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Largest College Hockey Tournament in Florida, FGCU's First, This Weekend at TECO Arena
1/13/2002

FORT MYERS, FL - The largest college hockey tournament in Florida - and Florida Gulf Coast University's first - takes place this weekend, Jan. 17 through 19, at the Compuware Gulf Coast Clash beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday at TECO Arena when FGCU takes on the University of South Florida Ice Bulls.

Six teams participating in the American Collegiate Hockey Association will compete in the nine-game event, including FGCU, USF, Florida Atlantic University, Embry-Riddle University, Tulane University (LA) and Kennesaw State University (GA).

"It is the largest college hockey tournament in Florida and the first hosted by FGCU," club hockey advisor Craig Rademacher said. "The winner of the Compuware Gulf Coast Clash will take a huge step toward qualifying for the American Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in March."

FGCU will play again at 7:45 p.m. Saturday against Tulane University in one of six preliminary games on Friday and Saturday. Medal rounds begin Sunday morning and the face-off for the tournament gold medal game is at 1:30 p.m.

A complete tournament schedule is available at http://hockey.fgcu.edu/clash.html. Game results will be displayed also at the web site.

A tournament pass for all nine games is only $10 and can be purchased at the gate. Single game tickets are $5 each. Season ticket holders get in free. All seating is general admission.

The FGCU hockey club was established in spring 2002 with 13 players, several supporting members and three coaches, including head coach Don Awrey, a former National Hockey League defenseman and three-time Stanley Cup Champion. Bob Brinkworth and Mike Shields are assistant coaches.

The club supports competitive college hockey at FGCU and is an affiliate of College Hockey South, the ACHA and USA Hockey. The FGCU hockey club is an officially recognized student organization.

For more information, contact Rademacher at (239) 590-7085 or windcrestcraig@netscape.net mailto:windcrestcraig@netscape.net, or visit the club web site at http://hockey.fgcu.edu.

More information on national organizations is available at the following web sites.

     College Hockey South: http://www.uga.edu/hockey/chs/CHS.html

     American Collegiate Hockey Association: http://www.achahockey.org/

     USA Hockey: http://www.usahockey.com


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