Our very own General Manager, Angie Vaught explains hockey to KXAN. This segment features the basics of the sport and many more useful insights about hockey.
Our very own Marketing Coordinator, Chad Hengst explains broomball to KXAN. This segment features the basics of broomball and exciting news about this sport.
Figure skater Gloria Moore glides her way to a healthy lifestyle.
Gloria Moore grew up ice skating in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. in the 1960’s. She never had formal figure-skating lessons, but she thought the sport was beautiful and loved watching Dorothy Hamill and Debi Thomas glide gracefully and powerfully across the ice.
Upon entrance into Chaparral Ice in Northcross Mall, visitors may get the sense they have been teleported from Texas into an ice sports state of the North.
As Austin’s only publicly accessible, regulation-size indoor ice rink, the frozen sheet at the center of the complex lays the foundation for icy recreation Central Texans would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
The rink is occupied seven days a week by people gliding across the ice during each of Chaparral Ice’s 19-20 hours of operation.
“We’re open enough to get everyone here who needs to be out here,” owner Ryan Raya said.
“Everyone” includes an eclectic group—from figure and speed skaters, hockey players and curlers to those just being introduced to the rink. Raya estimates that 70,000 different people come to the rink each year, most to get some laps around the rink, while the rest are there for hockey and curling leagues or speed and figure skating competitions.
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Hockey in Texas is growing and so is the awareness of the great things happening at Chaparral Ice. Last season the University of Texas Longhorns Men’s Hockey team won the conference title and Chaparral hosted the Texas Collegiate Hockey Association state playoffs. This year UT returns to defend title and was featured on ESPN Top 10 highlights!
Congratulations to Angie Vaught on being named the Texas Amateur Hockey Association's Girls'/Women's Section Representative. Angie will organize two to three Female Development weekends in Texas as well as helping to organize the annual Texas Affiliate Camp for girls wanting to advance to the Regional and National Camps for USA Hockey.
Angie is excited to share her passion for hockey with all of the young ladies in our affiliate and to help show them the pathway to play at whatever level they choose.
This morning, the Austin Business Journal reported that Perardi Development in conjunction with Chaparral Ice is working to create a new multi-sport complex in Cedar Park, which will include ice facilities. The iSports Training and Performance Center will be located at the southeast corner of 183A and Scottsdale, just one exit north of the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The plan is to create two NHL sized rinks and become the future practice rink of the Texas Stars.
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Charlotte Rush Veteran Grant Gallo Commits to NCAA D-III Nazareth College
Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte Rush are proud to announce veteran defenseman Grant Gallo has committed to Nazareth College. Grant has been with the Charlotte Rush since day one, helping build the program into a perennial power house in the USPHL.
GM Ryan Cruthers on Gallo “Grant has been a loyal and hardworking member of our program since our first day. This is a very proud day for us an organization and hard to put into words what it means to us. Grant has dedicated himself to getting better everyday and this is a very well-deserved commitment, he has been a rock for us on the blue line this season. Grant will be a shutdown, puck moving, solid defenseman for Coach Roll and I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level.”
Grant Gallo on heading to Nazareth College “I would like to thank Ryan Cruthers and the entire Charlotte Rush team and staff for giving me the opportunity to further my hockey career at Nazareth College. Day in and day out the players and staff never gave up on me and always pushed me to be better, and for that I couldn’t be more thankful. It’s a special thing to stick with the same program through all of juniors and see the program grow into the powerhouse it has become today. The past three years while living in Charlotte I have grown tremendously on and off the ice. I have found my second home, year-round here in Charlotte thanks to the Rush. I would like to thank Coach George Roll and Coach Eric Sorenson for this opportunity. I am very grateful to become apart of such a high-class organization and I look forward to my next four years of being a Golden Flyer.”
Grant Gallo becomes the 7th players to commit to a NCAA D-III school since the season started. Gallo currently has 22 points in 29 games.
The Steele County Blades are proud to announce that [former Austin Hockey player] Justin Movalli has committed to play NCAA hockey at the Framingham State University in the fall. Justin has played defense for two seasons for the Blades
The Gloucester, MA native played in 74 total games for the Blades over the last two seasons. He scored 2 goals and assisted on 21 others for a total of 23 points from the blue line.
As the Olympics in South Korea come to an end, Chaparral Ice continues to find itself in the news. Some great articles about the history of Pro and Youth Hockey in Texas, the unlikely curling adventures to be hand in Austin, and some perspective on Women's figure skating.