66 assists for 112 points in 116 games. He received the Wings Scoring Leader award and Unsung Hero honor following the 03/04 season after leading the squad with 63 points (27g,36a) in 62 games.

Prior to turning pro, the 29 year-old Luciuk spent three seasons (95/96 - 97/98) playing Major Juniors in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Prince George Cougars. He compiled 58 goals and 80 assists for 138 points in 188 games over his junior career.

Luciuk's track record has placed him with some noteworthy statistical information. He leaves the UHL ranking 13th all-time in games played (496), 19th all-time in goals (201), 22nd all-time in points (469) and 25th in assists with 268. In his eight seasons pro, Luciuk has never missed out on post-season play. His career playoff numbers include 25 goals and 29 assists for 54 points in 64 games. Luciuk's regular season playing career has accumulated 215 goals and 275 assists for 490 points in 534 games. Of the 215 goals tallied, 61 have been on the power play and 29 have been game winning goals.

The signing of Luciuk gives the Kings eight players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Jason Beatty and forwards Jimmy Callahan, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray and Brian Sutherland on the 06/07 roster. With 534 pro games played, Luciuk surpasses the mark of 280 classifying him as a "veteran". He is the first veteran under contract for the Kings, who are allowed a maximum of four veterans on the roster.

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