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Kings Add to Team Personnel... Home Opener Set... Zeiler Update

June 26, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: June 26, 2006 - The Central Hockey League's (CHL) Lubbock Cotton Kings made an addition to their team personnel with the hiring of Jake Manzelmann as the club's Strength and Conditioning Coach.

"Adding Jake to our staff is a step in the right direction," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "Pro hockey has changed dramatically over the years and we need to start emphasizing the overall physical fitness level of our team and individuals."

Manzelmann, a 27 year-old native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will occupy his duties with the Kings while also continuing as an Assistant Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at Texas Tech University. This is his first season with the Cotton Kings and he continues his second season with Texas Tech. He was with Oklahoma State University for one season prior to joining the Red Raiders Athletic Department. Manzelmann joined Oklahoma State after serving as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Boston, Massachusetts based Northeastern University, where he worked specifically with the football and the men's and women's ice hockey programs. In his role with the Kings, Manzelmann will assist the staff and team in physical fitness awareness, along with nutrition, off-ice physical training and weight loss/gain programs.

The Cotton Kings also learned that the CHL has confirmed Friday, October 20th as the opening date of league play for the 2006/2007 season, and Saturday, October 21st will serve as the Cotton Kings home opener at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The opponent has yet to be determined. The CHL and its member teams are currently constructing the remainder of the schedule and its release is expected in July. Lubbock is 4-2-1 in home openers and have won three consecutive home opening contests. Amarillo has been the Kings home opening opponent in six of the previous seven seasons.

PLAYER UPDATE: The Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL have invited 21 of their top prospects to their Rookie Summer Camp, scheduled for July 3-9 in Glendale, Arizona, and one of the invites is forward John Zeiler. He turned pro last season playing four games with the Kings at the close of the season and grabbed a pair of goals. When the Kings season concluded, Zeiler reported to the American Hockey League's (AHL) San Antonio Rampage and appeared in eight games, contributing an assist. The camp is to provide players with NHL quality coaching and instruction in both on and off-ice workout sessions. Camp focus will also consist of conditioning, strength, power and agility training basics, high speed skill development and nutrition.

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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