The Central Hockey League lost another team this week, as the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees ceased operations Wednesday, leaving the league with 10 teams.

The Killer Bees, based in Hidalgo, Texas, were rumored to be in trouble since the Laredo Bucks, their nearest opponent, folded May 1, leaving Rio Grande Valley more than 500 miles away from every other CHL team. As a result, Bees president Trey Medlock said Wednesday that his team no longer is economically viable in the CHL.

The Bees’ decision means the CHL no longer has a presence in south Texas and will eliminate a potential one-way trip of 1,400 miles for the Quad-City Mallards, a journey they never had to make in two seasons. During this offseason, the CHL has lost five teams, while adding only Denver.

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