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Pee Dee Cyclones and Florence Civic Center Agree to Lease Extension

March 20, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Twin City Cyclones News Release

Pee Dee Cyclones principal owner Bob Kerzner today announced that the Cyclones have reached an agreement with the Florence Civic Center on a one-year lease extension. The extension means that the Cyclones will return for a second season in the Southern Professional Hockey League for the upcoming 2006/07 campaign. Terms of the new lease agreement were not announced.

"We wish to thank the Civic Center Commission and SMG for their efforts in moving things along so quickly", said Bob Kerzner. "It was important for both parties to get an agreement in place so that we can get an early jump on both season ticket and corporate sponsorship sales for next season. Last year, unfortunately, the Cyclones organization really couldn't hit the streets until late June so this gives us almost a three-month head start for the 2006/07 hockey season."

Kendall Wall of SMG said "We look forward to working with the new ownership group of Bob Kerzner & Tommy Jones. It was important for both parties to reach an agreement prior to the playoffs to provide the team with ample time to improve attendance for next season."

Pee Dee Cyclones begin SPHL Playoffs this Friday & Saturday night: Friday, March 24th vs. Knoxville Ice Bears (7:35PM @ Florence Civic Center). Playoff game #1 in the best of five series against the regular season champion Ice Bears. Knoxville won the overall season series with the Cyclones but at the Florence Civic Center the series ended 2-2-1. Knoxville won the regular season with a record of 36-14-6 while Pee Dee posted a record of 16-33-7.

Saturday, March 25th vs. Knoxville Ice Bears (7:35PM @ Florence Civic Center). Playoff game #2 in the best of five series.

Friday, March 31st: Game #3 @ Knoxville (7:30PM)
Saturday, April 1st: Game #4 @ Knoxville (7:30PM / if necessary)
Tuesday, April 4th: Game #5 @ Knoxville (7:30PM / if necessary)

Cyclones Playoff Tickets

Playoff tickets for both home games this week at the Florence Civic Center are on sale at the Florence Civic Center. Reserved seat tickets are $9.00, $10.00, and $11.50. General admission tickets are $8.00 and student tickets in the #400 level are $6.00. Season ticket holders can still purchase their tickets by calling the Cyclones @ 843-432-1234.

Cyclones Season Ticket Party & Playoffs Pep Rally

The Cyclones staff, management, and players invite all season ticket holders to our "Season Ticket Holders" party & playoffs pep rally which will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30PM-7:00PM at Ebenezer Park off of Ebenezer Road in West Florence. Call the Cyclones office @ 843-432-1234 for additional information.

Cyclones & Knoxville Team Notes:

Forward Edan Welch ended up as the Cyclones leading scorer with 37 goals-32 assists-69 points. Welch also played in all 56 regular season games (the only Cyclones player to do so). Forward Chris Murphy led the team in penalty minutes with 226 in 52 games.

Head Coach Mark Richards has served his four game SPHL suspension and will be behind the bench for Pee Dee when the playoffs get underway on Friday night. Defenseman Josh Vanderbreggen still must miss one more game in his SPHL suspension. He'll be able to return in Saturday night's second playoff game. Forward Derrell Upton has been placed on season ending injured reserve with a broken hand.

Knoxville Ice Bears goaltender Ryan Person has been suspended three games by the SPHL. He will miss the first three games of the playoffs. Knoxville may sign an emergency back-up who can only play if the Ice Bears other goaltender, James Ronayne, cannot play due to injury.

Cyclones Appearances:

Join Cyclones Head Coach Mark Richards and selected players every Tuesday night at 7:30PM at the Phoenix Bar & Grill in the Thunderbird Hotel on Highway 52 and I-95 for the Cyclones Radio Show on 100.1 FM "The Fan" as a part of the weekly "Press Box PM" radio program with host Emerson "E-Daddy" Phillips.

The Cyclones will be out and about early this week: Monday & Tuesday at the Southside Early Childhood Center

Cyclones Season Tickets Notes:

*Deposits are now being taken for 2006-07 Cyclones Season Tickets. Call the Cyclones at 843-432-1234 for additional information or stop by the Cyclones offices located on the lower level of the Florence Civic Center.

The Pee Dee Cyclones website is www.peedeecyclones.com

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