UTEP Hockey Skates on Thin Ice in Fundraising Efforts

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:04pm

One of UTEP's first hockey clubs considers the task of raising funds a bit slippery.

"People didn't even know we had a rink here in El Paso so they think it's kind of interesting because it's something different from what we have here because it's all about soccer and football over here. So hockey is a new thing for everyone here," said Mario Ramirez, UTEP Hockey President.

UTEP Senior Mario Ramirez, a mechanical engineering major, began playing hockey 18 years ago in Juarez. Recently, he and his cousin and UTEP student Jorge Villegas thought why the "h-e-double-hockey sticks" not bring a sport... typically played on ice... to the university... located in the desert.

"Most of them started laughing when I brought it up. They were like seriously you want to start a hockey team here in El Paso. Yeah, why not?" said Villegas.

Villegas says the club has grown from five members to 12 in three semesters.But the group continues to skate on thin ice when it comes to raising money to become sanctioned and join the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

"We are actually right now borrowing stuff from the Rhinos or stuff the rink has available to us," said Villegas.

The club hopes to have scrimmage games by the end of the year. If you'd like to donate or participate, contact the UTEP Hockey Club at minersicehockey@utep.edu.
The group will have a fundraiser on March 31st.

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