New Mexico Scorpions
The New Mexico Scorpions were a Central Hockey League (CHL) team located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The team was established in 1996 as a part of the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL). In 2001, the WPHL merged with the CHL. On July 2, 2009, the Scorpions ceased operations.
|New Mexico Scorpions|
|City||Rio Rancho, New Mexico|
|League||Central Hockey League|
Western Professional Hockey League
|Home arena||Santa Ana Star Center|
|Colors||Red, Black, Gold|
|Regular season titles||1 (1996)|
|Division Championships||1 (2007)|
|Ray Miron President's Cup||None|
The Scorpions' home arena during their WPHL and early CHL days was the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team suspended operations for the 2005-06 season, then moved to the new Santa Ana Star Center, in the neighbouring city of Rio Rancho, for the 2006-07 season.
The Scorpions finished at the top of the WPHL standings for their initial 1996-97 season, winning the inaugural Governor's Cup as regular season champion. The team had limited success in playoff/championship play. They made it to the WPHL championship finals in the 1999-00 season, losing to the Shreveport Mudbugs in six games. In the 2006-07 CHL season, the Scorpions won the Southwest Division playoffs, then lost the Southern Conference Championship series to the Laredo Bucks.
The Scorpions' mascot was named Stanley.
- "Scorpions cease operations". oursportscentral.com. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
- Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. pp. xi. ISBN 1-894974-21-2.