Allen Community Ice Rink (ACIR), the state-of-the-art community ice skating rink located within Allen Event Center, has been named a Gold Level association by USA Hockey. It is the highest level awarded by the governing body for amateur ice hockey in the United States.
In appreciation of ACIR’s efforts in growing the game of hockey, USA Hockey will provide the facility 12 sets of equipment. The new equipment is important to ACIR’s efforts to keep hockey affordable, adding to its supply of low-cost rental equipment which is also utilized in “Try Hockey for Free Clinics” – introductory sessions designed to allow kids the opportunity to try the game before investing in equipment.
To achieve Gold designation, ACIR answered “The Two and Two Challenge” and also participated in several growth initiatives. More than doubling participation in the Junior Americans Youth Hockey Program, ACIR easily surpassed the “Two and Two” goal of gaining two additional players for a program while also retaining two more players than in the previous season. Additionally, ACIR completed more than the two required growth objectives, successfully initiating five. Notably, ACIR implemented a new original growth program, the mini biscuits 6 and under hockey program and organized a new female-focused hockey initiative starting up all-girls Learn to Play clinics for ages 4 to 9.