Not on Thin Ice Vancouver Junior Rangers have bright future

first_imgThe demise of the Vancouver Junior Rangers hockey teams was greatly exaggerated.We don’t know if Mark Twain ever saw hockey played, but we do know one of his famous quotes, albeit exaggerated, can be applied locally.Mountain View Ice Arena on Mill Plain announced in April it would be closing by August. Community members rallied. Then a deal was struck in June between rink owner Bruce Wood and rink manager Bob Knoerl with City Bible Church to buy the building.Hockey, among other on-ice activities, was saved.Just duck into the arena at any given hour and visitors will find the rink packed with people of all ages learning to skate, playing hockey or any number of other ice-related activities the rink has to offer. It’s calendar is full at all hours.Late fall and early winter is when the youth hockey scene really picks up. Without Mountain View Ice Arena open, many players would have had to travel well outside of Clark County for ice time. To say the least, family and friends of the Junior Rangers programs are happy to have the local rink still operational.“We are a lot more sure of ourselves now we know what we are building,” said Austin Coldwell, hockey director for the Junior Rangers program.last_img

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