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Two Gorillas nominated for CHL year-end awards

March 10, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Amarillo Gorillas News Release

AMARILLO, TX – Two members of the Amarillo Gorillas are being rewarded for their outstanding work this season and have been nominated for 2004-2005 Central Hockey League Awards.

Forward Derek Hahn, who is currently sixth in the CHL scoring race, is a finalist for the CHL Most Valuable Player. Two years ago the Elmira Ontario, Canada native was voted as the 2002-2003 CHL Most Outstanding Rookie.

Hahn leads the team with 25 goals and 48 assists for 73 points and is a plus 9 on the ice. He has four power play goals, three game winning goals and five first goals. The former Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) product is among the leaders in the CHL in shootout percentage.

Other players up for the Most Valuable Player in the CHL are Greg Pankewicz of the Colorado Eagles, Jason Duda of the Wichita Thunder, Don Parsons of the Memphis RiverKings, Dan Wildfong of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and Chad Woollard of the Fort Worth Brahmas.

Goaltender Shawn Degagne has been another reason for the Gorillas’ success on the ice this season. The North Bay Ontario native has been selected as a finalist for the Scott Brower Most Outstanding Goaltender Award. Degagne has a record of 23-9-8 and a Goals Against Average of 2.59 and a save percentage of .916. Degagne is fourth in the Central Hockey League with 2506:14 minutes played.

There are five other goaltenders vying for the prestigious award and they include Scott Reid of the San Angelo Saints, Tyler Weiman of the Colorado Eagles, Ken Carroll of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, Derek Dolson of the Odessa Jackalopes and Lance Leslie of the Lubbock Cotton Kings.

The Central Hockey League will announce the winners for these awards plus the Most Outstanding Rookie, Top Defenseman and Coach of the Year over the course of the new few weeks.

Last season Amarillo Gorillas Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager Joe Ferras was chosen as the Rick Kozuback Award for perseverance and dedication to the game of hockey and to the Central Hockey League.

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