The San Antonio Rampage announced today that the Florida Panthers, the Rampage’s National Hockey League affiliate, have signed an affiliation agreement with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League (CHL).
Rio Grande Valley will serve as the CHL developmental affiliate for the Florida Panthers and the San Antonio Rampage.
The Killer Bees enter their ninth season in the CHL and play all of their home games at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, located about 250 miles south of San Antonio. They are one of 14 teams in the CHL and compete in the Berry Conference along with three other Texas teams, including the Allen Americans, Laredo Bucks and Texas Brahmas. The team is led by former NHL center Terry Ruskowski. The Killer Bees will open their 2010-11 campaign on Oct. 21 against the Missouri Mavericks.
ABOUT THE RAMPAGE
The Rampage is one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment – the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Silver Stars (WNBA) and the Austin Toros (NBA D-League) – and plays its home games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center. The 2011-12 season marks the Rampage’s 10th anniversary season in the AHL. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams with more than 87 percent of today's NHL players being AHL graduates.
The Rampage will open the 2011-12 season on Oct. 8 when they host the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center. Season tickets for the 2011-12 Rampage 10th anniversary season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling a Rampage representative at 210.444.5554 or logging onto sarampage.com.