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Sukee Arena to remain closed this winter

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:34 am

Sukee Arena to remain closed this winter
Problems with its ice-making capability are forcing the rink and area hockey teams to find solutions.

...“We went to start the compressors up, the normal routine, to get things cold and make the ice,” she said. “The compressors never got it cold enough. We couldn’t get down to temperature to make ice.

“It’s been a month of just getting numbers together, of getting estimates for what it would cost to repair (the system).”

Sukeforth, of China, did not return several calls over three days to his home.

The building’s abrupt closing will have a profound effect on its hockey tenants, from youth to the high school level.

http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/11/10/ ... is-winter/
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Re: Sukee Arena to remain closed this winter

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:24 am

Schools feel financial impact of Sukee Arena closing
As building owner stays silent, displaced programs face rising costs.

... Messalonskee is a good example of what hockey programs are facing with Sukee’s closure. For home games or practices at Sukee, Messalonskee did not need to provide transportation to and from games for its players; now a home game or a practice at Kents Hill would require transportation and an increase of ice rental costs.

Furthermore, the home team will also be required to provide security for the game.

Waterville police spokesperson Kathleen Kenney Haley said the department charges $50 per hour with a minimum four-hour slot for security detail.

Winslow and Gardiner entered into a cooperative effort to field a girls hockey team this winter for the first time. Instead of practicing at Sukee Arena for the vast majority of the time — as was originally planned — the team will practice regularly at the Ice Vault in Hallowell.

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Re: Sukee Arena to remain closed this winter

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:41 am

Rink managers help schools salvage hockey season after Winslow arena closes

... However, the rink managers at Colby College’s Alfond Arena in Waterville, the Bonnefond Ice Arena at Kents Hill School and the Camden National Bank Ice Vault in Augusta teamed up with athletic directors to find ice time for the displaced hockey programs.

The teams affected included Messalonskee High School of Oakland, the Lawrence-Skowhegan co-op squad and the Winslow High boys teams as well as the first-year Winslow-Gardiner girls team.

“When it first happened, you were thinking the worst,” said Messalonskee athletic director Tom Hill. “What can we do now?

“But it has come together much better than anybody could have anticipated,” said Hill. “There has been a lot of give and take. We can’t thank the three arenas enough. What they have done to enable four high school teams to be able to practice and play is a huge commitment for them.”

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