El Paso Rhinos

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El Paso Rhinos
Elpasorhinos logo.jpg
City El Paso, Texas
League WSHL
Division Midwest
Founded 2006
Home arena Sierra Providence Event Center
Colors Orange, Black, Grey, White
                   
General manager Canada Cory Herman
Head coach Canada Cory Herman
Media America One
Franchise history
2006 – present El Paso Rhinos
Championships
Division Championships 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010–11, 2008–09, 2007–08, 2006–07
Playoff championships 2014 UHU National Champions (AAU)
2008, 2014 Thorne Cup
2010–11 USA Hockey Jr National Silver Medal

The El Paso Rhinos are a Junior "A" ice hockey team, based in El Paso, Texas. The Rhinos compete as part Midwest Division of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). Their home games are played at the Sierra Providence Events Center located within the El Paso County Coliseum complex.

Team history[edit]

The Rhinos were founded in 2006 by Cory Herman, a retired former El Paso Buzzards professional hockey player.[1] The Buzzards had ceased operations in 2003 and Herman wanted to bring Ice Hockey back to the city of El Paso. The team began their first season as a Junior B team and became a Junior A team just before the start of the 2007–08 season when USA Hockey approved the WSHL's transition into being a Junior A league. The Rhinos youth hockey program also has teams from mini-mites to midget major AA.

The Rhinos presence in El Paso has been nothing short of a success. They have consistently set and shattered league records. In 2007–08 they led the league in attendance[2][3] a trend that has continued into the 2008–09 season. They have also ended each of their seasons with players at the top of the WSHL leaderboards.[4][5]

The Rhinos have won a total of seven Division titles in the WSHL. Six of those have been in the league's Midwest Division while the team won the Mountain Division championship in the 2012-13 season in that division. The 2013-2014 season, the Rhinos will moved back to the WSHL's Midwest Division to win their seventh division title, their second Thorne Cup and their first UHU National Championships (AAU santioned Junior A Hockey).

Roster[edit]

Updated September 28, 2014.[6]

Forwards
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
9 United States Jesse Esposito F R 6' 0" 185 lbs. Gilbert, Arizona, USA
10 Switzerland Dominique Pozzi F L 5' 9" 170 lbs. Zurich, Switzerland
11 Latvia Reinis Vitolins F L 6' 0" 170 lbs. Riga, Latvia
12 United States Bryton Tomko F R 6' 0" 185 lbs. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
14 Switzerland Tim Odermatt F L 5' 10 180 lbs Zug, Switzerland
15 United States Lukas Znosko F L 5' 10" 180 lbs. Stamford, Connecticut, USA
16 Canada Felix Morin F R 5' 10" 175 lbs. Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada
17 Sweden Sebastian Borg RW L 5' 10" 190 lbs. Stockholm, Sweden
19 Czech Republic Marek Langhammer F R 6' 2" 190 lbs. Trutnov, Czech Republic
20 United States Kendal Craig F L 5' 11" 190 lbs. Amarillo, Texas, USA
21 Czech Republic David Bures F L 6' 2" 195 lbs. Prague, Czech Republic
22 United States Gavin Abbott RW L 6' 3" 190 lbs. Binghamton, New York, USA
23 Canada Joel Gellvear LW L 6' 0" 180 lbs. Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Canada
24 Czech Republic Jiri Pestuka F R 6' 0" 185 lbs. Prostejov, Czech Republic
25 United States Koler Kanistanaux F L 6' 0" 195 lbs. Whitefish, Montana, USA
27 United States Kastle Birch F R 6' 4" 210 lbs. Rouses Point, New York, USA
29 Canada Brennan Kosloski F 6' 0" 200 lbs. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Defensemen
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
2 United States Adam Zimmerman D 5' 11" 190 lbs. Gilbert, Arizona, USA
3 United States Eliot Herz D R 6' 2" 180 lbs. Eagle River, Alaska, USA
4 United States Angel Sanca D R 6' 0" 220 lbs. Norwich, Connecticut, USA
5 United States Gabriel Goodroe D R 6' 0" 200 lbs. El Paso, Texas, USA
6 United States Liam Millar D R 6' 0" 200 lbs. Durango, Colorado, USA
7 Canada Felix Loiselle D L 6' 2" 215 lbs. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
8 Czech Republic David Brancik D L 6' 3" 210 lbs. Prostejov, Czech Republic
Goaltenders
# Player Pos. Catches Height Weight Place of Birth
1 Hungary Adam Vay G L 6' 6" 220 lbs. Budapest, Hungary
30 Canada Casey Parker G L 5' 10" 180 lbs. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Community Outreach[edit]

The Rhinos frequently wear specialized jerseys on the ice and auction them off to help raise funds for local and/or charitable causes. They have raised money for causes including, but not limited to: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics, and local youth hockey. The Rhinos also receive strong mutual support from U.S. Military stationed at nearby Fort Bliss. The Rhinos not only host Military Appreciation nights, but they also give free admission (courtesy of a local sponsor) to all Military personnel and their families. The Rhinos also host Adoption Days with the Humane Society of El Paso and the Animal Rescue League of El Paso, so that members of the El Paso community can adopt pets into loving homes.

Coach Herman was approached by Karrie Kern the CEO of the U.S. Branch of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, after seeing the team's bus in San Antonio, TX. During their conversation she told him the story of an orphaned rhinoceros in Zimbabwe named Tatenda, and jokingly suggested the team adopt her as their mascot. The Rhinos organization thought this was a great idea and so in November 2008 the team adopted Tatenda.[7]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "EP Rhinos History". El Paso Times. September 19, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Western States Hockey League – attendance | Pointstreak Sports Technologies". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Western States Hockey League – attendance | Pointstreak Sports Technologies". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Western States Hockey League – scoring leaders | Pointstreak Sports Technologies". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Western States Hockey League – goalie leaders | Pointstreak Sports Technologies". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "El Paso Rhinos Roster". Pointstreak/WSHL. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  7. ^ El Paso Rhinos: Tatenda, retrieved 2013-06-18 

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