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A Message from South Windsor Arena

Effective October 2nd South Windsor Arena will be reopening the locker rooms for use.

  • Whenever possible, each team will be assigned 2 locker rooms
    • We ask that parents and skaters evenly disperse between both rooms.
  • Please note the existing mask mandate for the town of South Windsor
    • Please be particularly diligent about properly wearing masks while in the locker rooms.
  • All skaters are still required to arrive at the rink fully equipped (dressed) for their game or practice. This rule excludes skates.
  • Please note that all chairs will remain outside of the locker rooms for your use.
    • If for any reason parents or skaters are uncomfortable utilizing the locker rooms we encourage skaters to utilize the chairs or metal risers to put skates on.
  • We ask for your cooperation in ensuring that these guidelines are met in an effort keep the locker rooms open for all to use.

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A Message from Steve and Len Grigorian

To all of our amazing employees, customers, friends, vendors, reps. and the South Windsor community:

 

We would like to share some exciting but bittersweet news. For over 40 years Len and I have owned and operated the SOUTH WINDSOR ARENA. We will be hanging up our skates for the last time.

We have passed the SOUTH WINDSOR ARENA puck to Andrew Petrin and family. Andrew is a young Vernon native who has returned from Boston to take on his dream & a new adventure. His passion for hockey started at a very early age. His play included Rockville high school and he continues to play today. His wife is a former professional figure skater with a love for the game. They are young & energetic and ready to take the SOUTH WINDSOR ARENA /HOCKEY1 to its next chapter.

We have had hundreds of wonderful employees over the years. The following have been with us up to 25 years and will be staying on with Andrew:

 

• Ken the webmaster & everything retail. A trusted & loyal employee. He has been with us so long people mistook us for brothers (a compliment to me).

• Greg the anything to do with ice man & skate sharpener. No one knows more about all aspects of ice.

• Fran the skate man. What can I say about the guru of skates? People came from all over just to have him fit their skates year after year.

• Don the Olympia driver affectionately known as wild man. The only driver I ever heard of that actually went to ice making school to get certified.

• Christine, our back office administrator. She has been by our side through all the thick and thin over the years.

• Flo - her pizza and grinders were always a must and are still talked about today. She treated all her customers like her own family.

 

A special thanks to the Andrulat family, Chuck, Billy, Fred, Joey, Kim & Jen. The whole family worked here at all different times from the beginning to the end.

 

Words can’t describe the gratitude we have for all of you who have supported us over the years. We took the nearly empty arena and transformed this iconic building into a true hockey destination. The hockey history runs deep as the oldest rink in the state. Originally called the HARTFORD ARENA because South Windsor was barely on the map. We developed the Learn to Skate program still used today. We hosted youth programs, high schools, prep schools, college, club teams, numerous tournaments, camps and clinics. The skate club of Hartford called us home the year they hosted the nationals. The Whalers practiced here along with most NHL teams. The Wolf Pack played exhibition games here. The Russian Olympic team came and we closed the arena just for them. We helped start the local high school and youth hockey that prospers today. We have done it all at one time or another over the years: miniature golf, concerts like Ike and Tina Turner, High School graduations, NBL BMX race track, freestyle skate board park, RT 5 BMX bike shop, Broom Ball leagues, and so much more. We even had 2 hockey movies filmed here.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of employees and thousands of customers we have had over the years. All the people and companies that were involved in the day to day - again we couldn’t have done it without you! We hope we made a difference in your lives as you made a difference in ours.

We will miss the sights the sounds and the smell of hockey always.

Please come in and meet the new owners and share some memories the next time you’re in the area.

Steve Grigorian

Learn to Play Registration Now Open

Registration for Learn to Play is now opened 

 
**Register Today**
Session begins December 4th
 
Below are some helpful links:

 

Learn to Play is the introduction to hockey basics.  Children who have completed the four week Learn to Skate program and/or the Bruins Academy are now ready for the Learn to Play program where the focus is on fun and learning skating as well as stick use, puck control and basic game instruction.  

 

 

If you have any questions please contact Head Coach - Ed Love at edacura@yahoo.com or President - Gabe Hathorn at gabehathorn3@gmail.com 

by posted 10/10/2021
Bruins Academy - Still Time to Register

Still Time to Register!!!

 

South Windsor Youth Hockey will be hosting the Bruins Academy Learn-to-Play program on Sunday mornings in November. 

 

Take your registration confirmation to your nearest PureHockey store for fitting or do it yourself online.

 

 

Register Here

 

 

 

For additional information or questions regarding the Bruins Academy Learn-to-Play program, please email Head Coach, Ed Love at edacura@yahoo.com 

 


by posted 08/30/2021
Free Learn To Skate

 

FREE LEARN TO SKATE

 

 

Boys & Girls Ages 4 & UP

 

LEARN TO SKATE AND INTRODUCTION TO ICE HOCKEY

 

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

 

 

Give It A Shot!

 

 

SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE SESSIONS OFFERED IN 2021!

 

SESSION 1
Saturdays
October 9, 16, 23, 30
7:00 - 8:00 am
Register Now

 

SESSION 2 
Saturdays
November 6, 13, 20, 27
7:00 - 8:00 am
Register Now

Location:

South Windsor Ice Arena, 585 John Fitch Blvd (Route 5)

 

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***Hockey skates, hockey helmet with cage and hockey gloves are required to participate.***

 

An Equipment package is available for purchase with skates, helmet and gloves at the South Windsor Arena Pro Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Space is limited, so register today

 

For more information E-mail Ed Love 

edacura@yahoo.com


by posted 08/18/2021
Looking to Play Hockey

Looking to Play Hockey?

 

South Windsor Youth Hockey will be offering the following programs this fall:

 

October and November - Free Learn-to-Skate

November - Bruins Academy Learn-to-Play program*

December-February - Learn-to-Play

 

For more information, visit our Learn To Skate/Play page

 

*Bruins Academy requires a separate registration through the Bruins Academy website.

Registration is now open! Visit BruinsAcademy to register


by posted 07/14/2021
SWYHA's Coach Wierbicki Named to USA Hockey GDL

Coach Roger Wierbicki

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WIERBICKI NAMED GOALTENDING DEVELOPMENT LEADER BY USA HOCKEY

 

(South Windsor, Connecticut) - Roger Wierbicki, Goaltending Coordinator for South Windsor Youth Hockey, has been selected as a Goaltending Development Leader (GDL) by USA Hockey.

 

South Windsor Youth Hockey is proud to have one of our own parents be recognized nationally for his passion and enthusiasm regarding coaching goaltenders. 

 

"I am excited to help grow the goaltending position," stated Wierbicki. "I am grateful to the South Windsor Youth Hockey Association for allowing me to help our goalies learn the position from a technical standpoint. Everything starts with proper technique and fundamentals."

 

"Roger's passion and commitment shows when you speak with him about the goaltending position," commented Gabe Hathorn, Board President, South Windsor Youth Hockey. "Roger created a full-on business plan for goaltending development. Hopefully, that plan can assist in making South Windsor Youth Hockey a place where all goaltenders will want to participate and call home."

 

For South Windsor Youth Hockey team information and team registration, please contact Gabe Hathorn at

 

 

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by posted 04/01/2021
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