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June 16, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Victoria Salmon Kings News Release

Victoria, BC - The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose, are pleased to announce that they have received defenseman Taylor Christie (CHRIS-tee) from the Phoenix RoadRunners.

The acquisition completes the December 5, 2007 trade that saw the Salmon Kings send defenseman Bryan Nathe (NAY-thee) to Phoenix for future considerations.

"Taylor is a proven player in this league," General Manager and Head Coach Mark Morrison said. "He is dependable player who will compete every night. We know exactly what he will bring to our team."

The Toronto, ON native finished last season with the RoadRunners after beginning the season with the Dayton Bombers. In a combined 65 games he notched 7 goals and 23 assists for 30 points while accumulating 47 minutes in penalties.

The 25-year-old will be entering his fourth season in the ECHL. He began his professional career in Phoenix with the RoadRunners in 2005-06 before heading to both Utah and Reading for the 2006-07 season.

Christie was a sixth round selection (195th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 203 professional games and has garnered 61 points (14g-47a).

The 6-3, 210 pound Christie spent four years at Bowling Green State University prior to his professional career. While with the Falcons he participated in 121 games while providing 9 points (1g-8a) and 150 minutes in penalties.

Regular Season

Season Team Lge GP G A PTS PM

2001-02 Bowling Green State University NCAA 37 0 2 2 40

2002-03 Bowling Green State University NCAA 36 0 1 1 30

2003-04 Bowling Green State University NCAA 12 0 3 3 18

2004-05 Bowling Green State University NCAA 36 1 2 3 62

2005-06 Phoenix Roadrunners ECHL 69 3 8 11 88

2006-07 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 16 0 0 0 37

2006-07 Reading Royals ECHL 53 4 16 20 65

2007-08 Dayton Bombers ECHL 41 5 15 20 31

2007-08 Phoenix Roadrunners ECHL 24 2 8 10 16

The Salmon Kings start the season on the road in Phoenix on October 17th, and return to Victoria for the home opener on Friday, October 24th when the Stockton Thunder come to town.

Season tickets for the Salmon Kings 2008-09 season are on sale. Catch all the action by calling 250-220-7889, emailing or by visiting for more information.

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