Hockey Goes Mainstream at Daytona Ice Arena

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Over the course of the 8-week Old Dogs New Sticks program, participants learn the fundamental skills of ice hockey, make new friends and learn the greatest game on Earth. During the first few classes, instruction is focused on developing ice skating skills of all participants. In the following weeks, instruction shifts to teaching participants individual playing skills (stick handling, shooting, passing), before shifting into team skills and game play (offense, defense, power play, penalty kill).

On the final week, participants graduate by playing in their first organized hockey game – the Old Dog Cup. Friends and family are encouraged to attend as the new hockey players graduate into the world of hockey. Players are divided into two teams who will compete against each other in this friendly game and the teams are coached by the Old Dog New Tricks coaching staff.

The game is treated like a professional hockey game, with referees, the national anthem and music. The evening concludes with a party at Cellys Sports Pub (on-site), where each participant
is given their Old Dogs New Tricks League Certificate, and formally graduates into the world of hockey.

Mackie Grimes, DIA Director of Hockey, says “our first run at Old Dogs has been better than we ever expected. We hoped for 10 players and we ended up with over 30. We are looking forward to the first Old Dog Cup knowing it will be a great experience for everyone involved.” “I also want to thank Intern Steve and Riggs from 95.7 The Hog for their participation and incredible

Old Dogs New Sticks is supported by:

  • 95.7 The Hog, WHOG Radio
  • Cellys Sports Pub
  • RDV Ice Den Pro Shop

About Daytona Ice Arena Daytona Ice Arena, in South Daytona is the area’s only ice skating facility. In 2018, new ownership remodeled almost of the entirety of the 35,000 square-foot facility that hosts a wide range of participatory sports and recreation programs, leagues, and special events year-round. With annual foot traffic of over 350,000 people, it is one of the East Central Florida’s most heavily visited sports arenas. The facility includes one NHL-sized ice rink operating year-round as well as spectator viewing areas, meeting spaces, the Thaw Zone Café and Cellys Sports Pub.

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