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Chaparral Impact

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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Chaparral Ice looks to Expand

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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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Chaparral on TV

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.

http://www.kcentv.com/article/news/local/texas-has-a-surprising-connection-to-the-game-of-ice-hockey/500-520556127

http://www.kcentv.com/article/news/local/you-can-learn-to-curl-like-a-pro-in-central-texas/500-520968236

http://www.kcentv.com/article/news/local/theres-a-reason-why-the-triple-axel-is-held-in-such-high-regard-for-the-women/500-521471158

Owner, Ryan Raya, interviewed about Growing Ice Sports in a Non-traditional Market

Chaparral Ice has been at Burnet Road and Anderson Lane for more than 20 years, but about a year ago, hockey lover and coach Ryan Raya bought the facility. He’s added heaters, a sports bar and lots of easy ways to check out ice sports. With the Olympics around the corner, Raya came by the Statesman studio to tell us what draws people to figure skating, hockey and, yes, even curling, and why Texans might misunderstand winter sports culture.

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TEXAS STARS, CHAPARRAL ICE ANNOUNCE POSTGAME OPEN ICE PARTNERSHIP

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced today they are partnering with Chaparral Ice Center, Austin’s only year-round ice skating facility to expand the availability of postgame ice skating for fans by adding six more games during the 2017-18 season and offering $5 skate rentals for after those games.

The Stars already announced that Dec. 30 against San Diego and April 14 against San Antonio would be postgame open ice games. Fans will still be allowed to walk on the ice during designated postgame open ice nights with the Stars, but for those who would like to skate, Chaparral will be providing skate rentals for $5 during each game by signing up at the Chaparral Ice table before the end of the second period. Skates can be picked up before hitting the ice, and Chaparral Ice will also have a designated area on the ice for hands-on skating instructions.

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Big Plans for Local Rink Chaparral Ice Under New Ownership

CHAPARRAL ICE HAS BEEN PART OF THE HOCKEY COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. ORIGINALLY STARTED BY THE COLLINS FAMILY, WHO WANTED TO SEE A PLACE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY TO FIGURE SKATE, NEW OWNERSHIP WITH A HOCKEY BACKGROUND HAS REINVIGORATED THE LOCAL RINK AND SET OUT A PLAN TO FURTHER GROW HOCKEY IN AUSTIN.

THE MAN BEHIND THAT PLAN IS RYAN RAYA. IN JANUARY, HE COMPLETED THE PURCHASE OF THE RINK FROM THE COLLINS FAMILY AND PUT INTO MOTION NUMEROUS PLANS TO GROW THE GAME AND ALL OF THE PROGRAMS AT "CHAP".

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