Snow time still scarce because Ernie Starr Arena reopens after renovation

A s.e. Calgary arena has reopened after almost a year associated with renovations, but hockey gamers say ice times in the city are still hard to come by.

Ernie Starr Area at 4808 14th Avenue S. E. was installed with a new concrete arena slab, larger dressing rooms, better lights and other improvements.

Hockey Calgary says the particular arena’s reopening will allow several teams to play closer to home and get better game instances.

But many groups still have to share the snow for practices, and some adult players are left looking for times to play.

Andrew Yip runs Iceman Hockey, a website that fits shinny players with snow time.

This individual said there isn’t enough ice time to meet the need, forcing older players to take slots late at night.

“We’re at the brink right now because of lack of snow time but as the winter comes people get more and more ready to play at 11: 15, 11: 30 — it’s the die hards as soon as the snow hits, ” this individual said.

Yip currently has 1, 500 people who like to play pickup hockey occasionally, but the checklist just keeps growing, he said.

Hockey mother Leslie Pakish said the very best times also cost more.

“Any time right after 4 p. m. is known as prime ice, and then your price doubles, ” she said.

The renovations at Ernie Starr got a good review from 13-year-old hockey player Ahmed Thraya.

“My parents used to not like it here because it was all dark and now they like to arrive and watch, ” he said.