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


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.


“It is always an honor any time someone outside of your market wants to help promote your organization,” said Mustangs organization head coach and 15U MSGHL team head coach Floyd Braaten. “With the support of the NWHL, it helps get our name out there for recruiting and anyone who might be moving to New Mexico from other markets.”

Benefits of the Jr. NWHL include a free Jr. NWHL jersey patch for all female players within the organization, exclusive opportunities to skate pre-game, post-game and during intermission of NWHL games, having the organization honored at the local NWHL venue where the team’s jersey will hang, having the organization’s name, logo and a link to their website on the official NWHL website, exclusive ability to nominate an honorary captain, the opportunity to be recognized as the “Club of the Month” and have a picture of the team/organization on the NWHL website, a free 90-day Club Recruiting Management Platform Trial with SportsRecruits – “The Anti-Recruiting Service,” as well as discounted access for youth hockey administrators to utilize LeagueApps software for registration, payment collection and communication tools.

“I would like to think that with our organization being accepted as a Jr. NWHL affiliate, that means that we are doing things the right way,” said Braaten. “It has always been a struggle to grow girls hockey in New Mexico, but the Mustangs have a good reputation as a place where our players learn to play the game the right way with good sportsmanship and always seem to be having fun.

“And thanks to people like the NWHL and others, it is making the job of growing the Mustangs in a non-traditional market a little easier.”

— Matt Mackinder

(Feb. 4, 2019)

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