Friday, December 17, 2010

First Annual Pavelich Cup

We are excited to announce the 1st Annual Pavelich Invitational, the first-ever hockey game at the new Alpine Ice Rink at Town Center. Marty Pavelich, 83-year old Big Sky resident and 4-time Stanley Cup champion from the 1950’s with the Detroit Red Wings, will be on hand to drop the puck and check out the action, beginning at 3:00 pm on January 1, 2011. The game takes after the NHL's Winter Classic - an outdoor regular season game played on New Year's Day.

Hockey players from Bozeman and Big Sky will be invited to play. Players are being invited because of their contribution to hockey in Bozeman or Big Sky, either past or present. One of the ringers of the group will be Lisa Hagen, Big Sky resident and former NCAA National Champion goalie with the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Following the game, at 4:30pm a band will play on Center Stage, and everyone is invited to skate on the rinks (no sticks and pucks for this one) to live music. A donation of $5/person is suggested to skate. Food and beverages will be available on-site. Rental skates will be available from Grizzly Outfitters, 995-2939.

Stay tuned for more details! We will see you out there!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meet BSSHA Board of Directors

Last week, after the hockey boards were raised - BSSHA created a board of its own! 

BSSHA officially seated a board of directors, who will be the leadership behind the further development of the rink, hockey and skating programs in Big Sky. The board members have been working on the project since late spring/early summer. 

The board members are:
Ryan Hamilton
Griffin Kilby
Rebecca Baker
Ryan Blechta
Brian Dolan
Kinga Wilson
Gary Hermann

Be sure to say hello when you see us at the rink! We all can't wait to start skating!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Board Raising Party!

Many thanks to the twenty-plus volunteers, who braved the cold weather a couple weeks ago to help us build our hockey boards and recreational skating rink. On Saturday, November 20, BSSHA hosted a Board Raising Party to assemble the hockey boards and a small, recreational ice rink.The hockey boards were donated by Hussey Plumbing, and trucked from Grand Forks, North Dakota by Simkins Hallin Lumber Co. The recreational skating rink was generously donated to the BSSHA by Lone Mountain Ranch.

The Simkins Hallin Lumber truck - loaded with the boards en-route to Big Sky.

The weather was frigid, but volunteers were enthusiastic about getting the hockey boards, and recreational rink ready to go. We are getting closer and closer to skating in Big Sky!

The boards form the newly named, Alpine Ice Rink at Town Center. BSSHA and Alpine Property Management recently  signed an agreement giving Alpine Property Management the naming rights to the rink during the time they remove snow daily from both the hockey and recreational rinks. This important partnership will allow the skating and hockey community to focus on building and maintaining ice and less on removing snow.

 We are getting ready to flood the big rink, and will need support from the community.  In order to make the ice strong enough to skate on, the surface must be leveled and flooded in many thin layers. Throughout the winter, BSSHA will have use of Moonlight Basin's small ice resurfacer to maintain the ice. Stay tuned for more opportunities to volunteer!