In an effort to help spice up the Texas Border rivalry, the mayor of Laredo has announced an agreement between the Laredo Bucks & Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in an event called the "Cricket's Mayor Cup" which was announced in a press conference with Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas. Now will we need to hear a response from the mayor of Hidalgo Mayor David Franz will need to accept the challenge before the event can take place.
This is an interesting idea to spice up hockey in the Southwest. Hopefully both teams will team up to help build up one of the most unlikely hockey rivalries in North America.
Press Release from the Central Hockey League
From Laredo, Texas: Mayor of Laredo Raul G. Salinas, conjunction with the Central Hockey League's Laredo Bucks, challenged the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees' Monday to participate in the first ever Cricket Mayor's Cup for the 2010-2011 season. The challenge was made in front of the media and a number of fans during a press conference at Laredo's City Hall.
"We want to boost our Bucks rivalry with the Bees to the next level and get the city of Hidalgo involved as well," Salinas said. "We are proud of the Bucks and went to challenge the city of Hidalgo and the Bees during the season to see who earns the most points between the two teams. The team who earns the most points head-to-head against each other will win the Cricket Cup."
If Hidalgo Mayor John David Franz and the Killer Bees accept the challenge more details of the Cricket's Mayor's Cup will be announced.
The winning team will pick a local charity to donate $5,000 to on behalf of Cricket.
"We will be waiting for the city of Hidalgo and the Killer Bees response to the challenge. I think it will be a great addition to the ice rivalry."
The Bucks and Killer Bees will meet 16 times this season with eight taking place at Laredo Energy Center and eight at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. In seven seasons facing off against each other the Bucks lead the all time regular season series with the Bees 64-21-8, including 11-0-3 last season.
"We went to Cricket Wireless with the idea of the Mayor's Cup and they were very excited to get involved with this project. Cricket is well represented in Laredo and in the Valley and make a great partner of the Cup", said Salinas.
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