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01-21-2012, 01:58 PM
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Weirdest/most Unique Arena

I am sure most of us grew up playing hockey and doing some travelling for tourneys.

So it got me thinking, what are some of the strangest or most unique arenas you have played in.

For me it would be the arena in Grafton Ontario (about 65x100 in ice size) or Blackstock Ontario, the end boards on one side was a white cinder block wall.

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Weirdest one I ever saw was on the top level of a boys & girls club, and we had to climb the stairs with all of our equipment.

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Weirdest one I ever saw was on the top level of a boys & girls club, and we had to climb the stairs with all of our equipment.
A little similar for me, Bristol Ice Rink (UK) is in the town centre on about the third floor of concrete building, the floor underneath is a swimming pool and the ground floor is an O2 academy (music venue). The stairs are outside and also made of concrete. Once inside the rink the walls are painted in a way you might expect in a nursery and only a metre or two away from the boards. Even allowing for the rubbish ice quality and mouldy changing rooms that feel like a horror film scene the atmosphere from having fans standing right up against the glass makes it a great place to play at.

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the red bank armory in new jersey, they way it was designed people could lean over and heckle the players from above the ice, I always loved playing high school games there

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the arched roof was interesting to play with it wasn't very high and when the puck hit the roof ice and snow would come off it. during the winter it would seem like it was colder inside the arena then outside, we would have to were tuque and gloves under our equipment to stay warm. The change rooms were under the ground and you would have to walk up stairs to get to the ice surface. There was enough room for about 30 spectators at one end of the ice.

There were quite a few of rinks like this around Grande Prairie Grovedale and Clairmont had them too but Leglace was by far the worst although it was an interesting rink to play in.

I also played at this one rink up in the Yukon when I lived there that was completely outside except for the change rooms which had a fireplace in them to keep them warm and the glass was a chain fence. It was very similar to an outdoor neighborhood rink but it was used for organized hockey.

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the rink at playland in new york was probably the weirdest one for me. nice locker rooms but u had to walk down a hallway and down a staircase to the ice. There was an open area on top for fans. they threw soda at the opposing goalie one time.

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2 more are Donovan Arena in Oshawa, Ont. Has ot be the lowest roof of any arena. You feel like you can touch it.

The other is the West Edmonton Mall. Just so strange playing a game (tournament) there. Although it would be great to do now. Get someone to run and grab you a coffee while on the bench from Timmies would be awesome.

The is another, but can't remember the name. The dressing rooms were only big enough for about 8 guys, maybe 10 if you were younger. You took shifts getting dressed.

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Played at a rink in Marin, CA. when I was a kid. 3 walls were cinder block and the rink was a rectangle. The snow would build up in the corners because the Zamboni couldn't do the square corners. Could only play up to pee wees there.

Played in the Cow Palace in San Francisco after the circus was in town and it smelled horrible on the ice but worse in the dressing rooms.

Coolest place I played was the old Olympic rink at Squaw Valley. It had a roof but it was open air and it was freezing cold not to mention being 6,000' above sea level. Sitting on the bench and in the penalty box you could look out and watch the skiers.

Back in the WSHL days the Bakersfield Condors played in a theater. The ice was situated with the end of the ice toward the front of the stage so most of the seats were at one end. There were some temporary seats along the sides but you entered the ice from "Stage Left" and "Stage Right". The balcony seats were odd to see.

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Before I blew that picture up to full size, I thought "Gee, that looks like a mall!"

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I remember playing there in a novice or adam tourny 10-12 years ago and they use to have nets that spectators were allowed to stand in front of at their own risk and I hit some parent in the face with a puck.

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I am sure most of us grew up playing hockey and doing some travelling for tourneys.

So it got me thinking, what are some of the strangest or most unique arenas you have played in.

For me it would be the arena in Grafton Ontario (about 65x100 in ice size) or Blackstock Ontario, the end boards on one side was a white cinder block wall.
I hear ya I've played in both those rinks.

Heres a few more in the same area you might've played in.

Darlington sports center where the dressing rooms are underground way at the back of the rink(it takes like 10 minutes of walking through one hallway to get to the end) and all along the walls its constantly cautioning to not drink the water becuase it's unsafe. Then you climb stairs to get to the bench and the bench is right at the top of the stairs so if you fell back yuou could fall down the stairs.

Omeemee uses orange lights so everything is orange tinted.

Port Perry is really dark and the stands are up super high so when your looking down you can see fine but from the ice you can't really see any of the spectators becuase your looking into the lights which hang lower then the stands.

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Not as a kid, but I've played 3 on 3 for a season or two on these so called training rinks. Was an interesting experience.

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The interior of Schultz's rink in Santa Rosa, CA is pretty unique.

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The interior of Schultz's rink in Santa Rosa, CA is pretty unique.
I almost added that to my list as well. I've played there alot. Looks like being in a Swiss town inside. Plexi-glass boards so you can see through them on the bench. All the dressing rooms are odd. One upstairs is a long climb. One under the bleachers is loud and the u-shaped one with one door is odd when used for both teams. It shares a shower room at the end of the U end. Had a big issue in there once after having a brawl on the ice during the handshake line and then having to share the room with the home team. We were on the side with the door and the home team had to come in and walk right through our team to get to their side. Needless to say that didn't go well with 17-19 year olds.

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I hear ya I've played in both those rinks.

Heres a few more in the same area you might've played in.

Darlington sports center where the dressing rooms are underground way at the back of the rink(it takes like 10 minutes of walking through one hallway to get to the end) and all along the walls its constantly cautioning to not drink the water becuase it's unsafe. Then you climb stairs to get to the bench and the bench is right at the top of the stairs so if you fell back yuou could fall down the stairs.

Omeemee uses orange lights so everything is orange tinted.

Port Perry is really dark and the stands are up super high so when your looking down you can see fine but from the ice you can't really see any of the spectators becuase your looking into the lights which hang lower then the stands.
Agreed on all of those.

Darlington and Orono are 2 of the coldest arenas around.

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the red bank armory in new jersey, they way it was designed people could lean over and heckle the players from above the ice, I always loved playing high school games there
Haha much nicer than Wall

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the red bank armory in new jersey, they way it was designed people could lean over and heckle the players from above the ice, I always loved playing high school games there
The old rink Clarkson University used to play in had the pressbox out above the ice. I remember hearing a story or two about how the student announcers would occasionally pour water on opposing players. Remembering that this was before helmets were common.

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Agreed on all of those.

Darlington and Orono are 2 of the coldest arenas around.
Orono is my home arena now actually haha. Let me tell you something, Newcastle is the ABSOLUTE coldest arena in the morning. Theres fog in the corners when we go to practice before school.

Manvers made number 1 of Canada's coldest rinks.

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Dahlgren Hall, where the Naval Academy team played up until a couple of years ago. It's a very old and massive armory that they plunked ice and boards down in the middle of. No seating, just a walkway up above that you could watch from. There was an airplane hanging above the ice. Really neat place, was our practice rink in my last year of midgets.

As far as tournaments the weirdest was probably inside a casino in Las Vegas. The dressing rooms were trailers outside that we had to walk a long rubber path to get to the rink.

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The Olympic Oval in Vancouver is a pretty cool rink. The two ice sheets are on the second level and the dressing rooms are on the first. There's a glass windowed full-team-size elevator that takes you up to the ice once you're all dressed. I've only played there once but it was a cool experience.

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Dahlgren Hall, where the Naval Academy team played up until a couple of years ago. It's a very old and massive armory that they plunked ice and boards down in the middle of. No seating, just a walkway up above that you could watch from. There was an airplane hanging above the ice. Really neat place, was our practice rink in my last year of midgets.

As far as tournaments the weirdest was probably inside a casino in Las Vegas. The dressing rooms were trailers outside that we had to walk a long rubber path to get to the rink.
Which casino rink was that? I've played one tournament down there and am going for a second one in April and the rinks we play on are the Las Vegas Ice Arena (I think that's what its called - two sheets, I believe.) and the one that was in a casino was at the Festivo Rancho hotel, but it had dressing rooms inside.

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Hmm, gotta be this rink in my birth city lol :

http://www.lifeofguangzhou.com/node_...30653087.shtml

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2 rinks: one inside a mall in Charlotte, NC. winter wasn't too bad but in the summer the sun would come through the skylight like an oven. add to that shoppers throwing pennies at you from above and it was quite bizarre.
the 2nd one is in Erie, PA. the benches were kind of like a dugout. you had to step UP to get on the ice.

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Hmm, gotta be this rink in my birth city lol :

http://www.lifeofguangzhou.com/node_...30653087.shtml
Looks like a sweet rink from the photos.

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