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IceRays to Play Key Role in 2010 All-Star Game

June 2, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Corpus Christi IceRays News Release

LAREDO, TX- The Laredo Bucks unveiled details about the 2010 CHL All-Star Game Tuesday afternoon at a press conference inside the Laredo Entertainment Center. Mayor Raul Salinas, and City Leaders, along with many fans and media members were in attendance.

The big news of the event was the announcement of the game fomat. The Bucks will team up with Southeast Division Rivals Corpus Christi, and Rio Grande Valley to form the South Texas All-Stars, which will take on the the CHL All-Stars on January 13th, 2010. Cassidy Lange, son of owner Tim Lange, and front office staffer, Dave Gilmore represented the IceRays. They were joined by members of the Killer Bees as the announcement was made tuesday.

The Bucks altered the format a bit, as last year's game saw the host team Colorado Eagles take on the CHL All-Stars.

"We are going to put the Division rivalries aside at the All-Star Game and take the best players from the Bucks, IceRays, and Bees, and see if we can beat the rest of the league", said Bucks President/General Manager and Head Coach Terry Ruskowski. "It's something we hope that the fans will enjoy very much, seeing three big rivals playing on the same team with each other".

"The 2010 All-Star Game hosted by the Bucks will provide tremendous excitement for the fans of the entire League, which builds upon last year's format", said CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis. "The South Texas team versus the rest of the CHL is an innovative way to play the game, and we are confident it will make for a truly exciting event".

Bucks season ticket holders will receive a FREE ticket to the All-Star Game, while tickets for Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley season ticket holders will receive a FREE Pirata.

All other tickets to the game will be just $15. Call 718-BUCK (2825) to buy yours now.

The Bucks, along with the Central Hockey League, will be making other announcements about the game, such as a Title Sponsor, TV Broadcast plans, and banquet information in the coming weeks.

Laredo becomes the first CHL Franchise to host the All-Star Game twice in the same arena, as the 2005 game was held at the LEC. Oklahoma City has hosted the All-Star Game twice, but in two different venues. The Blazers held the 1999 game at the Myriad, while the 2003 game was at the Ford Center.

The 2005 All-Star Game was won by the North 14-13 in a shootout, in front of 5,500 fans at the LEC. During the 2005 All-Star festivities the Stanley Cup made it's first ever trip to Mexico, as it was taken across the border to Nuevo Laredo.

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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