Aug 7, 2011


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX- Corpus Christi IceRays General Manager Pat Dunn announced today that the team has made two separate transactions. First, the team struck a deal with the expansion Minot Minotauros which sent defenseman Ben Hughes to Minot in exchange for future considerations.  In the other transaction, the team received future considerations from the Odessa Jackalopes for center Jordan Miller.

“The IceRays would like to thank Ben and Jordan for their efforts in Corpus Christi last season,” said Dunn.  “We wish them the best in their hockey careers.”

Hughes, 20, became the first captain in Corpus Christi’s NAHL history following training camp in 2010.  He played in 32 games with the IceRays, amassing six goals and nine assists for 15 points before an injury forced him out of the lineup for the rest of the season.  The Jacksonville, FL native has spent time with the Wenatchee Wild (NAHL), Chicago Steel (USHL), and Minnesota prep school Shattuck St.-Mary’s. 

Miller, 19, was acquired midway through the season by Corpus Christi, dressing in 32 games.  He tallied seven goals and added 14 assists for 21 points.  Prior to Corpus Christi, the center from Trenton, MI played two seasons with the Alpena IceDiggers (NAHL).  In his NAHL career, Miller has played 112 games, scoring 19 goals and adding 27 assists for 46 points with 282 penalty minutes.

Corpus Christi drops the puck on the 2011-12 season at the Combat Hockey/NAHL Showcase on September 14th in Blaine, MN against the Dawson Creek Rage.  The team will also meet the Michigan Warriors, Wenatchee Wild, and Minot Minotauros at the showcase before the team opens their home schedule at the American Bank Center on September 23rd against the Odessa Jackalopes.

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