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El Paso Rhinos roll out ‘Design a Jersey’ contest for kids

Even with the rampaging Rhinos off the ice, the squad wants kids from around the area to help the team out by designing a jersey they’ll wear for the 2020-21 season

Kids 12 and under can use this template to design a Rhino jersey that players will wear for Kids Weekend! Submit your final design by messaging the Rhinos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by 8 pm on April 2nd.

Participants can show the team their progress with the hashtag #RhinoKidsJersey and submit your final design by messaging the team via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Top Three will go to a vote on April 3 on Facebook and the design with the most likes wins. The winner will be announced on April 6.

The winning designer will receive a party for 30 at a game during Kids Weekend during the 2020-21 season; additionally the winning child will also receive a personalized Kids Weekend jersey.

Rhinos drop the puck for playoffs with Teddy Bear Toss Friday

After raising over $20,000 for childhood cancer research during their final regular season series, the El Paso Rhinos now turn their attention to the Mid-Western Division Semi-Finals when they host the Dallas Snipers in a best two-of-three series this weekend.

El Paso enters the playoffs as the first seed in their division, with a regular season record of 43-4-2-2 (W-L-OTW-OTL).

On Friday, they’ll drop the puck for the series with the 11th annual Teddy Bear Toss, in memory of Joni Arnett.

Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game and toss them on to the ice after the Rhinos score their first goal.

In game two on Saturday, the Rhinos will host Ladies Night where female fans can make customized t-shirts and receive giveaways from Herndon’s Brass Shop and MT Needles.

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

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

St. Baldrick’s series returns, Rhinos to shave heads for Childhood Cancer Research

To end the regular season, the El Paso Rhinos will also host their tenth annual St. Baldrick’s series as they take on San Diego this weekend.

On Saturday, March 7, the players, the coaching and training staff, youth hockey players, and UTEP Hockey players will shave their heads to fight childhood cancer.

During the game, fans are invited to bid on a Rhino’s or Miner’s hair and following the game, auction winners will take the first swipe of each shavee’s hair.

All proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and just last season, the event raised over $15,000 and this year, although the event is still days away, shavees have raised nearly $9,000. Right before the head shaving event on Saturday, the Rhinos will visit the El Paso Children’s Hospital.

Also on Saturday, the Rhinos and the El Paso Hockey Association will also host another Try Hockey for Free session at 4:15 pm.

All local kids, regardless of experience with skating or hockey, can arrive at the rink at 3:30 pm to learn hockey skills from Rhino players. The equipment will be loaned for the duration of the hour session and all players are encouraged to sign up online.

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 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 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).

Rhinos to host Mexican National Team this weekend

This weekend, the Rhinos will welcome the Mexican National Hockey 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.

“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.

Saturday morning, both teams will visit the El Paso Children’s Hospital (4845 Alameda Ave.) at 10 am to greet patients before stopping by the Rhinos’ training facility, Wolves Den Gym (1010 Wall St.), at noon.

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 at the rink at 6 pm, just before Saturday’s game. Also on Saturday, the Rhinos will be clad in commemorative “Los Rinos” jerseys that will be auctioned off immediately following the game.

All proceeds will benefit the El Paso Community Foundation Shooting Victims’ Fund.

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

Rhinos start season at home on Friday night

After winning two consecutive Thorne Cup Championships, the El Paso Rhinos are back on the ice for their second annual Black and Orange inter-squad game on Friday.

“The Black and Orange game is important to see how our guys play in an actual game format,” Head Coach Cory Herman explains, “It is also great for our future players to see what it is like to play a home game in Rhino Country.”

Currently, the Rhinos have 38 players from five different states and seven countries including Sweden, Russia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and Denmark.

Eight of those players are returning from last year’s championship team but for the others, the Black and Orange game will be the first time they set foot on El Paso’s ice in a home-game atmosphere.

After the inter-squad game, the Rhinos will host their first opponent of the 2019-20 season, the Mexican National Team. The historic match-up will be played on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 and tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Friday’s game is FREE! The doors open at 6 pm and the puck drops at 7 pm at the El Paso County Events Center located at 4100 East Paisano.

For game details or more information, call 915-479-PUCK (7825).

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.

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.

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