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Lubbock Signs One Hull of a Rookie, Philippe Lacasse

August 16, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Lubbock Cotton Kings News Release

LUBBOCK, TX: August 16, 2006 - The Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) inked a new addition for the 06/07 season with the signing of forward Philippe Lacasse.

"Philippe was a proven scorer in Major Juniors and he continued that trend to the college level in Canada," said Cotton Kings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Chris Dashney. "We expect him to jumpstart what was a lackluster offense and an anemic power play from last season."

Lacasse (la-kas), a native of Gatineau, Quebec, joins the Cotton Kings after closing out a college career last season in Montreal at Concordia University. He ranked fifth on the Stingers in points with 17 (9g,8a) and led the program with 5 power play goals in 23 games. Lacasse joined Concordia in 04/05, after splitting the 03/04 season in the Quebec Major Senior Hockey League (QMSHL) with Riviere Du Loup Promutuel and St. Hyacinthe Cousin, and ranked third in points for the Stingers with 32 (13g,19a) in 22 games. The 25 year-old had attended training camp with the New York Islander (NHL) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders top affiliate in the American Hockey League) in 02/03 before attending St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) and serving as a student-athlete for the X-Men. Lacasse's career college numbers accumulate to 29 goals and 37 assists for 66 points in 68 games.

The 5'11" 185-pound forward is most notable for his accomplishments in Major Juniors. He was a member of the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 98/99 - 01/02 and totaled 102 goals and 160 assists for 262 points in 207 games. In 00/01, Lacasse ranked third on Hull's roster with 85 points (29g,56a) and second in assists (56). He followed that season with a team leading 113 points (55g,58a), which ranked fourth in the QMJHL.

Lacasse's addition gives the Kings 12 players announced for the 06/07 season. He joins goaltender Brett Koscielny, defensemen Chris Barth, Stacey Bauman, Jason Beatty, Troy Neumeier and forwards Jimmy Callahan, Andrew Luciuk, Paul McBrien, Jaydyn Murray, Corey Rutt and Brian Sutherland on the 06/07 roster. With no games of professional experience, Lacasse qualifies as a developmental player (128 games or less played). Each CHL team must have at least five developmental players on their roster.

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