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.
The Western States Hockey League division-leading El Paso Rhinos hockey team returns home for three consecutive home series at the El Paso County Coliseum starting Friday night.
The Rhinos will start off with a battle against the Northern Colorado Eagles this weekend in a WSHL three-game series at the Coliseum Events Center, 4100 East Paisano.
The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, February 10.
Heading into the weekend, the Rhinos boast a 29-8-2 record as they lead the Mid-Western Division. The Eagles, meanwhile, are 22-14-2 and in third place in the same division.
In honor of autism awareness, El Paso players will be wearing special themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after Saturday’s game.
El Paso then takes on the Oklahoma City Blazers on February 22-24, followed by a matchup with the Wichita Thunder on March 8-10.
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.
After spending more than a month on the road, the El Paso Rhinos return to their home ice for a Western States Hockey League three-game home series against the Ontario Avalanche.
The Rhinos skate back home boasting a 27-7-2 record, earning the top spot in Mid-Western Division and are on a four-game win streak after sweeping the Wichita Thunder on the road this past weekend.
The team scored a combined 31 goals, while goalies Nils Velm, Lane Timmons and Colin Woods allowed only five goals in the three-game series.
The Avalanche, meanwhile, are 12-21 and in fourth place in the Western Division.
The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 East Paisano.
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.
The El Paso Rhinos will face off against the Dallas Snipers this weekend in a Western States Hockey League three-game series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 East Paisano)
The Rhinos, 14-7, are in second place in the Mid-Western Division after losing two games in a three-game series to the Oklahoma City Blazers, the division leader.
The Snipers, who are 8-6-1 and in fourth place in the division, are coming off a sweep of the Wichita Thunder.
In honor of Military Appreciation Weekend, El Paso players will wear special military-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after Saturday’s game.
The games are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 7-8, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9.
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 and their dependents 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.
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.
The path to the 2018 Thorne Cup was a short one, but a tough one for the home-standing El Paso Rhinos.
After steamrolling through the regular season, the Rhinos hit a couple of bumps along the way – thanks to the Long Beach Bombers and the OKC Blazers, but came through in the do-or-die games to make the semis, and then the finals.
Sunday afternoon’s game was a back and forth affair, with the Rhinos finally firing the goal that put them on top with only 1:30 showing on the clock.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you all the championship action in this ‘Story in Many Pics.”
After rampaging through the regular season and playoffs, the Rhinos now turn their attention to hosting and dominating the Thorne Cup this week.
In their first round-robin game, the Rhinos will take on the Long Beach Bombers at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 11. On April 12 at 7 pm, they’ll face off against familiar foe, the Oklahoma City Blazers, before ending round-robin with a match up against the Utah Outliers on Friday at 7 pm.
After round-robin, the four teams with the highest point totals will advance to the semi-finals on April 14. These games will be played at 2 pm and 7 pm.
The two winners will advance to the finals on April 15 at 4:30 pm. For more information on the tournament structure, click here.
The Rhinos will start the Thorne Cup with the organization’s 10th Annual Teddy Bear Toss in memory of Joni Arnett. Remember to toss your teddies onto the ice after the Rhinos’ first goal of the game!
Also starting on Wednesday, the Rhinos will auction off their orange game-worn jerseys. The bidding will end at the 10 minute mark of the third period on Saturday.
For questions or more information regarding the Thorne Cup game schedule or the Rhinos, go online or call 915-479-PUCK (7825).
For the third time in the team’s 12-year history, the El Paso Rhinos will host the annual Western States Hockey League season finale tournament, featuring six of the best teams in the nation, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center (4100 East Paisano.)
The first round gets underway April 11, with the semifinals April 14 and the championship April 15.
“We are excited to have teams from around the country experience the hospitality of the Sun City,” said El Paso Rhinos coach Cory Herman. “We’re also thankful to have the support of El Paso behind us as we make a run for the Thorne Cup here in Rhino Country.”
The Rhinos have two Thorne Cup titles – 2008 and 2014.
The last time El Paso hosted the Thorne Cup tournament, the team won the championship with a stellar 44-2 record. Currently, the Rhinos are in the midst of a phenomenal season with a 46-1-1 record, so far, in their quest to win the title once again on home ice.
The Rhinos have only three games left in the regular season – 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, against the Wichita Jr. Thunder at the Events Center – before competing in the Thorne Cup playoffs.
The WSHL is an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Tier II Junior A ice hockey league, which features 23 teams split into four divisions: Mid-Western, Western, Northwestern and Mountain.
El Paso plays in the Mid-Western Division, along with the Oklahoma City Blazers, Dallas Snipers, Springfield Express and Thunder.
Tickets, which will cost $7, $10, $15, $20, $30 and $35, plus fees, will be available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.
The red-hot El Paso Rhinos returned home Friday night to start a three-game series against the Dallas Snipers. The Rhinos did not disappoint, dominating Dallas 13-0.
First period goals scored by Leeam Tivers, JC Dubecky, Max Kamper, and Jayden Ritchie; Second period goals scored by Leeam Tivers, Jared Marquette, Dallas Klaassen, Nick Hames, and Chaseton Sare; Third period goals scored by JC Dubecky, Maguire Blair, Austin Simpson, and Chaseton Sare.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there, and while he didn’t get in on the Goalapalooza, he did capture all the action and brings it to you in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
For the third time in their twelve-year history, the El Paso Rhinos have been selected to host the Thorne Cup Championship.
Succeeding Ogden, the 2017 location, the Sun City will welcome five teams from around the country for the Western States Hockey League’s annual end-of-season tournament.
Tentatively, round robin play will begin on April 10 and continue through April 12. The semi-finals will be played on Friday, April 13, and the tournament will conclude with the championship game on Saturday, April 14. As the host team, the Rhinos are guaranteed three games.
The Rhinos’ head coach, Cory Herman, explains how the franchise is looking forward to the tournament. “We are excited to have teams from around the country experience the hospitality of the Sun City. We’re also thankful to have the support of El Paso behind us as we make a run for the Thorne Cup here in Rhino Country.”
The last time El Paso hosted the Thorne Cup, the Rhinos topped the Idaho Steelheads to win the championship on home ice. With a record of 28-1 this season, the Rhinos will look to repeat 2014’s outcome and hoist the 2018 Thorne Cup in Rhino Country. Another Thorne Cup would give the Rhinos three League titles in addition to their 2014 National Championship.
Tickets for all Thorne Cup games will go on sale to the public on March 1. More information about the schedule and the attending teams will be released near the end of the regular season.