Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Marquette preparing for fall debut in NAHL

The Marquette Rangers continue their preparation for the upcoming 2006-07 season with a full slate of open tryout camps, the NAHL Player Draft, press conferences and fan events.

“We are about to have our first look at local, regional and national talent and are excited to participate in our first NAHL Draft,” said general manager David Saint-Onge.

During a teleconference based out of Frisco, Tex., Saint-Onge, Rich Tegge (director of hockey operations) and Leigh Mendelson (head coach) will get the first draft selection in each of the five rounds. A press conference will be held at the Lakeview Arena on Wednesday, May 24, at 9:00 a.m., announcing the drafted and tendered players, along with unveiling the Rangers uniforms.

“By adding the five draft selections to our tendered players, we are making significant process toward building a very good team for our inaugural season," Saint-Onge went on to say.

An open tryout camp will be held at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette, May 19-21. Additional camps in Boston, Chicago and Detroit will be held May-June where selected players will be invited to the invitational camp at Lakeview Arena July 6-9. The Rangers team roster will be created after the invitational and announced during a press conference July 11.

The Rangers continue to add to its organization, with the recent announcement of Sandy Chapman as housing coordinator, Bill Kiple as equipment manager, Dr. John Lehtinen as team doctor, Josh Drew as strength and conditioning coach and Dan Bonsall as academic advisor.

“We are currently in the process of retaining a business manager and we have an open solicitation for an assistant coach,” added Saint-Onge.

Season tickets can be reserved to ensure choice of seating, with a limited number of alcohol-served seats available. People with reserved season tickets will get to select their seats, based on the order they were reserved. Ticket reservations can be secured by visiting the Rangers website at http://www.marquetterangers.com/ and submitting the reservation form and deposit.

All tryouts and press conferences are free of charge and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to come meet the Rangers staff and observe team development.

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