“Shinny is a great opportunity for people who just love to play hockey who aren’t part of an organized association and either don’t want the commitment or don’t have the funds or the time or maybe ‘they’re just not over the right age to play minor hockey, but they still want to go out and skate, ”she said.
“You also have parents who bring their young children and teach them to skate and spend time with their family. Even the elderly go out and take a few laps to stay active. It’s just a good time for people to go out and skate for fun.
Last year there had been some difficulty with their schedule and ice times as the pandemic resulted in number restrictions / capacity limits and even closed the rink for a while. While this has yet to happen this year, all people 18 years of age or older must wear a mask when skating and to enter the arena you must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result.
And Blaber knows there has been some controversy for some people about it, however, she’s happy to say that’s not yet the case here and everyone has been incredibly understanding.
“Everyone has been understanding and cooperative so far,” said Blaber. “It was fantastic actually, people really understand that we are just doing our part and following the rules that are put on us and just trying to make sure that we make sure we have a safe place for the public.”
The 2021-22 season skating pass is on sale now and is $ 50 for the year for an individual and $ 100 for a family. Public skating hours are Saturdays from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with shinny from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. These hours may be changed during special events, as well as overtime throughout the year.
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