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El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The holidays are all about family and without doubt the first family of El Paso hockey is the Pleša brothers. The Canadian trio has made a home in the Southwest and turned the Rhinos into winners.
Growing up in Calgary, 20 year old Nick, 19 year old Matt, and 18 year old Peter were like most Canadian kids picking up the National sport of hockey at a very young age. 13 year later, the brothers find themselves far from their home in the Great White North, playing Junior Hockey in the desert Southwest of El Paso.
"The fans were all so welcoming, the team was too. And then our parents came down every weekend and that was great support right away," said Nick.
Surprisingly, it is the first time the brothers have gotten to play on the same team.
"Our dad started us off young and ever since then we've been practicing together. We've practiced a lot, every day," said Matt. "So we've really just gained chemistry off practicing pretty much."
The trio were a key part in bringing the Rhinos their first Thorne Cup since 2008 and say they could not have done it without the fan support.
"I think when you are away from home, being away from family and friends can be pretty tough. But the fans really help out a ton with just making us feel at home. We really appreciate the support they've given us throughout the whole year," said Peter. "We've loved our time here and hopefully we can win that Nationals and bring it home for El Paso."
The Pleša brothers are likely skating together for the final time this weekend as Rhinos at the United Hockey Union Junior Nationals Championships in Las Vegas. The team has qualified for tomorrow's semi finals. El Paso advances as the top overall seed and will face fourth seed Soo at 2:15p MT tomorrow. Winner to face either Idaho or AHI in the Championship Sunday.
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