Rhinos to Host 2018 Thorne Cup in El Paso

El Paso, TX - The El Paso Rhinos have been selected to host the exciting 2018 Thorne Cup Championship.

For the third time in the team’s 12-year history, El Paso will be home to the annual Western States Hockey League season finale tournament in April, featuring six of the best teams in the nation. The action will take place at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. 

“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, the team won the championship with a stellar record of 44-2. This season, the Rhinos are off to an amazing start with a 28-1 record, so far, in their quest to take the title once again on home ice.

The first round of play is tentatively scheduled to get underway on April 10, with the semifinals on April 13 and the championship game on April 14. Tickets will go on sale in March. Additional details are expected to be announced at a later date.

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, Wichita Jr. Thunder and Springfield Express.

Information: 479-PUCK (7825); 533-9899; elpasorhinos.com; @El_Paso_Rhinos on Twitter; facebook.com/ElPasoRhinosHockey; instagram.com/el_paso_rhinos.

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