Aurizon announces new appointment

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    American Stock Exchange - Ticker Symbol - AZK
    U.S. Registration: (File No. 0-22672)

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ; AMEX:  AZK) is
pleased to announce the appointment of André Roy as Mine Manager at Casa
Berardi. Mr. Roy is a trilingual mining engineer with over 20 years of
experience in mining operations and engineering consulting firms in Canada and
Latin America. Mr. Roy earned his MBA from John Molson School of Business at
Concordia University, and his M.A.Sc., Mining Engineering, Rock Mechanics,
from Ecole Polytechnique. Most recently, Mr. Roy was the Operations Manager at
Alcoa-Hatch North-East Alliance, Baie-Comeau Aluminum Smelter and before that
led a feasibility study for a $100 million expansion project at Goldcorp's Red
Lake Mine.
    With the appointment of Mr. Roy as Mine Manager and after an appropriate
transition period, Gilles Brousseau, General Manager - Mining, who has been
instrumental in the successful development and commencement of commercial
production at Casa Berardi, will focus his attentions on evaluating
opportunities to increase the Company's gold production and reserve profile.
    "We are delighted that André has agreed to join us and look forward to
working closely with him and the other members of the Aurizon team in the
future operation and development of Casa Berardi." said David Hall, President
of Aurizon. "In addition, the extensive experience and expertise of Gilles
will be invaluable in the acquisition and development of new projects."
    It is estimated that Aurizon's 100% owned Casa Berardi Mine will produce
between 160,000 - 170,000 ounces of gold in 2008 at an average grade of 8.6
grams of gold per tonne. In addition, a total of $10.2 million will be
invested in exploration and development activities at Casa Berardi, including
$6.1 million on underground development and infrastructure, and $4.1 million
on approximately 45,000 metres of surface and underground drilling.

    About Aurizon

    Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing
its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of
the world's most prolific gold and base metal regions, and by increasing its
asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon shares trade on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol "ARZ" and on the American Stock Exchange under
the symbol "AZK". Additional information on Aurizon and its properties is
available on Aurizon's website at


    This News Release contains "forward-looking statements", including but
not limited to forecast/anticipated gold production, gold grades, cash costs
per ounce, sustaining capital expenditures and expected expenditures on
exploration, infrastructure and equipment, planned work programs and budgets
for the Company's various properties during 2008, and timing of release of the
Company's 2007 year end financial results.
    These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions that
the Company believes are reasonable, including continued parity of the US and
Canadian currency in 2008, that the current price of gold be sustained or will
improve, that current mill recovery rates at the Company's Casa Berardi mine
will continue, that the Company's current mine plan can be achieved and that
the Company will not experience any material accident, labour dispute or
failure of plant or equipment.
    However, forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve
a number of risks some of which are not within the Company's control or may
not be reasonably foreseeable and as a result there is no assurance that the
forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and
future events could differ materially from those anticipated in this news
release. Factors that could cause forecasts, plans and results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements
in this news release include but are not limited to inherent uncertainties
associated with exploration; changes in mine plan and method necessitated by
unexpected conditions encountered during mining, changes in future prices and
demand for gold; variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; failure
of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour
disputes; environmental risks and hazards, and other risks related to the
mining industry and financial markets more fully described in Aurizon's Annual
Information Form filed with the Securities Commissions of the provinces of
British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and in Aurizon's
Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC). These documents are available on Sedar at and on Edgar at

For further information:

For further information: AURIZON MINES LTD., David Hall, President and
C.E.O., Telephone: (604) 687-6600, Toll Free: 1-888-411-GOLD, Fax: (604)
687-3932; Michel Gilbert, Vice President, Telephone: (819) 874-4511, Fax:
(819) 874-3391, Web Site:, Email:; or Renmark
Financial Communications Inc., 2080 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, QC,
H3H 1R6, Barry Mire:, Jen Power:, Tel: (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717

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