Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Local Hockey Rink Suffers Loss As Result of D.C. Snowcapolypse

The Mid-Atlantic is still digging out from the mile-high mountains of snow left behind courtesy of the Blizzard of 2010, with predictions of yet another foot on the way. The cancellation of all of our youth hockey activities gave Hockey Mom and boys plenty of time to try and keep up with the shoveling as the white stuff kept pouring endlessly from the sky.

Unfortunately for some local hockey families, their activities will be cancelled indefinitely, as the roof of the Prince William Ice Rink  in Northern Virginia collapsed this weekend due to the extraordinary weight of the heavy, wet snow. Now both of my boys have played against Prince William travel teams on many occasions and have been privvy to see the this first-class facility and their dedicated hockey staff, players and families up close. As my pals over at On Frozen Blog reported, the roof collapse totalled the building and it will have to be completely rebuilt, leaving many of our fine youth hockey players without a place to call home. HM has experienced the strong bond of the local hockey community around the D.C. Metro region and there is no doubt in my mind that everyone will come together to help Prince William rebuild. Thankfully, no one was injured in the collapse, which is miraculous considering there was a speed skating competition going on inside at the time of the collapse.

We are all pulling for everyone affected by the loss of this well-loved community rink and hope to see you all back on the ice as soon as possible. You can keep up with the latest news and rebuilding updates on their Web site!

1 comment:

sonja said...

Thank you so much for getting this word out to your readers!

My daughter plays on one of PW's U16 Midget teams (yes, a girl on a boys team) and she is devastated by this loss for herself, her team and the people she knows who work there but lost their livelihood.

We're hoping that the rink will be back for next season, but have no word yet on definite plans.

It's like losing a second home.