So, its been a while since the last update a few weeks back, but that doesn't mean the project isn't progressing as planned. We last left off with most of the boards and glass being up as the crew played the waiting game as an area of concrete needed to dry in order for the final section of boards to be installed in the zamboni door area.
Currently, the entire rink (boards and glass) has been constructed. The crew is working feverishly as they tweak small things, but the report is that everything is going as planned and the rink is just about ready to begin the process of building up the ice surface for the 2010-2011 hockey and skating seasons. The benches have been assembled, the penalty boxes have been formed and the scorer's box, which will now sit between the home and visitor penalty boxes, has been completed. The netting has been raised to the rafters to prevent pucks from exiting the playing area, the full boards and dashers have been bolted in place, and the backing has been screwed to the outer section of the boards.
Around the arena, a few Nassau County Hockey "artifacts" have been permanently "frozen in time." For example, an old County travel jersey has a new home as it has been placed in an undisclosed area within the boards. Think along the lines of the Boston Red Sox fan who worked on a construction site known as the new Yankee Stadium. Back in 2008, as the new Yankee Stadium was being constructed in the Bronx, a worker and die hard Red Sox fan decided to embed a piece of his own team forever in what would be the future Yankee Stadium. He buried a David Ortiz jersey in the foundation of the new Stadium in hopes of jinxing the Yankees in the future. Two co-workers ratted the Red Sox fan out, and in a few days, the site was excavated, the jersey was removed and the "Curse of the Sox" was not going to happen in the Bronx. The installing of Nassau County artifacts will hopefully bring good luck and fortune to the boys from Nassau County, and send curious players on a hunt for these items throughout the arena.
And did we ever mention lights? Indeed, the once dimly lit Cantiague Park Ice Rink will now be flooded with 101 brand new, eco-friendly, energy conserving light fixtures that are in the process of being raised to the Cantiague rafters and replacing the old lighting fixtures. Each of the new fixtures will contain four high power fluorescent bulbs, that will be protected with a metal cage to prevent damage from pucks exiting the play area.
The rink is now just about set to have the ice once again created. The pipes beneath the concrete slab that maintains the ice surface have been turned on once again and the process is begins with the freezing of the rink floor. The second step will involve applying a thin layer of water that'll begin to serve as the initial base layer of the ice. That layer will then be coated with a white power and spread evenly throughout. After this layer is established, the careful process of laying down the blue lines, red lines, goal creases, faceoff dots, etc. will take place. Each marking on the ice is carefully measured and placed according to the architect's blueprints as the playing surface begins to really take shape. After that, additional layers of water are sprayed on by the zamboni and the ice surface is finalized and prepped for the start of hockey and skating once again.
Action begins again next month, so if you are at all interested in joining the program, download the 2010-2011 NCHL Hockey Application here, download the NCHL flyer here, the Parent Code of Conduct here and the Player Code of Conduct here. If you have any additional questions on the upcoming NCHL season, call (516) 571-7009, e-mail Stacy Allen at
or Mark LaMarr at
Also, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 19th when Cantiague Park will host a two free clinics for Nassau County residents, instructed by Jim Hunt of USA Hockey on the American Development Model (ADM).
In session one on Sept. 19th, Mites will take the ice from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by Squirts from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Spread the word and let those you know who are interested in the sport to come on down to this free clinic (free to Nassau County residents).
For more information or to make your reservations for this free session, e-mail
The new home bench in the process of being assembled
The new drainage system sits outside the zamboni doors
The bench area, penalty boxes and scorer's booth a work in progress
A completed penalty box open for business
Out with the old and in with the new...one of the old light fixtures is removed from the Cantiague ceiling
A shot from high above the arena at center ice shows the project near completion
One of the new lighting fixtures floods the arena with light
The concrete surface is now frozen as the area is prepped for a brand new ice surface
Let there be light!
Workers remove an old lighting fixture and install one of the 101 new light boxes
The old scoreboard sits and awaits a new home
New lighting units are built, wired and await being raised to the Cantiague rafters
One of the new heating units that'll heat the spectators area during games
The rubber mats on the floor are cleaned and set back in place as the rink renovation inches toward final completion