The Portland Winterhawks are announcing that the organization is assuming operation of Valley Ice Arena in Beaverton, and renovations will begin immediately to modernize the facility. Upon completion, the facility will be known as the Winterhawks Skating Center.
The renovations are expected to last until October, with a public grand opening to be held upon completion. The arena will be closed to the public during the renovations. The Winterhawks will make significant improvements to the arena: rebuilding the ice, installing new boards and lighting and purchasing new nets. In addition, the team will be renovating the lobby, locker rooms, offices, bathrooms and concession stand, while also improving lighting and ambience throughout the arena. The Winterhawks have also hired Tom Barnes to serve as general manager of the facility.
The future of the arena was tenuous, and the Winterhawks assumed operations to continue to provide a home for youth hockey in the area and provide the Winterhawks with a dedicated practice facility.
“Valley Ice Arena has been an institution for nearly half a century, which is a testament to the dedication of the arena’s former owner John McBride, his late business partner Duson Surmon and his wife Trudy. Valley Ice Arena has been pivotal in the growth and development of local hockey players and figure skaters for nearly half a century and we are privileged to take the baton,” said Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper.
In addition to providing the Winterhawks with a permanent practice facility, the arena is also home to the Portland Junior Hawks, the organization that oversees youth hockey in Portland, which features hundreds of hockey players ranging in age from four – 15.
“If Valley Ice Arena had ceased to exist, the Junior Hawks would have been in jeopardy. By assuming operations of the arena we’ve secured the future of junior hockey in Portland,” continued Piper. “We’ve received great support for this move from families of Junior Hawks players, who have volunteered their services for the remodel of this historic building. We hope this spurs greater participation in youth hockey and is a catalyst for the growth of the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association.”
Valley Ice Arena has been in business since 1965. In addition to providing the Winterhawks with a practice facility and a home for the Portland Junior Hawks, it also hosts the Carousel Figure Skating Club and the River City Jaguars, a Tier III Junior A team in the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NORPAC). The arena also hosts public skating, senior league hockey and drop-in hockey.
Season tickets for the 2010-11 season are on sale now. Prices start at just $10.50 per game while a limited number of front row glass seats are available at only $23.50 per game. Contact the Winterhawks at 503-236-HAWK or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your seat for all 36 home games.