Killer Bees to Return To Hidalgo In New Junior League
(CBS 4 Sports) - The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees were once the lead dog in the RGV sports landscape. With the eventual folding of the Central Hockey League and a less than enthusiastic transition into the world of junior hockey, the Bees left Hidalgo in 2015.
On Wednesday at State Farm Arena the team was re-born to the media and fans in attendance at a morning press conference. Rick Kozuback, someone instrumental with the original Western Professional Hockey League and someone who helped facilitate the process that brought the original Bees and State Farm Arena to the Valley back in the early 2000's was on hand to introduce a new league called the USACHL.
The league, a tier-one junior league will initially operate with six teams in mostly Texas markets and play a 60 game inaugural season starting in October. The league also announced the return of hockey to Laredo Wednesday afternoon as the second franchise of the new league. The league office for the USACHL will be based in McAllen.
The league also will host a "Showcase" similar to that of the NBA G-League Showcase, where all teams in the league will play several games on one site for NHL and other professional scouts.
Bill Davidson, a former professional hockey player and executive with a variety of clubs in the US and Canada, will be the part owner of the Rio Grande Valley franchise. However, it is likely he is part of a larger central ownership structure.
Former Killer Bees and Bucks head coach Terry Ruskowski was not on hand at the event, but told CBS 4 Wednesday evening he has had conversations with Kozuback and that there have been some brief discussions about him joining the league in some capacity. He added that nothing is finalized or complete, but he plans on speaking with league officials in April to further discuss those possibilities