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Jacks Send Five Players to AHL Camp

September 21, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Odessa Jackalopes News Release

ODESSA, TX - The Odessa Jackalopes announced today that five of their players will be attending training camp with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bridgeport and Odessa are both affiliates of the NHL's New York Islanders.

Joel Martin, Marc-Antoine Gelinas, Pierre-Olivier Beaulieu, Brady Leisenring, and Jean Bourbeau will all be skating with the Sound Tigers over the next two weeks.

Martin is currently the reigning CHL's Most Outstanding Goaltender after a 27-6-2 mark last year with a 2.50 GAA and a .918 Save Percentage. Previously in his career Martin has appeared in four games at the AHL level.

Gelinas (JEL-ih-nuh) is a 21-year-old rookie goaltender who has spent the last four years playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Beaulieu is another newcomer to the Jackalopes who is about to enter his fifth professional season. He previously skated with current Jacks' forwards Kenny Bernard and Mike Ramsay for the Fresno Falcons of the ECHL.

Leisenring already has 30 AHL games on his resume from prior seasons. The Vermont native has spent the last three years playing overseas in Germany.

Though he spent last season with the Jackalopes, Bourbeau is currently on a two-way contract with the Sound Tigers. This will be his third straight training camp in Bridgeport.

The Jackalopes will begin their training camp on October 1st here in Odessa. Practices are scheduled for Monday, October 4th and Tuesday, October 5th at the Music City Mall Ice Rink with a 10:00 AM start time. Practices are open to the public. The team will depart on Tuesday night for Colorado where they will play a pair of exhibition games against the Eagles on October 7th and October 9th. The October 9th game will be broadcasted live on Classic Rock 102.1 FM.

Local practices will resume on October 11th, 12th, and 13th for the Jackalopes - once again at the Mall starting at 10 AM. Wednesday, October 13th will be the last day of training camp. The team will leave that night for Missouri, where they will begin the 2010-11 season.

The Odessa Jackalopes are the Central Hockey League affiliate for the NHL's New York Islanders and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team will begin its 14th season in the Permian Basin in October 2010. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.

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