RELEASE: Minnesota Hockey and Rink Systems, Inc. Renew Partnership



Minnesota Hockey and Rink Systems, Inc. Renew Partnership

Hard Ice Divider Subsidy Program Now Includes Discounts On Junior Size Goal Frames

St. Paul, MN – October 7, 2016
– Minnesota Hockey today announced it will continue its premier partnership with Rink Systems, Inc., continuing the Minnesota Hockey Hard Ice Divider Subsidy Program. The partnership will also allow for associations that purchase hard ice dividers through the program to purchase junior size goal frames at a discounted rate. Both the dividers and the goal frames have been instrumental in the growth of cross and half ice games across the country as more and more youth programs have embraced age appropriate skill development. 


Through this partnership, Minnesota Hockey will once again be able to offer a one-time $2,500 subsidy to Minnesota Hockey affiliated associations that register to purchase a “hard divider” system for the 2016-17 season. As was the case the past three seasons, Minnesota Hockey associations will now be able to purchase a set of boards, valued at $7,900, for just $5,400. Associations that take advantage of the hard ice divider subsidy will also be able to purchase the junior goal frames at the following prices: two goal frames for $440, four goal frames for $880 or six goal frames for $1,320.


The Minnesota Hockey Hard Divider Program is designed to aid community based associations and their home rinks in promoting the growth of ice hockey through the implementation of cross and half-ice hockey. During the past three seasons, 52 associations have taken advantage of the discount and now utilize the dividers in their primary community arenas. Associations who took part in the program in previous seasons are eligible to purchase additional dividers this season to allow for three “mini-rinks” on one sheet of ice.


Not only a major component of player development through age appropriate skill development, cross and half-ice hockey provides a more efficient way to use ice time and space. Most importantly, the smaller playing surface gives children a greater sense of enjoyment when playing hockey. Cross and half-ice hockey allows players to increase the number of times they touch the puck, their puck possession time and overall speed in playing situations – all of which translate into quicker development of individual skills and a passion for the game.


“We couldn’t be more pleased with how successful the partnership with Rink Systems and the number of associations that have utilized the subsidy,” said Dave Margenau, President of Minnesota Hockey. “To see more than a third of our associations take advantage of the program and use the boards to host cross and half ice tournaments at the Mite/8U Girls level is exciting. The boards offer a realistic playing experience for the kids and fans while promoting small area games and practices.”


Rink Systems, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business based in Albert Lea since it was founded in 1993. The goal of Rink Systems, Inc. has been to increase the popularity of skating and hockey in this country and throughout the world. In order to accomplish this objective, it has developed and gathered products of the best technical specifications available in the industry. Rink Systems, Inc. is a proud member of STAR: Serving The American Rinks.



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