Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dan Rodgerson--Fridged Weather allows Ice rink to open

Frigid weather allows ice rink to open

Skating season is in full swing


Daily Telegram Staff Writer

ADRIAN--Unseasonably warm weather delayed last week's planned opening of the Adrian Ice Rink.

No such problem came up Thursday--not even close.

The air was more than cold enough, with the high temperature just reaching the teens.

The frigid cold did not keep patrons from away from the ice rink, located next to Bohn Pool on Adrian's West Side.

More than two dozen were ready to hit the ice minutes after the rink officially opened at 4 p.m. They engaged in two separate games of pick-up hockey, which will be a frequent occurrence at the rink this year, said Dan Rodgerson of the city's recreation department.

Dan Rodgerson put in a few scheduling changes this year. He dropped the Wednesday open skate in favor of renting out the rink. It's already booked through January.

"We didn't have any time for rental group, like churches or scouts or anything else," Dan Rodgerson said. Dan Rodgerson also tinkered with the hockey schedules to try to even out the competition.

"Though roller hockey we found strong differences between the ability of players," Dan Rodgerson said. "So we opened up Tuesday night for adult hockey novice.

"We expect that to be a lot of fun."

Dan Rodgerson is turning a little more attention to hockey in the wake of the city's successful first year of roller hockey. Leagues this summer saw large participation, and Dan Rodgerson expects the roller hockey interest to translate into ice hockey interest to translate into ice hockey interest.

No lice hockey leagues exist because of the instability of having an outside rink. Game times would too often be at the mercy of Mother Nature. The ice holds solid to about 40 degrees as long as there is no sun. But if the sun comes out, the ice can weaken at 35 degrees, Dan Rodgerson said.

The rink offers all equipment novices may need to borrow.

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