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Troy Mann retires

November 10, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Topeka Tarantulas News Release

[TOPEKA, KS.] - The Topeka Tarantulas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that Troy Mann has retired from professional hockey.

Mann, a 5'10" 185 pound forward from Campbellton, New Brunswick played eight games for the Tarantulas this season. In those games, he tallied 1 point and had 6 penalty minutes.

"Joe [Coombs] and I have discussed this situation since the summer. Although my intentions were to play this year and talk to Joe [Coombs] and Chris [Presson] about the position next year, I felt it was best for my future in coaching to do it now."

Mann will continue to be involved in the Topeka Tarantulas organization, both in the locker room, and in the front office as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations and Director of Community Relations.

The 11-year pro said regarding his future, "I think, for any team to consider me for a head coaching position, it is necessary to get away from the player role and take on new responsibilities in the front office. I enjoyed my time as a player and I will now continue my new career in the front office."

Before beginning his professional career, Mann played college hockey at the University of Toronto from 1989-1993, where earned a Bachelor of Physical Health Education.

"I would like to thank all my fans in the many cities I have played in, especially my new home in Topeka."

Troy Mann's accomplishments include:

1993-94 Vanersborgs Hockey Club (Sweden Division II)
* Ranked first in team scoring
* Ranked first in goals 1994-95 Vanersborgs Hockey Club (Sweden Division II)
* Ranked first in team scoring
* Ranked first in goals
* Ranked first in assists
* Won the regular season scoring title for the Swedish Goteland A Division II Hockey League
* Recorded eleven goals and four assists in eight playoff games

1996-97 Mississippi SeaWolves (ECHL)
* First player ever signed by Mississippi SeaWolves
* Scored franchise first goal on

10/18/96 versus Pensacola IcePilots
* Ranked second in goals
* Ranked second in team scoring
* Tied for second in assists
* One of three SeaWolves nominated for ECHL all-star game in Charlotte, North Carolina
* Tied for team lead in shorthanded goals (4)

1997-98 Mississippi SeaWolves (ECHL)
* Second in goals
* Fourth in team scoring
* Voted team offensive player of the year

1998-99 Mississippi SeaWolves (ECHL)
* Member of the 1999 East Coast League Kelly Cup Champions
* Assistant Captain (3 continuous years)
* Mississippi SeaWolves all-time leader in power play goals, third in goals, and third in total points

1999-00 Saginaw/Ohio Gears (UHL), Jackson Bandits (ECHL)
* Assistant Captain Saginaw/Ohio Gears
* Assistant Captain Jackson Bandits

2000-01 Flint Generals (UHL), Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
* Ranked third in team scoring with Flint
* Ranked first in team scoring on the road with Flint
* Ranked fourth in shooting percentages (20%) in the United Hockey League
* Fourth longest assist streak (12 games) in the United Hockey League
* Recorded 300th career point on North American soil on 3/31/01 against Kalamazoo Wings

2001-02 Missouri RiverOtters (UHL), Kalamazoo Wings (UHL)
* Assistant Captain of Missouri RiverOtters

2002-03 San Angelo Saints (CHL)
* Assistant Captain
* Ranked second in points with 64
* Lead the team with 44 assists
* Ranked twenty-sixth the CHL in scoring
* Ranked third in the CHL with 14 power play goals

2003-04 Missouri RiverOtters (UHL)
* Player/Assistant Coach

2004-05 Topeka Tarantulas (CHL)
* First player ever signed by the franchise
* Player/Assistant Coach

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