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    Living Room Synthetic Ice Rink is a "Reality" hit

    Living Room Synthetic Ice Rink is a "Reality" hit

    April and Davey Family Vlog

    Family vloggers "April and Davey" have been inviting followers to share in their everyday lives documenting their journey along the way on thier popular YouTube channel. Together with their five children (Zade 12, Daisy10, Ambree 7, Ender 5 & Eb 2) the Lehi, Utah natives have been "keeping it real" in sharing their family life experiences and everyday trials and tribulations.

    Backyard Ice Rink Project

    In December of 2016 the family decided to start their own backyard ice rink
    Living room ice rinkproject with some wood framing, tarp and the help of mother nature. Throughout multiple vlogs April and Davey captured the challenges of what it's like to create and maintain a home ice rink including making sure NOT to store the hose outside in the cold weather. The family rink vlog caught the eye of the people at PolyGlide Synthetic Ice who recently reached out to the Orgill family to offer a year-round solution to fullfill their ice skating needs.

    Living Room Rink

    polyglide synthetic iceThe family was sent 128 square feet of the PolyGlide Home Ice portable 2ft x 4ft panels which when assembled created a 8ft x 16ft ice rink. Davey Orgill documented the installation which was completed in the family living room in just under an hour prior to the kids returning home from school. Needless to say once the kids returned home from school the look of dismay on their faces was priceless when they gazed their eyes on their new home rink. The afternoon quickly morphed into a family public ice session that included Mom donning her figure skating attire, Ender honing his ice hockey skills and Dad capping-off the day by showing off his "spinderella" break dancing moves.

    Check out April and Daveys video link above for a special PolyGlide Ice discount offer. For additional information on Polyglide Ice and how you can "Bring the Rink Home" contact or click here for a quote:

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    Ladies and Gentlemen....The Stanley Sock!

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    ice hockey benderThere are a plenty of Hockey fans out there that love the sport but are total "benders" when it comes to ice skating nor do they have any desire or time to improve on this skill. They are the Kings and Queens of the deck hockey world and would like to keep it that way. But there is a new sport rising out of the depths of the knee hockey world that may challenge those deck hockey enthusiasts.......introducing SOCKEY!!! 

    As explained in : Sockey is an Elementary-level indoor co-ed activity created to learn the game of hockey, exercise, and have fun! It is a safe variant of hockey played in a gymnasium with sock-covered hockey sticks, soft indoor hockey balls, and players wear sneakers instead of skates! What sets our program apart from others is our philosophy. We believe in an overall sense of community for everyone involved: participation in charitable events, financial support for students and teachers, convenience for parents, and fun & exercise for all!

    nylon sockWell it is our job here at to keep our readers and followers informed about what appears to be brewing out there in the deep dark depths of hockeyland that is slowly emerging as a trend. It appears a hydrid version of Sockey meets Knee Hockey is forming that involves the use of a synthetic ice panels and you guessed it.......SOCKS!! Players emulate the ice-skating motion while playing their favorite sport (less the bent ankles) on a slippery synthetic ice surface..... thus a true, "pure" version of Sockey!

    The sock itself has been relocated from the stick blade back to the foot of whichhockey slip and slide we've been told nylon works best. The results are one giant slip and slide mess (without the water) of incredible hockey fun for kids of all ages that brings a lot of great plays between the giggles. Just imagine being on a slippery break away and being taken out by your own ill-timed deke. We can see how this sport is starting to gain momentum as there's something really funny about a bunch of unstable-footed athletes (or adults) taking themselves too seriously.

    the stanley sockSo if you have the guts and are crazy enough to try something new Sockey awaits you!  Start out by waxing the hardwood floors and grab a pair of your holely nylon socks in the back of your draw that hasn't seen the daylight in fifteen years. Work your way up to form your own Sockey league, recruit only the best scouted talent and maybe.... just maybe you and your Sockey comrades will raise.....

    (well timed pause).....The Stanley Sock!!



    - Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice

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    It's a Wonderland Life in Hendersonville

    It's a Wonderland Life in Hendersonville


    The Town of Hendersonville, NC once again unveiled their annual Winter Wonderland synthetic Henderson Countyice skating rink to the community this Holiday season but this year was a little extra special. After two seasons of renting a synthetic ice rink, organizers decided to invest in purchasing their own surface that also included a curling rink and fencing to add to their Christmas Holiday theme. 

    Just Like Real Ice

    SkatersThe new "infused" surface offers the latest in synthetic ice technology manufactured by PolyGlide Synthetic Ice. The surface does not require any surface lubricants or glide enhancers for ice skating....just install and start skating! The rink will be open daily during the Holiday season from 11am to 7pm (weather permitting) until New Years Day, January 1st, 2019.

    Curling Fun

    An added attraction alongside the skating rink is an 8ft X 60ft curling lane curling rinkwhich features one Target or "House" on each end, centerline and hack marks to make you feel like a Pro!. The new PolyGlide Ice "Olympic Gold" medal model was designed after the Olympic curling rink in PyeongChang, South Korea in which the USA Curling Team brought home the Gold Medal.

    Games, Activities & Snacks

    Ice SkatingAcross from the rink is the Visiting Center stage that was recently visited by Santa to the delight of many of the Town residents and their families. Play areas with toys and games were also set aside for anyone that wanted a little extra fun....and let's not forget the smores! Each year Organizers have been adding new activities to help grow the event and provide family fun and entertainment during the Holiday Season to the Community and visiting Tourists. You can expect to see this Winterfest continue to grow in 2019.

    Travel Plans

    If your looking for a new place to check out during the Christmas Holiday Season you definitely need to put the Hendersonville "Winter Wonderland" on your list. This homespun community has a lot to offer between the Shops, Boutiques, Restaurants on Main Street AND Activities at the Ice Rink! Great Job Hendersonville!!

    By Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice
    For additional information call: 855-765-9423


    Winter March To Curling Mania

    Jim Loughran PolyGlide Ice

    polyglide-pro-curlWInter Olympics fever will soon be marching into our television sets as it always does every 4-years without fail. Once again you can count on the mesmerizing captivation of the always fun to watch game of curling. What is it about this sport/game that has us glued to our sets watching rolling granite stones and hyperactive "broomsters" working the ice like a well-oiled machine?

    Perhaps it's the welcome pause that's required when we put down our cell phones for more than three minutes between tweets and Likes to watch people actually doing stuff. Just when you're ready to check your text messages another stone is hurled and nothing becomes more important to the eye than watching the heavy granite rock crawl over the pebbled ice to a peacefull rest......Ooh Curling!

    As the games are played folks will learn terms like House, Button, End, Broom, usa-curling-teamHammerHacks and Hog Lines......(and we all know we will need to learn them all over again four years later...:-) It doesn't seem to matter though as Curling does a great job in bringing us back to our past when active gaming was the norm and sharing actually meant giving something to someone.

    In the meantime we can take solace in knowing that we can always count on getting our fill of this "cool" Olympic sport/game every few years and be happy to be a spectator. Though it would be fun to just once be able to take part in the yelling as the broomster steers the Rock...."HARD!....HARD!...HARD!"

    The world could use a little more Winter Olympics and a lot more Curling!


    A Look Inside PolyGlide Synthetic Ice By

    A Look Inside PolyGlide Synthetic Ice By

    Angela Barbuti of offers some insight on PolyGlide Synthetic Ice and founder Jim Loughran.

    PolyGlide, synthetic ice that allows you to turn a home surface into an ice skating rink, entered the Shark Tank in Season 8.

    We interviewed hockey dad Jim Loughran, who created the sporting material using his construction background, combined with input from engineers and feedback from hockey coaches. His first prototype was “more like a giant cutting board,” that he’s worked on improving for the last two years. The result, he said, is the “closest thing to natural ice and offers the least amount of resistance for ice skating.”

    Here’s what else he told us about…

    How the Idea Came About

    I worked my whole life in the construction industry and being a hockey dad in the Northeast, I would make an annual attempt each passing January to build an outdoor rink, praying for freezing weather that maybe lasted three weeks if I was lucky. After a few years, I got fed up and started researching alternative options using polymers as a skating surface and it just took off from there.

    Where You Can Buy Their Products

    PolyGlide-Pro – Starter KitPolyGlide Synthetic Ice Starter Kit.. By adding on additional panels skaters can create their own training layout using endless patterns. Available now at polyglidesyntheticice.com2011-10-13T17:28:42.000Z

    Our products are currently available on our website, and we just partnered with a prominent hockey retailer, which we will be announcing shortly. We also have some exciting opportunities in the works for 2017 that I think will help take our company to the next level.

    How His Appearance on the ‘Tank’ Came About

    Several family members kept egging me on to give it a try as they thought it would be a great opportunity and experience for me. So I filled out the website questionnaire and emailed it in, not thinking much would come from it, and was quite surprised when I got the call. I sent in my video pitch and was able to make the final cut to give me a shot. I was very grateful for the opportunity.

    Nerves Once Inside the ‘Tank’

    I would have to say I was more excited than nervous. The producers and staff from the show do such a great job in preparing you for your pitch, that you’re just totally pumped once you’re ready to hit the hallway. It’s such a fun experience to get a chance like that and there’s no turning back once they start the countdown.

    His Hockey Background in Queens, New York

    PolyGlide Synthetic Ice Goes "Epic"The Weather Channel reached out to Home Ice Supplies to help out with their "Epic Christmas" reveal for good samaritan Suzy Godding of Mahwah, NJ. Host, Steve Watson of "Monster House" fame lays out a plan to install a synthetic ice rink on the Godding's front lawn. A perfect finish to an Epic reveal.2011-12-29T06:07:20.000Z

    I grew up a diehard NY Rangers fan in Queens, New York, and played hockey after school every day. I traveled to the park in the winter when the pond would freeze over and played hockey up until high school. Later on, when I started raising my family, I introduced my son to the sport and got into coaching as the passion for the game was still there.

    The Pros & Cons to Operating a Business on Long Island

    I have to say it’s been great starting my business on Long Island and I don’t think people realize how much hockey has grown in this area with more and more local players reaching the pro ranks every year. I guess the only real negative was back in 2012 when we got hit by Hurricane Sandy just as I went full time with my business. That was a true test for me, one that I’m glad we were able to survive, though a lot of people are still picking up the pieces four years later.