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IceRays Re-Sign Pair Of Former Defensemen

December 8, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

The Corpus Christi IceRays have re-signed defensemen Jeremy Leroux and Matt Smyth, IceRays General Manager/Senior VP, Pat Dunn announced on Tuesday. The additions come at a pivotal time for the IceRays who placed defenseman Tyler Sheldrake on the injured reserve list, joining fellow defensemen Jeff Alcombrack and Steve Later. Both Leroux and Smyth were part of the Corpus Christi roster in the 2008-09 season and will rejoin the club in time for Tuesday's game in Laredo. For more information please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK.

Leroux, 27, appeared in 63 games for the IceRays last season and had eight goals to lead all Corpus Christi defensemen. His 18 points also ranked second among IceRays blue liners. In the off-season Leroux's rights were traded to Wichita in exchange for Jason Tessier, but he was never signed, and later became a free agent. He has not played professionally this season after spending training camp with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. Leroux will take the ice with the Rays for his third pro season and second in Corpus Christi. As a rookie he appeared in 67 games for the Port Huron Icehawks of the IHL. Prior to turning pro, the Lunenberg, Ontario native played collegiate hockey at American International College where he was teammates with IceRays leading goal scorer Jereme Tendler. In 110 professional regular season games, Leroux has 40 points (16g, 24a) and 59 PIM.

Smyth, 24, played in 74 games for the IceRays from 2007-2009 and the defensive-minded blue liner totaled 12 points (4g, 8a) and 154 PIM. His arrival in Corpus Christi makes this the third consecutive season where he's suited up for the IceRays. He was first acquired by Corpus Christi in December of 2007 from the Youngstown Steelhounds via the Tulsa Oilers as part of the multi-team Jason Baird trade. He remained with Corpus Christi until February of 2009 when he was sent back to the Oilers for Jereme Tendler. After closing last season with Tulsa, the 6'2", 200 lbs. Smyth started this year with the Mississippi RiverKings where he played eight games before departing to the SPHL's Louisiana IceGators. While with Louisiana, Smyth has seven points (1g, 6a) in eight games. Smyth has played in 178 career games - 111 of which have been spent in the CHL. In addition to Corpus Christi, Tulsa, and Mississippi, Smyth also had a brief stint with the Wichita Thunder. He spent his rookie season (2005-2006) with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the ECHL.

The IceRays hit the road this week with a Tuesday night trip to Laredo, and a Friday visit to Rio Grande Valley, before returning home to host the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at 7:05pm at the American Bank Center. Tickets are currently available. For more information, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at www.goicerays.com.

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