Army Making Rink Upgrades
CHN Staff Report
WEST POINT, N.Y. Army's Tate Rink will be getting a makeover.
The dasher boards have been replaced and now feature "seamless" glass, the floor around the rink has been redone, new lines and logos have been painted on the ice and the benches on the ice are new.
The renovations, costing in excess of $600,000, were paid for by the Department of Housing and Public Works.
Mike Rubbino, the U.S. Military Academy’s assistant athletic director for facilities and logistics, oversaw the month-long project.
In early April, the ice on Tate Rink was melted. The boards were removed and the base of the rink was redone. New boards as well as glass were installed. A base layer of ice was laid down, followed by all new lines and Army logos. The ice was finished shortly thereafter as the installation of the boards and glass was completed.
Both team areas received new benches and the floor in and around the rink was refinished.
"This is just another example of West Point making sure we have top-notch facilities," Army hockey coach Brian Riley said. "We have one of the nicest team rooms of any squad in the country, a weight room that is second to none and now our rink is representative of the support we receive from the leadership of the U.S. Military Academy."
Becker Arena, a Minnesota-based company who has worked on rinks worldwide, including Nagano, Japan, for the Olympics, did the renovations.
"Aesthetically, 'seamless' glass is much better for spectators," said Robb Olexin, who is in charge of national sales and product development at Becker. "In the old system, there was zero flexibility with the dasher boards because it was anchored to a concrete ledge. This system allows a little more flexibility and it's anchored to the floor, like an NHL or any high-caliber facility"
Once the new dasher boards and glass were installed, the detail of laying new ice began.
"It's a slow process," said Olexin. "You have to lay the ice in very thin layers, wait for it to freeze and then do another. There is probably 40 to 50 layers of ice but by laying thin layers you don't get air trapped in the ice and the surface is very dense."