El Paso Rhinos
Seelmann Goes Pro with Höchstadt
Congratulations to Thorne Cup champion and former Rhino forward Florian Seelmann who will join the roster of the Höchstadt Alligators in Germany next season! pic.twitter.com/mgi0CN4UjZ— Rhino Hockey (@El_Paso_Rhinos) June 15, 2019
Thorne Cup Champion Florian Seelmann becomes this season’s first former Rhino to sign a professional contract.
Seelmann will lace up his skates for the Höchstadt Alligators, a professional team in Höchstadt, Germany, that plays within the Oberliga Süd, a tier three German professional league. The team is comprised of German and Czech players of which Seelmann is currently the youngest. Throughout the season, he will play alongside his brother, Philipp Seelmann, who is also a forward for the Alligators.
The German forward started the season in the WSHL with the Casper Bobcats where he posted 13 goals and 20 assists in 23 games. Following the mid-season break, Seelmann was traded to El Paso to play the final 19 games of his junior career. During his time in Rhino Country, he earned seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 regular-season points. His three playoff points came during the Thorne Cup Finals in Ogden, where his assists helped the Rhinos to their second Thorne Cup Championship in two seasons.
KAMPER MOVES UP
June 3, 2019
Congratulations to two-time Thorne Cup champion and Rhino alum, Max Kamper, who will lace up his skates for the Iowa State Cyclones next season!
Stalzer Becomes a Broncho
May 9, 2019
Adam Stalzer becomes the third Rhino this season to sign with the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos!
During the 2017-18 season, his first year in Rhino Country, the forward totaled 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points. He improved his stats his sophomore year, tallying 23 goals and 39 assists—ten of the points earned during playoffs. Throughout his two seasons, he also racked up 230 penalty minutes, earning him the seventh position on the Franchise’s All-Time Penalty Minutes list.
Not only was Stalzer an offensive force for the Rhinos, his physicality and intensity helped lead the Rhinos to two championships in both of his seasons with the team. The Illinois native’s willingness to square up against any member of the opposing team coupled with his charismatic personality made him a fan favorite in Rhino Country.
He will join teammates Ty Erramouspe and JC Dubecky in Edmond, OK and play under former Rhino captain Michael Rivera.
Dubecky Commits to UCO
May 2, 2019
This week, three-year veteran defenseman JC Dubecky became the second Rhino this season to sign with the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos.
Dubecky, a Regina, Saskatchewan native, has been one of the Rhinos’ most consistent and lauded defensemen over the past three seasons. In his first year on the roster, the eighteen-year-old posted 24 points, yet more impressively, in his sophomore season, he more than tripled that number, earning 76 points and his first Thorne Cup Championship. He followed up with another great year during the 2018-19 season, tallying 67 points and another championship to end his junior career.
In addition to his captaincy helping lead the Rhinos to back to back Championships, Dubecky’s individual accomplishments are numerous. He was selected to the All Thorne Cup Team and named the Rhinos’ top defenseman for the past two seasons. He was the Western States Hockey League’s Top Scoring Defenseman during the 2017-18 season and is currently the franchise’s highest scoring defenseman. He also ranks fourth in Franchise All-Time Points, second in Franchise All-Time Assists, and third in Franchise All-Times Games Played.
Following the steps of Simon Hobbis, Drake Cartwright, and Ty Erramouspe, Dubecky will be the fourth Rhino in the past three seasons to sign with the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos under UCO Assistant Coach and former Rhino captain and native El Pasoan Michael Rivera.
Erramouspe Signs with UCO
May 2, 2019
Native El Pasoan Ty Erramouspe has committed to play hockey at the University of Central Oklahoma after spending the last four seasons in Rhino Country.
Born in El Paso and growing up in the Sun City area, the forward starting playing hockey with the El Paso Hockey Association when he was three years old. He continued playing youth hockey with the EPHA travel program and played for Franklin High School’s club hockey team. In his final year of high school hockey, he also briefly earned a spot on the Rhinos’ roster for 14 games during the 2015-16 season. In his second year with the Rhinos, the 2016-17 season, he totaled 23 points in 43 games before earning another 55 points during the 2017-18 championship season. This year, he rounded out his final season of junior hockey with 60 points, 29 goals and 31 assists, in 48 regular season games. He also tallied seven points in the post-season and won the second championship of his junior career.
Erramouspe ranks among the franchise’s top five players in All-Time Goals and All-Time Games Played. He joins former Rhinos Simon Hobbis and Drake Cartwright on the Broncho roster and will play under UCO Assistant Coach and former Rhino captain and native El Pasoan Michael Rivera.