Thursday, June 3, 2010

Central Hockey League Off Season News & Notes

Here's a look at news & notes that have been going on from the Southwest Based Central Hockey League Teams since the season ended about a month ago.

Allen Americans

Team Clarence Sale

The team will be having their first ever tent sale on Saturday June 5th as the team will be selling some gear as much as 50% off which will be at the Allen Event Center gift shop from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Items included are season highlight DVDs, from the inaugural season, Southern Conference Champion Apparel. Plus Game used equipment like jerseys, gloves and sticks. Some Team & Game Photos will also be available for sale all day long at the Allen Event Center.

So just like the Dallas Stars Warehouse sail recently, if your looking for some great apparel for dirt cheap. Now here's you chance.

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

Goalie Ken Carroll Retires

After 9 years with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in the Central Hockey League & the old Western Professional Hockey League. The long time Mudbugs goalie has announced his retirement from pro hockey.

In addition to being one of the biggest names in team history, he was also the last player from the 2001 Presidents Cup Championship Team that was one of the top highlights in team history.

"Getting married and starting a new chapter of my life; it just feels like now is the right time," Carroll said. "I've played for ten years, and with Janae and I want to to start a family together, I'm at peace saying that i'm done."

"I want to think the Mudbugs org. and all the fans for always supporting me throughout my time here. Thinks to John Madden and Tommy & Leslie for ensuring that Mudbugs hockey is a focal point in this community. And, of course, thanks to "Musky" for bringing my here in 2001 and having the confidence in me to let me play the sport I love."

He's had a strong career in the CHL as he is the all time shutout king with 31, along with 187 career wins and is the only CHL Goalie to be picked for 6 CHL All Star Games. In addition to the awards, he was selected as the First Team Goalie in the CHL's All Decade Team that was revelled on New Years Eve last year.

He's going to be missed among the fans in Bossier-Shreveport.

Full Story from the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs website.

Odessa Jackalopes

Jackalopes re-sign Sebastien Thinel, Dave Van Drunen and Phil Plante

Odessa is looking to 2010-2011 as to restock for a possible championship run after losing in the Southern Conference Final for the 2nd straight year, last year against the Brahmas and the Americans this year. Thinel finished 2nd in scoring only behind Colorado's Kevin Ulanski who had 109 points last season during the regular season.

In 13 playoff games, he scored 14 points which included 12 assists in the postseason. His best games this past season where he had a pair of 5 point Games & a 4 point game.

Van Drunen uses his size to immediate as he had 80 penalty minutes in 2008-2009 and 104 back this past year. At 6'0" 208 LBS, he's not afraid to immediate opponent's and deliver some pain and make teams think twice before crossing his way.

Plante uses his speed and a great slap shot from the defense to be the team's top scoring defensemen where he had 45 points (15G 30A) and also finished in the top 5 in the league in that category for the entire season. One thing he needs to work on is the ability to not give up so many goals. He finished with a -1 in the +/- category as he went from a +6 to a -1 this year.

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Texas Brahmas

Texas Brahmas Annual Golf Tournament.

After a couple of playoff scheduling disputes and stormy weather delayed the tournament by a few weeks. The Texas Brahmas have announced that the team's annual golf tournament will be coming up this Sunday June 6 at the Iron House Golf Course (Located at Loop 820 in North Richland Hills).

Registration for the 1:00 PM Shot Gun Start will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 teams and a cash prize of $5,000 if anyone hits a hole-in-one at this' year's event.

To find out more, log on to You can also contact Tom Hart at 817-520-3308. All the Brahmas Staff & Players will be looking forward to seeing all their fans there.

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Tulsa Oilers

Team hosting Stanley Cup Parties

The Tulsa Oilers in corporation with River Spirit Casino have been hosting Stanley Cup Final Watching Parties as hockey fans in Oklahoma can party and enjoy the battle for the Stanley Cup. If you have missed any of the games, don't worry, they have events scheduled for every game of this year's Final.

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2010-2011 Season Tickets

In addition to the off season news and notes. Season Ticket sales for the 2010-2011 season are going on right now. Here's the team phone numbers to call and get more info.

Allen Americans: 972-912-1000

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs: 318-747-2501

Laredo Bucks: 956-718-2825

Odessa Jackalopes: 432-552-7825

RG Valley Killer Bees: 956-843-7825

Texas Brahmas: 817-336-4ICE

Tulsa Oilers: 918-632-7825

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