Remodeling the Lobby of the Hockey Arena? Use Carpeting from the best Carpet Outlet in Fort Worth

The lobby area is the public’s first look of your arena. Is your lobby functional and clean for your guests? Is your flooring colorful and inviting? Installing some carpeting (affordable from the best carpet outlet Fort Worth has to offer) might not only enhance your patrons’ experience at your facility but also offer more opportunities for increasing your revenue.

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Pick a flooring that is sturdy enough for skate and foot traffic yet is simple for you and your staff to maintain is vital when it comes to keeping your lobby area presentable and safe. When skates are allowed in the lobby, most arenas put in a tough rubber flooring that is slip-resistant.

With a vast range of colors and textures, you can make an excellent first impression. Having a customized color scheme or team logo that integrates with the rest of your rink brings your lobby up a notch. Skate traffic carpeting is the ideal choice for entryways, offices, and pro shops that warrant safeguarding from skate blades.

Upgrading or Adding a Skate Sharpener

On the topic of skate blades, having skate sharpening service in your lobby is a handiness your guests will like. Investing in a top-quality skate sharpener and having employees who have knowledgeable skate sharpening skills can create more money for your arena. If you already have a skate sharpener but it isn’t cutting it, think about replacing worn parts or upgrading your machine.

Manage Rental Skates Using a Skate Racking System

Nothing is uglier and untidier looking than a pile of rental skates behind and on top of the counter. Installing the proper skate racking system can lessen the amount of frustration for both your staff and patrons alike. You can pick between a fixed system or mobile system, based on the space you have open and how many pairs of skates you want to store.

Be sure to pick a skate racking system that will let the skate blades dry correctly after use. Use your rental skate storage space to demonstrate a high standard of organization and order instead of chaos and clutter.

The Rise of British Ice Hockey

England has had some very talented hockey players over the years such as

British hockey is growing in popularity.

goalies, centers, wings, and defensive players. These are some of the top British hockey players to ever live. So, if you’re a native of England and want to play hockey professionally then you are good to go.

The Sheffield Steelers is one of the most successful teams in Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League. They play their matches at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield and are popular for their pregame dramatics as for their form on the ice, though both are entertaining.

Ice hockey in the UK is having a particular moment of popularity. As far as live attendances, it has become the most-watched indoor sport in Britain, according to the EIHL, and the 3rd most popular winter sport, after football and rugby, games that are played at schools all over the country. (Ice hockey is not, yet.) This wave of interest is a good thing, though you have to wonder: why didn’t it become popular way sooner?

The Steelers are owned by Tony Smith, a Sheffield-born businessman who more than a few individuals consider being the savior of championship ice hockey in the UK. Also, he is the EIHL chairman. In 2011, when he bought the Steelers, support was low and the club was in receivership. Beyond a community of die-hard fans, few folks considered the British game a worthwhile spectacle. Brits tend to think of ice hockey as inaccessible and enigmatic, hard to play and hard to understand.

The Videotron is emblematic of Smith’s vision for ice hockey in the UK: a live-action entertainment extravaganza for the social media people. It screens during games, engaging the crowd, sometimes zooming in on the unlucky fan who are sleeping.

Smith likes to describe a hockey experience as a kind of sporting gateway drug: Just get them in for that first game and they’ll come back.


Top Canadian Hockey Towns (Part II)

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay, ON

These Canadian Hockey towns have the fans roaring with excitement at every game.

Here’s the thing that caught our attention: the Lakehead University hockey Facebook page has over 4,000 likes. Every other university had a majority of their likes for general athletics or the college as a whole. However, the fans in this school are all about hockey sticks. And maybe a little of that energy is spilling onto the ice. The women’s hockey team became the first Canadian team to ever join the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and then went on to win the Division 2 2017 National Championship. The hockey in this city is truly on the rise.


Brock University

St. Catharines, ON

Here’s something you might not have heard: Brock University’s mascot is award-winning. Two university students crafted the #WeAreReady campaign that puts a spotlight on the athletics department as a whole and brought the community together. The campaign as well as the Boomer the Badger mascot—won honors at the Ontario University Athletics Awards for excellence.

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS 

Speaking of truly good mascots, St. Francis Xavier University teams might just have the coolest names around. When you’re playing hockey against the X-Women and X-Men, do you really think you have a chance to win against those superpowers? It could be why the athletic department gets lots of love from fans.

Concordia University

Montreal, QC

There’s something thrilling about a neighborhood rivalry, which brings us to Concordia University and McGill. Just a bike ride from each other, there’s always a lot of competition and love between them. When it comes to hockey, Concordia is snapping at McGill’s heels. Their fan following is just a little less than McGills at around 8,200 likes, and the women’s hockey team was crowned conference champions for the 2016-2017 season. And, with all the dozens of bars around the Montreal area, you know Stingers fans and Martlet/Redmen fans clinking bottles at the same spot.

Top Canadian Hockey Towns (Part I)

It’s almost time for the U Sports National Championships! Regardless if you’re a

Hockey is a popular sport in Canada.

university player, alum, or just a huge fan, you understand that hockey creates a sense of pride and community for everyone involved. In the spirit of the season and any trips you might be making to these hot spots to catch the final games, here are the best university hockey towns in Canada.

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

If you follow university hockey, there’s no explanation needed as to why the University of Alberta made the list. Three University Cups in the past 10 years for men’s hockey as well as two Golden Path Trophies for women’s hockey pretty much says all you need to know. If you’re playing against the Pandas or the Golden Bears, you most likely will lose. This is just how good they are. If you’re in Edmonton, take some time to see the latest victory.

University of New Brunswick

Fredericton, NB

It’s the sort of school where opponents may give up as soon as they put a skate on the ice. The University of New Brunswick isn’t messing around when it comes to greatness. In the last 10 years, the men’s hockey team has earned five University Cups. And not that the university needs any extra points for anything else, but you can’t help but like how lovely the campus really is.

McGill University

Montreal, QC 

McGill fans are loyal, loud, and likely cheering at a game as we speak. In terms of numbers alone, McGill’s athletics page has one of the biggest number of Facebook fans in the country, with over 9,000 likes. Though when you think about it, it’s not a surprise. The women’s hockey team has won three Golden Path Trophies in the past 10 years alone. The men’s hockey team isn’t too shabby either, with one University Cup in the same timeframe.

Colleges with Top Women Field Hockey Teams

Field Hockey Scholarships

Several colleges and universities in the U.S. have women’s field hockey teams.

The origins of field hockey as an American sport aren’t clear. While we understand the game was imported from England and sometimes played informally at colleges before 1900, it was popularized by its introduction to Vassar in 1901. The NCAA doesn’t sanction men’s field hockey as a sport. That distinction is only for women’s field hockey.

Though an Olympic men’s field hockey team playing for the United States because of the lack of support at most colleges, it is hard to find properly trained players and the team suffers as a result. Women’s field hockey, in contrast, entices a lot of interest as a collegiate sport.

Top Field Hockey Programs

The women at these universities understand how to run the field!

James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA)

Long Island University — C.W. Post Campus (Brookville, NY)

Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, VA)

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)

Massachusetts, University of, Lowell (Lowell, MA)

Alvernia University (Reading, PA)

American University (Washington, DC)

Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)

SUNY — Albany (Albany, NY)

SUNY — Cortland (Cortland, NY)

Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD)

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Springfield College (Springfield, MA)

St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)

Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Boston University (Boston, MA)

Duke University (Durham, NC)

Messiah College (Grantham, PA)

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

Ohio University (Athens, OH)

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

The University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC)

Williams College (Williamstown, MA)


How to Play Street Hockey

In the

Street hockey can be played using various items.

world of street sports, games are led by the most basic considerations such as weather, space, and necessity. Using what’s on hand. A baseball and catcher’s mitt? A soccer ball? A hockey stick, dead tennis ball, and cinder blocks?

If it’s some of the above, you’ve got the fixings for a game of street hockey. You really don’t need much. Just a ball that’ll stay down, a stick, and a way to mark off a boundary so you know where to shoot. Think of it as ice hockey without the ice and less padding.


The goal is the same: to put the ball through your opponent’s goal and to stop your opponent from putting it through yours. Of course, to this end, padding won’t hurt, particularly where inline skates are used. But even if the footwear is sneakers, creating a slower game, some protective equipment is advised. After all, you’re playing on asphalt.

If you’ve ever played ice hockey, you understand what you need for the street version of the sport which is mainly everything except the ice and the ice skates.

At the absolute minimum, all you really need is a hockey stick, a puck or non-bouncing ball, and anything to designate the goals on both ends of the court. That could mean bricks, cinder blocks, or a couple of La-Z-Boys.

You really do need protection

While there’s no checking allowed in street hockey and no one’s going to be slamming your head into the boards, a real good head-first tumble onto the asphalt will hurt a bit. So do have a helmet.

In street hockey, the game played appears like ice hockey. There’s a face-off to begin play, in which the two centers fight for initial control of the ball. Each team tries to put the ball through the opposing goal, passing between players and covering their designated space on the court.


Ice Hockey Meets Special Needs

Since it started years ago, the Special Needs Ice Hockey program in California has offered a chance for kids and adults with developmental disabilities to learn and play hockey. Just a few months ago, it was the only program in California to provide children with autism, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities an opportunity to gear up, get on the ice and play hockey.

They are still the only special needs ice hockey team in the state and named the Condors. In just the past two years, the team has represented California at out-of-state special needs Ice Hockey tournaments in Canada, Utah, Colorado, and Toronto.

Why hockey for kids and young adults with special needs?

The Speical Needs Hockey Program in California is making a way for children and young adults with special needs to play hockey.

Besides the excitement and the fun, ice hockey enhances motor and sensorimotor skills, focus and coordination. It teaches teamwork and cooperation and encourages communication and camaraderie. Kids and adults who have never put on a pair of skates are thrilled to discover that they can learn to skate and they do learn very quickly, thanks to excellent coaching and a high coach to player ratio. The kids wear protective gear and padding that gives them confidence and combats the fear of falling, so the desire to get the puck into the net seems to take over.

While the eyes and hands are focused on that puck, the feet just somehow follow along to help get that goal. The players feel pride as they develop their skills and get the puck into the net. They wait all week for the opportunity to play on Sunday. Parents are astonished at the progress their kids make and pleased at what the program does for their kids’ self-esteem.

The Special Needs Ice Hockey program is a not-for-profit organization operated by parents. It is safe: there is no high sticking, body checking, or fighting. Just the fun and skill-building that comes with learning to play hockey and skate. Participants get skates and hockey gear free of charge while the player is in the program.

The LA Kings recently gave the Condors two incredible coaches. Also, there are volunteer coaches who are skilled at working with children with special needs.

Krysten Mayers: Breaking Stereotypes in Field Hockey

Her father, Leroy, was a player on the Barbados Men’s National Field Hockey Team. Outside of the United States, field hockey was always a sport dominated by both men and women. In the U.S., mostly women play because the sport is still fairly new to the country. Krysten Mayers remembered many times during her childhood where her father had to travel with his national team to various parts of the world to compete.

Field Hockey Beginnings

One day when he came back from touring, she asked him if he could teach her field hockey. He was a little hesitant at first, seeing that it is a hazardous sport, but she was finally able to convince him. At that time, she was around five years old and enthusiastic to learn this fun and interesting sport. That day, her father transitioned from being just her dad to becoming her coach.

As a member of the field hockey teams in her middle and high school and of “G-

Krysten Mayers learned her incredible field hockey skills from her father.

Force,” she started off being oblivious to the hidden game beyond the game on the field of how her race played into her success. Though, as she got more experienced as a player and as a person, the uncomfortable nature of feeling singled out got under her skin. The only reason she understands what it feels like to be on a team and feel completely comfortable is that she was also a member of the Barbados Women’s National Field Hockey Team.

Her development as an African American field hockey player in the U.S. has been a complex but humbling experience. Many folks were not happy that she was crushing it in a white-dominated sport. This forced her to always strive to be better than best because it was only then that she would be acknowledged for her efforts to succeed. It is this mentality that has carved her into who she is today and what will carry her into her future endeavors.

Kenya’s 1st Ice Hockey Team

Ice hockey isn’t exactly the first, second or third sporting activity that comes to mind when you try to put Africa and sports in one train of thought. However, the sport is really taken seriously in several parts of the continent. What is good is knowing that though temperatures are high, there are some countries devoted to ice hockey including Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, and South Africa.

In warm Kenya, an ice hockey team, the Kenya Ice Lions, defy the weather odds

Kenya’s first ice hockey team, The Kenya Ice Lions, strive to play in the winter Olympics. 

and practice the sport in the only ice rink in Eastern and Central Africa with the desire of playing professional ice hockey and being in the Winter Olympics. Due to the unpopularity of ice hockey, the team has gone on this far through self-motivation and passion.

The Kenya Ice Lions began with a group of Kenyan men who had a real interest after following it for many months. Wanting to be able to move and play like the teams they saw on YouTube, they took advantage of the ice rink in Nairobi and met faithfully to practice until they garnered attention and were helped to create an official team.


Since then, the team members who live in various parts of Nairobi meet once a week to practice. But the true challenge for the team is the fact that their hockey team is the only one in Kenya making it hard to play against a proper team.

The hopeful team is faithfully eyeing qualifications into the Winter Olympics where they pray to make history, offering more awareness of the sport in Africa and igniting more interest for the sport’s development in the continent.

All hopes are high that the team will qualify and make history similar to Phillip Boit who represented Kenya in cross-country skiing in three Winter Olympic Games.

NHL Rule Changes For 2019-20 Season (Part II)

Penalties for Unsuccessful Challenges (Continued):

The Situation Room in Toronto will continue to handle initiating video review in the final minute of regulation time and overtime not to mention continuing to have final say over all Coach’s Challenge video review decisions with input and advice from both the On-Ice Officials and a former Official staffed in the Situation Room.

Referees Review of Major/Match Penalty Calls and Double Minor High-

Referees’ will have more to watch for on the ice this upcoming season.

Sticking Penalties

Major & Match Penalties: Referees will be required to do an on-ice video review for all Major (non-fighting) and Match Penalties they see on the ice for the purpose of (a) “reducing” the penalty to a two-minute minor penalty or (b) “confirming” the penalty. Referees shall not have the choice to rescind a called penalty altogether.

Other Approved Rule Changes

Helmets: Subject to further consultation with the NHL Players’ Association on exact language, a player who loses his helmet during play must (a) leave the playing surface, or (b) get his helmet and put it on his head correctly.

A player who is making a play on the puck or who is ready to make an immediate play on the puck when his helmet comes off shall be given a good amount of time to finish the play before either exiting the ice or getting his helmet. Failure to comply with the above will result in a minor penalty being given to the offending player. A player who removes an opponent’s helmet on purpose is going to be assessed a minor penalty for roughing.

Face-Offs Following an Icing & To Begin A Power-Play: Following an icing and at the beginning of any power-play, the offensive team will have the option of which end zone dot the face-off will occur.

Awarded Goal: If the goal post is displaced on purpose by a goalkeeper during a “breakaway”, a goal will be awarded to the non-offending team.