Getting Ready for Hockey Season

The Casco Bay Arena is nearing completion and our ice season will begin on October 23rd, but we desperately need to raise $75,000 to finish the mezzanine area.  These final funds will provide a warm place for parents to watch games and practices.  Purely as a matter of self-interest, parents should consider how a donation will allow them to watch hockey in comfort rather than standing in a frigid arena.

The view from inside the Casco Bay Arena on July 18, 2015

The view from inside the Casco Bay Arena on July 18, 2015

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Pledge Drive

Our Casco Bay families have been very generous in donating to the Arena, but we ask that each of our families consider an additional donation in 2015 or join our pledge drive

To reach our final fundraising goal, we are asking for donation pledges over the next three years.  However, any pledge will be credited immediately.  For instance, if you donated $500 this past year, and make a pledge of $500 for the next three years (2015-17), your pledge level will be increased from the Founders Level ($500) to the Bronze Medal Donors Level ($2,000).  This is a great opportunity to show your support for the Casco Bay Arena and memorialize your contribution.  To make a pledge over the next three years, please fill out the comment section below by stating the amount of your 2014 donation, the amount of your annual donations for the next three years, and the total of your donations for the years 2014-2017.  We will contact you to arrange automatic payments.

Construction Progress

To follow our construction timeline, please go to the Schedule page on this website.  We have updated our timeline and will be posting scheduling information for the upcoming season.  We will also be posting weekly updates from now until the beginning of the season.

Front of Arena on July 18, 2015

Front of Arena on July 18, 2015

Delivery of Chiller on July 21, 2015.

Delivery of Chiller on July 21, 2015.

Chiller delivered courtesy of the Tarling Family and D&G Machine

Chiller delivered courtesy of the Tarling Family and D & G Machine

Interior view of Arena

Interior view of Arena

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Final Construction Begins this Week

FALMOUTH ICE RENDERING 4 - PCAConstruction has recommenced and we anticipate that the Casco Bay Arena will be completed by the end of August.  However, we still need to raise money to complete the second-floor warm area.  We will post time-lapse videos of the construction process on this site.

For a time-lapse video of what we have completed to date, please click on the video below.

Fundraising

To reach our final fundraising goal, we are asking for donation pledges over the next three years.  However, any pledge will be credited immediately.  For instance, if you donated $500 this past year, and make a pledge of $500 for the next three years (2015-17), your pledge level will be increased from the Founders Level ($500) to the Bronze Medal Donors Level ($2,000).  This is a great opportunity to show your support for the Casco Bay Arena and memorialize your contribution.  To receive email updates on the Arena, please click the Follow button in the right side-bar.

Pledge Drive

To make a pledge over the next three years, please fill out the comment section below by stating the amount of your 2014 donation, the amount of your annual donations for the next three years, and the total of your donations for the years 2014-2017.  We will contact you to arrange automatic payments.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Casco Bay Arena.

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1st Annual Casco Bay Box Lacrosse Tournament

Casco Bay Arena teamed up with Yarmouth Lacrosse Boosters to present the 1st Annual Casco Bay Box Lacrosse Tournament, which was held at North Yarmouth Academy.  Casco Bay Hockey alum Marshall Spears presented the Evans Spear Memorial Cup to Falmouth, which won the 8th grade division.

Marshall Spear with the Cup

Marshall Spear with the Cup

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Greely took the 7th Grade title, and celebrated their Curry Cup victory in classic hockey tradition.  Please rest assured, the plastic bottles contain seltzer water.

Only members of the winning team and members of the curry Family may drink from the Cup.

Greely celebrates

The tournaments will be held next year at the Casco Bay Arena and North Yarmouth Academy.  For more information about the tournament, please go to the CBLax website.

We plan on offering a variety of box lacrosse programs this fall.  Please check this site or the CBLax website  for more information.

For photos of the tournament games, please click on the links below.

2015 Evans Spear Memorial Cup Championship Game Photos

Curry Cup Championship Game Photos.

South Portland 8th v. Back Bay 8th

Brunswick 8th v. Cape 8th

Yarmouth 8th v. South Portland 8th

Yarmouth 8th v. Back Bay 8th

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Box Lacrosse at Casco Bay Arena

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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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