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King for a King... Lubbock Completes Trade with Memphis

July 6, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: July 6, 2006 - The Central Hockey League's (CHL) Lubbock Cotton Kings and Memphis RiverKings completed a trade with the Cotton Kings receiving the rights of forward Paul Mcbrien in exchange for undisclosed future consideration(s). The Lubbock Cotton Kings also agreed to terms with Mcbrien and he is under contract for the 2006/2007 season.

"What I like about Paul is that he wants to be here and he is coming in with goals he has set to strive towards this season," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "This acquisition gives us a team complimentary player that is looking to improve on his point totals while continuing to play physical. Lubbock fans will enjoy the effort he puts forth on the ice and the excitement he brings."

Mcbrien comes to the Hub City after spending last season with the Memphis RiverKings. The Okotoks, Alberta native initially began the 05/06 season in training camp with the ECHL's inaugural Stockton Thunder, but was released at the conclusion of camp despite scoring a goal in exhibition play. He joined the RiverKings in November and appeared in 49 games, accumulating 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points. Mcbrien led the 'Kings with 258 penalty minutes, which ranked second among CHL rookies. He also ranked fourth among league rookies in major penalties with 18 (ranked eighth overall). His 14.3% shooting percentage was third best among league rookies. Mcbrien had a career outing against the Youngstown Steelhounds on 3/11/06 with career highs in assists (2), points (2) and penalty minutes with 43. Against Lubbock, Mcbrien appeared in a pair of games and totaled seven penalty minutes.

The 6'1" 195-pound forward turned pro in 04/05 with the Flint Generals of the United Hockey League (UHL). He appeared in 11 games with the Generals before being traded to the Kansas City Outlaws, where he appeared in five games prior to suffering an injury that shortened his season. His two-year pro totals include 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 65 games, along with 321 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the 23 year-old Mcbrien spent three seasons of junior hockey split between Major Juniors and Junior A hockey. He began with the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes in 01/02, where he appeared in 46 games. He continued the following season (02/03) with a short stint with the Hurricanes before spending 37 games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's (AJHL) Ft. McMurray Oil Barons. He ranked second on the Oil Barons squad in penalty minutes (264) and had his best offensive season with 24 points (12g,12a). Mcbrien spent his final junior season (03/04) with the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Owen Sound Attack and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's (SJHL) Humboldt Broncos. His career junior numbers included 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points and 568 penalty minutes in 115 games.

Mcbrien's addition to the Kings roster places the Kings with four players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defenseman Chris Barth and forward Jaydyn Murray on the 06/07 roster. With 65 games of professional experience, Mcbrien qualifies as a developmental player (128 games or less played). Each CHL team must have at least five developmental players on their roster. Media members seeking interviews, video or graphics of Mcbrien or interviews with Head Coach Chris Dashney, can contact Chris Due at 806-549-4228.

The Cotton Kings are currently preparing for their eighth season of professional hockey in the South Plains. The Central Hockey League has not released the schedule for the 06/07 season, but the 64-game schedule will be announced soon. The home opener is set for Saturday, October 21st against an opponent to be named later. Season ticket and corporate sponsorship information for the upcoming season is available by contacting the Cotton Kings office at (806) 747-7825. Additional 'Kings info can be found online via their official site at www.cottonkings.com.

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