Phoenix de-register Parez

Wednesday, 7th March 2007

Manchester Phoenix have de-registered Czech forward Ales Parez due to injury concerns. The 25-year old forward sustained a shoulder injury late in the 6-5 road victory over the Basingstoke Bison on February 3rd. Since then, the player has received physiotherapy to help correct the injury, but the response has been slower than originally anticipated.

Coach Tony Hand commented, "It's disappointing that Ales has not improved to a stage where he can play again. Whilst we're in need of bodies, we'll not risk any players' health unnecessarily and so we've taken the decision to de-register him."

Phoenix have moved quickly in signing forward Anthony Battaglia who has iced this season in the East Coast Hockey League with the Columbia Inferno, and are awaiting clearance of necessary paperwork to enable him to play this week.

Phoenix are in action on Wednesday night at the Altrincham Ice Dome against the league leading Coventry Blaze. The game also doubles as the second leg of the Knockout Cup semi-final with the Blaze leading 4-1 from the first tie. Phoenix then play again on Thursday night at the Ice Dome with the Hull Stingrays the opposition. Both games are due to face-off at 7.00pm and tickets will be available on the door.

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