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Tarantulas acquire All-Star forward

January 20, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

[Topeka, KS.] - The Topeka Tarantulas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that the club has acquired all-star forward Olivier Maltais (O-live-E-A Mal-TAY) from the Tulsa Oilers in exchange for the rights to defenseman Jeff Cameron and forward Lukas Dora.

Maltais, a 5’11” 205 pound forward from St. Bruno, Quebec was third in Tulsa scoring before being traded to the Tarantulas. In 33 games, Maltais had 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points. He was a plus nine, had 10 penalty minutes, and tallied 8 power play goals.

“He [Maltais] will add a dimension to our power play.” Head Coach Joe Coombs continued, “We’ve lost a lot of one goal games this season and with his experience and success on the power play he will help us get over that hump.”

In exchange for Maltais, the Tarantulas dealt forward Lukas Dora and the rights to defenseman Jeff Cameron to the Oilers. In 20 games played for the Tarantulas, Dora had 16 points and 33 penalty minutes. Jeff Cameron was acquired from the Memphis RiverKings in exchange for Peter Robertson last week. In 33 games for Memphis, Cameron had 11 points and 28 penalty minutes.

“Maltais provides another scoring threat to our club. We have been looking for another goal scorer to besides [Mike] Lukajic and now we feel we’ve found our guy.” Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Troy Mann continued, “Maltais will take the pressure off of Lukajic and opposing teams will now have to focus on both of these players. He will add scoring to another line besides the Lukajic-Lardner-Dubois line.”

The Tarantulas return home to the Landon Arena tomorrow, January 21st against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Game time is 7:35 pm. Call the Tarantulas office at (785) 235-9466 for more information.

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