IceRays Re-Sign Foward Adam Powell
The Corpus Christi IceRays have re-signed forward Adam Powell for the 2009-2010 season, IceRays General Manager/Senior VP, Pat Dunn announced on Thursday afternoon. Powell has spent his entire professional career playing for Corpus Christi, and is coming off his best offensive season. He becomes the first official player signed by the IceRays for the upcoming season. Powell has been with Corpus Christi since 2006, and his re-signing makes him the longest tenured IceRays player. 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.
Powell, 26, returns to Corpus Christi after a career-year last season. In his third professional season, the 6' 2", 235 lbs. forward sets had 25 goals, 19 assists and 44 points in 62 games. The totals were good enough for career-highs in all three categories. His 25 goals were second on the team and finished just two off pace from the IceRays lead. His 44 points landed him fourth in team scoring in the regular season. Powell, who has played his entire 187-game pro career with Corpus Christi, also maintained the toughness that has endeared him to IceRays fans. The Fairbanks, Alaska native finished the season with 162 penalty minutes - second most on last year's squad, and 16th overall in the CHL. Prior to last season, Powell spent training camp with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. Preliminary plans expect him to be back in Houston for this year's pre-season, training camp.
Powell joined the IceRays in 2006-2007, earning a spot on the roster as a rookie. His offensive production has increased in each year of his career, amassing a combined total of 51g, 42a and 93 points in 187 games. Powell is also involved heavily in off-ice activities with schools and charitable organizations which have made him a fan-favorite and Corpus Christi staple throughout his career. In each of the last two seasons he was voted the "Most Popular" IceRays player by the fans. He said he was excited to be back in South Texas for next season.
"It's good to be back for another season. It was an easy decision, the fans and the community have been good to me. I feel that we are about to make some noise and I want to be part of it".
IceRays Head Coach Brent Hughes got a close-up look at just what Powell can bring to the table in his time behind the Rays bench. Powell had six goals and ten points under Hughes after the IceRays late-season, coaching change. The IceRays bench boss said he's happy to have Powell back in the fold for next season.
"We are excited to sign Adam, he had a breakout year last year and he was part of the reason we had a successful season and we leaned on him down the stretch to get us into the playoffs. He is also a leader on and off the ice. Adam is the type of player that I can build a team around and I look forward to working with him this upcoming season".
Corpus Christi IceRays hockey returns for a brand new season in October. Don't miss a second of the fast-paced, hard-hitting action of IceRays hockey as they cool off the Coastal Bend. Season tickets and corporate sponsorship packages are available. For more information please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.ccrayz.com.
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