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The dismantling of the Cantiague Park Ice Rink began Saturday in preparation of the installation of the new boards, seamless glass and benches set for July 14th. This marks the first time since the opening of the rink in 1972 that the boards have been replaced and the County's most heralded rink, one that used to serve as the practice home rink to the New York Islanders during their Stanley Cup dynasty years of the 1980s, gets its long overdue re-working. 

Bringing down the old and ringing in the new began as the crew removed the nets that hang above the glass from each end of the arena. Then, it was onto the removal of the glass, each pane placed on skids and set aside for possible future use. After all the glass was down, it was on to the next step of removing the aluminum brackets that held the glass in place. Screw by rusty screw, the brackets were removed as the boards were stripped down and were ready to be removed after the ice fully melted. The benches were removed as well, as a whole new home and visitor bench area, along with penalty boxes, are set to be installed as part of the renovation. 

Next step in the process will take place over the course of the next few days as Mother Nature and the high July temperatures do their work and the ice melts down to the concrete. After that, the boards will be removed and final preparations will be made for the installation of the new boards which will arrive at Cantiague July 14th.

Stay tuned and follow www.nassaucountyhockey.com as we continue to update the progress of the construction. 

Photo Credit: Eric C. Peck
 

Nassau County Hockey Directors Mark LaMarr and Joe Trimarchi remove the final pane of glass as the dismantling of the old Cantiague Park Ice Rink begins


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Panes of glass are stacked and hauled away as the cleanup begins

 

Photo Credit: Eric C. Peck      Brackets that once held the glass in place are pried away

 

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Nassau County Hockey Directors Mark LaMarr and Joe Trimarchi say goodbye to the old 
 

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The zamboni scrapes away layers of ice and gets the Cantiague ice down to the concrete
 

 

Photo Credit: Eric C. Peck Say goodbye to the home and visitor benches

 

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The crew works its way around the rink, removing the glass pane by pane


 

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What's left of the blue line as the ice melt begins and the zamboni makes its rounds

 

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The ice is slowly losing the battle as the concrete below the ice begins to show
 

 

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What was once the goal crease is being melted away
 

 

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A look at underneath the rink at Cantiague and what makes the ice stay frozen, even in the 90 degree temperatures of July

 

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Boards down, ice melting, glass removed and its onto phase two of the Cantiague construction project