We’ve turned the corner into the spring, but FMC Ice Sports still remains very busy with seasonal rink closings and ice allocation meetings.
Seasonal Rink Closings Continue – East Boston, Lynn, Cambridge, Fitchburg & Fall River
Several of FMC Ice Sports’ rinks will be closing for the summer. Closings began this past weekend and will continue throughout the month.
Five more rinks will be shutting their doors for the summer. Porrazzo Rink in East Boston will be closing on Tuesday, April 3. Sunday April 8 is the last day of operation for Driscoll Arena in Fall River, Connery Rink in Lynn, Simoni Rink in Cambridge, and Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg.
The rinks will re-open again at the end of the summer. Specific re-open dates are as follows:
- Porrazzo Rink: July 16
- Connery Rink: August 20
- Driscoll Arena: August 27
- Simoni Rink: August 27
- Wallace Civic Center: August 27
User Group Ice Allocation Meetings Begin
Current user groups and interested parties can attend our ice allocation meetings for the 2018/19 season to be held at select FMC Ice Sports Arenas. Meetings will begin on April 3 and will be held in the arena conference room or lobby to discuss the ice time upcoming season.
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Summer Hockey Registration Winding Down – Burlington, Hopedale, Springfield
FMC Ice Sports will be hosting several summer hockey leagues across all open rinks this summer. Registration for all of those leagues is ongoing, with three getting close to winding down.
The Burlington and Blackstone Valley Adult Hockey Leagues begin play in mid-May, with team registration closing April 13. Registration is open to FULL TEAMS only, but interested individual players can join by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Competitors must be age 18 or older.
The Blackstone Valley Adult League features a Wednesday recreational competition and a Thursday competitive league. Games will begin at either 7:30, 8:40, or 9:50 p.m. both nights with teams guaranteed one 60-minute game a week. Seasons will have 15 games, plus playoffs with cash prizes for the regular season and playoff champions.
FMC Ice Sports’ Burlington Adult Hockey League is set up into three competitive levels all playing on separate days. Tuesdays will be for Intermediate skaters, Wednesdays for advanced teams, and Thursdays for elite competition. There will be one 60-minute game a week with a 15-game season, plus playoffs.
For the first time, Smead Arena in Springfield will be hosting a High School Coaches League for all 2018-19 High School eligible players. The Spring league runs from April 22 through July 24 and will include a 10-game regular season plus playoffs. Games will be held on Sunday afternoons at either 3 or 4:10 p.m. and are two 22-minute periods. Preseason player evaluation is held on opening weekend.
New England Future Stars Corner
Tryouts for the upcoming New England Future Stars season continue this week, as four franchises will be holding sessions in another historic week.
The Rockland Renegades and Haverhill Hurricanes will host their first ever tryouts this week. Both teams will hold all four tryouts sessions this week running Monday through Thursday. The Renegades will be hosting tryouts at the Rockland Ice Rink and the Hurricanes will be at the Haverhill Valley Forum.
Two other teams will have makeup tryouts this week. The Essex County Eels will have tryouts for its 10U, 12U, and Boys 14U teams on Monday night at Raymond Bourque Arena in Beverly. The Blackstone Valley Barons will follow suit on Tuesday night in Hopedale for its Girls U14, Girls 16/19, and Boys Varsity squads.
Next week will be the final week of tryouts ahead of the 2018 Season, which begins on May 6.
Mites Cross-Ice Registration
Brand new this season, registration is NOW OPEN for the Mites Cross-Ice program coming summer 2018. The South Shore Sabercats, Boston Brahmas, and brand new Canton Crusaders will all carry Mites Cross-Ice programs this season.
There is a limited amount of only 60 spots per team, so register now while there’s still space. This program helps Mite-level players develop with the help of experienced coaching and top competition. Spots are filling up fast! Registration closes on June 1.