Puck flies to Killer Bees Rio Grande ValleyPuck flies to Killer Bees Rio Grande Valleyhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=69162013-07-02T08:55:00Z2013-07-02T00:00:00Z

HIDALGO - The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees are returning to the State Farm Arena and will begin play in the North American Hockey League 2013-14 season.

The $20 million State Farm Arena features 6,800 seats, 25 suites, and 500 club seats. The property also includes 2,200 surface parking spaces on site, a 2,000-sf lounge, a 1,000-sf bar, and a 300-sf pro shop at 2600 N. 10th St.

“As we continue to solidify and strengthen our footprint in the South, the Rio Grande Valley and communities of Hidalgo and McAllen have established themselves as those that can fully support an NAHL team,” said Mark Frankenfeld, Commissioner of the North American Hockey League.

“The puck’s going north and if people get in our way we’re going to go through them,” Coach Joe Coombs said. “These are young men, they’re not boys. They all have hair on their chest. It’s going to be a great brand that we feel can work monetarily.”

In the South Division, seven teams will compete: the Amarillo Bulls, Corpus Christi IceRays, Odessa Jackalopes, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Texas Tornado, Topeka RoadRunners and Wichita Falls Wildcats.

The NAHL is the oldest and largest junior hockey league in the United States, with 24 teams representing 13 states.

Junior hockey is 20 and under for better hockey players (they aspire to play college and/or pro) than high school and club teams.

Earlier this year, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced that the Wenatchee Wild were relocating their membership to Hidalgo.

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