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Tarantulas place Dupaul on 45-day injured reserve

December 8, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

[TOPEKA, KS.] - The Topeka Tarantulas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that forward Cosmo Dupaul has been placed on the 45-day injured reserve retroactive to November 26th. Dupaul suffered an abdominal injury on November 26th in Memphis.

Dupaul, a 6’2” 215 pound forward from Pointe-Claire, Quebec goes onto the injured reserve with two goals, seven assists, nine points, and six penalty minutes in 16 games for the Tarantulas this season.

The Tarantulas have signed Raphael Protopapas to take the place of Dupaul on the roster. Protopapas, a 5’10” 185 pound forward from Etobicoke, Ontario played this season with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League (UHL). In five games played with those clubs, he had 0 points and two penalty minutes.

In addition to Dupaul going on the 45-day IR, the Tarantulas placed forward Garett Cameron and goaltender Dwayne Bateman on the 14-day injured reserve. Cameron is retroactive to December 1st, when he suffered a concussion against Memphis and Bateman is retroactive to December 4th, when he suffered a broken finger against Tulsa.

Cameron, a 5’9” 175 pound forward from Grandora, Saskatchewan goes on the 14-day IR with three goals, seven assists, and 10 points in 11 games played. Bateman, a 6’3” 195 pound goaltender from Mamora, Ontario goes on the 14-day IR with a 2-1 record, a 2.68 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

The Tarantulas have signed Tyson Gajda to replace Bateman on the roster. Gajda, a 6’1” 185 pound goaltender from Westfield, Massachusetts played two games this season for the Kansas City Outlaws of the United Hockey League (UHL). Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons (2000/01-2003/04) with the State University of New York-College at Oswego (SUNY-Oswego). In those seasons, he had a 50-20-6 record with a 2.64 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 79 games played.

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