Q&A With Blackhawks Chair Rocky Wirtz Sabres Impressed With HarborCenter Facility Constellation, NHL Sign Groundbreaking Pact Is The NHL Winter Classic Lacking Buzz? Vinik Unveils Building Plan Near Amalie Arena Stars' Gaglardi Purchases Team's AHL Affiliate Host Cities Revealed For '15 Gold Cup Sharks On Verge Of 10th Straight Non-Sellout TaxSlayer Bowl Prez Optimistic On Attendance Toronto Mayor Dismayed With Pan Am Officials
RINKS AROUND THE WORLD: NHL TO HELP CREATE MORE ICE TIME
Published May 21, 1998
NHL Senior VP Steve Solomon told Bill Halls of the DETROIT NEWS that the league's new deal with Mentmore Holdings to build ice and in-line rinks nationwide is a "combination of research and our instinct. It became clear that there is a need for ice time and there is not a sufficient amount of ice." The league has been "pleased with public response" to the first ice rink, in Birch Run, MI, and plans to build 100 rinks around the U.S. Birch Run Manager Greg Scott: "We have people who drive an hour and a half to two hours all the time. In fact, we've had people drives as many as seven hours to come here. It's in use from 6 a.m. to midnight every day" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/21).