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https://www.facebook.com/RGVKillerBees?fref=ts

 

 

 

Whether you've been a Killer Bees hockey fan for over the last 12 years or you just joined us this past season, it has been an incredible ride. Unfortunately our run of hockey has again come to an end. Sadly,today barring a last minute save will be the final day of operations of North American Hockey League Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. When hockey returns to the valley we hope that you will see fit to come out and support the players, staff and each other as you have over t...he last 12 years. To our former players, coaches and billet families, a heartfelt THANK YOU for gracing us with your extraordinary talents and continuous support. It's time to put our sticks away, cover our skates and move along to the next barn.

Thank you to the incredible staff of the State Farm Arena and the city of Hidalgo, for their hospitality and the great work and effort they've put into making this ‪#‎TheHive‬.

 

 

 

Barring a last minute save this afternoon will mark the final day of operation for the NAHL RGV Killer Bees. Thanks to one and ALL!!

 

 

Best of luck to Coach Coombs!

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rustictimber06

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees South Division Contact Information Address: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

2600 N. Hwy. 336

Hidalgo, TX 78557 Phone: 956-843-5666 Website: killerbeeshockey.com

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Tryout Information Dates Location Contact Jul 12 - 15, 2015

Main Camp Mystique Community Ice Center

Dubuque, IA

Josh Brown, Assistant Coach

Email

(956) 843-5669

Registration Info

They were going to have tryouts in Dubuque..??????

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OutdoorJoe

Sure is. Looks like the were right in the middle of the pack as far as attendance goes, drawing 1420 per game. Makes one wonder how other teams, like Janesville, who only averaged 560 per game (yet set a single season record for points) are able to stay in buisness.

 

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/attendance.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=12872

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rustictimber06

Here's More

2015-2016 TRYOUTS
2015-2016 PRE-DRAFT CAMP
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2015 MAIN CAMP

2015-2016 TRYOUTS
2015-2016 PRE-DRAFT CAMP
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2015 MAIN CAMP

*RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES MAIN CAMP JULY 12 - 15

LOCATION: Mystique Community Ice Center, 1800 Admiral Sheehy Drive

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: (563)583-4949

Host Hotel: Holiday Inn, 450 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001

Hotel phone: (563) 556-2000 Hotel Code: Killer Bees

(Hotel reservation must be made over the phone and must be made by 7/1/15)

Invite Only

Camp Fee: $300

SCAN AND EMAIL THE FOLLOWING TO rgvkillerbeescamp@gmail.com with your name and Main camp in the subject line:

1. Camp Application

2. Consent to Treat

3. Waiver of Liability

4. 2014-2015 USA Hockey Registration Receipt

International Players:

5. International Player Tryout Notice

Canadian Players;

5. USA HOCKEY/HOCKEY CANADA Tryout Notice

*** NO REFUNDS ***

 

*FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT BRAD LUTSCH AT blutsch@killerbeeshockey.com or (248) 703-4648

OR Josh Brown AT rgvkillerbeescamp@gmail.com or (956) 843-5669

 

USA Hockey Registration

2015-2016 CAMP APPLICATION (275kb)

Consent to Treat (76kb)

Waiver of Liability (135kb)

Canadian Players Tryout Form (28kb)

International Player Tryout Form (18kb)

 

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© 2015 NAHL: RGV Killer Bees

*RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES MAIN CAMP JULY 12 - 15

LOCATION: Mystique Community Ice Center, 1800 Admiral Sheehy Drive

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Phone: (563)583-4949

Host Hotel: Holiday Inn, 450 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001

Hotel phone: (563) 556-2000 Hotel Code: Killer Bees

(Hotel reservation must be made over the phone and must be made by 7/1/15)

Invite Only

Camp Fee: $300

SCAN AND EMAIL THE FOLLOWING TO rgvkillerbeescamp@gmail.com with your name and Main camp in the subject line:

1. Camp Application

2. Consent to Treat

3. Waiver of Liability

4. 2014-2015 USA Hockey Registration Receipt

International Players:

5. International Player Tryout Notice

Canadian Players;

5. USA HOCKEY/HOCKEY CANADA Tryout Notice

*** NO REFUNDS ***

 

*FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT BRAD LUTSCH AT blutsch@killerbeeshockey.com or (248) 703-4648

OR Josh Brown AT rgvkillerbeescamp@gmail.com or (956) 843-5669

 

USA Hockey Registration

2015-2016 CAMP APPLICATION (275kb)

Consent to Treat (76kb)

Waiver of Liability (135kb)

Canadian Players Tryout Form (28kb)

International Player Tryout Form (18kb)

 

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© 2015 NAHL: RGV Killer Bees
Edited by rustictimber06

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OutdoorJoe

They were going to have tryouts in Dubuque..??????

 

 

I would assume that would have been becasue Coach Coombs family still lives in Dubuque.

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Mr Ricochet

Was Rio Grande ever pro? The CHL? ...........With Wanatchee bolting to the BCHL what does the NAHL landscape look like now, especially towards the west?

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herbst20

I have been told Rio Grande is not completely folding but rather are relocating to Philly

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kwey24

Rio Grande Valley was in the Central Hockey League for a number of years. When it went to the NAHL, it probably expected Laredo to follow suit, but it never did.

 

The difference between RGV and Janesville is the side of venue. The rent at Janesville's local arena is far different than the rent for the actual all purpose arena RGV played in.

 

The problem with RGV is that it's actually one of the poorest areas in the country. Hidalgo, Edinburgh, etc. have large areas that are basically third world (these are heavily immigrant--some legal and some not--populations). Hidalgo County is also a very common place for migrant workers to stay during the winter after working in in northern climates during the summer (and even more just use PO boxes in Hidalgo to accept mail while they're actually back in Mexico). So, the population for this area seems quite large, but the potential hockey demographic isn't that big (not so small that trying minor pro hockey or NAHL hockey was stupid, but it just didn't work out).

 

This is a very interesting development in that Texas now could potentially become a location for a Single-A hockey league, whereas before the NAHL appeared to be seizing total control. There are a lot of former minor pro markets in Texas (that tried to keep up with the ECHL and failed). It might be that minor pro hockey would go over a little better than NAHL hockey. Travel in a Texas Single-A league wouldn't be much different than the NAHL (other than the trip to Wenatchee and the showcase in Blaine) and any savings there would be offset by player salaries, but if a minor pro team could average 2,000 to 2,500 in legitimate paying fans, an owner might be able to operate a Single-A team close to even (or at least not obscene losses each season).

 

This is a small blow to Corpus Christi, which loses it's closest rival (geographically). The rest of the NAHL is in northern Texas (North Richland Hills, Wichita Falls, Amarillo, and Odessa. By leading the NAHL in attendance (assuming they don't have tons of giveaways), I don't think the Rays are in trouble, but if somebody came along and picked up Laredo and RGV as minor pro markets and had some other Texas markets in its pocket, Corpus might have to listen.

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kwey24

The NAHL has had the NA3EHL for over a year. This actually ticked some people off in established leagues out East when it happened. Ask the Minnesota Junior Hockey League how things turned out when the NAHL entered their territory with a Tier III league... I believe the discussion is that this added some impetus for the USPHL to add a Midwest Division (and, boy, have they done that).

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The Original Zman

 

They were going to have tryouts in Dubuque..??????

 

 

I would assume that would have been becasue Coach Coombs family still lives in Dubuque.

 

His family does not live in Dubuque. They moved to Texas prior to last season. Best of luck to Coombsy and his family! Hopefully he finds something very soon. He will always have his extended family in Dubuque! Never know.....maybe the road will lead him back here someday!

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OutdoorJoe

Well then I Guess they no longer live in DBQ.

 

 

Efforts to save Killer Bees Hockey continue, team President Gilbert Saenz has till 4p to find a local investor. Contact him at 956-451-5416.

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hackshow22

On a related South Division note, Topeka moving to Farmer's Branch? Brahmas ownership will have to sign off because of the proximity rule, so will be interesting to see if they waive the proximity rule or not.

 

http://www.farmersbranch.info/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/05052015-357

 

Page 5 has a few specific items. Passed unanimously in Farmer's Branch City Council meeting.

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kwey24

Interesting (and nice find). Makes me wonder if Topeka could become a USHL market instead... Bobby Fallen has mentioned the possibility of an expansion team or two beyond the Indiana Ice re-entering the league.

 

All you have to do is watch NA3HL hockey to know that the U.S. can absorb some expansion at the USHL level as some guys who would have played in the NAHL play up in the USHL and Tier III guys move up to the NAHL. It can definitely gut Tier III leagues (other than probably the USPHL Premier) of higher-end talent that can actually make an impact in NCAA DIII or ACHA D1 hockey right away.

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Mr Ricochet

Wow!! Thanks for the post and welcome to FYC, Jensen..........

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minor life

All USA Hockey league and team approvals are processed by tomorrow morning. This is a mandatory thing that every league and team goes through. If they do not have a new lease, or have not finished relocation by now, they are done. Arena in Aston PA is already setting up tryout camp, local players have already been contacted in the Philly area.

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OutdoorJoe

Sounds like lots of moving parts here.

 

 

http://www.delcotimes.com/sports/20150604/report-junior-hockey-team-will-find-a-home-at-iceworks

 

 

"Local investor John Giacobbo, the chairman of the board and president of the Little Flyers youth programs, is partnering with two current owners of an NAHL franchise operating in southeastern Texas. According to Giacobbo, they won approval from the league May 28 to operate a franchise at IceWorks that would begin play for the start of the 2015-16 season."

 

"The franchise that would be moving is the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, which plays its games in Hidalgo, Texas, just a long slapshot or so north of the Mexican border."

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