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Tarantulas ink rookie Russell

July 27, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

Topeka, Kansas, July 27, 2004 – The Topeka Tarantulas of the Central Hockey League have signed rookie center/right wing Dustin Russell, head coach Joe Coombs announced today.

This spring Russell completed his final season at St.-Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, playing in 25 games, scoring five goals and four assists for nine points as the X-Men won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship.

Russell will join former St.-Francis teammate, goalie Dwayne Bateman in the Capital City.

Two of Russell’s goals were in short-handed situations which tied him for the team lead. He also scored two game winning goals.

Prior to playing university hockey Russell played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he scored 38 goals and added 38 assists in 72 games for the Cape-Breton Screaming Eagles during his final junior campaign. The previous season Russell tallied 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points in 70 games for the Hull Olympiques.

When asked why his goal and assist totals jumped dramatically from one season to the next Russell said, “I had more opportunities with Cape-Breton. They also used me more on the power play”.

While playing for Cape-Breton, Russell was coached by current Montreal Canadiens coach and former Kansas City Blades player Claude Julien.

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