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Manchester Releases Two Players

January 20, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL)
Manchester Monarchs News Release

MANCHESTER, NH - The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have released right wing Jon Rheault and center Dusty Collins from their professional tryout agreements, Monarchs Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced today.

Rheault, 22, appeared in 24 games with the Monarchs this season, recording his first professional goal against the Lowell Devils at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester's 4-3 shootout loss on October 29. He collected five points (2-3=5) and 12 penalty minutes while playing for the Monarchs. Rheault graduated from Providence College in May following four seasons and 142 games. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound native of Deering, New Hampshire, registered 56 goals and 49 assists for 105 points and 126 penalty minutes with the Friars. Rheault played with the Manchester Flames and the Junior Monarchs before going to Providence College. He joined the ECHL's Ontario Reign for the month of November and the beginning of December between his two stints with the Monarchs. While playing for Ontario, Rheault collected 14 points (5-9=14) and 29 penalty minutes in 16 games.

Collins, 23, played in 16 games with the Monarchs this season and collected four goals and two assists for six points and 15 penalty minutes. Prior to joining Manchester's squad, he appeared in 24 games with the Reign this season and recorded 14 points (6-8=14) and 34 penalty minutes, good for fifth place on the squad at the time of his signing with the Monarchs. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Gilbert, Arizona, played a majority of the 2007-08 season with the Central Hockey League's Arizona Sundogs where he collected 53 points (23-30=53) and 126 penalty minutes in 63 games. Collins was also a member of the 2008 CHL champion Sundogs. He has been held off the scoreboard in 13 AHL games over the last two seasons with the Springfield Falcons and the Rockford Icehogs. Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round (163rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Collins played in 137 games with Northern Michigan University from 2003-07 and picked up 25 points (11-14=25) and 135 penalty minutes. The center will wear No. 41 for the Monarchs.

Manchester continues their five game road trip with game two at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza with a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday, January 21. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM AM 1250 and at Watch the games live on AHL Live for just $6 per game. Log onto and click on the link to AHL Live five minutes prior to each Monarchs game to watch the game live.

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