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Aurizon Grants Stock Options

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Aurizon Grants Stock Options16:10 EST Thursday, December 08, 2011VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2011) - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ)(NYSE Amex:AZK) - Pursuant to the Company's Incentive Stock Option Plan, incentive stock options have been granted to directors, officers, and employees for the purchase of up to 1,950,000 common shares at a price of $6.02 per share exercisable for a five year period, of which 487,500 share options vest immediately, with the balance vesting over three years from the date of grant.About AurizonAurizon 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 favourable mining jurisdictions and 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 NYSE Amex under the symbol "AZK". Additional information on Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's website at www.aurizon.com.U.S. Registration (File 001-31893)FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: George PaspalasAurizon Mines Ltd.President & CEO604-687-6600ORIan S. WaltonAurizon Mines Ltd.Executive Vice President & CFO604-687-6600ORInvestor RelationsAurizon Mines Ltd.604-687-6600 or Toll Free: 1-800-411-GOLD (4653)604-687-3932 (FAX)jennifer.north@aurizon.com / info@aurizon.comwww.aurizon.com