Fantastic Falls-Windsor is now the home of just one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s first indoor artificial ice surfaces.
The city has a new rink that’s made entirely of synthetic materials, making it a Zamboni-free area.
The new surface is made from almost an in . of thick plastic, coated with a gel to give boarders the feeling of a real slip.
Shane Lukinchuk, the owner of Impact Hockey.
Besides applying solution once a week and sweeping up plastic shavings, the surface does not require expensive cooling gear or a lot of maintenance.
What it does offer however, is extra ice period — year-round.
Lukinchuk said it gives young hockey players a better chance to compete.
“I suggest, it’s a good problem to get, because it shows there’s a lot of attention, as far as hockey, figure roller skating, men’s, females and different leagues. It’s another avenue, it’s actual something if you’re looking for additional instruction, there’s a thirst just for hockey here in Grand Falls-Windsor, without question. ”
Hockey player Davin Hillier is enjoying the brand new ice.
“It was actually really fascinating, it was really similar to the actual real ice was like. We enjoyed it a lot, ” said Hillier.
With a full schedule associated with skating booked throughout the drop and winter, staff are actually preparing for the prospect of actively playing hockey in your t-shirt, with tournaments in the works just for summer 2014.