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Tarantulas set to begin inaugural season

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

[TOPEKA, KS.] - The Topeka Tarantulas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) are set to begin their inaugural season when training camp opens on Monday, October 11th. In addition to the 17 players signed over the summer, seven players have been signed to tryout agreements. These players include forwards Chad Nicholson, Rick McPherson, Ryan Morton, Jean-Luc Martin, David Frawley, defenseman Brandon Upstone, and goaltender Rick Nichol.

Nicholson, a 6'0" 200 pound forward from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan played the last three seasons in the Quebec Senior Professional Hockey League (QSPHL). In those three seasons, Nicholson racked up 405 penalty minutes and had five points in 84 games played.

McPherson, a 6'4" 220 pound forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba played last season with the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and the New Market Hurricanes of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL). In 15 games played, he had seven points and four penalty minutes.

Morton, a 5'11" 185 pound forward from Springfield, Massachusetts played the last four seasons with Quinnipiac University (NCAA Division I). Morton tallied 91 points and 54 penalty minutes in 123 games played for the Bobcats.

Martin, a 6'0" 210 pound forward from Ottawa, Ontario skated the last four seasons with the University of Ottawa. In those four seasons, Martin had 59 points and 26 penalty minutes in 84 games played.

Frawley, a 6'1" 205 pound forward from Sudbury, Ontario had 30 points and 72 penalty minutes last season with the Northbay Skyhawks of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) in 29 games played.

Upstone, a 6'0" 210 pound defenseman from Calgary, Alberta played the last three seasons with Mt. Royal College. Upstone had 57 points and 189 penalty minutes in 81 games played for the Cougars.

Nichol, a 5'10" 160 pound goaltender from Calgary, Alberta played the last two seasons in the Central Hockey League (CHL) with the Memphis Riverkings and the San Angelo Saints. In two games played, Nichol was 1-0 with a 2.37 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

"I have a couple of holes to fill and I have five forwards fighting for two jobs." Head Coach Joe Coombs continued on what he expects from training camp, "These twenty four guys need to show me that they are ready to play at this level and need to compete on a daily basis. We have a couple of weeks of practice and two exhibition games during camp. We will be able to sort everything out by opening night."

The Topeka Tarantulas host the Memphis RiverKings for an exhibition game on Saturday, October 16th at 7:35 pm. Tickets are $5 for general admission seating and can only be purchased at the Kansas Expocentre Box Office. Contact the Expocentre Box Office at (785) 297-1000 or the Tarantulas office at (785) 235-9466 for more information.

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