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Ice Wolves take part in first NAHL Draft, select 14 ‘great players’

June 6th, 2019

The New Mexico Ice Wolves’ first-ever NAHL Draft was a success, netting the team 14 players, including star goalie Josh Graziano with the second-overall pick in the June 4 draft. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The Ice Wolves now have 31 total players comprising draft picks and 17 tendered players as the team marks another milestone…

‘Freshman Line’ leaves lasting legacy at Cibola High School

May 9th, 2019

After each high school hockey season, coaches generally reflect on the positives from the season and the team’s senior class. At Cibola High School, the Cougars graduate three seniors and linemates this year in Tylec Kohlrust, Garrett McKinstry and Marcus Trujillo, a trio that was dubbed the ‘Freshman Line’ four years ago, and the name…

NAHL makes ’19-20 return to New Mexico with Ice Wolves

April 9th, 2019

The end of February and start of March brought new beginnings for the North American Hockey League (NAHL). On Feb. 28, the league announced that the New Mexico Ice Wolves will be joining the Tier II junior circuit for the 2019-20 season. Then four days later, Phil Fox was named head coach. The team will…

New Mexico’s Payson finding scoring touch with USPHL’s Aviators

March 6th, 2019

It took some time to get the wind under their wings, but the New York Aviators could be taking off at just the right time. The team, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., had a huge turnaround in what has been a sub-.500 season, going 8-2-0-1 since the start of the new year. The Aviators are propelled…

Lobos ‘so ready to play,’ hoping to make ACHA national tournament

March 5th, 2019

The University of New Mexico has played stellar hockey through much of the current season, but is that enough for the Lobos to make the ACHA Division III national tournament? Time will tell. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “We are a bit out of the top ten and we had a couple losses that were preventable…

New Mexico native Gretz finding positives in Flint’s OHL season

February 25th, 2019

Even though a shoulder injury has him sidelined him for the remainder of current 2018-19 season, Marcus Gretz is still working. A second-year defenseman for the Ontario Hockey League’s Flint Firebirds, the 17-year-old Albuquerque native has been out since late November, but is still finding ways to be involved with the club. READ OUR LATEST…

Revamped RGHSHL helping high school game grow in New Mexico

February 6th, 2019

When the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League was renamed the Rio Grande High School Hockey League (RGHSHL) this season to also include teams from Colorado and Texas, it was but another step in growing the game of hockey in a non-traditional area. RGHSHL commissioner Kevin Brake said the league is immensely underrated. READ OUR…

While ‘doing things the right way,’ Mustangs added to Jr. NWHL

February 4th, 2019

Hockey just keeps growing in New Mexico. And now, it’s going national. Last month, the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) announced that the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Mustangs have been added to the Jr. NWHL. The Mustangs are the 88th program to join the Jr. NWHL’s ranks. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “It is always an honor…

Renamed RGHSHL now represents schools in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado

January 8th, 2019

Known for years as the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, the NMIIHL has grown to incorporate more than just schools in the Land of Enchantment. Starting with the 2018-19 season, the league is now known as the Rio Grande High School Hockey League (RGHSHL). READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “With more than half of our…

Ice Wolves trending upward with coaching changes, rink ownership

December 26th, 2018

The New Mexico Ice Wolves youth hockey program (NMICE) is recognizing that change is good. For the current 2018-19 season, the Ice Wolves made some wholesale changes to the club’s travel coaching staff – just one such tweak that has proven to be a positive for the Albuquerque-based association. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “Our Squirt,…