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Rhinos to Host Alzheimer’s Awareness Series and Paint the Ice Game

As the El Paso Rhinos finished January with a three-game sweep of the Oklahoma City Blazers, now the Midwestern Division leaders are back at home for one of three remaining regular season home series.

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Rhinos take on the Northern Colorado Eagles who are currently ranked second in the Midwestern Division.

Both teams will enter the series on a win streak; the Rhinos have won 16 straight while the Eagles have had six consecutive wins.

While the Rhinos look to pick up three more wins at home, Rhino forward Tomas Urbanec also seeks to become the Western States Hockey Leagues’ All-Time Points Leader with only one more point. He is currently tied with former Rhino, Jakob Kranabetter, for the title.

Partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association for the series, the Rhinos will recognize community members who have been affected by Alzheimer’s.

Following Sunday’s game, the free Paint the Ice promotion returns. After the postgame skate, fans are invited to head to the east end of the arena to pick up paint and paint brushes, courtesy of Dunn Edwards Paints, and head onto the ice to create artistic masterpieces with the players.

Additionally, the El Paso Rhinos remind fans that the team and their rink have been nominated for Kraft Hockeyville, with voting set to end February 29.

Fans can help the rink by sharing a link to the El Paso County Coliseum Event Center rally page on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. More points can be earned for the rink if fans upload photos and videos, write short notes and like the photos and videos of others on the El Paso rally page.

The most points are earned for writing “stories,” or answering three questions, about how the rink supports the community.

Each year, Kraft Hockeyville USA recognizes the most spirited hockey community in the country and awards them with $150,000 in rink renovations and the opportunity to host an NHL game.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, located at 4100 East Paisano.

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.

Rhinos to Host Law Enforcement Officer, First Responder Appreciation Series

After starting the second half of the season with three wins in Wichita and three more in Dallas, the El Paso Rhinos are back at home for their first home series of 2020.

This Rivalry Weekend series, presented by Speaking Rock, will be dedicated to thanking all law enforcement agents and first responders and recognizing local police officers, firefighters, and EMTs.

Thanks to Hardy Hole Drilling, all law enforcement agents and first responders receive free tickets to this Friday game and every Friday game throughout the season.

Rhino Forward Dylan Fontaine, whose father and uncles are law enforcement agents in Canada, explains the impact that law enforcement and first responders have on our community.

“It’s important to recognize first responders and law enforcement because they risk their own lives every day for all citizens. Everything they do, day-in and day-out, gives us the opportunity to play the sport we love and have the safety and comfort that we need to play. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

On Friday, the Rhinos will be clad in special jerseys that represent law enforcement agents and firefighters. Their gameworn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game.

In addition to the game, the Rhinos remind fans about their participation in the ‘Kraft Hockeyville’ promotion.

Each year, Kraft Hockeyville USA recognizes the most spirited hockey community in the country and awards them with $150,000 in rink renovations and the opportunity to host an NHL game.

Through February 29, fans can help the rink by sharing a link to the El Paso County Coliseum Event Center rally page on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. More points can be earned for the rink if fans upload photos and videos, write short notes and like the photos and videos of others on the El Paso rally page.

The most points are earned for writing “stories,” or answering three questions, about how the rink supports the community.  The entry page can be accessed by clicking here.

El Paso Rhinos competing in ‘Kraft Hockeyville USA’ for $150k, NHL pre-season game

El Paso could be the next Kraft Hockeyville USA city and earn the right to host a pre-season NHL game and receive $150,000 to upgrade the region’s most popular hockey rink.

“El Paso is not a likely hotbed for hockey, but year after year our community has shown that the sport can find a home here in the desert Southwest,” said Cory Herman, Head Coach. “The designation of Kraft Hockeyville USA would certify El Paso’s passion for hockey and help us make an important investment in the future of the sport on the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The El Paso County Events Center – home of the back-to-back Thorne Cup Champions El Paso Rhinos – is in the hunt to earn the prestigious designation and needs the help of the community to get it done.

Each year, Kraft Hockeyville USA recognizes the most spirited hockey community in the country using a system that combines an application and support from fans in social media.

Fans can help the El Paso County Events Center rack up points toward becoming a final-four finalist for the Kraft Hockeyville USA title by visiting the Rhinos’ contest website at Kraft Hockeyville USA.

Through February 29, fans can help the rink by sharing a link to the rally page on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. More points can be earned for the rink if fans upload photos and videos, write short notes and like the photos and videos of others on the El Paso rally page.

Contest officials will review applications and tally points in early March. The four finalist cities for the designation will be announced on March 22, to kick off a second round of community rallying and support.

“We know we have the best fans in Junior Hockey here in El Paso, and we’re honored that they nominated us for this important award,” Herman said. “To bring this title to a city like El Paso will go a long way in expanding the reach of this beautiful sport.”

Voting will take place on March 28-29, and the 2020 Kraft Hockeyville USA winner will be announced on or around March 30.

Rhinos to host Seattle, hold Toy Drive for families in need

In their final home series of 2019, the Rhinos will host the Seattle Totems and hold a toy drive to brighten the holidays for local families.

Fans who donate will have the chance to win a signed Rhino jersey and a gift from Alamo Drafthouse.

Following the series, Rhino and Totem players will deliver the donated toys to the La Posada Home on Sunday at 10 am. The Reynolds Home will pick up toys from the rink on Monday at 8 am. Both shelters assist women and children in need.

Last weekend, the Rhinos traveled to Pueblo, Colorado where they dropped the first two games against the Bulls but came from behind to earn a 3-2 win in game three.

For the first time in WSHL history, Seattle Totems will travel to the Sun City. The Totems will trek over 1600 miles for the matchup against the Rhinos on December 13, 14, and 15.

El Paso enters the series sitting atop the Midwest Mountain Division with a record of 21-4-1-1 (W-L-OTW-OTL). Seattle has only played 18 games and has tallied eleven wins, including one overtime victory, and seven losses.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 E. Paisano). Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.

Rhinos to host Wichita during Thanksgiving Series; Boy Scouts will be special guests

After two wins on the road in Northern Colorado this past weekend, the Rhinos are back at home for their Thanksgiving series.

During the team’s final November home series, the Rhinos will welcome hundreds of Boy Scouts and recognize scouts and scout leaders. This year marks the tenth season that the Rhinos have partnered with the Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council to raise money for local scouts.

On Wednesday and Friday, the Rhinos will also skate in Dia de los Muertos themed jerseys and auction them off following Friday’s game.

Each night will also feature youth hockey games and FREE post-game skating with the team for all fans.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center located at 4100 East Paisano.

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.  For more info on the team, visit their website.

Rhinos to honor local educators with free tickets to weekend series vs Dallas

The Rhinos are back at home for Teacher Appreciation this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as they take on the Dallas Snipers.

By presenting a valid school staff ID at the Box Office, teachers, as well as school and district employees receive one free ticket to each game this weekend.

After a hard-fought series in Oklahoma last weekend, the Rhinos are still atop the Midwest Mountain Division.

In game one, El Paso fell to the Oklahoma City Blazers, 4-1, but posted a 6-1 win in game two. On Sunday, the Blazers scored first in game three and led the Rhinos by three goals at the start of the third period.

Less than seven minutes in, Heath Drye cut the Blazers lead to two before Jonathan Gullstedt, Sam Sykes, and Easton Easterson scored, respectively, three more unanswered goals in the final minute and five seconds to earn a 5-4 win in regulation.

This weekend, they welcome to El Paso the Dallas Snipers, who are currently ranked fifth in the Midwest Mountain Division.

In El Paso’s first regular-season series of the season, the Snipers forced a shootout in game one.

The Rhinos earned the win and went on to claim victories in games two and three. The series was not without dozens of penalties and intense physicality, which is likely to carry over into the upcoming games.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 E. Paisano).

El Paso Rhinos host Military Appreciation Series this weekend

The El Paso Rhinos drop the puck on their regular season at home with their annual Military Appreciation Series this weekend.

A large part of the fabric of life in El Paso, the Military community is essential to the Sun City, Head Coach Cory Herman explains.

“It’s hard to think of El Paso without mentioning all the military men and women that put their lives on the line every day. It’s important that we take the time thank them and show that we appreciate how tirelessly they work for our community and our country.”

On Thursday, preceding the series, the Rhinos will join the Bulldog Brigade on Ft. Bliss for a Military Day in which the players experience a simulated battlefield using the Army’s premier combat simulation system.

The team will also wear military themed jerseys and auction them off during Friday’s game.

For their regular season home opener, the Rhinos will also welcome home alumni Chris and Marcus Wilhite, David Nelson and Austin Hoff, who now coach the Pueblo Bulls.

After nine games, Pueblo leads the Midwest Mountain Division with six wins and two overtime losses.  El Paso currently has a record of 5-1-0-0 (W-OTWOTL-L) and is looking to extend their six-game win streak.

The puck will drop at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4:30 pm on Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 E. Paisano).

With a valid Military ID Card or Veteran Identification Card, active and retired military personnel, veterans and their families receive free admission to this home series and every home series.

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office at 915-533-9899.

Rhinos to host Mexican National Team in September exhibition series

After winning back-to-back championships in April, the El Paso Rhinos will continue to make history by facing off against the Mexican National Team this Fall.

Over the past month, Rhino General Manager Corey Heon has been in contact with Joaquin De La Garma, the President of the Mexican Ice Hockey Federation. Recently, Heon met with De La Garma and his son Diego, the coach of the U20 Men’s Mexican National Team.

“It was an extremely positive meeting and we have come to terms to play two exhibition games here in El Paso,” Heon explained. “This looks to be the start of a very successful partnership with the Mexican National program on various levels. We are extremely excited for this great opportunity.”

After they kick off their season with the annual Black and Orange game on September 21, the Rhinos will welcome the U20 Mexican National Team for a two-game series on September 28 and 29 at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center.

This series will be the first of its kind, as no other junior hockey team in the United States has had the privilege of playing a team comprised of Mexico’s top players.

“Any time you can play a national team representing their country, it is a huge deal. They compete at the World Junior Championships every year and it is exciting for our organization that they chose us to play,” Rhino Head Coach Cory Herman said.

The historic series will be held in conjunction with the Rhino Alumni Weekend, where former Rhinos from the past thirteen seasons will return to Rhino Country.

Fans will be able to meet the returning Rhino alumni as well as current Rhinos and Mexican National Team players in a meet and greet just before Saturday’s game. Also on Saturday, the Rhinos will be clad in commemorative “Chuco Town” jerseys that will be auctioned off immediately following the game.

Alumni will help unveil the Rhinos’ newest third jersey, a “blackout” sweater, which will be worn during all Sunday home games.

Throughout the two-game series, fans can take advantage of sales on merchandise and enjoy promotions like Jerseys Off Our Backs, where those in attendance have a chance to win “Chuco Town” and “Blackout” game-worn jerseys on Saturday and Sunday.

Game-goers can also skate with the Rhinos for free following each game.

Tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster or at the County Coliseum Box Office on September 1. The puck drops at 7 pm on Saturday and 4:30 on Sunday.

El Paso Rhinos win fourth Thorne Cup title; Party set for Tuesday evening

The El Paso Rhinos are champions once again and the entire city is invited to their Thorne Cup party.

The Rhinos defeated the Ogden Mustangs 2-0 in the championship game of the Western States Hockey League Thorne Cup Finals to defend their title on Saturday, April 13, at the Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden, Utah.

Now, the team wants to celebrate the victory with the official Rhinos Fan Party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, located at 4100 East Paisano.

Fans will get the opportunity to celebrate with the players, coaches and staff, and win prizes, such as a signed replica jersey, stick and puck, at the free event. There also will be an auction, where fans can bid on the team’s official warm-up jerseys.

After posting a 3-0 record in the round-robin play and defeating their rival Oklahoma City Blazers in the semifinals of the Thorne Cup Finals tournament, the Rhinos relied on their strong defense to hold off the Mustangs in the championship.

El Paso forward Martin Dubsky opened the scoring with a laser shot in the second period, and forward Max Kamper sealed the victory with his goal in the final minutes of the third period.

This is the team’s fourth title, having claimed the trophy in 2008, 2014 and 2018.

Defending Thorne Cup Champion Rhinos begin quest for 4th Cup Tuesday in Utah

After winning the Mid-Western Division in the Western States Hockey League playoffs last month, the El Paso Rhinos will once again defend their title as they head to the Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden, Utah, for the 2019 Thorne Cup Finals.

The Rhinos earned their place in the finals after sweeping their longtime rival Oklahoma City Blazers 3-2 and 6-0, on home ice at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center in front of a record 22nd and 23rd consecutive sellout crowd on March 29-30.

This week, the three-time Thorne Cup champion Rhinos will open with a battle against the Northwest Division champion Bellingham Blazers at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9.

El Paso will then take the ice at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, against Western Division winner Long Beach Bombers, followed by a third game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, against the host team and Mountain Division champion Ogden Mustangs.

The six teams in the finals are separated into two three-team flights, playing a modified round-robin tournament format. The four teams with the highest point totals advance to the semifinals on Friday, April 12.

The semifinal winners then earn a spot in the championship game on Saturday, April 13. Games can be viewed online

El Paso has previously won the Thorne Cup in 2008, 2014 and 2018.

Gallery+Story: El Paso Rhinos set to take on OKC Blazers in WSHL Division Final Series

The El Paso Rhinos continue their journey to defend their Thorne Cup title as they head into the Mid-Western Division final of the Western States Hockey League playoffs on home ice starting Friday night.

This weekend, the three-time champion Rhinos, in front of a possible record 22nd consecutive sellout crowd, will battle longtime rival Oklahoma City Blazers in a best-of-3 series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 East Paisano.)

The Rhinos (42-8-3) shut out the Dallas Snipers this past weekend, winning two straight games, 11-0 and 3-0, to move into the final. Meanwhile, the Blazers (39-11-1) earned their spot after defeating the Northern Colorado Eagles, 2-3, 3-2 and 5-1.

The Rhinos have beat the Blazers three of their five matchups this season.

Game one is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, followed by Game 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30. If a third game is necessary, it will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31. The winner moves on to the Thorne Cup Finals in Ogden, Utah, April 9-13.

Tickets start at $5 and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, online and at the Coliseum Events Center Ticket Booth, which opens one hour before game time.

Free ticket vouchers also are available at several of the team sponsor locations, including Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q and Lube ’N Go.

Photo gallery by El Paso Herald Post Photographer Johnny Yturales

El Paso Rhinos Begin Chase for the Thorne Cup Friday Night vs. Dallas

It’s playoff time in the Western States Hockey League and, once again, the El Paso Rhinos are in contention to take the Thorne Cup once again.

Starting this Friday, the top-seeded Rhinos hope to start that journey in front of a record 20th consecutive sellout crowd as they face the Dallas Snipers in a best-of-3 playoff series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center at 4100 East Paisano.

The Rhinos finished the regular season with a 40-8-3 record, placing them atop the Mid-Western Division, and securing the home-ice advantage in the divisional semifinals.

Dallas, 23-26-2, beat the Wichita Thunder in the play-in series to advance in the playoffs to face El Paso.  The Rhinos have beat the Snipers eight of their nine match-ups this season.

Friday’s game will feature the team’s 11th annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to bring stuffed animals to toss onto the ice after the Rhinos’ first goal. The stuffed animals are then collected and donated to area children facing struggles and in crisis.

The players also will be wearing special teddy bear jerseys, which will be auctioned off for charity.

Game one is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, followed by Game 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23. If a third game is necessary, it will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Tickets start at $5 and are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, online and at the Coliseum Events Center Ticket Booth, which opens one hour before game time.

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