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Killer Bees Acquire Olauson; Home Opening Date Set

June 21, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

Hidalgo, Texas --- The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced that the team has acquired the rights of forward Emery Olauson (oh-LAW-son) from the Lubbock Cotton Kings in exchange for forward Trevor Weisgerber.

"Trevor was weighing his options, whether that's playing in Europe or playing in other leagues," said Killer Bees coach Tony Martino. "He wanted to wait before making a decision. Olauson was very interested in coming here, and he's a heck of a player with good speed, so I made the deal. We need a goal scorer, and I think he'll be a legitimate threat."

Olauson played the last two seasons in Lubbock and finished last season second in scoring with 46 points (26-20-46). The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Canmore, Alberta, was tied for the team-lead in goals and was second in power play tallies with 11. He is entering his third pro season.

Prior to turning pro, he was a student-athlete at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he competed for the St. Thomas Tommies for a pair of seasons (2002-03, 2003-04), combining for 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 54 games.

Olauson spent the beginning of his junior career playing "Jr. A" hockey in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), where he was an All-Star. He split his SJHL career with the Weyburn Red Wings and the Estevan Bruins and combined for 56 goals and 55 assists for 111 points in 96 games. In 00/01, he began the season in the United States Hockey League with the Topeka Scarecrows and made a brief return to Estevan before rejoining the 'Crows and finishing his junior career with seven points (2-5-7) in 27 games.

Weisgerber was one of five 20-goal scorers for the Killer Bees last season and led the team with 63 points (20-43-63). He finished tied for the team lead in power play (9), shorthanded (3) and game-winning goals (5) and set franchise records for assists and points. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Regina, Saskatchewan, native played the previous three seasons for the former San Angelo Saints.

The Killer Bees are getting ready for the fourth season of CHL action in the Rio Grande Valley. Opening weekend has been set for October 20 and 21, 2006. The complete CHL schedule is expected to be released in late July. Season tickets and corporate sponsorships are available now by calling (956) 843-PUCK. Stay tuned all summer to for the latest news and transactions as they become official!

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