THE SCOOP ON SPORTS 

Shedden upbeat about team's chances.

RIVERKINGS SET TO DEFEND TITLE ON ICE The Memphis RiverKings defeated the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in game seven last season to capture the President’s Cup Trophy. And, after a summer of enjoying the President’s Cup, it’s back to the ice for the Riverkings, determined to defend their championship. Recently their majesties invited the press to attend a special media luncheon where coaches, players, and reporters reacquainted themselves. The Maddox Foundation, proud new owners of the RiverKings, shared both optimism and a video presentation on their operation. The Flyer talked with RiverKings head coach Doug Shedden: Flyer: Is there a bull’s-eye on the RiverKings as the club competes for another President’s Cup? Shedden: Well, it’s not going to be easy, but there are probably 15 other teams that would like to be in our position -- to be able to say they can defend the title. I think it’s going to make us a more hard-working team. Flyer: What’s the mindset of your team, now that the Kings are champions and the team to beat? Shedden: It’s certainly going to be a challenge, and we know there will be no nights off. And, if we take any nights off we certainly won’t be successful on those nights. Flyer: What are your thoughts on the new ownership? Shedden: Well, I’m very excited personally, and I think that the players will find that things will be run a lot differently. It’s going to be a lot more organized. It’s going to be run first class, and I think the players will benefit from the Maddox Foundation owning this team. Flyer: Talk about the preseason games -- at Indianapolis on Friday night and at home on Saturday against the Indianapolis Ice. Shedden: We’re going to give all the young kids a chance to play. These are two games just to see what these young kids have and to see if they can help us.

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