Box Lacrosse at Casco Bay Arena

NHL-Players-Lacrosse

The Casco Bay Arena will offer a variety of box lacrosse programs during the off-season.  The Arena floor will be fully lined for box lacrosse games and we will have a variety of playing options.

As Canada’s official national sports, box lacrosse and hockey have a rich history. Thousands of past and present NHL players honed their hockey skills through box lacrosse.   As Wayne Gretzky noted:

If a sport has a high point of the year, it must be the first week of spring. When I was growing up, I used to love this time of year. It was when I put my hockey equipment away and I was absolutely ecstatic to see the end of the hockey season.  I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball against the walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey.

All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and everyone of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other.

To expose players to box lacrosse, the Casco Bay Arena has teamed up with Yarmouth Lacrosse Boosters to sponsor the 1st Annual Casco Bay Box Lacrosse Tournament at NYA.  For more information regarding the tournament and box lacrosse, please go to CascoBayLax.com.

Starting in August, we will have a variety of box lacrosse programs at the Arena until we install the ice in October.  In future seasons, will offer box lacrosse programs from April-October.

Can you find Wayne Gretzky in this team picture?

Gretzky Team Photo

NHL Hall of Famers, #42 Joe Niewendyk and #25 Gary Roberts, were members of the 1985 Junior A Champions.

Hall of Famer #42 Joe Nieuwendyk and #25 Gary Roberts were members of the 1985 Junior A Champions

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Bantam Kings Win Raffle Contest

The Bantam Kings sold 195 raffle chances to win the team raffle contest.  To show their support for the Casco Bay Arena, Scott Rousseau from Play It Again Sports and Tom Quinn from Bauer Hockey teamed up to offer each Kings player a new Bauer hockey stick of their choice.

Thanks to Play It Again Sports, Bauer Hockey, and all of the players, teams, and their families for making the calendar raffle a huge success.  Bethany Wilson and Marco Giancotti also deserve credit for their tireless work soliciting great donations and putting the raffle together.

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Free Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee on Sundays

FREE DUNKIN' DONUTS COFFEE!

Casco Bay Hockey Runs on Dunkin’

 

Dunkin’ Donuts has teamed up as a supporter of Casco Bay Arena, and has provided a number of great opportunities, including the Dunkin’ Community Mug Program.

The Community Mug Program is an opportunity for our families to purchase a DD mug which will feature the Casco Bay logo on it. In addition, the mug holder will receive FREE iced or hot coffee every Sunday during 2015!  Valid throughout Maine and parts of N.H.  The mugs cost $20.00 each and we only have a limited number of them. These are great gift opportunities for teachers, bus drivers, etc.

The Lewiston Gladiators have sold out of their mugs for the last 2 years and have a waiting list for their 2015 mugs!

Player Family Packets:

We will be handing out family packs out to all our Casco Bay Families in early January.  The packet includes a jersey patch (already on some team’s jerseys) and a gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Player of the Month opportunities:

Each month, one division will select a Player of the Month who will be showcased at local Dunkin’ Donuts.  The Player of the Month will also drop the opening face-off at a Portland Pirates game and will receive an exclusive tour of the Pirates’ locker room.

There are only 3000 mugs available. Please submit your mug order and payment to your team’s TA. (Order form available below.)*

*Checks should be made out to Casco Bay Hockey

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The Most Honest Man in Casco Bay

The most honest man in Casco Bay

The most honest man in Casco Bay

Our players and their families did a fantastic job selling chances in the raffle, and we are getting ever closer to our fundraising goal.  Since most of the coaches and players would do anything to win many of the prizes, we realized we needed an impartial selector who would be above reproach.  To avoid any claims of impropriety, we asked Peter Tarling to pick the winners of our calendar raffle.

Peter is the son of Charlie and MaryEllen Tarling and has been a fixture at his brother Phillip’s games for the past 7 years.

The winners of the raffle will be posted daily at www.CascoBayHockey.com.

Peter selecting the first winner

Peter selecting the first winner

Peter at the end of a long day.  He did not win any prizes.

Peter at the end of a long day. He did not win any prizes.

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Step 7: Foundation Completed and Structure Raised

The structure is up and ready for final construction in March

The structure is up and ready for final construction in March

Many Casco Bay families have enjoyed watching the raising of the Arena’s structure.  The site work and perimeter foundation have been completed, and all structural beams are in place for final construction to recommence in March.

The next steps will be the installation of the roof and side panels, pouring of the rink slab, and finish construction of the warm area and locker rooms.  We anticipate final construction will be completed by July 10, 2015.

For a time-lapse video of the construction, please click on the link below:

This summer, the Arena will host box lacrosse, futsal, and street hockey programs.  More information regarding these programs will be sent out shortly.  Additional photos are posted below.

Exterior view of Casco Bay Arena

Exterior view of Casco Bay Arena

Interior view of Arena

Interior view of Arena from ice surface

Interior view

Interior view

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Report to Casco Bay Families on Arena

Due to unexpected delays in the construction process, the Casco Bay Arena will not be operational for the 2014-15 season. To avoid incurring additional borrowing costs, we will complete all of the site and foundation work, and suspend construction operations until April 1, 2015. The completed Arena will be delivered no later than September 30, 2015.

This is a very difficult decision, but we believe it is consistent with our ethical and fiduciary obligations to the Casco Bay Hockey Association and its members. There are two reasons for our decision.

First, the recent construction delays would result in the rink slab being poured in December. The slab would require a 30-day curing period during which it should not be exposed to below-freezing temperatures.   Although we all want to skate on the rink this winter, we do not believe it is feasible to protect the curing slab from freezing temperatures and we cannot take the risk that the structural integrity of the slab could be compromised.

Second, the delays will shorten 2014-15 operational season for the Arena. This would significantly limit our revenue from the Arena and might require a capital infusion from Casco Bay Hockey Association. In light of our need to raise $150,000 for our final construction budget, we do not believe exposing Casco Bay Hockey Association to any additional financial risk merely to open the Arena for part of this season is prudent or consistent with our fiduciary duties.

These delays are in no way attributable to PATCO, Scott Dugas Excavating or Rink Specialists. Our construction team has been outstanding, and along with Bangor Savings Bank, is committed to completion of this project. We merely had a tight construction schedule with little room for any construction delays.

We believe that the temporary delay of the project is in the best interests of Casco Bay Hockey Association and is consistent with our ethical and fiduciary obligations to our members. The good news is that we have secured all of our permits, approvals and financing, all of our site work, footings, and foundation will be completed shortly, and we will be ready for final construction in the spring.

During the upcoming season, we will continue our fundraising campaign. We need to raise $150,000 to fill our funding gap. Thank you in advance for your understanding and generosity in supporting our Arena.

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Step 6: Installation of Footings and Foundation Started

The construction of the Arena is moving full speed ahead, and the outlines of the building can be seen as the footings and foundation perimeter have been poured. Click below to see a time lapse of the pouring of the footings.

We need your support more than ever.

We presently have a gap of $150,000 necessary to complete the Arena. If we do not raise this money, we cannot complete the Arena. We desperately need additional pledges and donations.

You can click on this link to make a donation online with either a credit card or a Pay Pal account.

If you would prefer to mail in a donation, checks should be made out to “Casco Bay Hockey Association” with a clear memo stating “Casco Bay Arena Donation” and mailed to our primary mailing address: Casco Bay Hockey Association, PO Box 7482, Portland, ME 04112.

To make a pledge, please respond to the comment box below. In the comment box, please state the amount of your pledge and how you would like the pledge to be recognized. If you have any questions regarding pledges or fundraising, please contact Marco Giancotti at Marco.Giancotti@ubs.com.

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