Killer Bees: Wing'n It
POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
KILLER BEES SIGN HEAVYWEIGHT CLOUTHIER TO ROSTER
(August 11, 2009)
HIDALGO, TEXAS --- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced that the team has signed rugged winger Brett Clouthier (CLOO-chee-ay) to the lineup for the 2009-10 season. Clouthier will enter his ninth pro season with RGV and has accumulated 1,496 penalty minutes (PIM) in 502 regular season pro games.
The 28-year-old Ottawa, Ontario, was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (50th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After three years of Major Junior experience with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), he played the better part of four seasons from 2001-2005 with New Jersey’s American Hockey League affiliate in Albany, New York. He appeared in 221 games for the River Rats, collecting 22 points (11-11-22) and 619 PIM.
“Brett is a veteran player who has experience at many levels that will benefit his teammates and our team,” Killer Bees Head Coach Chris Brooks commented. “He will be looked upon to add a dimension to our team that will be critical to our success. Hopefully Brett fits into Providences plans, if not we look forward to having him here.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound left wing signed with the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton, New York, for the 2005-06 season and posted 202 PIM and six points (2-4-6) in 79 games before heading to England (EIHL) for the next four seasons. Clouthier spent 2006-07 with the Sheffield Steelers and then skated with the Manchester Phoenix from 2006-09. All totaled, he played in 177 EIHL games and collected 101 points (39-62-101) and 647 PIM.
Clouthier, who is an AHL free agent, is slated to begin training camp with the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence, RI, on September 18.
“It looks like the Killer Bees will be a good squad,” Clouthier said. “Coach Brooks has the team going in the right direction. At this point in my career I want to win some championships. I’m going into the camp with Providence with no contract and if things don’t work out there RGV looks like a fantastic place to play.”
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. Season tickets are available now by calling 956-843-PUCK (7825).