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Join Us in Supporting OYHA's Home Rink

By OYHA Communications, 05/25/17, 10:45AM CDT



After 20 years of serving our children, it is time for the local hockey community to make the following repairs and improvements to the facility:

  • Shrink the Rink – reduce the size of the ice sheet from Olympic size to NHL size to ensure that Orono hockey players are playing, learning and practicing on the same type of rink as virtually all competing associations. This project will begin mid May.
  • Replace and Upgrade the Refrigeration and Dehumidification Systems. These systems are 20 years old and have required increasing amounts of maintenance in recent years. Prudence dictates that they be replaced.
  • Improved Locker Room Facilities and Dryland Training Facilities. Orono does not have ideal high school locker room facilities, any shower facilities or sufficient bathroom facilities in the locker rooms, nor does Orono have space for dryland training and non-ice warm-up areas. By shrinking the rink and expanding the footprint of the facility, there will be room for both of these improvements.

Shrinking the rink from Olympic size to NHL size is already fully funded by donations, but the rink needs your support for the rest of the repairs and improvements that are needed for the the facility. We have all benefited from the generous donations that built this rink for our children in 1997. We ask that you please take the time to read the attached brochure, sponsorship chart and pledge form to learn more about this important project.

Please reach out to us at with questions or call Pete Eckerline, OIA Renovation Chair, at 612-867-8371.