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Lubbock Signs Goaltender Kyle Stanton

September 13, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: September 13, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) completed a goaltender signing with the addition of goaltender Kyle Stanton to the 2006/2007 season.

"Kyle grabbed some valuable playing experience in Europe last season," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "We will be looking for him to continue his progression this upcoming season in Lubbock."

Stanton, a native of Chemainus, British Columbia, joins the Cotton Kings after spending last season in Europe. He combined for a 24-21-0 record in 45 games after splitting the season between the Turnhout Whitecaps in the Belgium Division I league and the Gileen Smoke Eaters of Holland's Division I league. His season began with Turnhout, where he posted an 8-10-0 record in 18 games with a 3.11 GAA. Stanton transferred to the higher-level Dutch league and registered a 16-11-0 record in Gileen with a 3.37 GAA and an 89.1% save percentage. The left-handed catching netminder signed his first pro contract in 04/05 with the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings and suited up for one game in a back-up role.

The 6'2" 214-pound goaltender had an extensive junior career. He primarily split his junior career between Western Hockey League (WHL) and the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Stanton split his first season of junior action (98-99) between the WHL's Kewona Rockets and the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League's (KIJHL) Sicamous Eagles. He joined the Langley Hornets (BCHL) in 99/00 and was honored as a BCHL All-Star. The 24 year-old split the 00/01 campaign with Kewona and the Prince George Cougars, where he played 50 games through the 02/03 season. He wrapped up his junior career in 02/03 with the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers and posted a 23-7-0 record. His major junior totals at the WHL level included a 23-27-8 record, a 3.41 GAA and an 89.1% save percentage in 65 games, while at the Jr. A level, he posted a 44-23-0 record with a 3.46 GAA and an 89% save percentage.

The signature of Stanton gives the Kings 15 players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Marc Bianchi, Craig Minard, Troy Neumeier and forwards Bobby Brown, Jimmy Callahan, Philippe Lacasse, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Corey Rutt and Trevor Weisgerber on the 06/07 roster. With 45 games of professional experience, Stanton 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 an interview with either Stanton or Head Coach Chris Dashney, can contact Chris Due at 806-549-4228.

BROWN UPDATE: At 4:04 AM, Monday, September 11th, Bobby and Lacy Brown welcomed a new addition to the family. Caden Robert Brown was welcomed into the world at 6.2lbs. and 19 inches. The family is healthy and doing great, and the Cotton Kings congratulate them and welcome the newest Kings fan to the Cotton Kings family.

The Cotton Kings are currently preparing for their eighth season of professional hockey in the South Plains. The season opener is set for Saturday, October 21st, as Lubbock hosts the Odessa Jackalopes at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. 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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