Tuesday, May 17, 2011


It's not the Pegula Ice Arena, but I think it's safe to say you might not recognize the Greenberg Ice Pavilion when you arrive for the home opener against Washington & Jefferson on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.

The old barn is undergoing a transformation of sorts. The ice is out, the floor is being repaired and repainted -- even the glass is being cleaned and polished.

Arena staff take a break from polishing the glass.

You are going to have to look down to see the biggest difference at the Greenberg. Gone is the ugly and tattered black rubber that covered the floor from the entrance through the lobby and down the corridor to the locker rooms.

In its place will be a new rubberized "carpet" in shades of blue that will brighten up the surroundings.

The new floor will brighten things up.

I stopped in at the Ice Pavilion after attending at meeting to discuss plans for the 2011 Icers Open, which is set for Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Penn State Blue Course.

You need to put the date on your calendar and book your hotel room. Once again this year, the Open will be held on move-in weekend so rooms will be at a premium.

Coach Gadowsky was at the meeting and will be at the Open along with assistant coaches Keith Fisher and Matt Lindsay. I met Keith and Matt for the first time today. They are as excited to be here as we are to have them in Hockey Valley.

Coach promised that "as soon as their heads are above water" the trio will sit down for an interview.

To make the day a complete success - despite the rain - I sold my old baseball glove to a State College resident. When I delivered it to him we started talking Icers hockey. He asked if it was too late to buy season tickets. I expect that he called Marci before I was out of the door of his office!

By the way, a belated Happy Birthday to Marci, as well as Tim O'Brien and Bill Downey. And while I'm at it, congratulations to former Icer Greg "Dubbie" Windsor on his engagement to Ngan Ngo.

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