A common view: Mother Nature has taken her toll this season on most of the outdoor ice across the State of Hockey.
The Minnesota Wild held an outdoor practice in January at the John Rose MN OVAL in Roseville. The practice capped off the weekend including Hockey Day Minnesota on Jan. 21. The Wild held its first outdoor practice in team history at the same site last February. The John Rose MN OVAL is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, featuring a 110,000 square foot slab of concrete used for the ice sports of speedskating, bandy, public skating, open hockey in the winter and inline skating in the spring, summer and fall. For more information on the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL visit skatetheoval.com.
As every hockey player knows and appreciates, there is nothing better than an outdoor park with a great sheet of ice!
Five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in past 37 years have been the outdoor Winter Classics. The 2012 NHL Winter Classic, held outdoors in Philadelphia, averaged 3.74 million viewers, making it the fifth-most watched regular-season NHL game since 1975.
There are no shortage of great outdoor rinks in the State of Hockey. While some cities have had to cut funding for maintenance of some outdoor rinks, several communities still take great pride in making and maintaining excellent ice at their local parks. Look up your local park department skating schedule and get out and enjoy the great outdoors before the season goes (further) south!
Tag(s): February 2012