Hockey Is On the Way Up
Posted by KwikRink
Whether you live in snow country or tropical climes, hockey is everywhere these days. NHL fandom is robust as always, and safety gear innovations keep kids and adults playing injury-free for longer. Hockey parents are still the norm from Minnesota to Texas.
Despite our changing climate affecting outdoor ice seasons, hockey is here to stay. To that end, the hockey industry always promotes ways to stay ahead of the curve in terms of ice costs and program revenue.
KwikRink Synthetic Ice is the leader in maintenance-free, state-of-the-art synthetic hockey ice rink design. Contact us today and get a free custom rink quote for any space or application.
Women players, women winners
According to The Ice Garden, women’s hockey participation has grown by a whopping 17.6% since 2010. Nearly 80,000 women are registered players with USA Hockey. And, that number has steadily increased since the US women’s gold medal win at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Women continue to add depth and breadth to the sport and have proven they can play every bit as tough as the guys and come out on top.
At Kwikrink, we’re excited to be part of serving the growing demand for ice time from female players. We continue to champion hockey programming for all.
Our synthetic hockey ice systems make program launch and participation more accessible and more profitable for community organizations and coaches alike. Here’s how.
Benefits of Synthetic ice over natural ice
Versatility: Kwikrink Synthetic Ice can be set up anywhere in just about any dimension. All you need is a flat surface. Our ice works well in the following locations:
- Church social gathering rooms
- Event centers
- School gyms and cafeterias
- College field houses
- Community center multipurpose rooms and gyms
- Convention centers
- Outdoor skate parks or basketball courts
Non-weather dependent. Synthetic Ice glides, whether it’s -40 degrees or 85 degrees. Your rink space never has to be climate controlled with Kwikrink synthetic ice. Though a little air conditioning might be helpful if you’re running a full-on team practice in hot weather!
Further, there’s no need for a built-in, floor-based water freezing system with KwikRink materials. You’ll simply lock the ice tiles into place, strap on your skates, and glide for as long as you want.
Lower cost. Since our synthetic ice needs no additional equipment to keep it functional, your hockey program overhead costs just dropped significantly.
When you factor in the initial capital of freezing equipment, Zamboni and driver, as well as the maintenance and added energy costs to maintain natural ice, synthetic ice is a no-brainer to improve your hockey program profit margins and registration accessibility dramatically.
Low maintenance. Our infused surfaces promise years of low-maintenance, superior glide, and a clean surface guarantees the best performance.
Your cleaning schedule will depend on ice usage frequency, storage location and condition, and environmental factors. In other words, if your synthetic rink is outside, you’ll likely clean it more often for optimal performance.
Cleaning KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a breeze. Spray the surface with a multipurpose cleaning solution, let sit for a few minutes to break up any dirt buildup, and then wipe clean with a cloth. No Zamboni required, although you might want to use a small commercial floor scrubber on larger rinks.
KwikRink Synthetic Ice boasts 95% of natural ice glide. KwikRink Synthetic Hockey Ice boasts a comparable rate of glide to natural ice. You can work on all the sprints, stops, turns, and shots-on-goal that you would on a natural surface, with a nearly imperceptible difference in feel.
Strength and stamina gains. Because there is a slight glide differential from synthetic to natural ice, your team will develop more strength and stamina on the synthetic surface.
Similar to Olympic athletes training at high altitudes, our systems may help your team perform better when they play on natural ice from time to time.
Synthetic Ice: A profitable choice for “dead” space
If you run a large facility like a church, community center, warehouse, senior center, or athletic facility, you’ve likely got “dead” space from time to time. A synthetic hockey rink may add a revenue stream to unused floor space.
Our ice tiles are fully adaptable to your space availability and dimensions. Plus, our tiles feature a “snap-together” design.
Set up and tear-down are quick and manageable. Our tiles will store in any closet or even stacked on the perimeter of your space for easy program conversion.
You can easily convert from basketball practice to a hockey game or clinic in one evening or afternoon with synthetic hockey ice from KwikRink.
Synthetic hockey ice provides a speedy avenue to revenue, especially if you live in a hockey-friendly community, or if you’re pioneering a hockey program in a new region.
With the easy set-up and versatility of KwikRink synthetic ice, all you need is a coach and a few players to build a team and some hockey momentum. Since equipment logistics are a no-brainer, you can utilize your business acumen by spreading the word and marketing a new youth or adult sports opportunity.
Our tiles travel and snap together effortlessly in small locations. That makes them great for community demos, school visits, mall expos, or neighborhood gatherings to build buzz and allow potential hockey players to try out the ice.
With a qualified coach and a simple online registration system, you can effortlessly collect fees and waivers, then move on to promoting teamwork, health, fitness, and hockey fun in no time.
Fundraisers, special events, and corporate entertainment with synthetic hockey ice lend further revenue stream opportunities to your organization. All you need is a flat space and a pair of skates to make the event a success.
Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice for hockey in a snap
Our team stands ready to help you build the custom synthetic ice hockey rink that fits perfectly for your programming and space needs. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you measure and craft the ice your community will enjoy for many seasons to come.
Great hockey can happen anywhere, anytime with KwikRink Synthetic Ice systems.