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March 17, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: March 17, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings, currently the hottest team in the Central Hockey League riding a four-game winning streak, made a roster addition Friday with the signing of defenseman Matt English.

English, a native of West Seneca, New York, joins the Cotton Kings after just completing a college career at SUNY-Geneseo (State University of New York at Geneseo... pronounced jin-eh-see-oh). Geneseo, a NCAA Division III program, ended this season with a 19-9-2 record and clinched the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship. English was named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team and was also a First Team All-SUNYAC defenseman with 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 30 games played. Over his college tenure, English produced 14 goals and 43 assists for 57 points in 107 games. The 5'10 180-pound defenseman played junior hockey prior to enrolling at Geneseo in the Ontario Provincial Junior "A" Hockey League (OPJHL) with the Buffalo Lightning. He compiled 14 goals and 57 assists for 71 points in 63 games over three seasons (99/00 - 01/02) with the Lightning, playing under his father (Matt). Matt English Sr. continues to coach the Buffalo OPJHL program, now known as the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.

The Kings will have the 23 year-old English in the line-up tonight, as the Cotton Kings host the Fort Worth Brahmas at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Lubbock seeks to extend their four-game winning streak, while also trying to inch closer to a playoff spot in the CHL's Southern Conference. The Kings enter tonight's game eight standing-points behind Rio Grande Valley for the final playoff spot with seven games remaining.

The Kings host Fort Worth tonight and host the Amarillo Gorillas Sunday. Individual game ticket information for this week's two home games is available by contacting the Cotton Kings office at (806) 747-7825. Additional ‘Kings info can be found online via their official site at

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