RiverKings Hosting “Sports Journalists Of the Future” Night

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The Memphis RiverKings are excited to promote “Sports Journalists of the Future” Night. If you are aspiring to be a Sports Journalist this evening is for you. Friday, January 19, 2007 as the RiverKings take on the Odessa Jackalopes at 7:05pm at the DeSoto Civic Center sports journalism and journalism students will get a taste of covering professional sports.


“We feel this event will get those interested a genuine look into the field of sports journalism,” said Jim Erickson, Media Relations Director and the voice of the RiverKings. “Following the game we are thrilled to offer the students the ability to take part in a post game news conference with RiverKings players and head coach Kevin McClelland.”

Students who attend this event will also be eligible to submit a story. The winning story will be posted on the RiverKings website, and the author will receive a RiverKings award package.

Interested students should contact Nikki or Jim at 662.342.1755 to receive a special red level ticket price of $9 for this evening.

 Ken Carroll Named Starter For The 2007 CHL All-Star Game

BOSSIER CITY, LA — The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs announced recently that goaltender Ken Carroll has been named starting goaltender for the CHL Northern Conference All-Star team.  The game will be played January 17th, 2007 at CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, Louisiana.  This is the fifth time in his career that Carroll has been nominated for this honor. Carroll is unlikely to play due to recent injury.


"The timing is unfortunate that Kenny won't be able to play in the All-Star game but the nomination is still quite an honor," said Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Scott Muscutt.  "Kenny has done so much for this franchise over the years and it's great to see him recognized by the entire league."

Carroll was selected following completion of balloting by CHL Head Coaches, Communications Departments and selected media in each market. His Goals Against Average of 1.82 still leads the league while his save percentage of .942 also tops the league list.  An All-Star reserve will likely start in his place for the game on January 17th.

Joining Ken Carroll as Northern Conference starters are forwards Jeff Christian and Chris Richards (Youngstown), and Riley Nelson (Colorado).  Defensemen Mike Burgoyne (Oklahoma City) and Derek Landmesser (Memphis) will start on the Northern Conference blueline.  Southern Conference starters include forwards Brent Kelly (Arizona), Justin Quenneville (Corpus Christi) and Simon Watson (Lubbock).  Adam Rivet (Laredo) and Scott Hillman (Odessa) will start at defense.  Jeremy Symington (Rio Grande Valley) will start in goal for the Southern Conference All-Stars.

Banga Named Oakley CHL Player Of The Week

SOUTHAVEN, MS —  The Central Hockey League has announced that RiverKings center Travis Banga has been named the Oakley  CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 31, 2006.  Banga scored three goals and had five assists in three games last week.   This is the third time that he has been named the player of the week in his career, earning the distinction once in each of his first two seasons.

The High River, Alberta native had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss at Bossier-Shreveport on Tuesday, Dec. 26.  Then, in the big weekend series in  Youngstown, Banga helped the RiverKings expand their lead over the Steelhounds to seven points in the division standings.  In the first game on Friday, he clinched the game in the shootout to go with an assist earlier in the game.  On Saturday, the third year pro scored a goal and assisted on three, including Ryan Campbell’s game winner in the third period. 

For the season, Banga leads the team with 17 goals and 36 points.  He is also sixth and seventh in the CHL in those categories, respectively.  He has been exceptionally productive the last 12 games.  He has registered at least a point in 11 of those games, has eight goals and 12 assists for a total of 20 points in that span, and has a four game goal streak.

This is the second weekly award this season for the RiverKings.  Larry Sterling was the Oakley CHL Goalie of the Week for Week Two of the season.  Sterling also won the monthly goalie award for October and November.

 Wanchulak Returns, Stoddard Granted Leave

 SOUTHAVEN --- The Memphis RiverKings announced today that the team has activated forward Brad Wanchulak and that forward Darrell Stoddard has been granted leave by the Central Hockey League for personal reasons.  

Wanchulak started this season in the Dutch Elite League, but had also signed a contract with the RiverKings prior to going to Europe, allowing the RiverKings to retain his rights in the event that he returned. In 19 games with the Heerenveen Flyers, the Edson, Alberta native scored 14 goals and had 26 assists. During the summer, he played in the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) with the Adelaide Avalanche, where he led the team in scoring with 53 points (26 goals/27 assists) in 23 games.

Last season, Wanchulak played the final 14 games of the season with the RiverKings. He scored eight goals and assisted on six others in those games.   Before signing with the RiverKings, he was with Phoenix (ECHL), Pee Dee (SPHL) and Greenville (ECHL) during his rookie season.    Prior to last season, he played college hockey at Division I Notre Dame. 

Jason Basile Selected To 2007 CHL All-Star Roster

BOSSIER CITY, LA — The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League have announced that defenseman Jason Basile has been added to the 2007 Northern Conference All-Star Roster.  This is the second time in his career that he's been selected for such an honor, following selection to the All-Star game in 2005.

"Jason Basile is no stranger to this kind of honor having been before and he's very much deserving of it," said Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Scott Muscutt.  "We're pleased to see he's being recognized while playing on a defensive corp. that's been playing very well."

Basile replaces former Youngstown defenseman Paul Esdale (no longer with the organization) on the Northern Conference All-Star roster. 

J.F. Perras Named Sher-wood CHL Goaltender of the Month     

LUBBOCK, TX — The Central Hockey League announced their monthly honors Friday, and honored Lubbock Cotton Kings goaltender J.F. Perras by naming him the Sher-wood CHL Goaltender of the Month for December.

Perras, a native of Embrun, Ontario, went 4-4-1 during the month of December, but that

was due in part to the lack of offense produced and not based solely on Perras performances.  He had a 1.71 GAA during the month and a 95.2% save percentage in the month.  The Dalhousie University product’s highlight of the month was a pair of consecutive home shutouts over Laredo (Dec. 16) and Odessa (Dec. 26), who were each first place teams at the time of the contests.  His home shutout sequence lasted 168:16.  Perras, who has been invited to the Dodge 2007 CHL All-Star Game, currently ranks third in the CHL with a 2.36 GAA and a 93.2% save percentage.  He co-leads the CHL in shutouts (2) and on the offensive side, he leads all CHL goaltenders in points with 3 assists.

The award marks just the third time a Cotton Kings goaltender has received the honor.  Lance Leslie earned the honor in February of 2005 and Brett Koscielny received the honor in November of last season.  For his performance, Perras will receive a custom leather jacket from Sher-wood, the official stick, glove, pant, and protective equipment supplier of the CHL.

Oilers’ Wiggins, Medley All-Stars

Right winger Mike Wiggins and defenseman Matt Medley of the Tulsa Oilers have been selected for the Northern Conference team for the Central Hockey League All-star game to be played Wednesday January 17th at Boosier-Shreveport.

Wiggins has 19 goals and is tied for the league lead in that category with teammate David Masse. Medley has five goals and 18 assists for 23, making him eighth in scoring among CHL blueliners.

“We know Mike and Matt will be great representatives for the Oilers at the all-star game,” coach Butch Kaebel said. “We know everyone can’t make it but we certainly have some other guys like David Masse, David Beauregard and Bryan LaChapelle who are having all-star type seasons. I know any other team in the league would jump at the chance to have them, so we’re glad they’re here in Tulsa.”

The Oilers have also announced their make-up date from the postponed game with the Wichita Thunder on December 22nd, will be played Tuesday February 6th at 7:05 p.m. All tickets from the December 22nd game will be honored for that date. Tickets are available at the Carson Attraction box office located in the Tulsa Convention Center, all Drug Mart locations and by calling (918) 584-2000.


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