“A Season to Remember — Three Days of Celebration”

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 12:57 p.m.

 AUBURN, Maine — Norway Savings Bank Arena is excited to announce “A Season to Remember”.   Become a part of history as the City of Auburn, Norway Savings Bank Arena and the hockey community celebrate the end of an era and new beginnings.  The weekend of November 15th, the City of Auburn, Slapshot LLC, and Norway Savings Bank Arena launch a series of events and activities to celebrate the history of Ingersoll Arena and the opening of Norway Savings Bank Arena.  Three days of celebration and fun transitioning from Ingersoll Arena to the new state of the art Norway Savings Bank Arena, on Turner St.  Food, raffles, and hockey… lots and lots of hockey.

 Starting Friday November 15th, 2013 at 5:00 pm, raffle winners will take the “First Hour” of ice. The winner of the “First Hour” raffle, along with 29 guests will take the ceremonial first Ice rental.  Options are endless for this hour of ice, as winners can participate in a pick-up game, a public skate, a dance party, etc.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 10th, at 4:00 pm at the end of Public Skate at Ingersoll Arena.

 At 6:30 pm, sponsors, advertisers and community supporters will be invited to participate in a private skate, as a thank you for their local support of the Arena.

 At 7:45 The youth of the community will get their first experience with the local Teen Skate.  With Music, skating, food and fun, we are inviting the teens of the community to join us in celebration for the new Arena.  Doors will open at 7:45, and skating will begin at 8:00. Come experience the ice at the new Arena!

 Closing out the day at 9:45pm, adults of the community can share in the experience.  Adult Shinny Hockey (18+) provides community members an opportunity to skate and enjoy the Arena for the first time.

 On Saturday, November 16th, the festivities continue with the first youth competitions being held in the Arena.  Participants from the Twin City Titans Youth Hockey Organization will face off for the first game at 8:00 am.  At 9:15 am, the Maine Gladiators Youth Hockey will host its first games in the Main Arena. Although the Arena will only be partially finished and occupancy limited to 800, members of the community are invited to attend to see the excitement of a new era of hockey in the region.

 Special events continue throughout the day as “Skaters Edge”, Norway Savings Bank Arena’s new Hockey Training and Skills Academy, announces its first event “Faceoffs and End Zone Skills”.  From

10:30-11:30am, players of High School age are invited to participate in the first of many skills clinics, put on by the arena.  Special guest Bob Corkum, (720 NHL games, Player Development: New York Islanders) will be on hand to run a clinic focused on the defensive side of the puck. Players must register for this event, by calling Mike Berube, Director of Operations, Norway Savings Bank Arena.(207-333-6601 x2114) or mberube@auburnmaine.gov  Space is limited to the first 30 players, Cost $30 for the one hour session.

 The celebration of youth hockey continues Saturday, with a series of cross ice Mini-Mite games, from 11:45-2:00 pm.  Youth teams of U8 aged children will participate in USA Hockey endorsed Cross Ice Games. This is an exciting opportunity for the parent,s as well as the children, to see the progression of learning to skate brought into game play.

 At 2:15 pm, we open the doors for a special community skate.  We welcome the community into the facility to enjoy the first public ice time.  skating, ice dancing, music and food, and open the opportunity for the skating community to visit the ice and see the new Arena.

 Meanwhile, at Ingersoll Arena starting at 2 pm Norway Savings Bank Arena, celebrates the History of Ingersoll Arena with the first Annual Covered Pond Classic (3-on-3 Cross Ice Pond Hockey).  This adult league tournament (21+) shall consist of 12 (max), 5 person teams, 30 minute games (3 games guaranteed), 3 players on the ice at a time, with games played pond hockey style.  No goalie, no whistles, all FUN. Teams must register their 5 man groups prior to November 13th.  Team registration fees are $250 per team, and should register with Josh MacDonald, via email or phone at  207-333-6601 x1137.

 Closing out the day at Norway Savings Bank Arena, High School Hockey opens it’s 2013-14 Girls High School Season with the Red Hornets Round Robin starting at 5:00 pm. Girl’s teams from around the state travel to Auburn to participate in the Annual Girls Hockey Round Robin.  It’s the first tournament to be held at the Arena, and the first opportunity for Maine High School teams to experience play at the arena.

 A Day of Remembrance:

Sunday, November 17th, 2013.  Hockey will begin it’s normal schedule at Norway Savings Bank Arena, while we celebrate the Final Day of Ice at Ingersoll Arena.  Starting at  9:00 am, The last shinny hockey will kick off the day.  Participants are invited to skate the final shinny hockey at Ingersoll Arena.  This event will be the final open hockey session at the arena.

 At 10:15 am, the Twin City Titans youth hockey will celebrate its history by hosting its final youth hockey game in the arena.  The Maine Gladiators youth hockey organization will follow with its final game.

 The community will be welcomed for the final public skate session, “The Last Dance”, from 2:00-4:00 pm.  This will be the final chance to celebrate the memories of youth, skating when the facility was a flooded field, to a community icon for hockey.  Skating, food, and memories.  Parents, Grandparents and kids alike are invited to skate one last time at Ingersoll Arena.

 “Pack the Ice”:  Following the “Last Dance” Ingersoll Arena Staff, community members and regional hockey players are invited to pack the ice for a ceremonial photo.  We are trying to pack the ice with approximately 300 participants for a wide angle photo commemorating the history and commitment of the community behind the facility. Participants should arrive for registration at 4:15, and be on ice and ready for the picture at 4:45.

 At 6:30 pm. raffle winners will become a part of history as they and 29 guests will participate in the “Last Hour”;the final skate at Ingersoll Arena. The historical recreational facility will celebrate its last hour of ice before the official move to Norway Savings Bank Arena.    Options are endless for this hour of ice, as winners can participate in a pick-up game, a public skate, a dance party, etc.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 10th, at 4:00 pm at the end of Public Skate at Ingersoll Arena.

For more information on this or any of the programming for the weekend, please call Josh MacDonald at 207-333-6601 x1137 or by email at jmacdonald@auburnmaine.gov.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15th

5:00 pm  Norway Savings Bank Arena :  The First Hour

6:30 pm  Norway Savings Bank Arena:  Sponsor/Advertiser Skate

8:00: pm  Norway Savings Bank Arena: Teen Dance Skate

9:45 pm  Norway Savings Bank Arena: Adult Shinny Hockey

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16th

8:00 am Norway Savings Bank Arena: First Youth Hockey Game (Twin City Titans)

9:15 am Norway Savings Bank Arena: First Youth Hockey Game (Maine Gladiators)

10:30 am Norway Savings Bank Arena: Skaters Edge High School Skills Clinic (Bob Corkum)

11:45 am Norway Savings Bank Arena: Mini Mites Cross Ice Games

2:15 pm Norway Savings Bank Arena:  Community Public Skate

2:30 pm Ingersoll Arena:  Covered Pond Classic (21+) 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament

5:00 pm Norway Savings Bank Arena: RED HORNETS ROUND ROBIN

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17th

Norway Savings Bank Arena:  Full day of scheduled events and games

10:00 am  Ingersoll Arena:  The last Shinny Hockey

11:15 am Ingersoll Arena: The Last Games (Twin City Titans)

12:30 am Ingersoll Arena: The Last Games (Maine Gladiators)

2:00 pm  Ingersoll Arena: Last Dance Community Public Skate

4:15 pm Ingersoll Arena: Pack the Ice

6:30 pm Ingersoll Arena: “The Last Hour”

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