Thursday, November 18, 2010


This weekend the New Mexico Renegades ride the brand into El Paso to take on the Rhinos.

The previous meeting between the two did not have the desired outcome, but the Renegades did a wonderful job regrouping against the Boulder Bison, who represented the WSHL at Junior Nationals last year.  Even though the Renegades did not take the series, the contests were close and competitive.  The revamped squad proved they can compete at the top of the league.  With a little more time to gel the Renegades will excel.

The Renegades encourage you to follow the game on Time-to-Score, B2 Networks or both has the Renegades ride itno Rhino territory.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

10th Annual Western States Shoot-Out Showcase!!!

The Tenth Annual Western States Shoot-Out Showcase begins at 1:00pm on December 16, 2010 at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

The Showcase will include all 13 teams from the WSHL and 1 team from NorPac the Helena Bighorns.

Each team will play 4 games in the showcase format of 2-25 minute halves. All games will be played as league games, with all stats and win/loss points included in the season totals.

The WSHL is expecting a large turnout of NCAA college coaches after the very successful 2009-2010 recruiting season. The WSHL set a all-time league record for placement of college freshmen into NCAA ice hockey for the 2010-2011 season.

The Host Hotel for the Showcase is the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. Room rates are $25 plus a $5 resort fee per night.

For parents and spectators who are flying into Las Vegas, the WSHL will have available a charter bus running between the rink and the Stratosphere. The bus pass will be $40 per person for the entire weekend, or $15 for one round trip. Parents/Spectators interested in the bus pass contact the league office at:

The WSHL will also be holding a College Hockey Seminar at the Stratosphere Showroom Saturday December 18. This seminar is for players and parents and will discuss such items as financial aid, recruiting, admission criteria, and more.

This showcase resulted in a lot of college attention for the Renegades players last year while providing a great venue of entertainment for the parents, fans and even players.  The Renegades and the WSHL encourage you to make the trip so you can enjoy great junior hockey in a competitive environment along with the excitement of LAS VEGAS!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Renegades Preparing for Rhinos

The New Mexico Renegades enjoyed a relaxing bye weekend from WSHL play and returned to the ice this week for practice.  The El Paso Rhinos roll into town on Friday night for battle after a rough weekend in Tulsa.  The Rhinos lost the weekend series.  Friday night, Tulsa beat the Rhinos in overtime and Saturday night stopped them in regulation.  Sunday the Rhinos overwhelmed Tulsa though. 

Meanwhile, New Mexico has played Tulsa closely and put together three solid games last weekend.  The Renegades are preparing to break the streak and would like to do so at home for the pleasure of their fans.

Assistant Captain Matt Pipkins said "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take and success comes with 100% effort, so as a team we plan to rack up the shots on goal to test their goalie and put forth as much effort as possible- we want to break this streak and starting putting up W's."

Go Renegades!

Coach Ambroziak Join Mustangs on Bench!

Renegades Head Coach Peter Ambroziak, joined Mustangs Head Coach Bill Mackult on the bench during the Mustangs home game on Saturday night against the Amarillo Bulls. Coach Mackult offered Coach Ambroziak the opportunity while Mustangs Assistant Coach Brian Cronan was scouting in Pittsburg.

The Mustangs fought a tough battle, but ended up losing 3-2. Like the Renegades, the Mustangs are a young team this season, although they have a great deal of talent on their roster.

Coach Ambroziak was thankful for the opportunity and had a great time on the bench. "Bill and I have very similar coaching styles, but you always learn something new when you are with someone as experienced and knowledgable as he is," Coach Ambroziak said. "I look forward to moving some of our Renegades players up to the Mustangs where I know they'll have great coaching, and play for a first class organization."

The Mustangs look to take back a win when they play Wichita Falls on Sunday, October 31st at Santa Ana Star Center.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Mexico Renegades Fundraiser Barbecue

Come out for the New Mexico Renegades second fundraiser barbeque. Meet the players as they assist you in taking your order for a delicious grilled hamburger or brat, grilling up your order, or getting your order to you. Assorted chips and drinks will also be available! Get there early...the first barbeque was so popular all of the food sold out...So, come out this Saturday, enjoy a delicious lunch or snack. and help the non-profit organization, New Mexico Renegades Hockey continue to bring exciting junio0r hockey action to Rio Rancho

Date & Time: Saturday October 30 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Sunflower Farmers Market

               Coors Blvd. NW & Alameda NW
               Albuquerque, NM

While you're there...check-out Sunflower Farmers market for some of the great burgers and brats served at the barbeque and many of the other values offered daily!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Breaking The Streak

The New Mexico Renegades responded to Coach Ambroziak's request this past weekend and competed.  Although they wetn 0-3, the scores were 4-2 (F), 3-2 (F/OT) and a heart-breaking 5-4 loss (GWG @ 18:38 of the 3rd period).
It's no secret that the Renegades have been stuck in the rough for a few weeks, but junior hockey is the tool to teach players how to handle adversity.  Anyone can play when it's convenient and comfortable, but what players are going to push themselves at a 5:30 AM practice?  Who will get off the 15-hour bus ride and fight through the road legs?  Junior hockey is a 60 game season in the Mid-West and that is before play-offs.  Right now the Renegades are battling the grind and with perseverance, this streak will turn around. A team has to lose playing well before they can win.  That is how an athlete learns the amount of work it takes to win a game.  A losing streak teaches players to appreciate and work for the win.
So keep cheering on your New Mexico Renegades, because as fans, remember this: It doesn't matter where you start, but where you finish.  It's a long season and I sense that the Renegades are about to make a statement.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Renegades Ready for Rampage!

After an arduous week of practice and "getting back to the basics", the Renegades are set to battle the Rampage on home-ice.  Last series, the Renegades reuturned from Tulsa 1-2.  Veteran goaltender Colton Ishmael starred in Game Two of the series with a 50+ save performance to lead the Renegades to a 2-1 victory.

As with any game, goaltending and defense are a crucial part of winning, but even more so when playing the Tulsa Rampage.  Their team is known for firing an unbelievable amount of shots on goal with the idea of "catching the goalie off-guard", while attempting to break the goaltender's focus and tiring the netminder out.  This also forces the defensemen to battle for rebounds and wear them down as well.  With the Renegades' solid trio of netminders in Colton Ishmael, Rett Vossler and Brandon Loera, New Mexico should be comfortable in net.  Although a tad shorthanded at defense with the abscence of Assistant Captain Matt Pipkins he will be in the lockerroom to lead the Blue Line Crew.  Rookie Trevor McClary had this to say about the upcoming weekend:

"I have confidence that this weekend against Tulsa the team as one has alot of work to do, but I feel with the hardwork that we've shown since we've been home from Texas is will pay off."

Also, the New Mexico Renegades want to wish Colton Ishmael a happy birthday!

Who We Are

The New Mexico Renegades Tier III Junior "A" program competes in the Mid-West division of the WSHL. Coach Peter Ambroziak, along with his wife Maryanne Ambroziak, own and operate the junior team. The Ambroziak family is dedicated to helping you progress to the Tier II Junior "A", ACHA and NCAA levels of hockey.

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