Killer Bees: Camp Schedule and Roster Updates

Killer Bees: Camp Schedule and Roster Updates

POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 7:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

(September 29, 2009)
HIDALGO, TEXAS --- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced a pair of additions to the 2009 Training Camp Roster with the signings of forward Shaun Landolt and defenseman Tom Sawatske. The team also announced its 2009 Training Camp Schedule.

Landolt, 24, appeared in 67 games with the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL) last season and collected 32 points (12-20-32) and 46 PIM. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Cloverdale, British Columbia, native spent the 2007-08 season playing in Italy and has previous CHL experience with the former Youngstown Steelhounds (CHL) in 2006-07. The Toronto Maple Leafs made him their 8th-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and he played four games with their AHL affiliate in 2005-06. He spent the majority of that season, his rookie campaign, with Pensacola (CHL). Landolt played five years of major junior hockey in the WHL with Moose Jaw and Calgary.

Sawatske enters his third season as a pro and first in the CHL. He split 2007-08 between Dayton and Phoenix, both in the ECHL. Last year he appeared in 66 games divided amongst Phoenix, Cincinnati and Reading (ECHL). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Duluth, Minn., product collected 10 points (4-6-10) and 43 PIM, with two of his four goals recorded as game-winners. Prior to embarking on his pro career, the 25-year old played at Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin and with teams in the NAHL and USHL.

“Both players bring experience to the team and will challenge for positions in key roles,” Killer Bees Head Coach Chris Brooks said. I’m going to have to make tough decisions with eight defensemen coming into camp and I expect Tom to make it even tougher. Shaun can add depth up the middle for us. It’s up to each player to come into camp and prove they deserve to play here.”

Training Camp at Dodge Arena begins on Monday, October 5, at 9 a.m. On ice sessions during Week 1 of camp are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. On-ice sessions are open to the public. The entire 2009 Killer Bees Training Camp schedule is outlined below.

Mon, Oct. 5 – Practice 9-10:30 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 6 – Practice 9-10:30 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 7 – Off-ice training
Thu. Oct. 8 – Practice 9-10:30 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 9 – Practice 10 a.m., Bus 2 p.m., Game at Laredo 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 10 – Practice, noon
Sun. Oct. 11 - 10 a.m., Game vs. Corpus Christi 6:00 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 12 – Practice 9-10:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Tues. Oct. 13 – Practice 9-10:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 14 – Practice 9-10:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 15 – Practice 10 a.m., Rosters due to CHL office.

The Killer Bees return to Dodge Arena ice this October for their seventh season in the CHL. Opening night is set for Saturday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Laredo Bucks. The first 1000 kids will receive Killer Bees jerseys. The team will host a preseason game vs. the Corpus Christi IceRays on Sunday, October 11, at 6 p.m. Season tickets are available now by calling 956-843-PUCK (7825).

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