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Ice Pilots Announce Protected List of Players

June 3, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Pensacola Ice Pilots News Release

PENSACOLA, FL - The Pensacola Ice Pilots have announced their protected list of players. The list included 20 players, including two goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. The protected group of players does not include NHL or AHL contracted players. The following players are on the Ice Pilots protected list (G-goaltender, D-defenseman, F-forward):

G John Daigneau

G Cam Ellsworth

D J.R. Bria

D Preston Briggs

D Adam Meyer

D Tim Songin

D Andrew Winnik

D Phil Youngclaus

F Jason Bloomingburg

F Patrick Bordeleau

F Michael Cohen

F Luke Erickson

F Bryan Esner

F Erik Fabian

F AJ Maclean

F Michael Mullen

F Brian Pouliot

F Peter Rouleau

F Mathieu Roy

F Daniel Sullivan

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and was recalled to the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League or an International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Received a 2007-08 Qualifying Offer for the current season, and DID NOT sign a Standard Players Contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the team or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2007-08 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

Teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2007-08.

Be there at the Hangar for the 2008-09 season opener as the Ice Pilots host Mississippi on Friday, October 17th at 7:05 p.m. Season Tickets are currently on sale, starting at just $468 for all 36 home games. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call (850) 432-PUCK, or visit the Ice Pilots web site at www.icepilots.com.

Began in 1988-89 with five teams playing in four states, the Premier ‘AA' Hockey League has grown into a coast-to-coast league that will have 24 teams in 16 states and British Columbia playing 864 games from Oct. 17, 2008 to Apr. 4, 2009. Nineteen of the 24 teams have played at least five years in their current city.

The third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the ECHL averaged 4,174 per game last season, marking the fourth year in row and the 16th time in the last 18 years that the league has averaged over 4,000 fans. The league has drawn over four million fans each of the last five years and 11 times in the past 12 seasons.

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