Although Trey Erramouspe’s hometown is Santa Teresa, New Mexico, El Paso is where he learned to play hockey. By three years old, he was regularly at the rink, when it was in the Coliseum, learning how to play hockey. One of the first coaches in Trey’s formative hockey years was Cory Herman. Now Herman will again be his coach as Trey plays for the Rhinos this season in his first year of junior hockey.
“Trey has always had a great work ethic,” Coach Herman explains. “He has a great attitude and wants to become a better hockey player. It is really awesome to see a player grow and develop in our program and to have the chance to coach him again at the Junior level. I think he will do well, grow and develop even more.”
The 2003-born winger played up through the El Paso Hockey Association’s youth program and suited up for Franklin High School’s JV team in 2017-18 before playing for Coronado’s Varsity in 2018-19. During his only season with the T-Birds, he posted 23 points in only 14 games, was named the Rio Grande High School Hockey League player of the week and was awarded the Rookie of the Year distinction.
Last season, he moved to Colorado Springs to play AAA for the Colorado Springs Tigers of the North American Prospects League. He earned 5 points in a total of 18 regular season and playoff games. Although he was not a prolific goal scorer as he was used to, he used it as a learning experience. “I went from scoring 3-4 goals a game to 5-6 goals a season. It was a different experience all around. But it taught me to play faster and move the puck more.” Off the ice, Trey adapted to living away from his family and he acknowledged that the experience taught him responsibility. “Be responsible for yourself. That was one of the bigger things I learned when I went to Colorado.”
Following his AAA season, he returned to El Paso and joined Rhino practices and workouts. He admitted that it was a challenge. “It was more physical here than what I was used to in Colorado. And it was a little bit faster because the guys were older.” A few months later, however, Trey signed to be part of the Rhinos’ roster for the 2020-21 season. “I thought it would be fun to play in my hometown. I’m excited to be back in El Paso to play in front of the Rhino fans.”
Trey won’t be the first in the family to play for the Rhinos; he is the younger brother of former Rhino, Ty Erramouspe. Ty played for the Rhinos from 2015-2019 and now plays at the University of Central Oklahoma. Trey knows that his brother’s clout precedes him, but he’s okay with that. “I have some big shoes to fill. Everyone loved Ty. There are high expectations, but I’m up for the challenge.”