The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center was voted “Long Island’s Best Rink” for the 6th consecutive year by the Long Island Press, Town Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia announced. “I am truly proud of our state of the art ice skating center and I know many people appreciate everything the rink provides,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “It is always nice to know that those people that utilize our beautiful facility feel the same way about it that we do. Whether you are a serious athlete or recreational skater, it’s hard to beat a visit to our indoor rink, with its inviting food court, pro shop and cozy fireplace.”
The Town of Oyster Bay has one of the most vibrant and successful youth ice hockey programs in the country. Since its inception in 1971, more than 25,000 kids have passed through the program. The crown jewel for the Town of Oyster Bay youth hockey program has been the design and construction of this indoor ice skating center, which opened its doors in Bethpage back in 2008. This facility, which joins established outdoor Town rinks in Woodbury and Massapequa, is generally considered to be among the finest in the nation. In addition to hockey, the rink supports figure skating programs, public skating and facilities to host skating parties. There are also public community rooms for conferences and meetings.
The Town of Oyster Bay has partnered with the National Hockey League to utilize this facility to conduct mutually beneficial public events and combine efforts to promote this great sport. Over the last several years, the rink has also been the venue for top flight high school and collegiate contests. The collegiate players have frequently been special guest instructors for youth hockey clinics held prior to the college games. The Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center is also an official New York Rangers Partner Ice Rink. It is the only rink on Long Island to have this status and allows to the Town to have special appearances from Ranger’s alumni and run programs collaboratively such as “Try Hockey for Free” that enables youngsters to receive a morning of free instruction and skating with outstanding coaches to see if the sport is a good fit for them.
“The rink is also a home to the Long Island Roughriders Sled Hockey team, which allows the physically challenged to enjoy the triumphs and exhilaration of ice hockey,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “In addition, Long Island Blues Hockey for Developmentally Disabled Children calls our rink home. The Town routinely supports these organizations which serve as a motivational tool for anyone who is striving to overcome life’s challenges.”
The Town’s relationship with the National Hockey League has been a special one, with the municipality working to advance the NHL’s diversity program known as “Hockey is For Everyone.” The Town’s program puts hockey within reach of everyone…even those economically less fortunate. In addition, the program has been supported by the National Hockey League Players Association, which has donated new hockey equipment to add to the enjoyment of all participants.
Recently, the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center was home for a day to the Stanley Cup. While gazing at sports’ most iconic trophy, young participants in the Town’s Ice Hockey program could tangibly see what could be attained through dedication, perseverance and hard work.
Councilwoman Alesia said the Oyster Bay Town Board has a clear understanding of the positive impact that sports and recreation has upon our residents. “The rink represents a remarkable investment in the future of young people, figure skating and the sport of hockey,” she said. “Ultimately residents of all ages have come to appreciate our widely acclaimed rink and we are excited that the facility has been voted the best on Long Island for the last 6 years.”