NHL.com’s Feature on El Paso, Kraft Hockeyville USA Winners

Hockeyville USA win shows growing interest among Hispanics in El Paso

Texas city receives $150,000 in rink upgrades, $10,000 in equipment from NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund


Editor’s note: The NHL is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15, by highlighting the history and growing impact of Hispanics at all levels of the game. Today, we look at the El Paso, Texas, the winner of this year’s Kraft Hockeyville USA.


Cory Herman looked up to the ceiling of the El Paso County Coliseum Event Center recently and marveled at what he saw.

Absolutely nothing.

“It was dark,” said Herman, coach of the El Paso Rhinos junior hockey team that calls the Event Center home. “Before, when the lights were off, you could see sunlight and stuff through the holes in the roof.”

That was before El Paso, Texas, surprised the hockey world and won the Kraft Hockeyville USA 2020 competition in August and the $150,000 in rink upgrades and $10,000 in equipment from the NHL Players’ Association’s Goals & Dreams fund that comes with the title.

Read the full story here.