Rhinos Charge to Victory at Military Appreciation Night

24th Press Camp Headquarters
Story by Spc. Julia Dennard

Date: 12.03.2010
Posted: 12.13.2010 12:09
News ID: 61889
Rhinos Charge to Victory at Military Appreciation Night

FORT BLISS, Texas - The El Paso Rhinos hockey team invited the Fort Bliss community to Military Appreciation Night, Dec. 3 and 4, in a last second, hard-fought victory against the Fort Worth Brahmas.<br /> <br /> Members of the 1-6 Infantry and the 4-1 Brigade Combat Team squared-off during the intermission to have a scrimmage of their own. It gave the unit teams a chance to utilize hockey drills instead of battle drills. The soldiers had a good time as they demonstrated their skills on the ice and showed some impressive skating.<br /> <br /> “We love coming here,” said Spc. Patrick Ostrander, a medic in the 1-6 Infantry. “I’m proud to hold the guidon representing my unit and cheer our team on.” <br /> <br /> Michael Hissam, color analyst and announcer for the Rhinos, says Military Appreciation Day is one of his favorite events.<br /> <br /> “A lot of military come to support our team,” Hissam said. “We have many soldiers who come from big hockey towns and they come here and get a taste of home. We love having Military Appreciation Night. It gives us the chance to show our support for the Soldiers.”<br /> <br /> The Rhinos organization is a junior league finishing program that gives young players a chance to hone and develop their skills, giving them an opportunity to win hockey scholarships to universities. <br /> <br /> “In the past 5 years, since the organization’s inception, more than 22 players have received scholarships,” said Rhinos Head Coach Cory Herman. <br /> <br /> Herman said the players come from all over the United States to have a chance to compete and play in this arena. When the house is full they love it but, when the military shows up, they turn up the heat.<br /> <br /> “Our guys get pumped up when it’s Military Appreciation night”, said Herman.<br />