Here is the latest news about the falcons:


7/3/01 - MOORE SIGNS EXTENSION
FRESNO, Calif. – Blaine Moore, the West Coast Hockey League’s reigning Coach of the Year, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Fresno Falcons to continue as the team’s Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Moore signed a two-year deal prior to last season, but with this extension, he is under contract with the Falcons through the 2003-2004 campaign.

“Blaine demonstrated that he is one of the top coaches in this league last season,” said Falcons President Charles Davenport. “And he richly deserves this measure of security for himself and his family. We’re excited to have him in the fold the next several years as we continue to try to build a championship team here in Fresno.”

Last season Moore led Fresno to franchise records for wins (44) and points (94) as the club finished in second place in the Southern Division and with the third best record overall in the WCHL. He guided the Falcons to the largest single-season turnaround in league history and was named both a coach for the WCHL All-Star Team and Coach of the Year for his efforts.

“It means a lot that they have the confidence to commit to me for more than just one year,” said Moore. “Now I’ll have a chance to put a relatively long-term plan together that will hopefully get us to where we want to be as a team. I couldn’t ask for a better organization to work for than what we have here in Fresno.”

Moore began his career with the Falcons from 1997-99 as a player/assistant coach before moving behind the bench full-time at the start of the 1999-00 season. He has a career record of 71-60-13 with a winning percentage of .538.

The Falcons open up the 2001-2002 season at home on Oct. 19 against the defending Taylor Cup Champion San Diego Gulls. Season ticket packages for the upcoming campaign are now available by calling the front office at 485-PUCK (7825).


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6/29/01 - SUMMER BLAST 2001 A SUCCESS
1000 pounds of food collected; jersey auction nets nearly $10,000

FRESNO, Calif.—Falcons fans came out in full force in support of Fresno’s hungry and homeless at last night’s Fresno Falcons Summer Blast 2001. Hundreds of attendees stocked up on non-perishable food items and helped to collect more than 1000 pounds of food for the Poverello House.
In addition, the live auction of the Falcons’ 2000-2001 game-worn home jerseys raised nearly $10,000. Falcons players David Mitchell, Greg Spenrath, Ryan Lee, Mike Mathers and Christian Skoryna were on hand to display the jerseys. The highest grossing jerseys of the evening were David Mitchell’s, bringing in $800, and Brad Both’s and Adrian Smith’s, which sold for $900 each.
Attendees also enjoyed entertainment, a bounce house, roller blading with the players, prize giveaways, and of course, Freddie.


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6/28/01 - IT'S HERE!!!
Fresno Falcons Summer Blast 2001 tonight

FRESNO, Calif.—Join Falcons players Greg Spenrath, David Mitchell, Christian Skoryna and Mike Mathers tonight at Selland Arena from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the Fresno Falcons Summer Blast 2001.
Retired Falcons goaltender Jeff Ferguson will be on hand to head up a mini hockey clinic and kids can enjoy entertainment such as bounce houses, a balloon artist and mascot antics. In addition, the first 250 fans will receive a FREE Summer Blast t-shirt.
Admission to this fun-filled event is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. Additionally, the Falcons are planning a live auction for 2000-2001 game-worn home jerseys to be held at 8:30 p.m. The starting bid for all jerseys, many of which are already signed, will be $150. All food donations and a portion of the proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to the Poverello House, which has served the hungry and homeless in our community since 1973.
A Falcons souvenir merchandise table will be set up for fans who didn’t get the chance to purchase their favorite item during the season. Ticket tables will also be set up with ticket executives available to assist fans in confirming or purchasing their season tickets. It’s the perfect chance to get in on Falcons fun before the July 1 price increase!
Don’t miss out on your chance to help the community, enjoy some family entertainment and save $108 on 2001-2002 Fresno Falcons season tickets! Join us tonight at the Fresno Falcons Summer Blast 2001.


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6/22/01 - FALCONS PUT A FREEZE ON HUNGER
FRESNO, Calif.—School’s out, it’s hotter than an oven and your fingers look like prunes from one too many waterslides. But what else is there to do? Cool off with the hockey crowd at the Fresno Falcons Summer Blast 2001 next Thursday, June 28, at Selland Arena from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join your Fresno Falcons for an evening of pure fun and philanthropy. Fans are invited to come enjoy prize giveaways, clowns, bounce houses and, of course, Freddie! For our skating fans, the Selland floor will be open for roller-skating and a mini hockey clinic with Falcons players.
Admission to this fun-filled event is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. Additionally, the Falcons are planning a live auction for 2000-2001 game-worn jerseys to be held at 9:00 p.m. Starting bid for all jerseys, many of which are already signed, will be $150. All food donations and a portion of the proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to the Poverello House, which has served the hungry and homeless in our community since 1973.
A Falcons souvenir merchandise table will be set up for fans who didn’t get the chance to purchase their favorite item during the season. Ticket tables will also be set up with ticket executives available to assist fans in confirming or purchasing their season tickets. It’s the perfect chance to get in on Falcons fun before the July 1 price increase!
Don’t miss out on your chance to help the community, enjoy some family entertainment and save $108 on 2001-2002 Fresno Falcons season tickets! Mark your calendar for June 28! Join us at the Fresno Falcons Summer Blast 2001.


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6/20/01 - FALCONS AND THE MOUNTAIN CAT TEAM ONCE AGAIN
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons Professional Hockey team has reached an agreement with KAAT 103.1 FM, The Mountain Cat, to broadcast all 72 Falcons games in the upcoming 2001-2002 season. This marks the third straight year that The Mountain Cat will be the radio home of the Falcons. Brian Clark will handle the play-by-play duties for the third consecutive season.

“The Mountain Cat was a large part of the rebuilding effort we went through last season,” said Falcons General Manager John Tull. “We’re delighted to renew our relationship with them as we continue to try to improve upon our success from last year.”

“We’re extremely honored to be selected again as the flagship station for the Fresno Falcons,” said Larry Gamble, the station’s owner. “Their organization has made great strides since we first became partners and we’re looking forward to providing the ever-growing number of Falcons fans with a great broadcast product.”

In addition to being broadcast over the airwaves, the entire slate of games will also be simulcast on the internet. The link for the webcasts is available through either the Falcons official website, www.fresnofalcons.com, or that of the station, www.kaat.com.

KAAT is locally owned by the California Sierra Corporation, reaching an audience that spans from Merced to Delano. The Mountain Cat also serves as the official radio home for Yosemite High School football games and has been affiliated with such teams as the California Angels, Los Angeles Rams, and UCLA Bruins football.

The Falcons recently finished their most successful season in franchise history, setting records for both on-ice performance and attendance. Season ticket packages for the 2001-2002 West Coast Hockey League campaign are now available by calling the front office at 485-PUCK (7825).


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6/19/01 - ONE COOL SUMMER
Falcons put a freeze on hunger
FRESNO, Calif.—School’s out, it’s hotter than an oven and your fingers look like prunes from one too many waterslides. But what else is there to do? Cool off with the hockey crowd at the Fresno Falcons 2001 Summer Blast next Thursday, June 28, at Selland Arena from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join your Fresno Falcons for an evening of pure fun and philanthropy. Fans are invited to come enjoy prize giveaways, clowns, bounce houses and, of course, Freddie! For our skating fans, the Selland floor will be open for roller-skating and a mini hockey clinic with Falcons players.

Admission to this fun-filled event is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items. Additionally, the Falcons are planning a live auction for 2000-2001 game-worn home jerseys to be held at 9:00 p.m. Starting bid for all jerseys, many of which are already signed, will be $150. All food donations and a portion of the proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to the Poverello House, which has served the hungry and homeless in our community since 1973.

A Falcons souvenir merchandise table will be set up for fans who didn’t get the chance to purchase their favorite item during the season. Ticket tables will also be set up with ticket executives available to assist fans in confirming their seats or finding that perfect location for a new season ticket. It’s the perfect chance to get in on Falcons fun before the July 1st price increase!

Don’t miss out on your chance to help the community, enjoy some family entertainment and save $108 on 2001-2002 Fresno Falcons season tickets! Mark your calendar for June 28th! Join us at the Fresno Falcons 2001 Summer Blast.


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6/12/01 - MERCHANDISE DIRECTOR COMES ABOARD
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons Professional Hockey team has added Stacey Cohen to its front office staff. Cohen joins the West Coast Hockey League’s 2000-2001 Organization of the Year as its new Director of Merchandise and Promotions.

The Phoenix native is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in marketing. She most recently spent two full seasons working for the WCHL’s Phoenix Mustangs as their Communications and Public Relations Coordinator.

Her duties as Director of Merchandise and Promotions for the Falcons will include oversight of the team’s entire retail merchandise operation as well as coordination of game promotions and events.

The Falcons recently finished their most successful season in franchise history, setting records for both on-ice performance and attendance. Season ticket packages for the 2001-2002 West Coast Hockey League campaign are now available by calling the front office at 485-PUCK (7825).


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6/9/01 - FALCONS ANNOUNCE PROTECTED LIST
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons Professional Hockey team released its list of protected players for the 2001-2002 West Coast Hockey League campaign today. The club will hold exclusive WCHL negotiating rights to the following 12 players until Jan. 1, 2002: Forwards Defensemen Goaltender Brad Both Kirk DeWaele David Mitchell Brodie Coffin Kory Mullin Mike Mathers Cory Murphy Kris Porter Darren Wetherill Christian Skoryna Adrian Smith Rejean Stringer Players from the final 2001 playoff roster left unprotected are declared free agents and may pursue offers from any team across the league. The Falcons recently finished their most successful season in franchise history, setting records for both on-ice performance and attendance. Season ticket packages for the 2001-2002 West Coast Hockey League campaign are now available by calling the front office at 485-PUCK (7825)


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6/5/01 - FALCONS HEAD TO SURVIVAL CAMP
FRESNO, Calif.—The Fresno Falcons are stepping up in support of the Marjaree Mason Center as two Falcons players head to Soft Rock 98.9’s “Survival Camp” this Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7, at 8 a.m.
Soft Rock 98.9’s morning team, David Kaye and Rose Ortega, has set up camp at the corner of Blackstone and Barstow to raise money for the Marjaree Mason Center, an organization dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence and homelessness. All proceeds will be used to replace the Center’s stolen vans, which are used to pick up food and supplies.
Falcons player Greg Spenrath will stop by the camp tomorrow morning to chat with Dave and Rose, sign autographs and meet with donors. On Thursday, WCHL Rookie of the Year David Mitchell will visit the campsite in support of the Center.
In addition to visiting with fans, Mitchell will deliver an autographed Fresno Falcons jersey to be auctioned off in support of the Marjaree Mason Center. The silent auction will open at 8 a.m. Thursday morning during Mitchell’s on-air visit. Bids will be accepted at the campsite until 10 a.m. Friday morning. Dave and Rose will announce the winner on the air at the auction’s close. The winning bidder may pick up the jersey at the Survival Camp location before 11 a.m. Friday morning. After 11 a.m. the jersey will be available for pick up at the Soft Rock 98.9 studio, located at 83 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 150.


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5/21/01 - FALCONS ADD TO FRONT OFFICE STAFF
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons Professional Hockey team has added four new employees to its front office staff. The 2000-2001 West Coast Hockey League’s Organization of the Year welcomes Brian Riffel, Jim McKinnon, Amber Carrell, and Marisa Sproles to its sports marketing team.

Riffel joins the organization as a Ticket Sales Executive. The Madera native also pilots the Tile Interiors Blimp at Falcons home games and is Vice President of the Madera Aeromodelers Radio Control Society.

McKinnon, a graduate this spring with a degree in Marketing and Management from Fresno Pacific University, comes aboard as an Advertising Executive. Prior to joining the Falcons he completed an internship with General Motors and Hedrick’s Hallowell Chevrolet.

Carrell and Sproles both join the Falcons after having worked at ESPN Radio 1430. Carrell will serve as Office Manager for the organization and recently earned a degree in Accounting from Heald Business College. Sproles is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a degree in Applied Communications. She will coordinate the fulfillment of the team’s corporate sponsorship accounts as Director of Client Services and Business Development.

“We made great strides as an organization in the past year,” said General Manager John Tull. “But the addition of these quality individuals will help us continue to improve our ability to provide valuable sports marketing opportunities to the local business community.”

The Falcons recently finished their most successful season in franchise history, setting records for both on-ice performance and attendance. Season ticket packages for the 2001-2002 West Coast Hockey League campaign are now available by calling the front office at 485-PUCK (7825).


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5/16/01 - FALCONS PARTY WITH THE GRIZZLIES
FRESNO, Calif.—The Fresno Falcons are taking over Beiden Field next Wed., May 23, at 7:05 p.m. for Fresno Falcons Night with the Grizzlies.
Fans are invited to join Falcons owner Charles Davenport, General Manager John Tull, Head Coach Blaine Moore, WCHL Rookie of the Year David Mitchell and the rest of the Falcons’ staff at the game to help cheer on the Grizzlies as they take on the Sacramento River Cats. Mitchell will be recognized for his 2000-2001 season accomplishments and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch alongside Davenport.
Discount tickets for Falcons Night with the Grizzlies are now on sale at the Falcons office for only $5. For more information, call the Falcons at (559) 485-PUCK (7825) or stop by the office at 2300 Tulare Street, Suite 150 and get your tickets today!


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4/30/01 - FRIES PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT GM
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons Professional Hockey team has promoted Jim Fries to Assistant General Manager.

Fries just completed his second full season with the organization, for which he has previously served as Director of Marketing and Sales and Director of Operations. His new duties will include assisting General Manager John Tull with the day-to-day business operations of the franchise and Head Coach Blaine Moore with various hockey operations responsibilities.

“Jim has worked very hard for the Fresno Falcons these past couple of seasons,” said Tull. “Through thick and thin, he has demonstrated a commitment to making the franchise successful. His promotion is a reward for his hard work and dedication and will allow him to manage added responsibilities on both the business and hockey operations sides of the organization.”

The Falcons recently finished their most successful season in franchise history, setting records for both on-ice performance and attendance. Season ticket packages for the 2001-2002 West Coast Hockey League campaign are now available by calling the front office at 485-PUCK (7825).


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4/23/01 - WEEKLY UPDATE 4/23 - 4/29
STORIED FALCONS SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE
The most successful single season in Fresno Falcons franchise history came to a close last week with a 4-1 loss at Selland Arena to the Long Beach Ice Dogs in the fifth and deciding game of their Taylor Cup Championship Playoffs First Round series.

The two teams, which were separated by only one point after 72 games of the regular season, entered the third period of Game Five deadlocked at one before the Ice Dogs’ Carl LeBlanc tallied the game-winner 3:25 into the final frame. The visitors would later add a power play goal and an empty-net marker to earn the right to face the San Diego Gulls in the Southern Division Finals.

A SEASON TO REMEMBER

The Falcons’ first-round loss in the playoffs does not diminish the great strides the organization took both on the ice and in the front office during the 2000-2001 West Coast Hockey League campaign. The following are just a sampling of the team records set and individual league honors garnered by the club during the past year:

Team and Individual Records
Most Wins – 44
Most Points – 94
Most Home Wins – 27
Longest Winning Streak – 8
Most Games Played – Don Malko (72)
Most Goals by D-man – Cory Murphy (16)
Lowest GAA – David Mitchell (2.91)
Most Shutouts – Terry Friesen (3)
Highest Single Season Attendance – 190,832
Highest Average Game Attendance – 5,301
Most Sellouts at Selland Arena – 4

WCHL Honors
Players of the Week – Mike Mathers (2x), Christian Skoryna
Goaltenders of the Week – David Mitchell (2x), Terry Friesen (2x)
Goaltender of the Month – Terry Friesen (November)
WCHL All-Stars – Terry Friesen, Mike Mathers (Alt.), Mike McCourt, Christian Skoryna, Blaine Moore (Coach)
Longest Home Winning Streak – 11
1st Team All-WCHL – Mike McCourt
2nd Team All-WCHL – David Mitchell
Rookie of the Year – David Mitchell
Highest Save Percentage – Terry Friesen (90.6%)
Coach of the Year – Blaine Moore
WCHL Organization of the Year
Executive of the Year – John Tull
Communications Directors of the Year – Brian Clark, Jennifer Gaebe
Best Advertising Campaign – “The Cold War”



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4/18/01 - FALCONS DROP GAME FIVE
FRESNO, Cailf. – Long Beach goaltender Mike Buzak made 33 saves, including 12 in the pivotal third period as the Fresno Falcons fell to the Long Beach Ice Dogs, 4-1, Tuesday night in the fifth and final game of their first round playoff series. Long Beach wins the series three games to two and advances to meet the Southern Division Champion San Diego Gulls in the second round.

Long Beach came storming out of the gate, controlling the puck early until the Falcons’ Kris Porter found the back of the net three minutes into the match for his first goal of the playoffs, giving Fresno the early 1-0 lead. The Ice Dogs answered back four minutes later when Rene Chapdelaine poked the puck past a sprawling David Mitchell to the tie the game at 1-1.

The game remained tied at 1-1 heading into the third period when Carl LeBlanc broke the stalemate with a wrist shot 3:25 into the period to give the Ice Dogs their first lead of the hockey game. Dimitri Kirilenko gave the Ice Dogs some insurance about six minutes later as Long Beach took a 3-1 lead on the power play. They would add an empty-netter late in the game for the final margin.

The Falcons finished their record-breaking season with an overall record of 46-25-6 and a second place finish in the Southern Division after the regular season, completing the single largest turn-around in WCHL history.



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