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05-16-2013, 05:28 PM
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Trevor3
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Seems like a lot of the issues here are coming from U.S. forumers, so maybe it's the business model used by the rinks that are creating problems.

In Canada, or at least Newfoundland, the vast majority of the rinks are municipally owned and even the one's that aren't still operate in the same manner. They simply rent blocks of ice time to users and groups. For example, our rink accomodates minor hockey, a couple of men's leagues, broomball, women's hockey league, high school hockey and a junior B team, in addition to general skating and adult skating sessions. Save for general/adult skating, everything is run by independant groups who negotiate ice rentals from the rink. This way, everything is run by people who actually want to do it and the rink attendants just maintain the facility, clean the ice, etc...

It's much cheaper than employing people to run things and be on the ice as instructors, coaches, or what have you.

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