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The El Paso Raiders

A Brief History


No, the El Paso Buzzards weren't the first team in Trans Pecos Texas. In 1975, the El Paso Raiders played in the El Paso County Coliseum. They only played for part of that season, moving to Minot North Dakota on January 24, 1976.


EP Raders Uniform
El Paso Raiders Uniform
Thanks to Doug Allan (SWHL Amarillo) for helping to recreate this.

List of Events


Catalog of Games    

Date Day Place Opp GF GA Res W L T GF GA Att
14 Oct  Tue H Billings  5  
15 Oct  Wed H Billings 5 1  1  0 10 7 916
18 Oct  Sat H Albuquerque  5 1  0 15 16 2,965 
31 Oct Fri A Albuquerque 2 9 L 1 3 0 17 25  1,370
1 Nov Sat A Albuquerque 4 8 L 1 4 0 21 33  
7 Nov Fri H Albuquerque 0 4 L 1 5 0 21 37 1,100
8 Nov Sat H Albuquerque 3 9 L 1 6 0 24 46 700
14 Nov Fri H Reno 3 7 L 1 7 0 27 53 1,000
15 Nov Sat H Reno 2 7 L 1 8 0 29 60 822
        5 7 L 1 9 0 34 67  
23 Nov Sun H Albuquerque 2 4 L 1 10 0 36 71  
29 Nov Sat H Amarillo 6 7 L (OT) 1 11 0 42 78  600
30 Nov Sun H Amarillo 5 6 L (OT) 1 12 0 47 84  
6 Dec Sat H Butte 4 2 W 2 12 0 51 86   
7 Dec Sun H Butte 8 5 W 3 12 0 59 91  
11 Dec Thu H Billings 4 1 W 4 12   63 92  
12 Dec Fri H Billings 3 5 W 5 12   66 97 400
14 Dec Sun A Amarillo 3 11 L 5 13 0 75 107  600
18 Dec Thu A Amarillo 4 5 L 5 14 0      1,400
19 Dec Fri A Amarillo 3 6 L 5 15 0     2,310
30 Dec Tue H Amarillo 5 6 L (OT) 5 16 0     1,800
1 Jan Thu A Amarillo 6 4 W 6 16 0      
3 Jan Sat H Billings 6 3 W 7 16 0     713
4 Jan Sun H Billings 5 3 W 8 16 0     150
6 Jan Tue Butte 8 1 W 9 16 0     288
7 Jan Wed Butte 8 2 W 10 16 0     425
9 Jan Fri H Billings 2 5 L 10 17 0     1,500
11 Jan Sun A Billings 5 4 W 11 17 0      
12 Jan Mon A Billings 4 5 L 11 18 0     10,832
13 Jan Tue A Butte 7 4 W 12 18 0      
14 Jan Wed A Butte 3 9 L 12 19 0      
15 Jan Thu H Amarillo 4 3 W 13 19 0     479
16 Jan Fri H Amarillo 7 4 W 14 19 0     726
18 Jan Sun H Billings 2 L 14 20 0     897
20 Jan Tue H Billings T 14 20 1 155 180  333
23 Jan Fri H Albuquerque 5 7 L 14 21 1     1,139
24 Jan Sat H Albuquerque 7 5 W 15 21 1     912
                         

Staff

Coaches:
Hal Schooley (beginning of season to 5 Nov: record 1-4-0)
Ron Wheele (5 Nov to 30 Dec: record 4-12-0)
Kel Land (interim) (31 Dec to 9 Jan: record 5-1-0)
Steve Trachsel (player-coach) (10 Jan to 24 Jan: record 4-4-1)

GM:
Ron Wheele (through 30 Dec)
Ron Lyon (30 Dec to 24 Jan)

Owners: Ralph Engelstad and Richard Engelstad

SWHL President: Ralph Engelstad

SWHL Vice-President: Richard Engelstad

SWHL Commissioner: Winston "Bing" Juckes

Ralph Engelstad Areana in Grand Forks, North Dakota (University of North Dakota)


Players

Forwards    
Aleo, Peter C
Ashley, Mike    
Austin, Rick RW Left team 11/6
Biamonte, Nick    
Clark, George F Stationed at Fort Bliss - Played on 15 Jan - Played for Army
Davis, Doug C Traded to Billings ca. 5 Jan (possibly for Brian Livingstone or Doug Heaslip)
Enquist, Brent    
Fyffe, Kirk C/LW
George, Dave F
Granchukoff, Paul C  
Heaslip, Doug F Acquired from Billings 11 Jan
Liquer, Ron    
Lynch, Barry C  
Mazur, John C  
Morgan, Garth RW
Murray, Lyle F Joined Raiders about 2 Jan; played for Reno
Neeld, Norm    
Sharples, Dave LW
Shepard, Rex "Tex" LW  
Sim, Brent Team Captain first 5 games
Smith, Dave RW  
Weatheral, Dayle   Joined team about 5 Nov
     
Defensemen    
Cureatz, Carl    Came when the Reno Broncos folded
DeGazio, Dan "Moose" D
Land, Cal (C)    Came when the Reno Broncos folded
Reno, Laurie    
Hucul, Fred   Left team on 20 Jan with neck injury to work on father's farm
Sims, Brent (C) D Left team 11/6
Walker, Stu    
Wirth, Steve    Joined team about 5 Nov
Livingstone, Brian D Acquired from Billings 11 Jan; Left team on 20 Jan
 
   
Goalies    
Allen, Doug G Played 23 Nov game (on loan)
Erickson, Kel (Kelvin)    Came when the Reno Broncos folded
Hepp, Brian    
Laing, Greg    
Mason, Brent    
Szabo, Rick G Left team 11/6
Warner, Gary G
Position Unknown    
Degazio, Dan Left team 11/6
Knibbs, Kevin
Minogue, Warren    
O'Donnell, Tim
Trachsel, Steve
Peart, Don    

Wish List

If anybody can help me with game scores or complete the player roster, please e-mail me. Any pictures would be nice too.


For Comments of Suggestions, email me


Last Update: 15 December 2011