February 4, 2016

Winning Lineup of Speakers Set
for 2016 ISI/PSA Conferences
We are pleased to announce the following renowned industry professionals to present at the ISI/PSA Conferences & Trade Show, May 31-June 4, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas:

Rafael Arutyunyan
• John Nicks
• Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner
• Janet Champion
• Art Sutherland
• Rob McBride
• Corey Cash
• Rob Olexin

As shared earlier, Scott Hamilton will deliver the keynote address.

A detailed conference prospectus will be posted on our website shortly and a printed version will be available in the spring issue of EDGE, arriving in mailboxes this month.

Keep in mind that the ISI hotel group rate deadline is April 29.

For general conference and session information, visit skateisi.org/conference.

Advanced Skating Director Track
Offered at ISI/PSA Conferences
ISI's new Advanced Skating Director iAIM certification track will be offered for the first time during this year's annual conference. Key sessions include "Ethics & Creating Professional Culture," "The Skater Development Model," "Keys to Skater Retention and Progression" and more.

This course will certainly provide participants a competitive advantage in the workplace. For information, visit skateisi.org/conference.

Reach Your Target Audience
At the 2016 ISI/PSA Trade Show
Vendors, don't miss your opportunity to connect with your target audience! Register now for the 2016 ISI/PSA Trade Show, scheduled June 2-3 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Booth space will be assigned on April 1 on a first-come, first-served basis. The exhibitor prospectus was recently mailed and can be viewed online. For questions, contact cjackson@skateisi.org

Pro-rated Registration Rates
Available for Hockey Teams
ISI pro-rated hockey team registration rates are available March 1 through Aug. 31. Rates are as low as $200 for a youth team and $275 for an adult team.

Do you know that ISI Administration members can now register their hockey league team without having to register players individually? This new process makes registering teams as simple as one, two, three! For more information, contact the ISI office at 972-735-8800.

Winter Classic Update
More than 642 skaters representing 30 rinks from 14 states and Mexico will participate in the 31st annual ISI Winter Classic at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den in Orlando, Fla.

Practice ice is available for purchase on the RDV website.

For ease in program planning, a map of the rinks is posted on the ISI website.

Minor changes have been made to the event schedule since posted Jan. 12.

Good Sport Award nominees were due to the ISI office on Jan. 22 for inclusion in the program book. Nominees submitted by Friday, Feb. 5, will receive certificates at the event.

Synchro Champs Deadline Extended
The entry deadline for Synchronized Championships has been extended to Friday, Feb. 5. Scheduled April 8-10 at St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Mo., Synchro Champs features three days of competition events and the annual Synchro Showcase exhibition, highlighting spectacular performances selected throughout the competition, as well as special guest skaters.

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Quote Corner
"Climb mountains not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you."
~ David McCullough Jr.

Never underestimate the power of the written word ... Insightful or humorous quotes have the ability to motivate, soothe, entertain and lighten one's mood. Try posting enlightening or comical quotes in your office, skating school or arena and see if you notice a difference. Send us your favorite quotes as well and we'll run them in upcoming issues of ISI News so that others can share them with their colleagues, employees and skaters. Please send to editor@skateisi.org.



Industry News is compiled from national media reports and member submissions. Please send news to editor@skateisi.org.

Sports Center/Arena Turning a Profit
FOREST LAKE, Minn. – Two years after its controversial purchase of the Forest Lake Area Athletic Association Sports Center, Forest Lake Area School District reports that the facility made $50,000 in operating income.
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Final Vote Set
for New Dr Pepper StarCenter
FORT WORTH, Texas – The third and final city council vote for a new Dr Pepper StarCenter in Mansfield is set for Feb. 8, but the proposed project is not without objections.
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University Arena Gets Upgrades
ERIE, Pa. – A successful fundraising campaign is bringing upgrades to Mercyhurst University's ice center, which some predict will help with the school's hockey recruiting efforts.
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Downtown Revitalization Project Generating Excitement
MASON CITY, Iowa – City council has agreed to two measures to sell land downtown for the revitalization project slated to bring a new hotel, an ice arena for the North Iowa Bulls, more businesses and increased economic impact.
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Rink/Sports Complex Plans Progressing
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Plans are moving forward for a new public-private ice rink and sports complex in Hamburg.
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Naming Rights Package Discussed
BISMARCK, N.D. – Negotiations are underway for the 15-year naming rights for the future Mandan Sports Complex's two ice arenas, concessions, resurfacing machine, custom wrap on the ice and other amenities.
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Ice Arena Authority Clarifies Responsibility
NORWICH, Conn. – The city's Ice Arena Authority, the governing body for the RoseGarden Ice Arena, has made a statement clarifying that its role is limited to managing the contract between the city and Wonderland of Ice Associates, the firm that manages the ice rink.
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Aging Facility Needs Millions in Upgrades
DAYTON, Ohio – Faced with $6 to $7 million in upgrades to bring Kettering Ice Arena up to code and compliant with current EPA standards, the city is spending $45,000 for a study to determine whether it will keep the arena or use it for another recreational activity.
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Arena Subcontracts Approved
DETROIT – The Downtown Development Authority has approved nine more subcontracts totaling more than $50 million for work on the Ilitch organization's new arena project.
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Neighbors Protest Planned Rink Location
BRAINTREE, Mass. – Increased traffic is one of the issues being raised by local residents opposed to a private school's planned ice rink in the Campanelli Industrial Park.
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Grant to Fund Rink Improvements
L'ANSE, Mich. – A $10,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation to the village of L'Anse will help fund upgrades to the Meadowbrook Ice Rink.
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$8M Arena Expansion Approved
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Bismarck Park Board has approved an $8 million expansion to Schaumberg Ice Arena, including the addition of a second sheet of ice.
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Arena Deficit Being Reduced
AUBURN, Maine – The city's dual ice arena is reporting a shrinking operations loss that might be erased by the end of the current season.
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Rink Announces New Food Vendor
WILMETTE, Ill. –Park District commissioners have approved WBR as the new food vendor for Centennial pool and ice rinks, after terminating a contract with Krave.
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Rink Expansion Considered
EAGLE, Colo. – Western Eagle County Metropolitan Park District, Eagle Ranch and the town of Eagle are evaluating expansion options for the 13-year-old Eagle Pool & Ice Rink.
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ISU Championships Expected to Pump Millions Into Boston Economy
BOSTON – The 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships set for this spring at TD Garden is expected to boost the local economy by more than $30 million.
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Feasibility Study Underway for Third Rink
MISSOULA, Mont. – County commissioners have approved a study to determine the feasibility of a third rink to keep up with increased demand for ice time.
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Broken Chiller Melts Ice
WILLMAR, Minn. – A malfunctioning 35-year-old chiller melted the ice in the Cardinal Arena inside the Willmar Civic Center, forcing the rink to close until repairs could be completed.
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$4.5M Expansion Completed
HAMDEN, Conn. – A $4.5 million expansion of the Northford Ice Pavilion has been completed, adding a third sheet of ice and giving the facility the distinction of having more rinks under one roof than any other ice skating venue in the state, according to company officials.
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Speed Skaters Concerned
About Renovation Plans
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Some members of the Illinois speed skating community are concerned that planned renovations to the University of Illinois' ice arena will reduce the rink from a 115-foot Olympic-size width to an 85-foot NHL size.
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10-Year Partnership Helps Fund Rink
BOZEMAN, Mont. – A 10-year partnership between Ressler Motors and the Gallatin Ice Foundation gives the auto dealership naming rights for one rink in exchange for an undisclosed financial donation.
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University Arena Needs
Renovations or Replacement
ATHENS, Ohio – Bird Arena, the first ice arena on a college campus in Ohio, is nearly 60 years old and in need of a major renovation or perhaps replacement with a brand new arena.
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Arena Might Sell Naming Rights
WATERTOWN, N.Y. – The parks and recreation superintendent is recommending that the city bid out the naming rights for its ice rink at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, scheduled to reopen next month following a $10.5 million upgrade.
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Facility to Close for Renovations
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – The year-round ice arena at the Nelson Sports Complex will close from April to August for renovations costing up to $2 million, including floor, compressor and mechanical updates.
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