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January 24, 2007

MIKE MASTOVICH | Munce joins Cey, Coleman in crowded Chiefs net

Like most players involved in a trade, goaltender Ryan Munce learned he was headed to Johnstown, via Toledo, when he least expected such news.

“It came as a big surprise to me. I was on the road with Manchester of the AHL in San Antonio,” said Munce, a former Reading Royals netminder who was with that team’s AHL affiliate when the deal was made. “I was told that I was going to meet with Hubie McDonough, the (Manchester Monarchs) director of operations. Then I got a call from (Manchester GM) Ron Hextall. He told me, ‘We traded you and your rights to Tampa Bay.’ It was a shocker and a fast turnaround. I had to get my things ready and didn’t have any time to process things.”

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Munce from the Los Angeles Kings – the parent team of both Manchester and Reading – for a fourth-round draft pick in 2008. The Lightning then assigned Munce to their ECHL affiliate here.

Another twist to the transaction had Munce meeting the Chiefs for a Sunday afternoon game at Toledo.

“I found out at 2 p.m. on Saturday and had a flight out of San Antonio at 4 p.m.,” Munce said. “I got in about 11 o’clock that night to Toledo and played the next afternoon.”

The Kings’ third-round draft pick in 2003 stopped 20 of 21 shots after entering the Toledo game in relief of Morgan Cey.

The Chiefs lost 3-0 at the Sports Arena.

“I was a little tired going into the game because of all the travel, but I definitely was awakened by the game and what was going on,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to go in. It was very sudden. Cey was playing well. I’m guessing it was a spark-the-team sort of thing. I was nervous in there but I settled down by the middle of the third period.”

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