BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they have acquired the rights to Mathew Deschamps from the Phoenix RoadRunners in exchange for financial considerations, and that they have signed the defenseman.
The Sea Wolves are the ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
The 27 year old had nine points (2g-7a) and 82 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games and two penalty minutes in four Kelly Cup Playoff games in 2006-07 for Phoenix which acquired him on Dec. 11, 2006 in exchange for future considerations from Charlotte where he had two assists and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games.
After being forced by Hurricane Katrina to wait two seasons, Mississippi will finally be able to celebrate its “Decade in the Den” on Oct. 27 when it hosts Reading. The Sea Wolves have sold the most season tickets in team history as fans eagerly anticipate their return to the ice at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for the first time since Apr. 15, 2005. Located in Biloxi, the Sea Wolves had a Voluntary Suspension each of the last two seasons under the ECHL’s hardship provisions after the arena and the team office housed within suffered extensive damage.