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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.

Story in Many Pics: Rhinos sweep OKC, Thorne Cup Defense up next in Utah

Saturday night, the El Paso Rhinos completed the sweep, taking down the OKC Blazers in two straight games.

With the victory, the Rhinos now head north, and will defend their Thorne Cup title in Utah.

Our very own Steve Zimmerman was rinkside for both games and we bring you his view of the games in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

 

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 Photographers Steven Cottingham and Johnny Yturales

Video+Gallery: El Paso Rhinos Dominate Dallas 11-0

The El Paso Rhinos started their road to the Thorne Cup Friday night with a 11-0 smothering of the Dallas Snipers, in front of yet another rowdy Sun City crowd.

Our very own Steven Zimmerman was there and captured all the action, as the Rhinos now look to Saturday and a series sweep.

Video highlights above courtesy Duke Keith.

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.

Gallery: El Paso Rhinos Sweep Wichita Thunder

The El Paso Rhinos played host to the Wichita Thunder this weekend, but were far from an easy-going host.  The Rhinos swept the series and now prepare for the WSHL Playoffs once again.

Our very own Steven Zimmerman was on hand to capture all the action all weekend long and we share his views of the game with this Herald Post gallery.

El Paso Rhinos Close out Regular Season with St. Baldrick’s Series vs Wichita

The El Paso Rhinos face the Wichita Junior Thunder in a three-game series ahead of their return to the Western States Hockey League playoffs.

The Rhinos lead the Mid-Western Division with a  37-8-3 record, while the Thunder (13-32-2) are in last place in the same division. El Paso has already secured home ice for the first round of the playoffs, which get underway March 22.

The final regular-season series is always a special one for the Rhinos, who will host their annual St. Baldrick’s event. After Saturday’s game, the Rhinos players, coaching and training staff, youth hockey players and the UTEP Miners hockey team will shave their heads to support the battle against childhood cancer.

All proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises funds to help find cures for children with cancer. Also, on Saturday, the Rhinos will recognize area childhood cancer survivors and those battling cancer, while Herndon’s Gift Shop will sponsor a cowbell giveaway.

The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Coliseum Events Center located at 4100 East Paisano.

Tickets start at $5 and are available at the 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.

El Paso Rhinos look to Close out Regular Season vs Wichita; Prepare for Playoffs

After a weekend series that had the El Paso Rhinos collect a 2-1 series win versus Oklahoma City,  improving their overall record to 34-8 on the season and securing home ice for the first round of the playoffs.

The Rhinos currently sit atop the Mid-Western Division and are the first seed going into their final home regular season series

For the final home series versus Wichita Thunder next weekend – March 8, 9, and 10 – the series will feature the annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event where the players and the staff shave their heads to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

Each of the three games will also include our Jerseys Off Our Backs promotion, Hot Diggity Dog, Miller Lite Scorer of the Game, and as always, our Post-Game Skate with the Team.

The Rhinos look to push a three-game series win into the playoffs beginning March 22. For more information, visit the Rhino’s website.

Rhinos Avoid Sweep in OKC, Return Home to Play Dallas this Weekend

This past weekend, the Rhinos traveled to Oklahoma City to play their rivals, the Blazers. Going into the series, the Rhinos sat atop the Midwest Division while the Blazers were in second place.

On Friday, Sam Robinson, with the help of Oscar Andersson and Dominik Sedlacek, put the Rhinos on the board less than four minutes into the fist period. Eight minutes later, Blazer defenseman Michael Jensen evened the game at one.

Although the second period saw no goals, eight penalties, for a total of 17 penalty minutes, were handed out during the period. With only five minutes remaining in regulation, OKC forward Henrik Overvall, slid the puck past Rhino netminder Nils Velm to give the Blazers the win.

Game two started out differently as the Harri Koll was the first to score for the Blazers. After a scoreless second period, Koll scored his second of the game only fourteen seconds into the third period. With just over five minutes remaining in regulation, Rhino forward Jonas Burman put the Rhinos within one of the Blazers.

Moments later, however, an empty net goal by Vitalii Mikhailov gave the Blazers the 3-1 game two win.

Neither team scored in the first period of Sunday’s game, but like Saturday, the Blazers were the first to put a tally on the scoresheet with a goal by Dominic Loubert. Just over a minute later, Rhino forward Sam Sykes tied the game at one. OKC’s Loubert (2) and El Paso’s Ty Erramouspe both posted goals to end the second period knotted at two.

Martin Dubsky gave the Rhinos only their second lead of the series when he scored just before the halfway mark of the third period. With four minutes left in regulation, Erramouspe sealed the deal and gave the Rhinos a 4-2 win to avoid being swept by the Blazers.

After the two losses in Oklahoma, the Rhinos now sit in second place behind the Blazers who lead the Midwest Division.

This weekend, however, the Rhinos hope to add three wins to their record when the play the Dallas Snipers on home ice for Military Appreciation Weekend. Active duty, veterans, and retired military and their dependents receive free admission for this series and every home series.

Throughout the weekend, the Rhinos will recognize Military personnel and wear military-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off following Saturday’s game.

For more information, visit the Rhino’s website or Facebook page.

El Paso Rhinos Return Home to Face Utah Outliers at Coliseum Events Center

The El Paso Rhinos are looking to get back on the winning track this weekend, as they take on the Utah Outliers in a Western States Hockey League three-game series.

The Rhinos will wear special “Día de los Muertos”-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after Saturday’s game at at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center.

El Paso is 6-3, and looking to snap their losing streak, having dropped a three-game series this past weekend to the competitive Long Beach Bombers, who lead the Western Division.

The 10-5 Outliers, who are in second place in the Mountain Division, are coming off a strong weekend, winning three games and sweeping the Cheyenne Stampede.

The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 9-10, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 11.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $7 for Black Section, $10 for Grey Section, $15 for Orange Section, $25 for Glass Section, $30 for Balcony and free for military with ID.

Tickets 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.

Rhinos Return for First Home Series of 2018-19 Season This Weekend

The reigning Thorne Cup champions and currently undefeated El Paso Rhinos will open their home ice season this weekend.

The Rhinos will be hosting the Wichita Thunder in a Western States Hockey League three-game series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 East Paisano.)

Starting the season 3-0, the Rhinos swept the Dallas Snipers in Dallas earlier this month. Wichita, meanwhile, is still seeking its first win of the season after losing its opening series against the Steamboat Wranglers.

El Paso players will be wearing special baseball jerseys that will be auctioned off following Saturday’s game.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $7 for Black Section, $10 for Grey Section, $15 for Orange Section, $25 for Glass Section, $30 for Balcony and free for military with ID.

Tickets 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.

The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 28.

El Paso Rhinos Roll Out First Ever ‘Black and Orange Game’ in September

While we may be in the throes of August and all the summer heat, your El Paso Rhinos are looking to get on the ice early this year.

The defending Thorne Cup champs will take the ice in the Sun City in September for the first-ever Black and Orange Game.  Team officials announced the game Friday, adding that admission to the inter-squad match will be free.

On Saturday, September 29 at 7 pm, the Rhinos will play an inter-squad game where half the team, clad in black home jerseys, will face off against the other half who will be suited up in white away jerseys.

Not only will fans see the Rhinos take the ice for the first time, Season Ticket Holders can pick up their season tickets before the game and all fans can skate with the Rhinos following the match up. Fans can also take advantage of all the usual promotions like Jerseys Off Our Backs, Hot Diggity Dog, Miller Lite Scorer of the Game and more.

The puck will drop at 7 pm and tickets can be picked up on game day when the box office opens at 5:30 pm.

For questions or more information, call 915-479-PUCK (7825) or visit elpasorhinos.com.

Video+Gallery: Rhinos Rally to Beat Utah 4-3; Earn Semi-Final Spot Saturday

In a do-or-die Friday night game on their home ice, the Rhinos rallied to beat the Utah Outliers 4-3, to move on in the Thorne Cup Championship.

The Rhinos now take on Idaho Saturday night at 7pm.

Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics,’ while Duke Keith brings you the highlights and post-game interviews.

Video+Story in Many Pics: OKC Blazers Best Rhinos 4-3

Round two of the Thorne Cup Finals for the El Paso Rhinos featured a familiar foe: the Oklahoma City Blazers Thursday night.

While the Rhinos may have had their way with the Blazers – and most of the WSHL teams – all season, the OKC team was out for blood, taking the game 4-3.  The Rhinos are back in action Friday night at 7p vs the Utah Outliers.

Our very own Steven Cottingham was at the game and brings you his view in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Don Thorne.

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