November 16, 2016

Thank you for your loyal support, encouragement and belief in the Ice Skating Institute. It is our privilege to serve you and the industry we hold dear.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Flip is grateful that he isn't a turkey!

Charting ISI's Growth
The ISI board of directors' fall meeting took place Nov. 11-13 at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Texas. Discussion was positive, with numerous ideas approved to grow and improve the organization. ISI staff was present and all in attendance walked away excited and committed to continuing to make ISI the premier association dedicated to serving ice arenas and the professionals employed in and serving these facilities.

Adult Champs & Holiday Challenge Updates
The event schedules for ISI Adult Championships and ISI Holiday Challenge are posted on the ISI website. While the schedule is now set, it may still be necessary to make minor adjustments prior to the events. Please check your times carefully and recheck them later this week. Any schedule questions should be emailed to

A judge meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Stanley's Sports Bar (upstairs in the rink). Also, as a thank you to Adult Champs participants, District 14 is sponsoring a holiday happy hour at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Stanley's. Adult competitors will receive a formal invitation at registration.

Register Online for Winter Classic
Entry forms for the 2017 ISI Winter Classic are now available online. Test deadline is Nov. 25 and entry deadline is Dec. 1. The competition is scheduled Feb. 9-12 at Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.


Cyber Monday Deal
on ISI/MIAMA Conference
Register online for the 2017 ISI/MIAMA Conference & Trade Show on Monday, Nov. 28 and SAVE $130 off the standard registration price. Full conference registration is $395. Offer ends at midnight Monday, Nov. 28, and is available to ISI member attendees only. Register Nov. 28 at

Conference Preview

One-Day Conference Certification Options
The 2017 ISI/MIAMA Conference & Trade Show will offer the following one-day certification courses specially priced at $149:

Basic AED/CPR/First Aid (six-hour classroom) on Tuesday, May 30. It includes the MIAMA-sponsored buffet luncheon, conference opening and keynote, and presidents' reception. Registration closes April 15, so don't delay!

On Thursday, June 1, weSKATE course certification will be offered to coaches. This special deal also includes on-ice sessions at Bloomington Ice Garden, box lunch, trade show and cocktail reception. Operators and managers can register for an HVAC & Dehumidification certification course (two-hour classroom), also on Thursday. Course includes tours of the Shakopee and Braemar facilities, as well as on-ice sessions, box lunch, trade show and reception.

Holiday Gift for Skaters
The ISI Handbook makes the ideal holiday gift for skaters, coaches, skating/competition directors and even parents. The 2016 edition includes the latest rule revisions and new competition events. Cost is $28, plus shipping. To order, visit

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

Court Rules in Favor of Hockey League
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York Court of Appeals ruled that a local youth hockey association is not responsible for a spectator brawl that resulted in a head injury.
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Arena to Bid Rink Replacement
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Bids will be awarded Dec. 19 for replacing the ice rink at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
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Incident Illustrates Need for Defibrillator
SANDPOINT, Idaho — The Sandpoint Hockey Association is trying to raise about $2,000 to purchase a defibrillator following a close call in which an adult player collapsed on the ice and was saved by paramedics on the opposing team.
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Islanders Blame Ice Conditions on Piping
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New York Islanders players have described ice conditions at Barclays Center as "unplayable," citing the arena's need to replace its plastic piping with steel.
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New University Arena Receives Gift
ANGOLA, Ind. — Chuck and Lisa Surack and their company, Sweetwater, have pledged $300,000 toward the Thunder Ice Arena, now under construction at Trine University, where their company logo will be displayed below the Trine "T" at center ice.
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Flooding Repairs to Run $400K
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Total repairs to Washington Park Ice Arena following two summer floods are expected to cost nearly $400,000.
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International Skating Center Planned
LEESBURG, Va. — Train to Skate LLC plans to construct a $19.5 million international ice center initially featuring two ice sheets — one NHL size and the other Olympic figure skating size — plus many other amenities and room to expand to four sheets.
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City Reconsiders Demolition Schedule
SAN MATEO, Calif. — The San Mateo City Council has agreed to allow SPI Holdings to resubmit its application to demolish the Bridgepointe Shopping Center ice rink, with local skating enthusiasts hoping the developer's new $8 million offer will be used to build a new rink.
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Arena Launches $3.4M Capital Campaign
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — The public phase of a $3.4 million capital campaign has been launched to renovate the 40-year-old Martha's Vineyard Ice Arena to make it an energy-efficient community skating facility.
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Replacement of Arena Could Cost $40M
ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University's 2016 Comprehensive Master Plan recommends relocation and replacement of Bird Arena and the Aquatic Center at an estimated cost of about $40 million.
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Arena Abandons Naming Rights Plan,
Agrees on Repairs
WATERTOWN, N.Y. — For the time being, City Council has agreed to drop an unsuccessful plan to sell five-year renaming rights to the renovated Watertown Municipal Arena until they have resolved a roofing system flaw.
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