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Killer Bees Re-Sign Sean Gillam

June 23, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees News Release

HIDALGO, TX: June 23, 2004 – The Central Hockey League’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees welcomed another member of last season’s squad to the roster by re-signing veteran defenseman and assistant coach Sean Gillam for the 2004/2005 season.

“Sean did an excellent job of completing the tasks of an assistant coach and as a player while also differentiating the two, which is tough to do,” said Killer Bees Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Tracy Egeland. “He has a lot of responsibilities during the season and offseason, but he gets them done and also plays hard on the ice and shows leadership skills for the younger players.”

If there was a statistic kept for blocked shots, Gillam would have to be one of the league leaders in the category. He is known for his defensive play, but he also performed offensively last season with the Bees by tying an eight season career high in goals with 7 to go along with 16 assists for 23 points. Of his seven goals, three were game winning goals and 2 were recorded in overtime. Gillam, who also served as a player/assistant coach last season, co-led the Bees defensemen in scoring for the month of October with 3 points (1g,2a). He is the Killer Bees individual game co-leader in the plus/minus department, as he posted a +4 rating on 2/20/04 against Austin. The 28 year-old Lethbridge, Alberta native was the only Bees defenseman to record a shorthanded goal, which tied a league high amongst defensemen in the category.

Gillam came to Rio Grande Valley from the Jackson Bandits of the ECHL, where he served as the Team Captain and led the Bandits in defenseman scoring with 4 goals and 23 assists for 27 points in the 2002/2003 season. He also led the squad in unassisted goals amongst defensemen (2) and ranked fourth on the team in assists with 23. Gillam had played two seasons in Jackson after arriving during the 01/02 season and had a career high season in his first season with the Bandits with 7 goals and 24 assists for 31 points. He played alongside Killer Bees forward Bill Newson and defenseman Kevin Mackie while in Jackson.

The 6’2”, 220-pound defenseman played major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Spokane Chiefs for four seasons (92/93 – 95/96) and played under head coaches Bryan Maxwell and current Anaheim Mighty Ducks head coach Mike Babcock. Gillam combined for 40 goals and 142 assists for 182 points in 281 career games with the Chiefs. He left Spokane as the franchise’s all time leader in games played.

Gillam’s junior career led to being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He was the 75th overall player selected and Detroit selected him ahead of Tomas Holmstrom. Detroit assigned Gillam to their top affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL). He spent three seasons (96/97 – 98/99) with Adirondack, playing in 205 games with the Detroit affiliate and served as a teammate of Tracy Egeland’s brother Allan. Gillam had a change of scenery after the 98/99 season and joined the ECHL’s Mississippi Sea Wolves for two seasons. While in Mississippi, Gillam earned a call-up to the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Orlando Solar Bears, which served as the top affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers. An offseason trade prior to the 01/02 season led Gillam to Jackson.

The career numbers of Gillam’s pro career include 25 goals and 112 assists for 137 points and 544 penalty minutes in 510 games spanning 8 seasons. Gillam stands as the fourth player signed by the Killer Bees and he joins goaltender Jeff Levy, forward Ryan Shmyr and forward Bill Newson. Gillam, outside of his recruiting assistance to Tracy Egeland, has already had a productive offseason this summer. He enjoyed his wedding with Leigh Gillam at Reno/Lake Tahoe on June 12th. The pair have already nestled back into the Valley this summer and the Gillams will live in the Valley year-round.

Coach Egeland and Gillam are both in the Valley available for interviews today. Interviews can be arranged by contacting Chris Due at the Killer Bees office. Today will be the last day for Coach Egeland in the Valley for a while, as he hits the road for two weeks to recruit and enjoy some vacation time.

“The Valley of Bees” will swarm the Dodge Arena again in October, as the Killer Bees are currently preparing for their second season. Season tickets and corporate opportunities are now available by calling the Killer Bees office at (956) 843-7825. For more information concerning Killer Bees hockey, please visit their website at www.killerbeehockey.com.

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