01/25/05 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
HIDALGO, TX: January 25, 2005 – The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League placed forward Bob Rangus on waivers today, and hope the best for his recovery with a genetic disorder which could possibly end his playing career.
“This is very very unfortunate,” said Killer Bees Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Tracy Egeland. “Bob has been a big loss to our club ever since he was placed on the IR. It puts things in perspective that this is just a game… I wish him the best of luck.”
Rangus was diagnosed with a CPT2 enzyme disorder and deficiency, which is an extremely rare form of rhabdomyolysis (An acute, fulminant, potentially fatal disease that destroys skeletal muscle and is often accompanied by the excretion of myoglobin in the urine, according to The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary). The diagnosis were determined yesterday after a biopsy studied by Neurologists Dr. Yadollah Harati and Dr. Justin Kwan of the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston. The problem was first discovered by Killer Bees Athletic Trainer Jorge Garcia and Dr. Kip Owens of Dr. Kips Owens Orthopedics after Rangus had complications in a game on November 19th. Rangus was having dehydration issues and symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance. Since then, the 25-year old Rangus has been undergoing studies, until his recent diagnosis. The enzyme disorder is strongly considered career ending, but Doctors Harati and Kwan are currently studying his biopsy and searching for a cure to Rangus exercise induced ailment. Harati is the foremost authority in neuromuscular diseases.
A native of Laurium, Michigan, Rangus completes his tenure with the Bees with 1 assist in 9 games. He had minor complications with his disorder last season in training camp with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, but is was thought to be a case of dehydration. Rangus played in 58 games last season as a rookie and tallied 15 goals and 16 assists for 32 points, as he split time between the Knoxville Ice Bears of the SEHL and the Cyclones.
Any further medical information regarding Rangus can be obtained by contacting Chris Due with the Killer Bees at 956-843-7825 (along with requests to talk to medical officials). Coach Egeland can also be reached for comment by contacting the Bees offices. Since Rangus was transitioned from the 45-Day IR to waivers, the Bees do not have an open roster spot to fill (if Moor reports from Saturday’s trade with New Mexico).
The 2004/2005 season is currently underway and the Bees are currently swarming throughout the Central Hockey League. The Bees are currently on the road and return to action at the Dodge Arena on February 11th against the Amarillo Gorillas. Individual tickets are on sale now and may be obtained at any Dodge Arena ticket outlet, online (www.dodgearena.com) or over the phone at 866-RIO-TIXX. For more information concerning Killer Bees hockey, please visit their website at www.killerbeehockey.com.