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CONBOY, ANGELIDIS AND KELMAN AGREE TO TERMS WITH CAROLINA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Prospects add depth to Hurricanes system


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 21, 2006

RALEIGH, NC –
Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Tim Conboy, left wing Mike Angelidis and center Scott Kelman. Conboy agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $500,000 at the NHL level and $95,000 at the AHL level. Angelidis agreed to a three-year entry-level contract that will pay him $450,000 at the NHL level in 2006-07 and $475,000 at the NHL level in 2007-08 and 2008-09. At the AHL level, it will pay him $40,000 in 2006-07, $45,000 in 2007-08 and $50,000 in 2008-09. He also receives a $30,000 signing bonus. Kelman agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $450,000 at the NHL level and $40,000 at the American Hockey League level.

“Tim brings size and toughness to our depth on the back end,” Karmanos said. “For a big man he is a very good skater. Mike had a very strong year as an over-age player in the OHL. He has good size, grit and character. Scott is a former first-round pick and adds depth to our organization down the middle.”

Conboy, 24, completed his second full professional season with the Cleveland Barons, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, in 2005-06. He totaled six goals and 14 assists (20 points) in 78 games for Cleveland, ranking third among Barons in penalty minutes (124). The Farmington, MN, native has totaled 35 points (10g, 25a) and 258 penalty minutes in 139 career regular season games in the AHL. He made his professional debut during the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs, tallying three assists in three postseason contests for Cleveland. Conboy (6’2’’, 225 lbs.) was San Jose’s sixth choice, 217th overall, in the seventh round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to turning professional, he spent two seasons at St. Cloud State University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), notching eight goals and 17 assists (25 points) and 130 penalty minutes in 64 career college hockey games.

Angelidis, 21, completed his fourth season with Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2005-06 and ranked third in the OHL in goal-scoring with 53 goals. Angelidis, who will sign with Carolina as an undrafted free agent, ranked third on Owen Sound in points (78), first in goals (53) and second in penalty minutes (167). The Woodbridge, Ont., native ranked second on the Attack in playoff scoring with 14 points (5g, 9a) in 11 games. Angelidis (6’1’’, 215 lbs.) was named 2005-06 OHL First-Team All Star and received the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the 2005-06 OHL Humanitarian of the Year. He was also voted Most Improved Player in the 2005-06 OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll, and finished second in that poll’s voting for Most Underrated Player and Most Dangerous Player in the Goal Area. At the Owen Sound end-of-season awards, he won the Red Leckie Award (player who made the largest contribution to the Owen Sound Attack organization), the Howard Hindman Award (player who made the largest contribution to the community) and the Dave McComb Memorial Award (player best demonstrating leadership and perseverance).

Kelman, 25, split last season between the AHL and the ECHL. The Winnipeg native scored six goals and registered nine assists (15 points) in 24 AHL games with Manitoba, Hershey and Lowell in 2005-06, notching 13 points (6g, 7a) in his 19 games with Carolina’s prospects in Lowell. Kelman earned 47 points (14g, 33a) and 104 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games with Gwinnett of the ECHL, and played with Fresno of the ECHL during the Kelly Cup Playoffs, totaling six points (1g, 5a) and 28 penalty minutes in 13 postseason contests. Phoenix’s first-round draft pick (15th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Kelman has registered 22 points (8g, 14a) and 90 penalty minutes in 66 career AHL games with San Antonio, Manitoba, Hershey and Lowell. Prior to turning professional, Kellman (6’3’’, 215 lbs.) collected 287 points (99g, 188a) in 337 career games in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 2006-07 regular season on Oct. 4 at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres. For information regarding Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.
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