Programming That Keeps Arenas Active Even Without Ice

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A Custom Ice installation in Oakville, Ont.
A Custom Ice installation in Oakville, Ont.
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During his busiest time of year, Nick Garofalo is at Danbury Ice Arena in Connecticut six days a week. As arena operations manager, he makes sure the speedskaters who use the facility on weekends have time to warm-up at 6:30 a.m. for their 7 a.m. timeslot — or even an hour earlier, if one of the monthly youth hockey tournaments Garofalo stages needs the ice time. The last adult hockey game on any given day may end around midnight, so Garofalo finally gets to lock up the building shortly thereafter — or not.

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