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Jr. hockey team forgets to bring jerseys on road, borrows opponent’s

- January 24th, 2014
NAHL

Killer Bees rocking the IceRays’ black jerseys.
(Screen grab via KIIITV.com)

Thursday night, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees — what a name — arrived at American Bank Center to face the Corpus Christi IceRays.

Everybody was accounted for and safe. All was good.

Then somebody from the Killer Bees camp realized the club was jersey-less.

Whoops.

In a time like this,  improvisation is the only option. In other words, find another batch of jerseys ASAP!!!.

Rio Grande Valley ended up borrowing the IceRays’ black sweaters. They lost 2-1.

Both teams are based in Texas and compete in the North American Hockey League, an expansive Junior A Tier II league with 24 clubs across the United States. Anthony Stolarz, a Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect, played for the IceRays in 2011-12.

If you’ve played minor hockey, you and your teammates may have been in this situation before. This storyline isn’t uncommon; it’s very grassroots.

But for it to happen at the junior level? Rare.

We don’t know the full story — the local newspaper’s online story is paywalled and the league website fails to mention anything jersey-related — but the optics don’t depict a great picture for the NAHL.

The fumble apparently made ESPN’s Friday morning “Not Top 10″ list. ESPN isn’t known for its hockey coverage, but this gaffe caught their attention.

(Thanks to Puck Daddy for bringing this story to our attention.)

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1 comment

  1. Mclick | January 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Slow day in the news for this story to be on the homepage.

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