Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
- This article is about the current Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees NAHL franchise. For the original CHL franchise of same name, see: Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL).
|Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees|
|League||North American Hockey League|
|Home arena||State Farm Arena|
|Colors||Black, Teal, Gold|
|Owner(s)||Hidalgo Sports, LLC|
|Head coach||Joe Coombs|
|2013–2015||Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees|
|Regular season titles||None|
The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees were a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team playing in the North American Hockey League. The team was based in the Rio Grande Valley in Hidalgo, Texas, just south of McAllen, and played their home games at State Farm Arena.
The original team was a member of the Central Hockey League, a professional minor league, from 2003–2012. On June 20, 2012, multiple sources confirmed that the Killer Bees would not play in the 2012–13 season and ceased operations due to increased travel costs related to the folding of fellow Texas CHL teams in Laredo, Corpus Christi, and Austin.
After a season without a team, the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), a Tier II Junior A hockey league, relocated to Hidalgo, Texas and became the second incarnation of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Joe Coombs would be hired as the first head coach the NAHL Killer Bees.
|2013-14||South||60||35||18||7||77||0.642||150||121||1105||3 of 7 North||Div. Semifinal, 0-3 (RoadRunners)|
|2014-15||South||60||25||25||10||60||0.500||153||184||1290||6 of 8 North||Lost South Play-In, 0-2 (Wildcats)|
|7*||Gillam, SeanSean Gillam||D||2003-2006|
*Note: Number carried over from CHL franchise
- "Killer Bees hockey team suspends operations amid league woes". ValleyCentral.com. June 20, 2012.
- "Wenatchee Wild to relocate NAHL membership to Hidalgo, Texas". Junior Hockey News. May 14, 2013.