Killer Bees: Mind The Net

POSTED: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

(July 28, 2009)
HIDALGO, TEXAS --- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced that the team has signed goalie Andy Franck for the 2009-10 season.

The two-time CHL All Star joins the Killer Bees after playing last season with the Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL). He became a free agent when the Blazers ceased operations earlier this summer. In 32 games there, he finished with a 15-12-3 record along with a 2.68 goals against average (GAA) and a .894 save percentage. His GAA was good for fifth overall in the CHL.

He began last season with a 9-1-2 record before suffering an injury on Nov. 22 and missing seven straight games. That impressive start earned him Northern Conference starting goaltender honors at the 2009 CHL All Star game, marking the second straight season he garnered that right. Franck was also the Northern Conference starter at the 2008 CHL All Star game as a member of the Youngstown Steelhounds.

“I'm excited about coming down to the Valley,” Franck said. “Everyone I have spoken to has had nothing but good things to say about the city, the fans and the organization as a whole. It was unfortunate what happened in Oklahoma City but I'm definitely looking forward to the season and getting a fresh start in Rio Grande. I've played a few games over the past two seasons at the Dodge Arena and was always impressed with the attendance and fan support at the games. I'm thrilled to be a part of the organization and expect big things from us this year.”

The 28-year-old Lakewood, Ohio, native appeared in 41 games with the Youngstown during the 2007-08 season, posting a 26-10-4 mark, a 2.85 GAA and .906 save percentage. He earned a call-up to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and appeared in nine games, going 7-1-0 with a 2.71 GAA and .895 save percentage. After returning to Youngstown, Franck earned the Sherwood CHL Goaltender of the Month award in March 2008 after compiling a record of 8-0-1 with a 2.26 GAA and .929 save percentage.

“Andy is a key piece of our roster for the coming season,” Killer Bees Head Coach Chris Brooks said. “He has great experience and has been consistent everywhere he has played. I expect he’ll play a lot of minutes for us and be a leader on and off the ice.”

Before joining Youngstown, Franck played two seasons with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. In those two seasons, he compiled a 50-41-9 mark, 2.78 GAA and a .910 save percentage to go along with eight shutouts. He also played three seasons of college hockey at Mercyhurst College (Erie, Penn.). With the Lakers he played in 81
Games and posted a 43-26-5 record, 3.12 goals GAA, .905 save percentage and four shutouts.

The Killer Bees return to Dodge Arena ice this October for their seventh season in the CHL. Season tickets are available now by calling 956-843-PUCK (7825).

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