Aurizon Mines Appoints New President and CEO

Aurizon Mines (ARZ.TSX, AMEX: AZK) announced that effective today, George N. Paspalas has joined the Company as its new President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.  In addition, the Canadian-based gold producer confirmed that Mr. David Hall, who has retired from his positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, will continue to serve as Aurizon’s Chairman of the Board.

Highlights:

* Mr. Paspalas’ career includes 14 years in senior management positions, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer at Silver Standard Resources (SSRI).

* He previously held senior management positions with Placer Dome Inc., including Executive Vice-President and Senior Vice President Projects – Technical Development and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Placer Dome Africa.

* Mr. Hall has been with Aurizon Mines since its inception in 1988, and has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 1991.

David Hall, Chairman:

“We are delighted to welcome George to the Aurizon team.  His strong leadership skills, combined with a successful track record of value creation and team building will contribute greatly in building the Company’s growth profile, establishing new opportunities and capitalizing on other strategic initiatives.”