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Bees Name Goaltender Lemanowicz Player/Assistant

September 13, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

Hidalgo, Texas --- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees today announced the signing of goaltender David Lemanowicz (luh-MAN-oh-vitch) for the team's 2007-08 Fifth Anniversary Season. The 31-year-old Vancouver native will also serve as the team's player/assistant coach.

"David brings a wealth of experience from playing in several leagues over the years, including the AHL and Europe," said Killer Bees Head Coach Paul Fixter. "As a player/assistant he'll lead by example with his tremendous work ethic and physical fitness level. Winning is contagious and David has had the good fortune of winning a championship."

Lemanowicz should be most familiar to Bees fans as a member of the 2006 CHL President's Cup Champion Laredo Bucks. He compiled a 4-2 record during that playoff run with one shutout, a 2.51 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the ninth round of the 1995 NHL Draft, Lemanowicz played four seasons of junior hockey for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL), where he was a teammate of current Bees assistant coach Sean Gillam.

In the 1995-96 season he won 42 games and earned the Del Wilson Trophy as the top WHL goaltender as well as a first team Western Conference All-Star nod. In the 1996 WHL Playoffs he led the Chiefs out of a 3-0 deficit and eventually to a 4-3 series victory in the first round. It is the only time in WHL history that a team has rallied after being down three games to none. Lemanowicz helped Spokane to advance all the way to the WHL Finals that season.

He turned pro in 1996-97 and has spent time in the American Hockey League, Colonial Hockey League, ECHL, Europe and the old Western Professional Hockey League. After playing for the Austin Ice Bats in the 1998-99 season, he left the pro game to attend the University of Toronto, where he majored in International Relations and minored in History. He played two years of Canadian college hockey, and then coached for two years at the school.

After being out of pro hockey for five seasons, his stint as a coach with the University of Toronto led to an assignment as a practice goalie for the for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was then spotted by former CHL coach Doug Shedden (who was coaching the Leafs' AHL affiliate) who suggested Lemanowicz contact the Memphis RiverKings (which at the time were a Toronto affiliate). That led to his return to the pro ranks in the 2004-05 season.

Following his championship run with Laredo, Lemanowicz began the 2006-07 season in Poland before returning to North America as a member of the Elmira Jackals (UHL).

The Killer Bees open their Fifth Anniversary Season at home on Friday, October 19, vs. the Corpus Christi Rayz at 7:30 p.m. The team will play a preseason game against the Rayz on Monday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to all games go on sale this Friday, September 14, at 10 a.m. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for more information.

Every weekend game will be broadcast on KURV 710 AM Talk Radio, with most weekday games on ESPN Radio 1240 AM. Every Saturday home game will be televised on XERV-9 (Cable 19). For season ticket, group ticket and sponsorship information, call 956-843-PUCK (7825).

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