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RIVERKINGS SIGN A DEFENSEMAN AND TRADE ONE

Memphis RiverKings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Kevin McClelland announced today that the Central Hockey League team has signed veteran defenseman Jason Lawmaster to a contract for the 2007-2008 season. The team also announced that it has traded the rights to veteran defenseman Jason Tessier to the Austin Ice Bats for the rights to center Aaron Davis and forward Marty Doyle.

Lawmaster, 29, will be entering his ninth pro season after splitting last season with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder and Kalamazoo Wings of the United Hockey League (now International Hockey League). He played the three previous seasons with the Muskegon Fury of the UHL.

“I am very excited about playing for the RiverKings organization,” Lawmaster said from his home in Muskegon, MI. “This will be the first time I have played in the South and I hope to be able to come in and help the team win a championship. I have heard nothing but good things about the RiverKings organization and the Central Hockey League.”

In 2006-2007, the Westland, MI native started the season with Bloomington Prairie, scoring three goals, four assists and collecting 59 PIM in 14 games. He was traded to Kalamazoo on December 11 and in 45 games with the Wings, he tallied eight goals, 12 assists and 95 PIM.

The 6-2, 200 pound Lawmaster is a physical defenseman who has also played some at the wing position in his career.

”I don’t consider myself a heavyweight, but I am not afraid to mix it up when I have to,” Lawmaster said. “I have bounced back and forth from defense to forward the last few years, but I prefer to play defense. I think of myself as a versatile player that can help the team however coach wants me to.”

Lawmaster has three professional championship rings on his hand as he joins the RiverKings. He won an ECHL Kelly Cup title in 2000 while with the Peoria Rivermen followed by back-to-back UHL Colonial Cups with the Muskegon Fury in 2004 and 2005. On top of that, he also won a major junior championship in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls in 1999.

His pro career totals are: 495 games played; 89 goals; 161 assists; 250 points; and 1800 PIM. Sixty one of those games came during call-ups to American Hockey League with the Kentucky Thoroughbreds, Worcester IceCats, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and St. John Flames. Lawmaster is the fourth veteran (player with 281 or more pro games played) signed by the RiverKings. The CHL limit for veterans on a team’s roster is four. Lawmaster joins Derek Landmesser, Louis Dumont and Chad Woollard as veterans for 2007-2008 .

Davis, 28, averaged over a point per game with the Ice Bats in 2006-2007 in what was his fourth season in the CHL and second with Austin. In 43 games, the Dearborn Heights, MI native was third on the club in scoring as he totaled 10 goals and 35 assists. His best season was in 2005-2206 when put up 17 goals, 38 assists and 55 points in 61 games. The six-foot-two, 210 pound Davis started his pro career in the ECHL during the 2002-2003 with the Trenton Titans and Arkansas RiverBlades. After playing two games to start the 2003-2004 campaign in Pensacola, he moved to the CHL with the Fort Worth Brahmas (03-04, 04-05), the Odessa Jackalopes (04-05) and the Ice Bats (05-06, 06-07).

Doyle, 21, started his rookie season of 2006-2007 with the Arizona Sundogs before being traded to the Ice Bats for goalie Kevin Couture after 27 games. Between the two clubs last season, the tough-minded King City, Ontario product played in 54 games, scored four goals, had seven assists and amassed 245 PIM. Prior to turning pro, Doyle played three seasons of major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

By acquiring the rights to Davis and Doyle, the RiverKings now will have the opportunity to negotiate a contract with them for the 2007-2008 season.

Tessier goes to the Ice Bats after playing one season with the RiverKings. The veteran d-man had his season trimmed to 33 games due to injury, an injury that also kept him out of the All-Star Game. When healthy, the seven-year pro scored two goals and added 22 assists in those games.

RIVERKINGS SIGNED PLAYERS Ryan Campbell LW Louis Dumont (vet) C Derek Landmesser (vet) D Jason Lawmaster (vet) D Brian Mullally D David Nimmo C

Chad Woollard (vet) F

Jason LawmasterDefenseBorn Dec 31 1978 — Westland, MI Height 6.02 — Weight 200 — Shoots R — Regular Season — —- Playoffs —-Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM————————————————————————————– 1996-97 Detroit Whalers OHL 29 3 4 7 115 5 0 1 1 12

1997-98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 17 2 5 7 86 — – — – —

1997-98 Belleville Bulls OHL 45 6 25 31 138 10 0 9 9 12 1998-99 Belleville Bulls OHL 61 6 32 38 227 21 5 13 18 34 1999-00 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 56 10 20 30 264 18 3 3 6 60 1999-00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 3 0 0 0 22 — – — – —

2000-01 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 40 9 11 20 211 10 0 8 8 15

2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 15 3 4 7 55 — – — – — 2000-01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 12 2 1 3 19 3 0 0 0 4 2001-02 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 21 5 5 10 112 — – — – — 2001-02 Saint John Flames AHL 31 1 7 8 41 — – — – — 2002-03 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 64 12 30 42 252 4 0 0 0 4 2003-04 Muskegon Fury UHL 68 7 18 25 208 11 3 2 5 8 2004-05 Muskegon Fury UHL 76 19 34 53 238 6 0 1 1 42 2005-06 Muskegon Fury UHL 50 10 17 27 224 12 3 4 7 33 2006-07 Bloomington PrairieThunde UHL 14 3 2 5 59 — – — – —

2006-07 Kalamazoo Wings UHL 45 8 12 20 95 11 2 0 2 16————————————————————————————–

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