The revamping of the Cantiague Park Ice Rink continued, as the crew began bracing the new boards to the refrigerated concrete slab along the straightaways this week. The crew must proceed with caution at this stage of the project, as they tackle the the painstaking task of drilling into the rink's concrete base, avoiding the coolant-filled pipes that run beneath the rink that maintain the freezing rink temperatures. One misplaced bolt or drill hole could mean disaster, the project management team from Becker Arena Products comes to the Cantiague renovation with a wealth of experience.
Becker Arena Products
is a Minnesota-based source for rink supplies and equipment that has helped build and support hundreds of facilities worldwide. Click here
to read more about Jim Becker, owner and president of Becker Arena Products. For photos and information on some of the Becker crew's past work, click here for a photo-illustrated gallery
This past February, the Becker crew took part in the transformation of Camp Randall Stadium, home of the University of Wisconsin Badgers college football team and site of the Culver's Camp Randal Hockey Classic, a men's and women's outdoor hockey double-header held in Madison, Wis. Becker assisted in the change-over of the University of Wisconsin's football playing field into an NCAA-regulation hockey rink, as 80,321 fans braved temperatures in the low-20s to witness the Wisconsin Badgers women's team defeat Bemidji State by a score of 6-1, and the Badgers men's squad defeat Michigan in the nightcap by a score of 3-2. Click here for a photo gallery
of the Becker crew's work on this past February's Culver's Camp Randal Hockey Classic.
In addition to anchoring the boards along the penalty box and player's benches side and the spectator's side of the rink, the crew at Cantiague Park were in the process of digging out a two-foot deep trench to be used as a drainage system for the rink overflow.
Using lasers as guides, the cross-ice red and blue line sections of the new boards were installed and aligned to perfection as past of the latest project progress. The curved sections behind the goals are next to be installed and braced, in addition to the construction of the new player's benches and penalty boxes.
Recently shipped to the construction site as well were huge wooden crates housing the rink's glass. On the spectator's side of the glass, seamless glass will be installed, providing visually-obstruction-free sightlines, while the glass along the player's benches side will be held in place with aluminum brackets. The Nassau County Hockey crew will get a lesson in glass changing from the Becker crew, as the replacement of broken seamless glass is no longer as simple as swapping out an old broken pane for a new pane. Should a single piece of the new seamless glass break, four to five adjacent pieces of glass need to be removed in order to fit the new piece in. Please keep your shots low!
We urge you to keep following the progress of the Cantiague Ice Rink construction onwww.nassaucountyhockey.com
as the project passes the halfway mark and heads down the home stretch. We also urge you to check your mail, call Cantiague Park at (516) 571-7009 or e-mail Nassau County Hockey Director Mark LaMarr at
or Stacy Allen at
if you have yet to receive your registration for the 2010-2011 NCHL Season.
The boards along the spectator's side of Cantiague Park are permanently bolted in as the rink construction continues
A button from the inside of the rink will now allow for player and coach access off the ice by easily opening the doors
A piece of the new boards is set in place behind what will eventually be the goal net
Orange markers guide the crew from Becker Arena Products and mark the area where the refrigerated pipes lie below the concrete surface
A crate full of seamless glass panes awaits assembly
The new plastic coated kickplate at the center ice entrance will minimize skate damage upon entering and exiting the ice surface
The Bobcat digs a two-foot trench that will house the player's bench-side drainage system
The old scoreboard will soon be replaced by a new state-of-the-art unit complete with wireless controller
Crates of glass stand upright on the playing surface, now reduced to refrigerated cement
The rink isn't the only thing getting an overhaul as the steps and spectator areas will be repainted to match the Nassau County Lions blue and orange color scheme
Reduced to rubble, this area will eventually house a new drainage system beneath the home and away players benches and the penalty box area