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Tarantulas Sign Nail

October 5, 2004 - 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 signed forward John Nail.

Nail, a 6'1" 205 pound forward, from Bramalea, Ontario has spent the last three seasons (2001/02-2003/04) in the ECHL with the Trenton Titans and the Greenville Grrrowl. In those three seasons, Nail tallied 70 points, and 108 penalty minutes in 165 games played.

"Nail is a player we recruited out of the ECHL and is a former teammate of David St. Germain, who spoke very highly of John." Player/Assistant Coach Troy Mann continued, "John has been primarily a third line player in the ECHL. However, he does have offensive upside, as he scored 20 goals his senior year at Michigan State. We expect with an expanded role here in Topeka, John will be a very good two way player for us."

Prior to his professional career, Nail played four seasons at Michigan State University (NCAA Division I) from 1997/98-2000/01. In 168 games, Nail had 29 goals, 24 assists, 53 points, and 88 penalty minutes for the Spartans.

"In the past I have been known as a grinding defensive-forward." Nail continued on what the fans in Topeka can expect from his style of play, "I have the capability to score goals, and I am an up and down winger that likes to concentrate on both the offensive and defensive zones of the ice."

Season tickets, group tickets and mini-plans for the 2004-2005 season are now available. Contact the Tarantulas office at (785) 235-9466 for more information.

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