Playing in Rhino Country

The El Paso Hockey Association (EPHA) was founded in 2001 and its success throughout the first five years propelled the creation of the junior hockey team in 2006. The Rhinos spent the first 14 season in the Western States Hockey League before transitioning to the North American 3 Hockey League for the 2020-2021 season. In 2021-22, the Rhinos played their inaugural NAHL season. The organization now has teams in both the NAHL and the NA3HL. 

The Rhinos' organization prides itself on being able to offer a hospitable environment where players are motivated to succeed off the ice as well.

Locker Room

At the County Events Center, the Rhinos’ locker room contains 25 player stalls, a flat screen television, and a surround-sound system. Connected to the locker room is the bathroom, with five showers, and the training room, fully stocked with all practice and game-day essentials.


Players also have access to the Rink's RapidShot Hockey Training System, an automatic conveyor system that collects and passes real hockey pucks. The system strengthens shot power and velocity, improves precision and confidence, and develops pass reception and quick release. 

Rhino Country’s atmosphere is possibly the organization’s most exciting asset. The team skates before an arena occupied by a loud and engaged crowd that boasts unwavering support. The Rhinos’ booster ­­club, “The Crash,” is comprised of some of our most loyal fans who ensure that players enjoy their time in El Paso. The Crash provides snacks and drinks for road trips and offers post-game meals. Besides the traditional hockey and workout routine, the team’s experience in Rhino Country is supplemented by community engagement. Players mentor local students in our Skate Mates Educational Program and volunteer frequently with many El Paso charities and non-profit organizations. We are proud to say that the city of El Paso has greeted every player with kindness and generosity over the past sixteen years.

On the border of Juarez, Mexico and New Mexico, El Paso, Texas’ roots predate the 1850s. The home of Rhino Hockey is known for its warm hospitality, unique culture, and tasty Mexican food. El Paso is also home to the University of Texas at El Paso, the El Paso Chihuahuas—a AAA affiliate for the San Diego Padres, the El Paso Locomotive FC, Green Bay Packers Running Back Aaron Jones, and Grammy-winning artist Khalid. 

Despite its location in the desert, El Paso is also Kraft Hockeyville USA! In August 2020, the Sun City won the national sweepstakes competition and received $150,000 for rink renovations. The award money helped repair the roof and better insulate the building so that the ice can withstand the West Texas heat. Rink lighting and complete renovations of the restrooms were also made possible by the Kraft Hockeyville prize funds.

The franchise’s commitment to player development coupled with support of the Sun City makes being a Rhino an undeniably valuable experience. We are confident that we can provide you with the skills, tools, and opportunities to shape your future on and off the ice.

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Playing in Rhino Country