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Wings 2003 Season Takes Off This Friday

12/30/2002, 12:21pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Wings open their 2003 season this Friday, January 3 at General Motors Place in Vancouver. This will be the second ever meeting between the Ravens and the Wings. The Wings defeated the Ravens in Vancouver on December 9, 2002 by a score of 18-14. This will also be the Ravens first game of the 2003 season.

The Wings home opener will be at the First Union Center on Saturday, January 11 at 8 p.m. vs. the New York Saints. The first 10,000 fans to the game will receive a Wings schedule magnet, courtesy of Buick. This will be the
first time that Wings fans will get to see newcomer Paul Cantabene, who was acquired in a trade with Colorado in September. Cantabene, a defender, is a ten-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League.

The Wings roster has seen many changes since the end of the 2002 season. In addition to Cantabene, defender Andrew Guindon was acquired from the Ottawa Rebel. Also new to the Wings is defender Drew Carey who was acquired in a
trade with the Toronto Rock for Wings forward Kevin Finneran. The Wings will also miss the offensive production of forward Jake Bergey, who underwent surgery for a torn ACL on December 11. Bergey will sit-out for
the duration of the 2003 season.

Captains were named for the 2003 Wings season on December 21. Veteran and all-time leading point scorer Tom Marachek will wear the captains "C" this season. Serving as alternates will be forward Jeff Ratcliffe and defender
Tom Ryan.

Season tickets are still available for the final Wings regular season home games at the First Union Center by calling 215-398-WINGS or charge by phone at Ticketmaster locations throughout the Delaware Valley by calling (215)
336-2000 or (856) 338-9000 or on the web at www.ticketmaster.com. Individual tickets are $27, $23, and $18. College students and all kids under 14 are always $10. Dave and Buster's Party Packs (4 lower level tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas, and 4 Dave and Buster's Power Cards) are just $66. Deposits are also being accepted for single game playoff strips by calling 215-389-WINGS.

This Friday night's game in Vancouver will be shown tape-delay on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 4.

This week's player profile is ninth-year player Paul Cantabene. Cantabene has recorded 240 points (86G, 154A) in his ten-year NLL career. He played with the Baltimore Thunder, Pittsburgh Crossefire, and Washington Power
prior to being traded to the Wings this past September.

Cantabene is an assistant lacrosse coach for the University of Maryland men's team. He resides in Baltimore with his wife, Tracey.

The Philadelphia Wings are owned and operated by Philadelphia Wings, L.P. whose principal owners are Russ Cline and Michael French. Comcast-Spectacor serves as the marketing, promotional, advertising, and publicity arm of the Wings.

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