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IceRays acquire Alcombrack from RiverKings

July 13, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays have traded for the rights to veteran defenseman Jeff Alcombrack from the Mississippi RiverKings in exchange for forward Nicolas Bachand, IceRays General Manager/Senior VP, Pat Dunn announced on Monday afternoon. The IceRays are expected to sign Alcombrack to a contract for the 2009-2010 season shortly. That will make him the sixth player, and third veteran, on the IceRays roster for the upcoming year. The IceRays are currently in preparation for the 2009-2010 season. Season tickets and corporate sponsorship packages are available. For more information please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK.

Alcombrack, 29, will enter his eighth professional season this year with the IceRays, all of which have been spent in the Central Hockey League. The IceRays will be his sixth stop in the CHL, having formerly spent time with Mississippi, New Mexico, Odessa, Austin, and Youngstown. Since his arrival in the CHL Alcombrack has developed into one of the elite defensemen in the league. In two of the last three seasons, he has finished in the top 10 in scoring among defensemen. Vaulting into veteran status has not slowed down the 6'0", 200 lbs. blueliner from Kincardine, Ontario. Last year with the RiverKings, Alcombrack put up a career high 14 goals and 49 points - the second highest point total in his career. The 14 goals were the fifth most by a CHL defenseman.

Overall in his career, Alcombrack has amassed 49 goals and 159 assists for 208 points in 363 games. He's also added 284 penalty minutes and has a career +51 rating. Adding to his value, Alcombrack has also emerged as a big threat on special teams. Over half of his career point total has come on the power play, notching 28 goals, 85 assists and 113 points on the power play.

IceRays Head Coach Brent Hughes, known for his defensively strong teams, made a splash with his first back line acquisition of the off-season. He said he was excited to build a new defensive corps around someone like Alcombrack.

"Today we got one of the top defensemen in the CHL," said Hughes. "(Alcombrack's) resume speaks for itself when you take a look at his stats. As a coach, this is the kind of player I felt we were missing last year. He's someone that can run a power play, be a force out there, and strengthen our team at both ends of the ice. It's an excellent addition to our roster."

Alcombrack will join Chris Richards and Chad Woollard as veterans on the IceRays roster, leaving one more vacancy for a veteran in the upcoming season. Alcombrack has a long-standing relationship with Richards and will pair up with him for the fourth time in his career. Alcombrack and Richards have previously played together in New Mexico, Austin, Youngstown and will take the ice once again as teammates this fall in Corpus Christi. Alcombrack's signing also makes him the first non-forward to sign with the IceRays for the upcoming season.

Bachand had six goals and 17 points in 62 games for the IceRays in his first season in Corpus Christi. He also had a goal and two assists in the three playoff games.

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