The Fresno Falcons officially begin their quest for the West Coast Hockey League's Championship-The Taylor-Cup- with the opening of training camp Sunday, October 3rd. Hoping to build on last year's second place finish in the Southern Division and run to the semi-finals in the Taylor Cup playoffs, the Falcons will begin their fifth campaign in the WCHL with a strong corps of returning players under rookie head coach Blaine Moore.

The team's top two scorers from 1998-99, Christian Skoryna and Glen Gulutzan, return along with veterans Jeff Ferguson, Greg Spenrath, and Mark Franks. The Falcons also have nine newcomers under contract with several more expecting to sign before camp opens. Moore looks to have around 27 players in training camp vying for the 21 roster spots.







The Falcons will hold Media Day on Monday, October 4th at 1 p.m. immediately after the teams on-ice session at the Icoplex hockey facility. General Manager, Brian Viselli., Coach Moore, and all the players will be available to offer their insights and answer any questions about the upcoming 1999-2000 season. Please R.S.V.P. to Brian Clark at 650-4000 by September 30. In addition, all training camp practices - October 3-7 and continuing October 11-13 will be open to the public beginning at 10:00a.m. each day at Iceoplex, which is located at 2473 N. Marks.

Fresno opens the season with apair of exibition games against Southern Division rivals San Diego and Bakersfield on October 8th and 9th, respectively at Bakersfield Centennial Garden. The regular season begins on October 15th in Anchorage. The Falcons host their first of seven Games of the Month against Colorado on October 29th in their home opener. Each Game of the Month will highlight a different promotional give-away for the fans. Opening night will feature official magnet schedules of the 1999-2000 season.







The Fresno Falcons have announced that the February 20th home game against Idaho has been cancelled and moved to 2:00p.m. on Sunday February 6th at Selland Arena. The change was made to accommodate the Fresno St. Bulldogs Men's Basketball Team and their opportunity to appear in a nationally televised game.

As with all Sunday Falcons home games, the game against Idaho on the 6th of February begins at 2:00 p.m. and will be a "Little Fergie" Kids Day, so named after Falcons veteran goaltender, Jeff Ferguson. The first 1,000 "Little Fergies" through the turnstiles at Selland Arena that day will receive a Falcons Frisbee. Other "Little Fergie" days include:

Sunday, November 20th vs. Anchorage - 1st 1,00 "Little Fergies" receive goalie masks

Sunday, December 5th vs. Tacoma - 1st 1,000 "Little Fergies" receive digital watches

Sunday, December 19th vs. Bakersfield - 1st 1,000 "Little Fergies" receive yo-yo's

Sunday, January 9th vs. San Diego - 1st 1,000 "Little Fergies" receive a millenium prize

Sunday, March 5th vs. Phoenix - 1st 1,000 "Little Fergies" receive sunglasses





KFIG 1430 AM The New Home of the FALCONS

The Fresno Falcons officially announced that their new radio home for the 1999-2000 season will be the Big Dawg - KFIG 1430 AM. The basic parameters of the partnership have been in place for close to a month with the West Coast Hockey League team and Fresno's All Sports Radio leader working out scheduling specifics during the intervening weeks.

For the first time in their history, the Falcons and play-by-play voice Brian Clark will broadcast both home and away games, a total of 72 throughout the season. In addition, KFIG's Jack Gross will host a weekly Falcons radio show with Clark, featuring interviews with Falcons players and coaches, plays of the week, and a wrap-up of the weeks action as Freno begins its march toward the Taylor Cup. The weekly show will air every Thursday afternoon beginning October 21 on KFIG from about 4:05 to 4:30 p.m. preceding Sportsline with Tony D'addato.

"This is a terrific fit for us," said Falcons GM, Brian Viselli. "With KFIG's strong signal carrying us to every part of the Valley, we'll be able to reach more fans than we ever have in the past."